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An  American's  Experience  - Teaching  in  Beijing : "The experience was wonderful, but to have gained a greater understanding of another culture was even better."

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Beijing, also known as Peking, is the capital and the second largest city of China.  The total area of Beijing is approximately 16,800 sq km, and has over 7.23 million people, 3 million of which are temporary residents.  The temporary residents are comprised of business persons, teachers and students.  Beijing's permanent residents are from all of the different ethnic groups found in China with the Han's comprising over 96% of the population.  Mandarin Chinese is the language spoken in Beijing, with Beijing's dialect being the standard form of Mandarin.
Beijing has four definite seasons.  Summer and winter are the two longest seasons with fall and spring being the shortest.   The climate varies according to the season with autumn being the most pleasant time to visit.  Autumn is usually clear with cool temperatures, while winter is dry and, at times, bitterly cold with temperatures dropping below 5 degrees F (-15 C).  Spring is usually dry but very windy (protect eyes to keep out blowing debris), while the summer is rainy and hot with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees F (38 C).

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Country : China
Population :
7.23 million
Area :
16.800 sq km
Currency :
Ren Min Bi
$964 billion (1998)
Per Capita :
$662 (1997)
Languages : Mandolin

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