Beijing municipality is surrounded by Hebei province and Tianjin Municipality, located in the north-east of China. The city is roughly 120 kilometres from the coast and forms part of the Jingjinji metropolitan region. The Mongolian Plateau’s mountains surround the northern side of the city, while the northern Chinese plains frame the south.
Beijing is the third most populous city in the world with a staggering 21 million people living in the Municipality. As of 2017, the Chinese government implemented population controls which has seen a slight decline in population by 20,000 between 2016 and 2017.
Beijing time zone:
China has a total of five time zones (Zhongyuan, Changbai, Kunlun, Longshu and Tibet). Beijing operates on China Standard Time which is approximately 8 hours ahead of the UK (GMT +8).
Approximate distance to neighbouring cities:
Beijing is well positioned near many major cities of neighbouring countries as well as through the Trans-Mongolian and Manchurian to Moscow:
Beijing to Tokyo, Japan: 2098km.
Beijing to Pyongyang, North Korea: 808km.
Beijing to Seoul, South Korea: 952km.
Beijing to Hong Kong: 1965km.
Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: 1167km
Beijing to Moscow, Russia: 5790km.