About Beijing

Beijing, sometimes Romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The population as of 2013 was 21,150,000.

The city proper is the 3rd largest in the world. The metropolis, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government, with 16 urban and suburban districts.

Beijing is the nation's political, cultural, and educational centre. It is home to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies, and is a major hub for the national highway, expressway, railway, and high-speed rail networks. The Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.

The city's history dates back three millennia. As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political centre of the country for much of the past eight centuries. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks and gardens, tombs, walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a centre of culture and art in China.

Beijing has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Forbidden City: www.dpm.org.cn/shtml/2/@/8797.html

Sites of interest

The Temple of Heaven: en.tiantanpark.com/default.aspx

The Summer Palace: www.summerpalace-china.com/ywy/index.html

The Great Wall, Ming Tombs, and the Grand Canal: www.badaling.cn/language/en.asp


The Sunworld Hotel is situated at Wangfujing (Chinese: 王府井; pinyin: Wángfǔjǐng; literally: "Prince's Mansion Well"), which is one of the famous local snack streets and night markets, located in Dongcheng District, Beijing, China. The majority of the main area is pedestrianized and a very popular shopping place for both tourists and residents of the capital.

The Sunworld Hotel website: www.sunworlddynasty.com.cn/html/ENG/Index.html

City viewing & traffic

Visit Beijing: English.visitbeijing.com.cn

Beijing Traffic Management Bureau:


GMI 8 accommodation and room reservations

For room reservations at the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel, Beijing, please use the email address below, and remember to state that you are participating in the GMI 8 Meeting. Deadline for room reservation is the 20th of April.

Room reservation:


Hotel website: The Sunworld Dynasty Hotel

GMI 8 contact in Beijing

For questions concerning the GMI 8 meeting in Beijing, China, such as visa, venue, getting around, please contact Ms. Jing Liu at gmi8-China@icdc.cn

31 MARCH 2023