Beijing is the capital of China, located in China’s northeast. On a map of the world, Beijing is in the Far East of East Asia on the Pacific coast at 116°20′ E, 39°56′ N.
Beijing is the political, educational, and cultural center of China. It has a population of about 20 million, which makes Beijing the largest capital city of the world by city proper pop.). Beijing is made up of 14 urban districts and 2 rural counties.
As the major hub of transportation in north China, Beijing has the largest number of railways, highway, and airport connections in China. Beijing’s magnificent palaces and numerous historical sites make it the most popular travel destination in China.
Where is Beijing on a Map of China
On a map of China, you will see Beijing is in the northeast of China. It is surrounded by Hebei province. Tianjin is to its southeast.
Where is Beijing on the World Map
On the map of the world, Beijing is in the east of Asia — the Far East. Its grid location is in 116°20′ E, 39°56′ N. It is about 2,100 km (1,300 miles) from Tokyo and 950 km (590 miles) from Seoul.
It would take you about 13 hours minimum to fly from the USA to Beijing or about 10 hours from London.
- Continent: Asia
- Country: People’s Republic of China
- Location: Northeast China
- Coordinates: 39°54′24″N 116°23′51″E
- City area: 16,410.5 Square Kilometers
- Population: 21,893,000 (2020 city proper)
- Postal code: 100000 – 102629
- Area code: 10
- Time zone: UTC+8 (CST)
- Airports: Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA: PEK), Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA: PKX)
Located in northern China, Beijing is surrounded by mountains to the west and north. The famous Great Wall of China sits on the mountains north of Beijing. The major rivers flowing into Beijing are the Chaobai and Yongding. The Grand Canal to Hangzhou starts from Beijing. It takes about 2 hours to fly from Beijing to Shanghai.
Beijing’s Time Zone
Beijing time is UTC+08:00 (eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time). Although China spans five different nominal time zones, Beijing time is used all over China.
The native people of Beijing speak the local Beijing dialect. It is much the same as standard spoken Chinese, i.e. Mandarin.
Beijing’s Weather and Climate
Beijing has a typical continental monsoon climate. The four seasons of Beijing are very distinct.
Spring is windy, cool, and short, from April to May. Dust storms sometimes occur during spring. Summer is hot and humid, from June to August. Autumn is cool and pleasant, from September to October — the best time for traveling. Winter in Beijing is dry, cold, and long, from November to March.
The hottest months are July and August, with an average temperature of about 26°C (79°F). The average temperature in winter is around 0°C (32°F). Read more about Beijing climate.