Beijing, second only in size to Shanghai, is not only the capital of China, thus making it the the political center of China - a position held for more than 800 years - it also plays an important role in the nation's cultural, economic, scientific, and academic life.
Why exhibit there
If you’re looking for reasons to exhibit in Beijing, consider this:
- China is home to more than 1.36 billion people, that’s a lot of potential buyers.
- China is the world’s number one trading nation and manufacturer by output.
- In 2014, Chinese GDP topped $10 trillion, second only to the United States - they have money to spend.
Beijing’s main airport, Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is situated 32 km northeast of central Beijing.
The simplest way to get to downtown is via the Airport Express line. There are stations at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. The journey to the city takes 16 to 20 minutes, and a one way ticket costs 25 RMB.
Restrictions on what you can bring into the country
Besides the usual, you are also banned from bringing in:
- Printed matter, films, photos, movies, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, computer storage devices and other things that could do harm to China's politics, economy, culture and morality.
- All living animals (excluding dogs and cats) and their sperm, zygotes, embryos and other genetic things.
- Edible bird’s nests (excluding canned bird's nests) - no, really.
Main exhibition centres
- Beijing Exhibition Centre
- China National Convention Centre
- Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall
- China International Exhibition Centre (CIEC)
Exhibitions we have supported
- Booth Host/Hostess
- Lead Generator
- Crowd Gatherer
- Product Demonstrator
- Hospitality Staff
- Brand Ambassador
- Team Leaders
- Event Managers
Key tourist hotspots
Beijing has no shortage of awesome sightseeing opportunities and is home to some of the country's best-known tourist attractions, including a section of the famous Great Wall of China.
Where to eat
- Lìqún Roast Duck Restaurant - for the infamous Peking roast duck.
- Bǎoyuán Dumpling Restaurant - for those dumplings.
- Yáojì Chǎogān - for incredible noodles.
- Local currency is Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
- The official language is Mandarin.
- You need to apply for a visa for China unless you are covered by China’s visa exemption policy, such as the 24/72/144 hours visa free transit schemes, Hainan 30-day visa-free access and visa-free entry for holders of APEC Business Travel Card. It’s worth mentioning that nationals of countries which have reached mutual visa-exemption agreements with China, like Singapore, Brunei, and Japan, can also enjoy free entry to China.
- Most places use either the three pin plug socket (found in Australia) or the two pin plug socket (found in US and Canada).
- Cultural sensitivities:
- Being unprepared or arriving late for a business meeting is frowned upon.
- Address business contacts by their title followed by their last name.
- Receive and offer business cards with both hands. Take time to read the one you’ve been given.