About Beijing

Beijing is a great city noted for the rich heritage of oriental history and culture. As early as three thousand years ago, a primitive tribal community started to take shape here. A tone had already come into being two thousand years ago.

From 900 A.D. onward, Beijing served first as the secondary capital of the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) and then capitals of the Jin (1115-1234), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1919)Dynasties successively. Beijing was made the capital of the People's Republic of China which was founded on October 1, 1949.

Beijing and its surrounding counties are known to have the best quality Miyun dates, Jingbai pears and Liangxiang chestnuts. King-size persimmon and especial the frozen ones are unique. Preserved fruits from of a part of Beijing's traditional speciality.


Beijing is home to a great number of colleges and universities, including several well-regarded universities of international stature, such as Peking University and Tsinghua University (two of the National Key Universities). Owing to Beijing's status as the political and cultural capital of China, a larger proportion of tertiary-level institutions are concentrated here than in any other city in China, reaching at least 70 in number. Many international students from Japan, Korea, North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere come to Beijing to study every year.

There are 2,142 high, middle and elementary schools in Beijing with 1.09 million students, among which there are 816,000 students enjoying compulsory education.

There are 1,403 elementary schools in Beijing, with 494,482 students, 61,352 faculty members including 47,948 professional teachers.  There are 404 middle schools, and 69 high schools, and 266 schools offering both middle school education and high school education. There are 321,585 students in middle school, and 278,358 high school students.  There are 75,837 middle and high school staffs, among which 50,970 are professional teachers.


In order to promote the development of higher education of International students in Beijing, further improve the talent cultivation, scientific research, social service, and cultural exchange, Beijing Government has set up the Scholarship (BGS) for International students

I want to apply for Beijing Government Scholarship. What are the procedures? Where should I send the application materials?

Applicants could consult the dispatching authorities, such as relevant governments departments, Chinese embassies or Consulates about application details.
Applicants could also visit the website of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education ( for the application details.
Applicants could apply to the Higher Education Institutions that are eligible


Who can accompany you to Beijing?

Foreign spouses and children under 18 years age of international students, parents or overseas guardians of international students under the age of 18 can apply for valid L visas with a validity period of six months or one year of zero, once, twice or multiple entries. The application times are not limited, but the valid term of the visa being applied for shall not exceed the valid term of the international student's visa or that of the residence permit.

In general, only after an international student has gone through all the formalities in accordance with the requirements in this section, visa for the person that will accompany the international student to study can be handled.

What people have to buy insurance?

According to the regulations, an international student who studies in China for more than 180 days must purchase Chinese domestic insurance.

Which is a better choice for me to live?

The colleges and universities in Beijing generally provide international students apartments on campus of different grades for you to rent. However, if there are too many international students and the dormitories are not sufficient or you get used to living out of the campus, you can rent an apartment out of the university. The advantages of living on campus are as follows: it is near and convenient for dining, taking classes and doing exercises; the advantages of living out of university are that there is bigger degree of freedom, and you can freely choose room grade, work and rest and entertainment.

If you want to rent an apartment out of the university, after going through renting formalities, you should conduct a foreigner temporary accommodation registration in the district public security bureau or police station where your accommodation is located with your passport or residence certificate and the residence booklet of the apartment owner within 24 hours. And notify the international student management department of the university.

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