Local Information

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 2012 was 20,693,000. The metropolis, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government, with 14 urban and suburban districts and two rural counties. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast.

Traffic
Beijing, as the capital city and one of the hottest tourist destinations, keeps improving its traffic conditions. It has developed into a key transportation hub with a world advanced transportation system. There are various transportation methods for your choice, including plane, train, bus, subway, taxi. All of them are of great convenience.
Airport –China National Convention Center

Airport –China National Convention Center

By taxi. Please show the ‘Taxi slip’ to the taxi driver.

By airport shuttle. From the airport, take the shuttle bus Line 5 to Zhongguancun (Fourth Bridge) and get off at Huixin West Street station. Change onto bus No.419 to Wali South station. Then walk towards the south for about 400 meters to the China National Convention Center.More details may be found at http://en.bcia.com.cn/traffic/airbus/index.shtml.

By airport express and subway. From the airport, take the Airport Express. Change to subway Line 10 (towards Taiyanggong and Xiju) at Sanyuanqiao transfer station, then change to subway Line 8 at Beitucheng transfer station, and get off at the Olympic Green station. Leave the station by Exit E and walk towards the west for about 50 meters to the China National Convention Center.More details may be found at http://www.travelchinaguide.com/images/map/beijing/beijing-subway.gif


Subway Subways in Beijing are the fastest transportation, a good way to avoid frequent traffic jams. Its subway system is the best in China, and allows visitors to quickly and conveniently get around the city. During rush hours, it can be quite crowded, but is still very convenient. If you are planning to travel Beijing by subway, it will be helpful and accessible to get where and when the subway can take you to. http://www.bjsubway.com/
Bus
There are more than 500 bus routes in the city. Basically, you can travel to any destination by using its huge but complex bus system. http://www.bjbus.com/home/index.php
Taxi
Taking a taxi is the most convenient way for visitors to travel around the metropolis of Beijing. There are more than 67,000 taxis operating in every corner of the city. http://www.tour-beijing.com/taxi/

Airport
Beijing is served by Beijing Capital International Airport. Public Transportation is available directly from the terminal to downtown Beijing via the subway.

Electricity and Adapters
The electricity in Beijing is 220v. If you wish to bring laptops or other electronic appliances,a transformer may be necessary as well as a plug adapter.

Cash
Big shopping malls accept international credit cards. Except for stores that are aimed at international guests, most stores accept only Chinese currency, called "Ren Min Bi (RMB)". It is more convenient to use cash (small denominations such as 10 RMB, 20 RMB...). You can exchange Chinese currency at the airports, the Bank of China. Exchange rates are listed at http://www.boc.cn/sourcedb/whpj/enindex.html.

Food Culture
Chinese food culture has occupied an important part in the nation's tradition cultures. It is the Chinese people of all nationalities in more than 100 years of production and daily life practice, in the food source development, utensils research, Food conditioning, nutrition, health and dietary aspects of aesthetic creation, accumulation and affect the neighboring countries and the world's material wealth and spiritual wealth. China is of long history with a vast territory. Due to the diversity of the climate, products and customs, there are widely different food styles and taste in local regions. Through creation by past dynasties, the long standing cooking art has formed rich and colorful local dishes. Among them, "the eight major dishes" enjoys the upper reputation, which consists of Shangdong, Chekiang, Sichuan, Jiangshu, Guangdong, Hunan, Fujian and Anhwei. http://www.chinatour.com/beijing/beijing-food.htm

Water
Although the tap water in Beijing has been declared safe to drink, most residents drink bottled water or boiled water.

Weather
Beijing in August is typically hot with a number of wet days and occasional thunderstorms. The average daytime temperature is 30°C (the highest temperatures may be in excess of 38°C) with average nighttime temperatures of 21°C. We suggest that you bring light summer clothing and an umbrella!

Internet Access
There will be wireless access available in the lecture hall. All participants will have access to the internet.

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Key Features:
Awarding ceremony of ICIAM prizes
Invited lectures
Prize lectures
Industrial Minisymposia
Contributed Minisymposia
Poster sessions
Embedded and satellite meetings
Public outreach sessions
Exhibits