7 Facts About Beijing China

1. In 2010, new car registrations in Beijing China averaged 15,500 per week.

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2. In November 2013, Beijing China made a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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3. The largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Beijing China is the Yonghe Temple, which was decreed by the Qing Emperor Qianlong in 1744 to serve as the residence and research facility for his Buddhist preceptor of Rolpe Dorje the third Changkya.

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4. At the historical heart of Beijing China lies the Forbidden City, the enormous palace compound that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties; the Forbidden City hosts the Palace Museum, which contains imperial collections of Chinese art.

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5. The American Embassy of Beijing China reports hourly fine particulate and ozone levels on Twitter.

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6. On 8 and 9 December 2015 Beijing China had its first smog alert which shut down a majority of the industry and other commercial businesses in the city.

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7. Since the early 1980s, the urban area of Beijing China has expanded greatly with the completion of the 2nd Ring Road in 1981 and the subsequent addition of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Ring Roads.

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