7 Facts About Beijing

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

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2. In the beginning of 2010, Beijing had 4 million registered automobiles.

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

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4. In 1956, Viktor, the bishop of Beijing returned to the Soviet Union, and the Soviet embassy took over the old cathedral and demolished it.

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5. The largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Beijing 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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6. The American Embassy of Beijing reports hourly fine particulate and ozone levels on Twitter.

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7. Over the past 3,000 years, the city of Beijing has had numerous other names.

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