Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Beijing Olympics News

Music producer Quincy Jones has joined movie directors Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan) and Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as a consultant on the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Jones, the producer of the charity anthem "We are the World" and whose film scores include In Cold Blood and The Color Purple will compose an original song for the occasion around the official theme "One World, One Dream."

Several Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) tombs have been discovered this year, the latest only this week, as construction work continues on the 9,000-capacity Beijing Olympic shooting venue, the Beijing Shooting Range Hall in the Shijingshan District of the capital.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Capital Hotel Beijing

Capital Hotel Beijing

Capital Hotel Beijing The 322-room Westerner-friendly Capital Hotel Beijing is within easy walking distance of two of the city's most famous sightseeing attractions, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

The modern, well-appointed Western-style rooms have excellent views of the city.

The Capital Hotel Beijing makes for an excellent choice on any business or leisure trip to Beijing.

No. 3, Qianmen East Street, DongCheng District, 100006 Beijing

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Foreign Legation Quarter

East of Tiananmen Square is the former Foreign Legation Quarter. Although many of the buildings were destroyed in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 and others have been converted for state use, a visit here may envoke something of the history of European interaction with China in the 19th century.

Among the surviving sights is the Catholic St. Michael's Church on the corner of Taijichang Toutiao and Dongjiaomin Xiang, the buildings of the Belgian Embassy opposite the twin-spired church and a former French post-office at 19 Dongjiaomin Xiang. The arched gate of the entrance to the former Japanese legation still stands on Zhengyi Lu near the British Legation, which is now part of State Security buildings. The Huafeng Hotel, south on Zhengyi Lu, is now a run-of-the mill business hotel but occupies the former site of the Grand Hotel des Wagon-Lits and dates back to 1905.

Access: Chongwenmen, Qianmen, Wangfujing subway stations

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

China Visas

Nearly all foreign visitors to China need a visa.

China visas can be obtained from Chinese embassies and consulates overseas. Visa forms are often available for download from the Chinese embassies' websites. A single-entry travel visa is designated as type L and is valid for 30 days. The visa must be used within 3 months of the date of issue. 90-day visas are also available.

Chinese visa stamp

You need:
* a completed visa application form
* a passport valid for at least six months from the intended date of entry into China
* a passport photo
* a passport with a blank double page page in it

You can normally collect your passport after three days in the UK, but if you pay extra, you can pick it up the next day, or the same day depending on the fee.

Chinese Embassies Overseas
3-4-33 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0046
Tel: 03-3403-3388
Fax: 03-3403-3345
E-mail: info[at]
Hours: (Monday to Friday) 9.00am-12.00pm (except Chinese and Japanese Holidays)

Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760 Fax: (202) 588-9760

Chinese Consulate General in New York, NY
520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 244-9392 Fax: (212) 465-1708

Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, IL
100 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (312) 803-0095 Fax: (312) 803-0110

Chinese Consulate General in Houston, TX
3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
Tel: (713) 520-1462 Fax: (713) 521-3064

Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA
443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 807-8088 Fax: (213) 807-8091

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, CA
1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 Tel: (415) 674-2900 Fax: (415) 563-0494


Chinese Embassy in the UK
31 Portland Place, London.
Tel. 090 0188 0808
Hours: 9.00am-12.00 pm

Chinese Consulate General in Manchester (0161-2248672)

Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh (0131-3164789)

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