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Moving to Beijing


Moving to Beijing is probably the first choice for a considerable number of foreigners coming to live in mainland China. Expat life in the capital can be a fascinating opportunity. You will find in this section some practical info about the city including: OrientationEducation, Housing search tipsTransportation and Arrival preparation.

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Beijing history in brief


Beijing became the capital of the Great Mongolian Empire in the late 13th century. The major enhancement in its status resulted in more people moving to Beijing. This was also the time when the travels of Marco Polo captured the European imagination. In his manuscripts, the Italian merchant described how he met the Great Khan himself. Meanwhile, after the end of the rather short-lived Yuan Dynasty, the historical city largely became what it is today. The Ming emperors decided to move to Beijing’s Forbidden City. Representatives from other East Asian nations came to Beijing in order to pay tribute to the influential and powerful regime.

Several centuries later, during the Second Opium War (1856-1860), Anglo-French forces invaded the city. They forced the imperial government to grant the British, French, and Russians the right to establish a permanent diplomatic presence. Subsequently, the first diplomatic staff members from Western powers started moving to Beijing.

Since the late 19th century, the city went through several wars: a nationalist rebellion, revolutionary upheavals, more invasions by foreign powers, and a full-blown civil war. Eventually, it became the capital of contemporary China in 1949.
Ever since then, migrant workers (míngōng), industrial laborers, employees, government officials, and foreign nationals have arrived in Beijing in a seemingly endless stream. The metropolitan population now counts 20.7 million inhabitants.

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