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Mayor: Wang Qishan

Municipal government office address: 2 Zhengyi Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Zip code: 10001

Tel: (10) 65192233


Geographical location:

Beijing, which is also abbreviated as "Jing," is the capital of the People's Republic of China. The political and cultural center of the country, it is also one of the international communication hubs of China. Beijing is located at 39056' N and 116020' E, on the northwest edge of the North China Plain, adjoining Tianjin City to its east and Hebei Province to its north, west and south. The Bohai Sea lies about 150 km to its southeast. Beijing has 16 districts and two counties under its jurisdiction, covering an area of 16,807.8 square kilometers, including 87.1 square kilometers of urban area.

Post and telecommunications

Beijing?ˉs postal communications service can reach every country and region in the world. The city?ˉs domestic direct dial (DDD) telephone service reaches some 2,300 other Chinese cities and its International Direct Dial (IDD) service links the city with some 260 countries and regions in the rest of the world.

In 2003, the postal and telecommunication sector achieved added value of 17.48 billion yuan, up by 12.4 percent from the previous year. The number of household telephone subscribers reached 6.804 million, an increase of 3.8 percent over the preceding year, and the number of mobile phone users reached 10.956 million, an increase of 19.2 percent.

Radio and TV stations

Beijing TV Station offers 19 channels of programs. Digital TV channel is in trial operation now. As high as 99.9 percent of local residents have access to radio and TV broadcast. Cable TV program subscribers had accounted for 57.9 percent at the end of 2003.
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