Chapter 13: Beijing and Taiwan

Taiwan has become a popular destination of travel for people living in Beijing. Taiwan has many interesting things to offer. Taipei has many attractions for people to experience like their many markets, and perhaps Taipei’s tallest building, Taipei 101.

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Out side of the city area’s people can tour many scenic Mountains and lakes in Taiwan’s national parks. In Southern Taiwan many tourists are attracted to its many beaches.

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Chapter 11/12: Beijing and Macau

Macau is a very popular destination for travelers in Beijing.  Macau is the only “near bye” area, where gambling is legal.  Throughout all of mainland China, and other asian countries in the region, Casinos and gaming is illegal.  So many people travel to Macau to visit their casinos.   Macau is described as “Vegas on steroids”  and has a revenue is six times greater than Las Vegas.

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Chapter 10: Urban Beijing

Beijing has experienced rapid urbanization in the past two decades since reform in the 1980’s. Beijing is highly populated, estimated at having 20,693,000 people residing. Due to this high population they have implemented a household registration system. Many residents are unable to find housing they desire like government-run low rent housing. To make ends meet, they lower their living standards. Beijing’s labor market and housing market has developed unevenly and many residents who work in downtown Beijing, have to live in suburbs and commute long distances, which increases the pressure on cities public transportation system.

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Chapter 8/9: Beijing Industry

Beijing has emerged as one of China’s most industrial cities. It now ranks second among the top cities in China in terms of comprehensive power, and is the first in China in terms of investment environment. Beijing has nearly 23,800 industrial enterprises, covering fields of electronics, machinery, chemicals, light industry, textile and car manufacturing. High tech and modern manufacturing industries have become the leading forces of Beijing’s industrial growth. There is a shrinking demand in some industrial enterprises like steel. This resulted in a sharp decline in revenue. while the consumer demand is dwindling, the cost of making steel in Beijing remains high.

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The following video explains why many wealthy Beijing companies are now trying to invest/buyout many European companies.

Chapter 7: Beijing’s Economy

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Beijing has a very long history of being a hub for businesses in China and more recently a world wide business hub.   The Beijing Central Business District(CBD), is home to 117 Fortune 500 businesses in the financial, media, information technology, consulting and service industries.  Within the CBD residents can find Apartments, many amenities like bars and dining, and several schools for families with children. The following video gives a good scope on how massive and developed the CBD is in Beijing.

 

Chapter 5: Beijing Coping with Overpopulation

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Beijing in 2010 was reported to have a population 19,612,368 people.  The city has been rapidly growing over the past 10 years, and continues to grow.  It is estimated that today in 2013, there are more then 21 million people in Beijing.   The overpopulation in Beijing has lead to shortages of water and energy for its residents.

The following video discusses the overpopulation issues with Beijing and how people are begging for a change and solutions to the overpopulation issues.  Many people migrate to the area looking for work, only find themselves in a tight competition with so many other people in the area.  The cities means for public transportation, and interior highways are vastly overcrowded too.

Chapter 4: Some of Beijing’s Political Geography

Tienanmen is a famous monument and large city square in Beijing, marking the capital of the China. For many years it has been a icon of Chinese political reform, and protest. It was here in 1949 Mao Zedong Proclaimed the PRC into existence and ended China’s civil war. And it is also a location where many protesters were killed in an act of military suppression.

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Beijing has been the political Center for China for many years and is huge amount of palaces, temples, art and universities have made it a center of culture and art too. Beijing is one of the most developed city’s in China. Beijing is home to forty one Fortune 500 companies, the 2nd most in the world behind only Tokyo. Beijing has quickly became one of the most favorable place for global industry to take root.

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