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Dongcheng District (simplified Chinese: 东城区; traditional Chinese: 東城區; pinyin: Dōngchéng Qū ; literally "east city precinct") is an urban district in Beijing covering the eastern half of Beijing's urban core. It is 24.7 square kilometres in area and has a population of 535,558 (2000 Census). Dongcheng District covers several important parts of Beijing. Wangfujing and Dongdan, as well as the Beijing Railway Station, the Eastern Chang'an Avenue, and the northeastern stretch of the 2nd Ring Road all belong to its jurisdiction. It is the second largest precinct in the area of the old city (which is inside the 2nd Ring Road) and has the postal code 100010. Before the communist takeover, most wealthy merchants and middle-class resided in this precinct.
The Chaoyangmen area is located in the Dongcheng District. Some of the well-known areas in the Dongcheng District are: Forbidden City, Yong He Gong Lamasery, Temple of Confucius, Imperial College (Guozijian), Tian'anmen Square, Zhongshan Park, National Museum of China, Temple of Earth, Jingshan Park, St. Joseph's Catholic Church (Dong Tang), Beijing Gulou and Zhonglou (Drum Tower & Bell Tower), China Art Gallery (Zhongguo Meishuguan), Zhihua Si Temple, Science & Technology Museum (Kejiguan), Donghuamen Night Market, The Temple of Heaven, and Longtan Park, housing both Quanjude and Bianyifang the two original (and still most authentic) Peking Roast Duck restaurants.
Xicheng District (simplified Chinese: 西城区; traditional Chinese: 西城區; pinyin: Xīchéng Qū , lit. "West City District") is a district in Beijing, China. Xicheng District spans 32 square kilometres, making it the largest portion of the old city (inside the 2nd Ring Road), and has 706,691 inhabitants (2000 Census). Its postal code is 100032. The Xidan commercial district, Finance Street (Jinrongjie), Beihai Park, Jingshan Park, Shichahai and Zhongnanhai are within its jurisdiction. The popular Houhai bar area is also in Xicheng Precinct. Before the communist takeover, most royalties and aristocrats resided in the precinct. The oldest Catholic church in Beijing, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located in Xicheng. Additionally, Xicheng Precinct is where one find various landmarks such as the Beijing Zoo, Pagoda of Monk Wansong and Temple of the Moon.The northwestern stretch of the 2nd Ring Road runs through the precinct.
Chaoyang District (simplified Chinese: 朝阳区; traditional Chinese: 朝陽區; pinyin: Cháoyáng Qū ; lit. "facing the sun") is a district of Beijing, China. Chaoyang is home to the majority of Beijing's many foreign embassies, the well-known Sanlitun bar street, as well as Beijing's growing CBD. The Olympic Park, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, is also in Chaoyang.
Chaoyang extends west to Chaoyangmen on the eastern 2nd Ring Road, and nearly as far east as the Ximazhuang toll station on the Jingtong Expressway. Within the urban area of Beijing, it occupies 475 square kilometers, making it the largest district, with (Haidian coming in second. As of 2005, Chaoyang had a total population of 3,642,000 making it the second most populous in Beijing. The district has jurisdiction over 22 subdistrict offices and 20 area offices.Chaoyang is also home to Silk Street, and many other market areas, shopping malls, and restaurant strips.
Haidian District (simplified Chinese: 海淀区 (officially), 海甸区 (alternatively); traditional Chinese: 海淀區/海甸區; pinyin: Hǎidiàn Qū ) is a suburban district of the municipality of Beijing. It lies towards the northwestern part of the urban core. It is 431 square km in area, making it the second-largest district in urban Beijing (after Chaoyang District), and is home to 2,240,124 inhabitants (2000 Census); however, in comparison to other districts, a higher percentage of its inhabitants do not have the
governmental residential certificates for long-term residence, because Haidian District is where most universities are located and therefore many of its inhabitants are college students. As a result of its large concentration of universities, the district is often referred to as the “University District” by English speakers living in Beijing. Its postal code is 100080. Haidian has been a sister city of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States since 2005.
Shijingshan District (simplified Chinese: 石景山区; traditional Chinese: 石景山區; pinyin: Shíjǐngshān Qū ) is an urban district of the municipality of Beijing. It lies to the west of the urban core of Beijing, and is part of the Western Hills area. The district consists of 9 subdistricts of Beijing's city proper. Although the hills around Yunju Temple may also be called Shijingshan , they are pronounced differently in Chinese and hence are unrelated to Shijingshan district . It is 86 square kilometres in area,
making it one of the smaller districts in the greater urban part of Beijing (the immense Mentougou District to the west of it dwarfs Shijingshan District), and is home to 489,439 inhabitants (2000 Census). Its postal code is 100043 .
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