Working at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China
Beijing, sometimes romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The population as of 2013 was 21,150,000. The metropolis, located in northern China, is governed as a direct-controlled municipality under the national government, with 14 urban and suburban districts and two rural counties. Beijing Municipality is surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of a neighboring Tianjin Municipality to the southeast.
Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center. It is home to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies, and is a major hub of the national highway, expressway, railway, and high-speed rail networks. The Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.
Working at the US Embassy
The Embassy compound in Beijing built in 2008, is a safe, secure, and a functional state of the art facility. The Beijing New Embassy Compound is the second largest overseas construction project in the history of the Department of State. The multi-building complex is on a 10-acre (4-hectare) site, creating a secure and pleasant environment for approximately 950 employees.The NEC buildings represent the best in modern American architecture, while the landscape design borrows heavily from Chinese planning principles.
In the City
Housing is assigned by the Embassy Housing Committee. The Embassy rents/owns and maintains several apartments in the city. They are fully renovated to Western standards and located about 5 to 45 minutes from the Embassy. Employees travel to work via public transportation (metro, trolley, bus, etc.), walking, or in their personally owned vehicles. Some employees choose to purchase a vehicle when they arrive to post.
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