[ bey-jing ]
/ ˈbeɪˈdʒɪŋ /
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noun Pinyin.
a city in and the capital of the People's Republic of China, in the northeastern part, in central Hebei province: traditional capital of China.
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Also (Older Spelling) Pe·king [pee-king, pey-; Chinese bey-jing], /ˈpiˈkɪŋ, ˈpeɪ-; Chinese ˈbeɪˈdʒɪŋ/, (Wade-Giles) Pei·ching [bey-jing] /ˈbeɪˈdʒɪŋ/ .
Formerly (Wade-Giles) Pei·ping [bey-ping; Chinese bey-jing] /ˈbeɪˈpɪŋ; Chinese ˈbeɪˈdʒɪŋ/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for Beijing

/ (ˈbeɪˈdʒɪŋ) /

the capital of the People's Republic of China, in the northeast in Beijing municipality (traditionally in Hebei province); the country's second largest city: dates back to the 12th century bc; consists of two central walled cities, the Outer City (containing the commercial quarter) and the Inner City, which contains the Imperial City, within which is the Purple or Forbidden City; many universities. Pop: 10 849 000 (2005 est)Former English name: Peking
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Cultural definitions for Beijing

[ (bay-jing) ]

Capital of the People's Republic of China, located in the northeast region of the country. It is the second-largest city of China (after Shanghai) and the political, cultural, financial, educational, and transportation center of the country. The West knew it for many years as Peking.

notes for Beijing

In 1949, the Chinese communists declared Beijing the capital of the People's Republic of China.

notes for Beijing

The Forbidden City, within the inner or Tatar City, was the residence of the emperor of China.

notes for Beijing

Site of Tiananmen Square, where communist leaders suppressed a democratic protest in June 1989.
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