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Beijing ( or ), also known as Peking ( or ), is a [metropolis] in northern China and the [capital] of the [People's Republic of China] . Governed as a [municipality] under direct administration of the central government, Beijing borders [Hebei Province] to the north, west, south, and for a small section in the east, and [Tianjin Municipality] to the southeast. Beijing is one of the [Four Great Ancient Capitals of China] .

Beijing is [China's second largest city] after [Shanghai] , with more than 17 million people in Beijing's area of jurisdiction. The city is divided into [16 urban and suburban districts and two rural counties] ;Figures based on 2006 statistics published in 2007 National Statistical Yearbook of China and available online at [] . Retrieved 21 April 2009. the city's urban area has about 13 million residents. Beijing is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and motorways passing through the city. It is also the destination of many international flights arriving in China. Beijing is recognized as the political, educational, and [cultural] center of the People's Republic of China, while Shanghai and Hong Kong predominate in economic fields. The city hosted the [2008 Olympic Games] .

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