Beijing is the cultural and political center of China offering museums; opera, dance, and live theater; historical sites; gardens; sporting events; and festivals. The Haidian district, where ICB is located, has many restaurants and shops as well. You will be hard pressed to run out of things to do during the semester!
The links below provide additional information about living in Beijing.
“Helping travelers experience China interactively.” This site offers tourist and hotel information, pronunciation audios, along with practical tips for transportation, shopping, and nightlife in Beijing.
Offers excellent overall information about Beijing including attractions, events, hotel, and travel information, as well as a photo gallery.
Though this site is dated (2003-06) it provides great advice for shopping, bargaining, ordering restaurant food (with audio), and touring.
Covers news, traveling, studying and investing in Beijing among other interesting items. Said to be Beijing’s official website.
This particular page has a great overview of the Chinese language with phrases in Pinyin. The site also has the usual tourist information.
An online tour operator with good descriptions of China’s major attractions.