Living in Beijing
ISB benefits from its location in Beijing, China's ever-evolving capital and cultural center. As one of the world's great ancient capitals, Beijing is a vibrant modern city where tradition embraces modernity.
Ancient palace complexes stand side-by-side the city's impressive skylines. Fast-food restaurants and luxury outlets share the urban landscape with street hawkers and people practicing tai chi in parks. Bicycles and tricycles jostle with SUVs and trucks on the city's ringed roads. Living in Beijing provides intimate insight into China's great transformation and rise in the 21st century as the world's second largest economy and influential global power.
ISB is conveniently located among one of Beijing's most popular expat neighborhoods in the city's northeast Shunyi District. Parks, international medical clinics and supermarkets stocked with imported groceries are all just a short stroll away. While the local area has developed considerably since ISB established its campus there more than a decade ago, it still retains its quaint charm that makes it a great place to live for singles, couples and families.
However, newcomers can still expect to experience a culture shock when adjusting to life in Beijing. The language, culture and weather are all unique, but with a positive attitude and flexibility you can progress from merely adapting to enjoying your new home.
Beijing has humid summers and cold, dry winters. Central heating is provided in all residential and commercial buildings during winter. In fall, temperatures are moderate and the air is fresh. Spring ushers in the largest celebration on the lunar calendar – Chinese New Year – when the city is illuminated by fireworks
Despite its status as a huge metropolis, Beijing has an overall low crime rate and considerably safer than other global cities of comparable size. A thriving and diverse arts and cultural scene complements a network of museums and galleries, international art fairs and performances by internationally renowned actors and musicians, all of which make living in Beijing a rich and rewarding experience. Nestled in Beijing's traditional alleys, or hutongs, are trendy little bars, cafes and music venues that provide a glimpse of the city's cosmopolitan appeal.
Before living and working in Beijing, it is best to plan well to ensure a smooth transition. Find out as much through online research and talking to people who have lived and worked in Beijing. The following resources provide extensive information that many have found useful:
Air Quality Management
A key concern for many families considering relocating to Beijing is the city's air quality. The government is making a concerted effort to improve air quality by adopting stricter environmental policies, imposing traffic restrictions and pivoting toward a cleaner energy mix, but as a developing country pollution poses an ongoing challenge.
ISB's school-wide air-filtration system ensures we have purified air in all indoor areas, including our two domes, to nurture students' academic and physical well-being. The school also has a comprehensive air quality management policy that keeps our school community informed around the clock about the local air quality index and provides standards concerning outdoor activities. You can read more about our policy and how it applies to students of different divisions here.