Chaoyang District, Beijing

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Chaoyang District (simplified Chinese: 朝阳区; traditional Chinese: 朝陽區; pinyin: Cháoyáng Qū; lit. "facing the sun") is a district of the city proper of Beijing, China.

Chaoyang is home to the majority of Beijing's many foreign embassies, the well-known Sanlitun bar street, as well as Beijing's growing central business district. The Olympic Green, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, is also in Chaoyang. Chaoyang extends west to Chaoyangmen on the eastern 2nd Ring Road, and nearly as far east as the Ximazhuang toll station on the Jingtong Expressway. Within the urban area of Beijing, it occupies 475 square kilometres (183 sq mi), making it the city's largest district, with Haidian second. As of 2005, Chaoyang had a total population of 3,642,000,[1] making it the most populous in Beijing. The district has jurisdiction over 22 subdistrict offices and 20 area offices.[2] Chaoyang is also home to Silk Street, and many other market areas, shopping malls, and restaurant strips.

Beijing CBD
Location of Chaoyang District in Beijing

Location of Chaoyang District in Beijing
Country People's Republic of China
Municipality Beijing
Township-level divisions 41 subdistricts
District seat Jianwai Subdistrict (建外街道)
 • Total 475 km2 (183 sq mi)
Elevation 34 m (112 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,545,000
 • Density 7,500/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Administrative divisions

Chaoyang is divided into 24 subdistricts, and 19 townships of which carry the "area" (地区) label:[3][4]

Name Chinese (S) Hanyu Pinyin Population (2010)[5] Area (km2)
Jianwai Subdistrict 建外街道 Jiànwài Jiēdào 34,692 4.40
Chaowai Subdistrict 朝外街道 Cháowài Jiēdào 39,999 2.20
Hujialou Subdistrict 呼家楼街道 Hūjiālóu Jiēdào 61,588 2.80
Sanlitun Subdistrict 三里屯街道 Sānlǐtún Jiēdào 35,394 2.90
Zuojiazhuang Subdistrict 左家庄街道 Zuǒjiāzhuāng Jiēdào 80,249 4.17
Xiangheyuan Subdistrict 香河园街道 Xiānghéyuán Jiēdào 51,880 2.50
Heping Avenue Subdistrict 和平街街道 Hépíngjiē Jiēdào 108,406 4.54
Anzhen Subdistrict 安贞街道 Ānzhēn Jiēdào 68,454 3.60
Yayuncun Subdistrict 亚运村街道 Yàyùncūn Jiēdào 72,415 5.13
Xiaoguan Subdistrict 小关街道 Xiǎoguān Jiēdào 68,363 2.58
Jiuxianqiao Subdistrict 酒仙桥街道 Jiǔxiānqiáo Jiēdào 62,127 5.30
Maizidian Subdistrict 麦子店街道 Màizidiàn Jiēdào 31,741 6.80
Tuanjiehu Subdistrict 团结湖街道 Tuánjiéhú Jiēdào 37,674 1.23
Liulitun Subdistrict 六里屯街道 Liùlǐtún Jiēdào 107,943 4.40
Balizhuang Subdistrict 八里庄街道 Bālǐzhuāng Jiēdào 107,542 4.40
Shuangjing Subdistrict 双井街道 Shuāngjǐng Jiēdào 96,898 43.80
Jinsong Subdistrict 劲松街道 Jìnsōng Jiēdào 106,983 5.20
Panjiayuan Subdistrict 潘家园街道 Pānjiāyuán Jiēdào 113,115 4.30
Fatou Subdistrict 垡头街道 Fátóu Jiēdào 54,872 9.60
Datun Subdistrict 大屯街道 Dàtún Jiēdào 141,433 10.01
Wangjing Subdistrict 望京街道 Wàngjīng Jiēdào 168,167 10.36
Aoyuncun Subdistrict 奥运村街道 Àoyùncūn Jiēdào 105,263 19.60
Capital Airport Subdistrict 首都机场街道 Shǒudū Jīchǎng Jiēdào 20,512 12.50
Donghu Subdistrict 东湖街道 Dōnghú 64,074 10.40
Nanmofang Area 南磨房地区 Nánmòfáng Dìqū 129,844 10.00
Gaobeidian Area 高碑店地区 Gāobēidiàn Dìqū 118,094 15.30
Jiangtai Area 将台地区 Jiāngtái Dìqū 71,341 13.70
Taiyanggong Area 太阳宫地区 Tàiyánggōng Dìqū 70,367 5.85
Xiaohongmen Area 小红门地区 Xiǎohóngmén Dìqū 57,751 12.50
Shibalidian Area 十八里店地区 Shíbālǐdiàn Dìqū 200,884 23.30
Pingfang Area 平房地区 Píngfáng Dìqū 120,605 15.18
Dongfeng Area 东风地区 Dōngfēng Dìqū 86,525 5.30
Laiguangying Area 来广营地区 Láiguǎngyíng Dìqū 123,665 31.30
Changying Area 常营地区 Chángyíng Dìqū 48,470 11.30
Sanjianfang Area 三间房地区 Sānjiānfáng Dìqū 126,183 8.80
Guanzhuang Area 管庄地区 Guǎnzhuāng Dìqū 105,407 10.30
Jinzhan Area 金盏地区 Jīnzhǎn Dìqū 57,618 44.30
Sunhe Area 孙河地区 Sūnhé Dìqū 23,876 26.50
Cuigezhuang Area 崔各庄地区 Cuīgèzhuāng Dìqū 101,996 24.40
Dongba Area 东坝地区 Dōngbà Dìqū 88,541 24.60
Heizhuanghu Area 黑庄户地区 Hēizhuānghù Dìqū 57,257 19.60
Dougezhuang Area 豆各庄地区 Dòugèzhuāng Dìqū 32,535 14.10
Wangsiying Area 王四营地区 Wángsìyíng Dìqū 84,394 19.30

Government and infrastructure

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture are headquartered in the district.[6][7]


Wanda Plaza in Chaoyang District houses the headquarters of Wanda Group and Wanda Cinemas

China National Aviation Holdings Company (parent company of Air China),[8] SOHO China,[9] CITIC Group,[10] Sinopec,[11] Qihoo 360,[12] and Beijing Capital Airlines have their headquarters in Chaoyang District.[13][14] Renren Inc. has its headquarters on the 23rd floor of the Jing An Center (S: 静安中心, T: 靜安中心, P: Jìng'ān Zhōngxīn) in Chaoyang District,[15] and subsidiary is headquartered on the 5th floor of the same building.[16]

Wanda Group has its headquarters in the Wanda Plaza (万达广场).[17] Wanda Cinemas is headquartered in the same complex.[18]

China Resources Beverage, the distributor of C'estbon water, has its north China regional office in the district.[19]

Foreign, Hong Kong, and Taiwan companies

According to Chaoyang's official website, the district "is home to more than 60 percent of the foreign business agencies in Beijing, over 3,000 foreign companies, 167 international news agencies, and two-thirds of the 158 of the global top 500 transnational companies that have invested in Beijing."[20] Some of these are:

ABB Group (China headquarters),[21][22] Air France,[23] All Nippon Airways, (Beijing Office, Beijing Fortune Building)[24] Halliburton,[25] IBM,[26] KBR,[27] Kerr-McGee China Petroleum Ltd. (Anadarko Petroleum Corporation subsidiary),[28] Korean Air (Hyundai Motor Tower (现代汽车大厦 Xiàndài qìchē dàshà)),[29] Kroll Inc.,[30] Lummus Technology, a subsidiary of CB&I,[31] Lufthansa (Beijing Lufthansa Center),[32] Asiana Airlines,[33] Standard & Poor's,[34] Swire Group,[35] Etihad Airways,[36] EVA Air,[37] and Qatar Airways.[38]

The Hong Kong-based company Swire Properties has two locations in Chaoyang.[39]

Beijing Hyundai Motor Company (BHMC, Chinese: S: 北京现代汽车有限公司, T: 北京現代汽車有限公司, P: Běijīng Xiàndài Qìchē Yǒuxiàngōngsī, Korean: 북경현대), a 50-50 joint venture of the Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. and Hyundai Motor Company,[40] has its sales offices in the Hyundai Motor Tower in Chaoyang District.[41]

Former economic operations

At one time China Xinhua Airlines had its headquarters in Chaoyang.[42]


Chaoyang serves as Beijing's diplomatic district. All foreign embassies to China are located in the district except for those of Russia and Luxembourg, which are both in Dongcheng. Chaoyang has three embassy areas in the Sanlitun, Chaoyangmenwai, and Liangmahe neighborhoods.[20]


Transformers Chaoyang Beijing.jpg
A Transformers: Dark of the Moon character in Beijing

Chaoyang District is one of the fastest growing districts in the Beijing Metropolitan Area. There are several subway lines running through the district. The Beijing Capital Airport, although surrounded by the Shunyi District, is an exclave of Chaoyang District.[43] The municipality as well as the Chinese national government spend almost a half million USD per day on developing this district.



Chaoyang is currently served by thirteen metro lines of the Beijing Subway:


Tertiary academic institutions

Public schools

International schools and kindergartens

Notable areas


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