It's almost cliché to talk about Beijing's development as 'break-neck' or 'rapid', or to speak of a modern metropolis where the traditional and the futuristic live side by side. But the fact is, it's all absolutely true, and the stats certainly back it up: this city has gone through one hell of growth spurt in the last decade.
Ten years on from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, whose preparations would bring massive changes to the city, and an event that would serve as a catalyst for its continued expansion, we look at some of the standout figures.
Population of Beijing
Population over the age of 60
Number of buildings over 150m
Green coverage of city area
Average daily ridership of subway
Number of cars in Beijing
Total length of roads
Annual tourist visitors to Beijing
Number of letters posted annually
Mobile phone subscribers
Sources: skyscrapercenter.com; Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics; Baike; Wikipedia. Note: Many figures are latest available statistics, from 2017 year-end reports.