Below, we've listed some resources you may find especially useful in introducing you to Beijing. The Beijinger http://www.thebeijinger.com is one of the major English-language resources for residents of Beijing. The site has a classified ads section (with sections for apartment rental, employment, and services of all sorts), a lively forum, a restaurant review site, a blog, and much more. The Beijinger publishes a free monthly magazine.
Calling itself Beijing's only "reader-generated" magazine, City Weekend http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/ also runs a website where visitors can publicize events and post reviews of restaurants and bars. It has classified ads section too.
Transportation around Beijing is fairly simple. The city is built on a grid, so it's generally easy to navigate. Beijing is very flat, without hills, so riding a bike is popular and economical. Taxis are affordable, starting at 10 yuan per kilometer (about $1.50). The subway network is extensive, growing rapidly, and cheap -- 2 RMB (30 cents) no matter how far you go. But if you really want to travel like a Beijinger, it's helpful to learn to navigate the bus system. Beijing Bus http://www.bjbus.com/, the official online presence of Beijing's public transportation system, can help you do that. Just input your location and destination in Chinese or English, and the site will tell you which buses to take to get where you need to go.
The country's main official English-language newspaper, China Daily http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/ has a website offering the latest news, bulletin boards, and more.
One of the major English-language blogs about China, Danwei http://www.danwei.org, offers translations from Chinese media, original articles, and links to China-relevant content elsewhere on the web.