|Travel by Air||Air-Ticket Booking||Beijing Capital Airport|
|By Airport Shuttle Bus||Travel by Train||Train Ticket Booking|
|By Taxis||By Subway/Light Rail||By Public bus|
|By Bike||By Car||By Pedicap|
Travel by Air
The Beijing Capital Airport is definitely the China's largest airport, with over 100 international, 21 regional and 757 domestic air routes connecting the capital with 54 cities in 39 countries. More than 40 foreign airlines have established booking offices in Beijing. More than 1,000 flights arrive and depart daily.
Air Ticket Booking
The the larget flight booking center is located in the China Aviation Building at 15 West Chang'an Avenuenear Xidan. Most international and domestic airlines now have ticket and booking offices at major hotels. All sizes of ticket booking offices are abundant in all corners of Beijing. Many local travel agencies provides fast, reliable booking services. You can also easily book your air-tickets through the booking counters set up by various airlines in the Beijing Capital Airport.
Beijing Capital Airport
The Capital Airport, for both international and domestic flights, is located 27 kilometers (16.8miles) north of the city center. The taxi fare is approximately 100 yuan from town. Shuttle buses run every 30 minutes from 05:30 to 19:00 between the China Aviation Building and the airport. Shuttle buses run each hour from both the China Art Gallery and Zhong Guan Cun to the airport. The bus fare is 16 yuan. For the Capital Airport Information Desk, call 64563604(24-hour service). Travel time to the airport on the new Airport Expressway is about 35 minutes.
By Airport Shuttle Bus
|Xidan||Sanyuan Bridge||Capital Intl.Airport||Every 30 minutes
6 a.m.-7:30 p.m
|Every 30 minutes
7 a.m.-7:30 p.m
|Every 30 minutes
|Every 15 minutes
6 a.m.-7:30 p.m
|Fangzhuang||Liangma Bridge, International Trade Center||Every 30 minutes
|Sanyuan Bridge, yuyang Hotel, Hotel Kunlun, Dongzhimen, Dongsi shitiao, chaoyangmen||International Hotel||Every 30 minutes
Travel by Train
Taking the train in China is most commonly used transport for the Chinese to make domestic travel. In the train train, you can meet people from all over the country, and the views from the train windows cannot be seen through other form of travel.
Beijing has four railway stations, linkingto almost the main cities in China. The four stations are Beijing Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station, Yongdingmen Station and Xizhimen Station. There are four kinds of tickets available : hard seats, soft seats, hard sleepers and soft sleepers. For soft sleepers, 4 people share one compartment. For hard sleepers, 6 people share one open
compartment without door. If you are going for any destination for a travel time of over 12 hours, you should try to buy a sleeper. It is a good idea to take your own food. Instant noodles, fruit and sausages are what most people bring. Hot water is available on the train.
Beijing's West Railway Station is Asia's largest rail terminal and is very modern and well-equipped.
Train Ticket Booking
It is more convenient for you to use your hotel travel service or front desk to purchase you a train ticket ( for a small booking charge ) It ofen sometimes ave you from confusing and time-consuming to buy a ticket by yourself. Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station have a special counter selling tickets to foreigners and overseas Chinese. Tickets can be bought up to 6 days in advance.
It is necessary to show your passport ID when booking or buying tickets.
Takinga taxi is the most convenient way to get about Beijing. There are 70,000 taxis in use in Beijing. There are normally two different price categories: 1.60 yuan/km and 2.00 yuan/km charging starting at 10 yuan during the day and 11 yuan from 11 p.m. If you can't speak Chinese, it would be a good idea to bring along the address in Chinese of the destination you want to go, as most drivers'Engling is only limited to "hello"and "ok". Avoid the illegal taxis. The legal taxis' plaque starts with the number" B ". More and more new types of cars are put into operation. Many new taxis are Hyundai and Sonata.
By Subway / Light Rail
Beijing was the first city in China to have a subway. Although often crowded, the subway and light rail is often the fastest way to get around the city area. There are two subway lines: line 1 and line 2 ( loop line ). The Line 2 runs under the second Ring Road, and the straight line which extends from Xi Dan out to Pingguo Yuan.so if you are going to places within the second Ring Road. Subway tickets are 3 yuan, and to make a full circle on the circle line takes about 40 minutes, and from Xi Dan to Pingguo Yuan takes about 30 minutes. More lines of subway are under construction. Batong Light Rail Line and Line 13 are the main light rails in Beijing. Subway and light rail trains arrive every few minutes from 5:15 to 10:40 pm. Route signa are bilingual and all stations are announced on the trains in English and Chniese.
By Public bus
Besides bicycles, public buses are the cheapest and most popular way to go about Beijing.In Beijing there are lots of buses and trolley buses and long-distance buses that travel to other parts of China. Taking a bus is a tough job for a foreigner, since it is hard to find the right line to get where you want to go and sometimes you have to change buses many times. The public bus system in Beijing is very good. Virtaully you can go almost anywhere by bus. But the weak point is that they are very crowded and not comfortable. At the same time, watch your wallet when you get on the bus. Pickpokets often appear on buses. There are mainly two kinds of buses: air-condetioned buses and non-air-conditioned buses.
Generally the buses work from 5 am to 10pm. The frequence of dus departure varies with different routes: usually every 5 or 10 minutes there should be a bus arriving at the bus stop. Charges vary from 1 yuan to 6 yuan depending on how far you travel. There are four major long-distance bus stations in Beijing: Dongzhimen, Muxiyuan, Beijiao and Majuan and Guangqumen.
China is often called" the sea of bicycles". In Beijing today the bicycle is still a most convenient transport for most people. Renting a bike may be is a good idea to travel the city on your own. You can easily rent a bike from your hotel, paying 20-50 yuan per day. You have to have a deposit for the rental. If you stay in Beijing for along time, you may consider buying a bike. Biking around Beijing is a good way to get to know the city. Nobody wears bike helmets. There are all different price ranges for bikes. Cheap Chinese-made bikes cost around US$30,but you also can get American mountain bikes for several hundred Usdollars. Mountain bikes are cool, but virtaully not necessary as Beijing is a flat city.
Remark:if you buy an expensive bike, make sure not to never leave your bike unattended, especially at night. You can buy bike at many stores.
Cars in Beijing could be very costly. If you purchase a foreign import, you have to pay about 100-150% import tax on the car. So the price is normally double of that abroad. Joint-ventures like Volkswagen Audi are also more expensive than they are overseas. Chinese-made vehiches are cheaper, but the quality is not very good. It is a good idea to rent a car. You can rent a car and drive yourself if you have the right driving document.
But rickshaws are actually threewheeled bicycles often driven by men for the purpose of entertaining travellers. There are amny them circling around the tian'anmen square area and hutong areas like Shichahai and Xuangwu. They are ready to take passengers. It is mice to take a ride around the square and hutong area in the evening.
Be warned: before taking the pedicap, make sure you come to a price agreement first. There are many con-men out there,and you shoul be firm and clear about your market price. Actually there is no set price for a ride, so you just have to decide how much you are willing to pay, and work with that, they usually charge about 20 to 100 yuan depending your travel distance. You should lso give a clear direcion and make sure the man has the right certificate. Normally the driver should have a card hanging around his pedicap to remind you of it.
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