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Beijing Metro Pass

by Bigmac52

Does anyone have any information about the Beijing Metro Pass ( Yikatong )?

How much ?

How long do they last ?

Can you buy a family pass ?

Are they onlyvalid on certain lines ??

etc, etc



Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by Pomerol

When in Beijing last month, I used the metro all the time and I did not hear about a metro pass. But at 2 yuang a trip (about 30 cents), I don't know if it's really worth the effort of finding a pass.

Have fun in Beijing

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by johnmperry

The main benefit of passes is not having to queue to buy a ticket! I'd be surprised if it was anything other than a stored value card, so usable everywhere. And bus I should think.

There, told you!

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by ellyse

The Yikatong is a stored-value card, it's not a pass in the sense that you pay a fixed amount of money and it's then valid for a certain amount of time/trips.
No family pass. Each person will need his/her own card.
They're valid on all lines and actually also on buses as well.

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by greencargirl

Ellyse is right. We've got 2 kids and there's no discount for them; everyone pays the same. I'll just add, if you plan to use either the Metro and/or bus often, it is very convenient! You can refill the card. The card itself costs 20RMB, and then you add value onto it.

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by ellyse

I think kids below a certain height might ride for free on the metro and buses though.

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by Badger1492

Where can you buy the cards?

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by greencargirl

You can recharge them by machines in the station that say "recharge", but I think you have to buy them from a staff person at the window (at most metro stations). They probably don't speak english, but you can get someone to help you, use sign language, a translation book, etc. if you need to.

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by Badger1492

OK. thanks.

Re: Beijing Metro Pass

by CarFan65

I know this topic froze some time ago, but I wanted to add that there IS another benefit, other thannot having to queue up to buy tickets. Using the yikatong is cheaper than buying a ticket. When using the bus you get 60% discount, students from university even get 80%. Even if the bus ride is not that expensive itsself, when using the busses for 1 yuan oer ride, it is still convenient to use the card, because you just pay 0,40 yuan. it can be used when travelling with the subway and bus and if you plan to go to the Great Wall by bus you can also use it.
So it is advisable to purchase such a card when planning on travelling in beijing and staying for a longer time.

Travel Tips for Beijing

You must be patient and very...

by tinyaidasima

You must be patient and very tolerant. Get to know the people and just relax. Without it, Beijing is HELL. But whenever you are mentally ready, Beijing can be the most amusing city in such a tragic yet endearing way. Beijing is a pretty iron maiden, whose heart is hidden so deepn in her bossom because she has an image and a stern face to keep. *I am working on it, more update soon*

No tipping, poor service?

by melosh

Tipping is not customary in China. My son who lives near Beijing believes this may explain why the service is often so indifferent, inefficient and even cold in Beijing restaurants. I observed this at almost every good restaurant we visited, even though my son spoke Chinese and was always friendly and courteous. Come to think of it, this was only not true at the most modest place we ate at during my stay in Beijing.

This lack of tipping would not explain why everywhere else I visited in China the service seemed both efficient and very friendly.

Watching Badminton

by SLLiew

In Olympics badminton, there are men's and women's single, double and mixed double.

The major badminton power houses are China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark, South Korea, United Kingdom as well as many countries represented by former Chinese and Indonesian players.

Each game is played with winning two of out three sets. The shuttle speed is fast. Any slight wind condition can affect play as so players have to adjust when they change court. Temperature will aslo room condition.

Besides physical and skills, winning in badminton is a major mental fight. Audience can get really rowdy but players are used to friendly and unfriendly reception.

Malaysia won her only Beijing Olympics medal through a silver in the men's single by Lee Chong Wei who was awarded a title "Datuk" by the Penang State Government and financial awards upon returning home. Well done Datuk Lee.

Best Prices we found

by traveling4fun about Silk Market

This is a six story building that has everything including a restaurant on the sixth floor. Open from 8:30 till 9:00 from October-March and then open until 11:00pm the rest of the year. The best time to shop is during the week (not weekends) early in the mornings. It will take some getting use to if you are not familiar with the bargaining system. Opening prices are always 6 times what they will eventually take for the product. If you are using western thinking about what the products are worth then you will loose money in the bargaining process. These are very low grade products no matter what they look like. We had some local friends from the area who gave us the scoop on buying here and we were surprised how cheaply we could purchase items. Just remember nothing is how it is represented. Leather is not real leather; cashmere and pashmina are their names for soft wool but they are not cashmere and the Gore-Tex was just a name added to the clothing. Some jade was just glass and some pearls had glass bead centers. We found that there were better qualities in about every item and you just had to ask for them for better quality and they keep bringing out higher qualities of the same items. This was especially true for women's purses and all watches. We were offered a cheap look alike for one price and after asking for something better we found an exact duplicate for just 15 rmb ($2.00) more. Do not buy electronics in these shops. They are not as they are represented and are poor quality at best. The CDs and DVDs that are sold here are poor quality and are not legal in the states or Europe so avoid them. The porcelain contains high quantities of lead so buy it for show only and don't use it to eat or drink from. The silk is good and this is a great place for those family gifts to take back home. Chopsticks, fans, jade, Chinese art and pearls are cheap and easy to find but make sure you study how to buy jade and pearls before you shop here. This is also the HOME of the FAKES. Mont Blanc, Rolex, Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, and the list goes on. Remember there is almost always better quality than what you are first shown so ask for it. We got prices like 1600RMB ($200.00) for one item and would end up only spending 100RMB ($12.50) on the same item of higher quality. They would say you are killing me with these prices but as they were taking your money they would then ask how many more do you want to buy at this price. The rule is if they sold it to you they made money. Also we could not come to agreement on the price at one shop but could buy the same quality for less that we were originally going to pay just one shop over. There are over 1500 shops so plan on taking some time. The prices are very cheap. We bought the best quality we could find of the following items and here are the prices we paid in March 2006. This is a list of just a few things: men's Gore-Tex jacket 140RMB ($17.50), best quality designer purses 50-120RMB ($6 - 15.00), designer & popular back packs 70RMB ($9.00), best name brand watches 50RMB ($6.00) automatic with crystal faces 100RMB ($12.50) Japanese movement 150RMB ($19.00) and Swiss movement 280RMB ($35.00), Silk scarves 20RMB ($2.50), best chopstick set 40RMB ($5.00), softball sized jade balls 30-50 RMB ($4 - 6.00), set of 2 designer pens with leather case 40RMB ($5.00), designer sunglasses 25RMB ($3.00), silk dress top 60RMB ($7.50). Everything was at least 1/6th of the asking price and some things were even cheaper than that. Get rid of your western thinking of what things would cost in the US and Europe and you will do well.

Sail about in Xidan

by wwliu about Xidan culture square

Some people like shopping during daytime. Nice at night,too. Xidan street is another famous shopping street contrast to Wangfujing street. In addition, therer is a culture square where provide area to hold some activities. Especially at night, neon light adorn the square beautifully. Beside shopping, enjoying the light also is a good idea. whatever


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