it is qute convenient to go around the Beijing you can take subway or bus... on the bus there is a person who can tell you where to get off the bus... or you can take taxi it's relatively cheap to take one.......well it's all up to you
In Beijing and China, you drive on the right. Unlike in USA, most tourists do not rent cars but rent a taxi or a car/van with a driver.
The signage have limited English and traffic jam during the rush hours must be expected.
There are many ring roads around Beijing which is longer but faster. Good news, there are no inner city toll gates except for the airport express road and roads outside Beijing.
You can take the Chair Lift up and down to the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
At the wall, you will be closer to the Fortress Tower than if you take the cable car.
For those who have a fear of height, the cable car may be a better option than to have your legs dangling out.
Bicycling can be fun, but...
Be very cautious when bicycling in busy streets. Always keep in mind that cars wouldn't let bicycle or people go first in China. However, bicycling in Hutong (alleys) area is fun and pleasant.
Most of the youth hostels have bikes to rent. The rental rate is 20CNY/bike/day and a deposit up to 400CNY is required. "Bicycle Rental" has a large network. The rental rate is also 20CNY/bike/day. www.bjbr.cn
How good was this?
One block from our motel, and across the road from the Temple Of Heaven, we found a BRT stop. I don't know what BRT stands for but I simply called it Be Right There.
When you get onto the bus you simply put 1 Yuan in the slot for your ride. This equates to the princely sum of US$0.10 cents!!!!!
We took this bus from the Temple Of Heaven to Tian'an Men Square and the Forbidden city.
El precio del tour a Muntiayu : 250 Yuan ( Hay que añadir 55 Yuan del teleferico)
Para visitar la Gran Muralla en Mutianyu , cogimos un tour , en el que eramos tres personas , incluía el transporte y visitamos :
Las tumbas Ming , (El Camino sagrado ) , La Gran Muralla en Mutianyu , una fábrica de cloissoné y tomamos la comida que estaba incluida en el precio
Tour price to Mutianyu :250 Yuan (you must add 55 Yuan for the cable car)
To visit the Great Wall in Mutianyu , we took a "tour" , where we were three of us with the transport included and we visited:
The Ming Tombs ( The Sacred Path) , the Great Wall in Mutianyu , a cloisonné factory and we had the lunch that was included in the price
We travelled to and from the Great Wall, Mutianyu with a contact that we had made through homanded on VT. He is called Alvin and he was so helpful during all of our visit to Beijing. He accompanied us to our hotel via taxi from the airport and made sure we checked in ok. He showed us the local vicinity around the hotel including taking us to the nearest supermarket. He took us in his mini van to and from the Great wall and accompanied us answering any questions we had. He also booked tickets for us at the Chaoyang Theater on our last day and even accompanied us by taxi there to make sure we got there ok. He is not an official guide, he is the Commercial Tourism Dept Manager for a Travel Service company,so did not charge a fixed price, but obviously we did give him some money in exchange for all of his efforts and for petrol. You can contact him at: email@example.com and tell him that Claire and Michael recommended him!
I found it amazing how inexpensive it was to get around Beijing.
Taxis are literally everywhere and I would imagine that they make up over 25% of the cars on the road in Beijing.
“Flag fall” in a taxi is 10 Yuan. (approx 7.6 Yuan = US$1.00)
This 10 Yuan is for the first 4 or 5 miles or 10 minutes before the meter even dares to move! (There are signs everywhere that warn that the minimum fare is 10 Yuan.
A taxi ride from our motel near the Temple of Heaven to the Silk Market, in peak hour traffic, was 22 Yuan. (US$3.00 for approx 25 minute ride.)
A bargain in any language!
There is so much walking to do as you climb up the Mutanying Great Wall. In order for you to enjoy the experience, take the cable car at the foot of Mutanying and just do the walking from its end station (it sure is the best journey). You can enjoy the nice view from the cable car. The sight of the trees, mountains, colourful leaves - is just awesome! The trip costs 50 Yuan. And mind you, I had the privilege of riding in the same cable car the US Former President Clinton rode in.
Also known as first cable car on the Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall Cable Car Services Co. Ltd. Provides 58 cable cars for you and me. It was built in 1986.
The cable way is 732m in length, 604m high and runs 3.5 m per second.
Just introduce the airticket booking website to you. I also use it a lot to book the ticket.
Yoee.com, best real time air ticket booking website in beijing, they provide the ticket delivery service after you booked, or you can book E-ticket to get the most best discount.
If you are visiting Summer Palace, you might be interested to hire a boat to cruise around Kunming Lake. You will find their booking counters near a dock at Kunming Lake. I have checked out the rate and regulation for your references:
4 persons boat ( Y40/hour ; Deposit: Y300)
6 persons boat ( Y60/hour ; Deposit: Y300)
Rules and Regulations:
1) Business Hours: 8:30 - 16:30
2) Minimum one hour rental: Over ten minutes counted as half an hour; Over forty minutes counted as one hour.
3) Deposit is collected when hiring a boat. Fee is calculated when return of boat.
4) The deposit card is the only certificated for fee calculation. This card is valid for one day only. If the card is missing, the deposit will not be refunded.
5) Mind the deep water. Over-capacity is prohibited on the boats.
6) Boats should be returned to the original dock of hire.
7) No drinking, swimming, standing and rough behavior while on boat.
8) Compensation will be required for boats damaged during hire.
If you have time, cruising around Kunming Lake is the perfect way to experience the beauty of Summer Palace.
The traffic in Beijing could be quite bad, with traffic jam starting in the morning. Hence, it made senses to start our day early. Being stuck on the road for more than a hour, I could take short naps in between, for travelling to-and-fro the same place daily. The assumption of bicycles being the only means of transport was no longer valid. Notice the number of cars at the other side where the bicycles were parked?? On the road, I saw Volvo, BMW, Merces…
If you take the taxis, go for the cheapest, ie the ones which have te 1.50 sticker on the window. Be prepared to take the scenic route because they will almost always drive you around in loops. Remember Beijing has FOUR ring roads.
Also, if you don't speak Mandarin, have your hotel write you the address of your destination.
After visiting Yuanmingyuan, I think ridding the boat to cruise around the Yuanmingyuan is the perfect way to see the park. This giant park is linked by water with canals or lakes. You could see the spectacular views of the gardens, lakes, birds, and trees. If you plan well, ridding the boat could save your time to shortcut your travel between South and North. You could see the boat ticket counter near the important sites. You have the flexibility to travel from one site to another site because they have stations on major stops.
Two Routes Available:
1) From South Gate (Near Canqiao) --> Transfer stop --> Ruins of European Buildings
Fare: Y20 per person.
2) Within Chanchunyuan, please refer to the map, A--> B--> C--> D
Y10 per person (A --> B only)
Y15 per person (A --> B --> C --> D)
Opening Hours: Spring/Fall (8:00-17:30); Summer (7:30-19:00)
Contrary to what Lonely Planet (May 2007) states, buses to Chengde depart from the Liuliqiao bus station in the south-west of the city centre and NOT from the Sihui bus station in the east of the city. I learnt this the hard way by going to Sihui first and then being told to go to Liuliqiao which happens to be on the other side of the city. The bus I caught took 4hrs when I was hoping it would take 2.5hrs as it didn't go via the expressway. It cost RMB73.
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