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    Catch the Local Bus

    by K.Knight Written Sep 10, 2008

    With the cheap price of Taxis in Beijing, some would ask "Why bother catching a local bus?"
    I believe that when you travel you need to experience the culture of everyday life of the local people. Anne and I therefore like to catch a local bus/subway/train etc at least once.
    Like the BRT express service, the local bus is only 1 Yuan per trip. (Approx US$0.10 cents in July 2008.)
    Yes taxis are cheap but you do not get to experience the locals and take a leisurley sightseeing trip for an inexpensive price.

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    English speaking Taxi driver

    by jlanza29 Written May 18, 2009

    On the 2nd night in Beijing we were standing at a que at the Grand Hyatt hotel waiting to get to our hotel, which was only about 3 miles away but we had done a great amount of walking, so we wanted to cab it, but several taxi's wouldn't take us because it was a short ride....but one cab driver did...and we were so glad we ended up with him.

    His English name is David Yao and he speaks enough english to communicate with you and it help quit a bit, we ended up hiring him for the day to take us to Badaling section of the great wall, the Ming tombs and the Summer palace all for 400 RMB. He picked us up on time at our hotel drove us, waited as we saw the sites. He gave me his business card and wanted to make sure I let people know about his services...

    His mobile number is : 86-10-136-8155-2975
    He's email address is :

    I would highly recommend him to anyone, he was honest and well priced....

    We also asked him to take us back to the airport and he charge us 90 RMB. And with the amount of traffic there is in Beijing it was well worth it.

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    Day trip to Chengde

    by idy Written Jul 24, 2009

    All you have to do is catch an early bus direct to Chengde and then hop into a cab or bus (lots of buses go to the Summer Resort) when you get to the Chengde bus station. At the end of the day, you can catch a bus back to Beijing at the same bus station, there're buses leaving fairly regularly, even at night.

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    Taxis in Beijing

    by Gryphon25 Written Jul 14, 2007

    One of out travel companions had hurt their ankle so we were forced to take taxis even over short distances. This proved to be more of a problem than we thought. The drivers refused to take us to our destination because it wasnt worth the fare. We eventually worked out the best thing you could do was to first get in and then give your destiantion.

    As you already know always keep your eye on the meter to make sure its running and running properly.

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    Hire a Good English speaking Guide

    by KevinMichael Written Oct 21, 2007

    Fortunately with my sister and her family living in Beijing, it made it easy for us to get an excellent guide for getting around and seeing Beijing. Our guide, a friend of my brother-in-law, goes by the
    name of Henry Du Bao-hui (just call him Henry). He speaks excellent English and I would recommend him for any English speaking foreigners that want to get around Beijing. He's open minded, educated, and he was part of the Tiananmen Square protests. We paid him a good amount for the day.

    Henri took us to the Great Wall, a great little restaurant in the countryside outside Beijing, and the Ming Dynasty Tombs.


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    Beijing bus

    by susanpingu Written Mar 15, 2008

    Either the bus driver or the conductor (if there is one) will announce the next stop. In some cases, they have pre-recorded announcements as the bus gets ready to stop next. Metro/subway is easier but doesn't go everywhere. For example, there is a bus station near the entrance to the Summer Palace, a bus stop just at the entrance to Beihai Park and a bus stop about 5 mins walk to Panjiayuan flea market (I don't think the subway goes to these locations).

    The question is really do you know what your intended destination sounds like in Chinese. Get it written down in Pin Yin and try to remember what it sounds like so you'll recognize it when the next stop is called. The other thing to consider is if you stay in a 'hutong' or somewhere not central, you may need to transfer to another bus starting from some central location like Beijing Zhan train station which has at least four different bus terminals.

    I used the bus and Metro exclusively when I was in Beijing. Fellow passengers on the bus are usually helpful; get your destination written down (also in Chinese) for ease of communication. If you like using the bus, just do's not really that big a hassle. Buy the 'yi ka tong' transportation card; it's good for bus and metro, even for the bus ride to Badaling Great Wall.

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    Getting to Simatai Great Wall

    by Restless-in-kl Written Oct 22, 2006

    Found out from the Lonely Planet book that we could take a minibus to Simatai section of the Great Wall. It was really cheap and departed from a youth hostel close to where we were staying.

    It was a harrowing experience to say the least! The driver tried to fill up the little bus as much as he can and we were made to sit on the floor right in the middle section of the bus where there were no seats! All we were given was a thin piece of cushion.

    The journey was 3 hours from Beijing and it was so uncomfortable sitting cross legged on the floor and when the bus stopped suddenly, we were like a pack of dominoes!

    I would not recommend taking this bus no matter how cheap it was. It's just too darn uncomfortable. And after a hard day of trekking the Great Wall, you just want a more comfortable ride home.

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    Beijing Capital Airport shuttle bus timetable

    by cpim2004 Updated Nov 26, 2004

    Airport Shuttle
    Inquiry Tel: +8610 8788-9552, +8610 6433-5878 (Chinese Language Only)

    Xidan(China Airline Building)
    Dongzhimen, Sanyuan Bridge, Dongsishitiao, Chaoyangmen
    Capital Airport
    Every 30 minutes, 5:30am-8pm

    International Hotel
    Dongzhimen, Jingxin Building
    Every 30 minutes, 7am-6pm

    Fangzhuang Guiyou Store
    China Southern Hotel
    Every 30 minutes, 6am-7pm

    Gongzhufen(Xinxing Hotel)
    Frendship Hotel, Anzhen Bridge, Bei Taipingzhuang
    Every 30 minutes, 6am-7pm

    No.2 Bridge of Zhongguancun
    Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SINOPEC
    Every 30 minutes, 6:30am-7pm
    Sanyuan Bridge, Liangma Bridge, Yuyang Hotel, Hotel Kunlun, Dongzhimen, Dongsi ***iao, Chaoyangmen,Wangjing, Xiaoyang, Xueyuan Bridge, Beijing Continental Grand Hotel, Zizhu Bridge, Hangtian Bridge, Gongzhufen
    the above five starting stops
    Every 30 minutes, 6am-7pm

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    Geting Beijing by air is a...

    by yuk13 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Geting Beijing by air is a norm. There are daily international flights to and from most of the major cities around the world.
    Within the city, taxi is the most ideal transportation.

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    By plane

    by monica78 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    They are not so good in English so even taxi can be bad transportation.
    A English guide can be good suggestion!

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    Airplane and Train

    by kittyzhaojin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    the taffic transportation are terrible in holidays.
    to some place ,cycling or walking could be nice and convenient.

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