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    Airport to City

    by stevemt Written Jul 24, 2009

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    For getting to the city from the airport.

    Use the subway.

    Its quick, its easy, its cheap - only 25rmb.

    When you get to the end of the airport line, you then need to buy a further 2rmb subway ticket to the stop you are going to.

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    Beijing Subway

    by machomikemd Written May 25, 2009

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    like any metropolis, Beijing has a mass transit railway called Beijing Subway and it has 8 main lines and it is one of the cheapest! a flat fare of 2 RMB and unlimited transfers for the duration of the trip! but a caveat, roads and highways in Beijing are very WIDE! that when going just to cross to the other side of the road is already an effort since the foot bridges are not short but long so remember that after riding the subway, prepare for for a Brisk Walk! if you have moeny to spend, I would recommend just using a taxi.

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    the moments of taking nap

    by picek Written Apr 22, 2009

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    waiting means observation

    Beijing subway is one of the most crowded places in the Earth but I am glad that you're able to reach the other end of Beijing within half hour. The trains are punctual, they run frequently every a few minutes but even though they're large there's seldom a place to sit, unless you board from the first station. We have been using it almost every day, though... for 2 yuan fare to any distance and any line, it is very affordable.

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    Cheap and convenient subway system in Beijing

    by enzhu Written Dec 20, 2008

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    The photo is a single trip ticket for Beijing Subway system.
    The ticket is good that there is a subway map on its back on showed, so you always have a subway map on your fingertip.
    The ticket is very cheap, it's a flat fee of 2 to anywhere.
    It's a little inconvenient you have to buy it at station everytime, so you may have to wait to get a ticket. Usually it won't take very long since most locals have multiple trip debit card.
    The train and subway stations are very clean, but it could be very crowded especially during rushhour.

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    even crowded... it is better than bus

    by bebejepang Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    subway map

    after Olympic, there are 8 subway lines: line 1, 2, 5, 10, 13, batong, olympic branch, and airport lines.
    line 1: connected to xidan (for shuttle bus to beijing airport), tiananmen square, forbidden city, and wangfujing street
    line 2: connected to beijing train station, xizhimen (for summer palace), jishuitan (for badaling great wall), yonghegong (lama temple), dongzhimen (transfer station for airport line)
    line 5: tiantandongmen (temple of heaven), yonghegong (lama temple)
    line 10: beitucheng (transfer station for olympic branch line)
    olympic branch: start from beitucheng (transfer station for line 10)
    airport lines: start from dongzhimen (transfer station for line 2, 13) to terminal 3 and then terminal 2.

    Ticket cost 2 yuan, regardless of destination, except for airport line (cost 25 yuan).
    run from 5am to midnight daily.

    route signs are bilingual: chinese and english. route sign also blinked to show the stop station.
    I've got the subway map from the below website.

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    Convenience IC Card: yikatong

    by bebejepang Written Nov 20, 2008

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    This smart IC card is prepaid transportation card, can be used for subway, bus, some taxi, also as public phone card.
    Can be bought at subway station, and can be return back (after no use anymore) at transfer station.
    Card deposit is 20 yuan, and put as much as 1000 yuan on it. The fare is deducted automatically with simple swipe the card on the machine. When you return the card, you will get the deposit money + money left on the card.

    I think it is really convenience, because:
    1. unnecessary to stay in line every time for buy subway card.
    2. unnecessary to prepare small coin for bus (bus cost 1 or 2 yuan, has no change)
    3. use card for bus has some discount (up to 60%), it is really good when use it for bus to badaling (normal cost 12 yuan).

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    subway to airport: airport express train

    by bebejepang Written Nov 19, 2008

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    Actually this is train but connected to subway (line 2 and 13). Just opened in June 2008.
    It is only has 3 stops: Dongzhimen (start), Sanyuan Qiao, terminal 3, terminal 2.
    About 15 min from Dongzhimen to terminal 3.

    Cost 25 yuan. Start from 5 am.

    If you find yourself in the wrong terminal, can take an available bus (free, outside the terminal) to get to the correct terminal building. Run every 10 min from 6am-11pm and every 20 min from 11pm-6am.

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    SUBWAY ... BESTWAY.

    by bojomacaraig Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    Subway Station

    The best transportation to get in around Beijing is the subway. When I ve been in Beijing in March 2008 subway stations were under renovation, new entry machines... new ticket booths were partially installed. And I was sure also for the new trains in preparation for the Olympics.

    So to avoid traffic and headache for unspoken english taxi and bus drivers always take subway around Beijing.

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    Subway is cheap and on schedule, but...

    by adoc Updated May 3, 2008

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    Beijing subway map

    Subway is cheap and on schedule, but...
    - also very packed during rush hours (7am-9am; 17pm-19pm)
    - not extensive. Currently there are only 5 lines (Line No.1,2,5,13 and Batong).
    Line No.1: Tian'anmen square (Forbidden City), Wangfujing shopping street, Silk Market
    Line No. 2 (Loop line): Temple of Heaven, Qianmen, BJ Train Station, Lama Temple, Drum and Bell Tower
    Line No. 5: Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple

    Good news is that more subway lines are under construction.

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    Subway

    by melosh Updated Feb 9, 2008

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    The subway was clean and the fare was cheap (2RMB unless you are taking the "train" branch that extends north that makes the total cost 5 RMB). The stations are announced in Chinese and English but I could not really understand either. As long as missing the right stop does not bother you too much --and you can always just hop on the subway going the other way-- this is a good way to get around town to many of the sites of touristic interest.
    The subway system is currently being expanded with new lines for even more convenience. A line out to the airport is promised.
    Although you should always use caution with your valuables, the subways seemed much safer than in many countries. I would never worry about coming up in the wrong neighborhood in Beijing as I might in Paris or NY.

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    Subway IC cards

    by ntm2322 Updated Nov 7, 2007

    Who needs monthly passes?

    Now people can use these smart 'Yikatong' IC cards.

    When you buy an 'Yikatong' IC card for the first time you have to pay a deposit of CNY 20.

    Later, when the money of your card is almost used up you can add more, CNY 10 as the smallest amount and CNY500 as the largest, with a limit of CNY 1000.

    Another advantage of these 'Yikatong' IC cards is that you can transfer freely among the subway lines and use them on public buses, taxis, expressways, etc.

    (Check NOW my ‘Bus tickets’ tip).

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    More important tips for subway travellers

    by ntm2322 Updated Nov 7, 2007

    Important information!

    When you take the subway you must of course buy your ticket. If you have a child with you he/she won’t need to buy one if your child heighs less than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet).

    Yes, you are absolutely right, in Europe is by age, not by eight (remember, this is a different world, a different culture, you shouldn’t judge if it is better or worse than the world you are used to live in, it is simply different).

    If you carry packages or luggages into the subway they shouldn’t be larger than 0.12 square meters (1.29 square feet), otherwise you will need to pay an additional ticket for them.

    Although bikes are very popular and you see them everywhere, don’t think you can take them into the subway.

    Besides, articles more than 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) long, large appliances like bicycles, washers, televisions, computer monitors, refrigerators, etc.), animals, grenades, atomic bombs and other strange stuff considered a danger to public health are simply prohibited (my advice is: abide by the rules, don’t try to be smart like you are in your country where you can easily fool the authorities, here is different).

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    Beijing Subway

    by ntm2322 Updated Nov 7, 2007

    Beijing Subway

    Daytime telephone (Monday-Friday): 010-6834 0565
    Nighttime telephone (Monday-Friday and the whole day of Saturday and Sunday): 010-6834 0563
    E-mail: dtservice@bjsubway.com

    Taking the subway is the fastest mode of transportation in Beijing.

    It usually operates from 5A.M to 11P.M.

    Beijing Subway in Chinese is “bei3 jing1 di4 tie3” (I can not show you the characters because your English Windows doesn’t support Chinese characters).

    Outside, when you see a square grey pillar on top of which is a lighted blue sign with the letter ‘B’, it means that there is an access to the subway station.

    No matter how long you travel and how many times you transfer to other subway lines, it costs you only CNY 2 to take a metro in Beijing. What a good deal!

    Beijing subway has 5 lines in operation:

    Line 1 (straight line): From Pingguoyuan station to Sihuidong station (visit the follow website for the timetable)
    Hot line Service: 010-6887 3399-5568 (Daytime) - 010-6887 3399-5543 (Night)

    Line 2 (loop line): From Xizhimen station to Jishuitan station (visit the follow website for the timetable)
    Hot line Service: 010-6229 2547 (Daytime) - 010-6229 2541 (Night)

    Line 13 (above ground railroad): From Xizhimen station to Dongzhimen station (visit the follow website for the timetable)
    Hot line Service: 010-6229 2547 (Daytime) - 010-6229 2541 (Night)

    Batong Line (Line 1 Extension): From Sihui station to Tuqiao station (visit the follow
    website for the timetable)
    Hot line Service: 010-6887 3399-5568 (Daytime) - 010-6887 3399-5543 (Night)

    Line 5: From Tiantongyuanbei station to Songjiazhuang station (visit the follow website for the timetable)

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    Beijing subway map

    by yangzhigong Written Aug 6, 2007

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    Beijing subway map

    Beijing is a large city, several suway line is under construction preparing for 2008 Olympic Games and for future city development. Line 1,line 2,line 13 and Ba Tong line is opening now, line 5, line 4, line10 and Olympic spur line will be done before Auguest 2008.

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    Extremely easy train system

    by nattybabe Updated Jun 5, 2007

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    The Beijing subway is extremely easy to use. There are signs in English and the stations are frequent and clean.

    The trains themsevles are also extremely clean and have clear maps as well as announcements in both Chinese and Engish regarding the next station.

    The price is Y3 per trip and the stations are located extremely close to major attractions.

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