OK. Beijing's taxis are very cheap and possibly the ONLY way of getting around with the exception of foot - its a big place tho! Problem with this is that no one speaks or understands written english - everything has to be written down in Chinese before you leave the hotel. It can be a harsh and lonely place when in Beijing - the picture gives an example of how you get about - the hotel will write it down for you and on the reverse is the hotel address in english and chinese
TAXIs are quite inexpensive in peking, the have taxometers and usually work quite well.
A taxi from the airport to the center is about 80-100 Yuan (including express way toll 15.- yuan)
There are several categories of taxis:
1.20 yuan, 1.60 yuan or 2.00 yuan and so on.
If you have lots of bags, check the trunk - they are mostly small as they have gas-tanks in there!
Whilst in Beijing you will probably find it best to get around by taxi. It is best if you are looking around to get a taxi to the furthest point of your planned trip and then walk back. If you get tired you can always take another taxi. The medium sized yellow saloons were always pretty trustworthy but, the bigger ones sometimes tried it on.
Travel by Air
The Beijing Capital Airport is undoubtedly China's top air hub, with 98 international, 21 regional and 757 domestic air routes linking the capital with 54 cities ( excluding those in Taiwan Province) in 39 countries.More than 40 foreign airlines have set up booking offices in Beijing. See details in the Beijing Directory .
To and From Airport
If it is your first time to Beijing, the best bet is to have your hotel send a shuttle bus to come and get you. The other option is to take a taxi. But don't go with the guys who come up to you and say' Hello, taxi?' They are people with private cars and there is no guarantee as to how much they will charge or whether you will get to you intended destination. The way to go is out the front door to the taxi line. There is usually a bit of a long line, but it moves fairly quickly as there are more than enough taxis waiting there at all times of the day. These drivers are reliable and will charge according to the meter. Remember to have a Chinese version of the address you are going to. The other and probably cheapest option is for those who are fairly familiar with the city. There are two airport bus lines that leave every 30 minutes.
Cabs are a good way to get around and they are very inexpensive. Make sure that the driver starts the meter when you get into the cab because you don't want to have to argue about the fare when you get to your destination. Most drivers will lock the doors when you get in so you can't just get out unless you pay. I didn't have any problems with any of the cab rides that I took but I did hear some horror stories. One last thing to keep in mind is that most cab drivers don't speak English so it's a good idea to have either a map or yoour destination written down in Chinese.
it's definitely an adventure :)
Everything goes okay when you take official taxis and have a guide book which has your destinations written in Chinese.
Take taxi in Beijing is not expensive, 10RMB for the frist 3 km, 2RMB for each 1 km, 50% addtional after 15km.
This is a 1.60 yuan taxi...which one could take if you want a more comfortable ride for a few cents more.
taxis are great and can be inexpensive but watch out for those taxis with no signs on them. they may try to take more money from you...
Known as 'Bread Vans' - can't remember if that was the 'official' name or our name... but these are the cheapest by a long way!