China Transportation

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China Transportation

  • Subway

    Beijing Transportation

    There's a lot of traffic going on in Beijing, so you should know that getting on a taxi isn't the best way to get around the city. You'll be stuck in traffic jams for a long time and even if there won't be any traffic jams, Beijing's roads are "ring roads" and it may take a while to get on the right ring. The best way to get around the city is by...

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  • Metro

    Guangzhou Transportation

    Guangzhou has one of the most comprehensive metro systems in China. It has a total of 8 lines serving the city centers, suburban areas, Baiyun Park, and the Airport. The following are some of the metro stations serving major attractions: Line 1 : Guangzhou East Station, Tiahe Sport Center, Martyrs' Park, Chen Clan Academy Line 2 : Baiyun Park,...

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  • Train

    Xi'an Transportation

    There are new fast trains up and running in various parts of China, (Beijing to Shanghai for a couple of years now) and still more routes being constructed at the moment - such as Xi'an to Tianyan which is meant to be ready by the end of the year. It would be great for travelling to the popular town of Pingyao which usually takes 8 hours by bus and...

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  • Taxis

    Beijing Transportation

    From the airport to downtown (Tianamen Area) most hotels will arrange a taxi for you for the bargain price of £25. You may also be approached in the terminal by the cheapest taxi in Beijing £28. We simple went to an official taxi outside the terminal, he will use a meter and we paid £8.20. Don't get ripped off.

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  • Xi'an Airport

    Xi'an Transportation

    The airport is 47 km from Xian city centre and there's a very convenient airport bus that goes there from outside the Melody Hotel which is opposite the Drum Tower in the city centre. The bus costs RMB27, takes about an hour or so and runs between 6am and 6pm.

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  • Airport

    Beijing Transportation

    When you take an international flight to Beijing, many flights arrive in the Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) at the new Terminal 3 (T3). After passport control, before collecting your luggage, you have to take the connecting monorail to the T3C station, the center of the huge Terminal 3, and that is where the luggage arrives at.

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  • Taxis

    Xi'an Transportation

    The easiest way around Xian other than your feet are the numerous green and blue colored taxis. They are cheap and easily flagged down. Just have the hotel concierge write down in chinese where it is you want to go.

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  • Public bus

    Beijing Transportation

    During my 2011 trip to Beijing, I took more public buses than the metro trains in Beijing. One of the reasons is because my hotel is away from the metro subway station. All of their bus-stops' signboards are in Chinese only. You need to figure out the name of your location in Chinese characters. If you can read and listen to the announcement, then...

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  • Bicycle

    Xi'an Transportation

    Being a plane city, Xi'an is a good place for cycling, and bicycles may be seen everywhere. One sign of the evolution of China is the disappearing of the traditional rickshaws. No one runs anymore, pulling a client: nowadays, the individual transportation remains, but mainly with motorbikes, with bicycles being a fading exception.

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  • Trains

    Beijing Transportation

    When you visit China, you may want to visit some other places besides Beijing. The speed train which connects major cities of China to each other, is a good option for comfort and saving time. A regular flight from Beijing to Shanghai will take about 2 hours. If you include time to reach the airport and check-in, the whole journey easily takes at...

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  • Rental Car

    Beijing Transportation

    China Temporary Driving Permit I had to admit this forum was usefull , hence i want to give my cent of experience with China Temporary Driving Permit. I have landed in Beijing Airport at 8am in Terminal 3. Then i went down to the Floor 1 ( where you can easily see all the bus stops/station outside) in this floor you should find "Motor Vehicle...

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  • Bicycles

    Beijing Transportation

    I was studying Chinese language and culture at BIT, Beijing institute of Technology when I decided that I wanted leave the campus and explore Beijing for my self. It wasnýt long after I arrived (from Australia) before I met some students that could speak reasonable English. They invited me to go to English corner, and there I met lots of friendly...

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  • Rickshaw

    Beijing Transportation

    chinese version of the Tricycle, similar to the Tuk Tuks of Thailand and Tricycles of Philippines and Cyclo of Vietnam. cost 20 RMB a short ride of 3 kilometers and 5 rmb per kilometer afterwards. a real novelty here in beijing and is used mostly for delivering small supplies to small shops around the city of Beijing hence you can see this a lot in...

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  • Airplane

    Beijing Transportation

    I flew from London to Xi'an with my ticketing done with Hainan Airlines...the first segment to Brussels was with Brussels Air but Brussels to Beijing and Beijing to Xi'an were with Hainan International and Domestic flights.....and I totally recommend them! (particularly that I got onto such a GREAT luggage deal with them! 50kg for my 1 year stay in...

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  • Walking

    Beijing Transportation

    Beijing is a flat city. So if you have a good physical condition, choose a hotel in the city center and go around walking. Is the best way of know a city. Sometimes we used the subway, but I didn´t felt a need of use bus tours (except to go to Great Wall).

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  • Maps of Beijing

    Beijing Transportation

    If you don't speak Mandarin, it can be a bit of a challenge communicating in China. However, I found that when I sought out younger people, more often than not they were able to speak enough English that they could at least point me in the right direction. It was also extremely useful to have a guidebook that included chinese characters for...

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  • Buying flight tickets online

    This is an excellent website for buying tickets when you are in China www.elong.net - also www.ctrip.com and www.travelchinaguide.com is also handy for loads of info and for train and plane tickets.Ive used it to buy internal flights 5 times so far, with only one problem in any of those purchases, was when they rung me back to check my credit card...

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  • Excellent website for following train...

    This is excellent to be able to look up train times in English - wwww.travelchinaguide.com - as getting tickets is not also an easy feat! (best having train code, time, fare etc all ready on paper when you want to buy...and some places have long queues. If you can read hanzi/Chinese characters then you can access the Chinese website that allows you...

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  • Airport at Qingdao

    well finally arrive at my final destination the nothern city of Qingdao, where the tradition has it for good beers ::)The airport here was quick and nimble on the way in I took the hotel shuttle waiting, and on the way back local colleague took me back. The hotel was about a 10 minute ride!The airport site in English has a very good info to those...

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  • airport at Pekin

    Continuing my saga, on my way home needed to pass by here and spent 4 hrs in the airport, this is coming in with China Eastern Airlines on arrivals from inland China.Again did not leave the airport but plenty of public transport herehttp://en.bcia.com.cn/traffic/map/map_t3.shtmlmost people I spoked with speaks English so the travel around it was...

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  • airport at Guangzhou

    well this was my entry point to China coming from Indonesia, so not much to go out ,just Inside airport visit.The restaurant is very modern, I came in on area B arrivals with China Southern airlines, and quickly into immigration, customs, and then security. Pretty fast and smooth.I departed on gate B208 on China Eastern Airlines, again very...

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  • TRAINS TRAINS TRAINS

    Trains are a relatively easy, cheap and convenient way to travel around China. Tickets cannot be booked more than 20 days in advance which can be a nuisance if you are needing to be planned, prepared and are in transit because the popular journeys at busy times of the year (eg summer holidays when China are also on their summer holidays) can get...

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  • Train from Beijing to Xi'an

    We took the overnight train from Beijing Station which looks more like an aiport terminal than a railway station. Security, waiting room. The train is non-stop.The 'soft' sleeper has two bunk beds ie 4 passengers. Luckily, we were travelling with friends so we had the whole compartment. At one end of the carriage is a western toilet, the other end...

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  • HOW TO PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS

    Always book flights within China. Much cheaper and readily available that way.I always use elong.net to get an idea of pricing.I seem to remember needing a chinese credit card to book, if not, you can book directly once you find a good deal/flight price.For instance, right now, one way between Xi'an and Beijing is 450 Chinese Yuan or, about USD...

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  • First Class Waiting rooms in Chinese...

    If you hold a first class ticket on a Chinese train you can wait in the First Class Waiting area at the train station. Unfortunately they are usually not easy to find but are well worth the effort because it is much more relaxed and less noisy in these areas/rooms. If you can find someone official who speaks English they might help. They are...

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  • TRAVELING DURING SPRING FESTIVAL

    Chinese New Year travel is the worlds largest humanmigration. With the Chinese workers all over China,the next forty days of the spring travel season, it is estimated that over 700 million Chinese will travelhome. In the USA on holidays we travel in the millionsin double digits, yet the Chinese travel in triple digitsIt is hard to concieve that 150...

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  • Show luggage tags when you exit

    In many Chinese airports the authorities want to make sure that you leave the airport with your own suitcase and not with somebody else's.For this purpose the airport staff is positioned at the luggage claim exit and ask you to show the luggage tags attached to your boarding pass, and compare them to the markings on the luggage you are carrying on...

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  • Taxis in large Chinese cities

    In the major cities of China, taxis are the best way to get around. In the five cities that we visited (Beijing, X'an, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai), the taxis were usually Volkswagen Jettas. They were clean (definitely cleaner than New York City cabs and comparable to London), and had enough room for three people in the back and one up front....

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  • TRAIN TRAVEL IN CHINA IS EXCELLENT WAY...

    %TRAINS Travelling by train in China is an excellent way to travel. China has one of the most vast train and railway networks in the world. The trains are clean, comfortable, fast ,reasonably quiet and with good security. I found travelling across China a great experience. Although I Always carry my own food and water. Train water can be very...

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  • Transportation Trap

    Getting around China can be expensive if you rely on cabs. They seem to hike up the price for tourists most of the time. We tried to get a cheaper option by taking the motorized rig but once at our destination they more than doubled the price and little did we know we were not even at our destination! Beware of these guys! they will promise but not...

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  • Hong Kong airport to Dongguan

    The best option to reach Dongguan (and other locations) from Hong Kong airport - and vice-versa - is through a "Limousine Service" aboard 8-seater minvans. Tickets for the Trans-Island Limousine service company can be bought at the C02 counter in HKG airport terminal for the price of about 210-240 HK$ one way. Service is provided directly to major...

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  • Flying to China from the U.S.

    When you fly to China, you will likely either arrive in Beijing, Shanghai, or Hong Kong. Airlines from the United States, at least, only serve these cities. To my knowledge, there are direct flights from Chicago, San Francisco, and Newark on United Airlines. American Airlines also has direct flights from Chicago as well as Los Angeles. Delta...

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  • Beijing Metro

    Beijing Metro was officially opened to the public in 1969. It is the busiest subway system in China and the second longest after Shanghai Metro. Beijing Metro has approximately 200 kilometrs of subway tracks. There are a total of eight lines today. Beijing Metro is undergoing rapid expansion to meet the needs of the local population as well as the...

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  • Nighttrains in China

    For long distances (more than 8 hrs.) I only use nighttrains in China. Convenient and cheap too. Also don't need a hotel for that night. Four person cabin is more private, but sleeping without cabin gives more opportunity to meet locals. Washing (no privacy) and toilet is very basic.Used the HS line from Beijing to Shanghai 2 weeks ago. Only 8...

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  • Pre-booking with C-Trip

    I've used C-trip before while living/working in China. I never had any issues with them. However, you cannot book tickets earlier than 4~5 weeks. Prices quoted prior to that are a forecast.Please note that depending on the airline that operates the final flight, paper tickets may be required. If so, you must be able to either supply a delivery...

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  • Online China Domestic Flight Bookings

    . You can book China domestic flight eTickets at http://www.elong.net/and http://www.ctrip.com and http://www.yoee.comSome flights are discounted. Sometimes 50% or more! In China, the flights are discounted closer to the date of departure.May 2007 I flew from Xi'an to Shanghai. I got 50% discount off the base and had to pay an additional 130 rmb...

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  • China's High Speed Trains

    China's rail roads infrastructure has advanced very rapidity. I was amazed by the new stations and High Speed Trains on my latest trip compared to just a few years ago. They now have intercity trains traveling over 280 KM/hour. That is over 170 miles/hour. The High Speed Train seems quicker between Shanghai and Suzhou the getting to the train...

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  • Hiking or Bamboo Rafting along the Li...

    It's far more interesting to appreciate the beauty of the Li River by hiking, instead of taking an ordinary cruise. You'd better start from the Yangdi Dock and down the river to Xingping. This section is the highlight of the Li River cruise. If you are afraid of the long and tough road, you can take a bamboo raft along this section. You can find...

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  • China Eastern Airlines

    Shanghai-based China Eastern (MU) is one of the big four Chinese airlines, split off from Air China a few years ago.It is strong in and out of Shanghai and other cenrral Chinese cities, but also in Yunnan (because China Yunnan Airlines was 'returned' to China Eastern in 2003).It's aircraft are modern, but it just feels like they are older than...

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  • Hainan Airlines

    Hainan Airlines (HU) is probably my favourite Chinese airline. It has modern, well-run aircraft (767 and newer 737s) which are bright and well kept inside.Food service remains 'China standard' but this airline just seems a lot more professional than its domestic competitors.It took over (or just rebranded) some real third-level Chinese airlines a...

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  • Shanghai Airlines

    Shanghai Airlines (FM) is one of China's smaller airlines, but very popular for good reason.Well-run , modern aircraft (B757 and 737) with better than average service.Strong out of Shanghai's Hongqiao airport.Recommended.

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  • Flight/Train schedules

    The website (apparently targeted helping HK travelerst) has Chinese domestic flight and train schedule, in CHINESE. Some of the info does not seem to be updated often, but it gives you something to start with, IF you read Chinese.

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  • don't use foreign websites to buy plane...

    A ticket from Shanghai to Guiyang on Expedia cost USD 264, economy class, same ticket from Chinese travel agency or hotel cost 640 RMB (that is USD 100, bought 12 days before departure both). Ticket from Guiyang to Chengdu (one hour flight) is 320 rmb (USD 50) bought in China, but USD 110 from Expedia. So don't plan train - plane travel based on...

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  • Beijing to Badaling: by Bus

    Another option if you're going to Badaling side of Great Wall is by Bus from De Sheng Men. Get into BUS 919 and pay 12 Yuan ($1.80)

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  • Ferry Service to Hong Kong

    Since 1988, several ferry companies have offered fast and convenient ferrry service to Hong Kong from numerous mainland cities located throughout the Pearl River Delta. Most of these ferries arrive at and depart from the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The Chinese cities served by ferry service include Dongguan,...

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