Transportation Around Beijing

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Transportation Around Beijing – Getting To Where You Want To Go

In this article, we’ll take a look at Transportation Around Beijing.  If you are off on an Asian adventure to Beijing, China it would be wiser to know how you can freely roam around Beijing to see the sights and sounds that await you in this heart of China.  The Beijing Municipal government has made it their job to improve all of the infrastructure and modes of transportation that can make traveling around this city as convenient as possible for its citizens and for the countless visitors that visit this capital of China.  There are six main roads that surround Beijing.  Once you arrive after your flight to Beijing Capital International Airport you can take the Airport Express which is a subway line linking terminals from one to the other.

You can just purchase your ticket and wait for your ride in this subway since every 10 to 12 minutes another Airport Express train passes by.  As a passenger on this subway you need to get a subway card which can be bought in a vending machine which has Chinese and English signage or the ticket office whichever is most convenient for you.  The price varies according to your final stop.  Your subway card will be reclaimed as soon as you exit at your final destination.  Avoid damaging the subway card or you will be charge with a replacement fee of 250 Yuan( $39).  I have personally found the subway to be the most efficient and timely way to get into the city center; however, if this is your first Beijing visit, the journey can be very confusing, plus you’ll probably need to transfer trains once or twice to reach your destination.

For those who have made hotel bookings in advance you may be provided the convenience of being provided with your hotel shuttle service.  If you prefer a taxi, pick legitimate taxis that are lined up outside the airport arrival hall for your own protection.  Airport Shuttle Buses run every 30 minutes covering different routes which can cost about 16 Yuan ($2.54).

Although it is most convenient to travel by Intercity buses, since it is one of the most common public transportation that you can see on Beijing’s streets, it is the none English speaking Chinese bus drivers that makes it difficult for tourist to know which way they want to go.  Another alternative would be to make reservations with your travel tour agency for a tourist bus ride so that you can happily snap those countless photos that you are itching to take as you go around Beijing.

The difficulty that you will face with subway train rides in Beijing is that there is a slight problem with the little English spoken by those who work in these trains.  It would be wiser to purchase train tickets at some of the alternative railway ticket offices within Beijing City.  Don’t let the language be a barrier to your travels.  The subway system is very good and can get you almost anywhere you need to go, and very cheaply too!  There are system maps available and they do identify the stations in both Chinese and English.  I was quite intimidated with the whole subway mode of travel, but once I had tried it, I use it all the time now when visiting Beijing.  Simply because you can “see” where you are, you may consider it is safer to take the Beijing bus since they cover the same stations that you need to reach going in the downtown area where the famous tourist attractions await you in this particular Beijing, China adventure.

This Chinese city has a great love for bikes since it is the most convenient alternative to walking.  It would be wise to ask for some bikes to ride to help you save your feet from acquiring calluses from the long walks that you will take, unless of course you have the time to spare to rest your tired feet.  Some tourist spots can be taken with a short walk like the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Beihai Park.

Purchasing the Beijing Transportation Smart Card when you arrive may be a good choice.  Simply present your valid identification to buy the card.  It can be a good way to travel since this card can be used on Airport Express trains, subways, city buses and some taxis (cabs) with signs that say Welcome to Use IC Card.  As a passenger you get up to an 80% discount when you pay for your intercity bus fare using this card.  You can also get discounts in some selected supermarkets, department stores and a lot more.  You can purchase this card for 20 Yuan ($3).

Transportation Around Beijing – Times to Avoid!

Finally, avoid traveling to Beijing during these Chinese public holidays: Chinese Spring Festival (January or February), International Labor Day (May 1 to 7) and National Day (October 1 to 7) since this are highly celebrated holidays that draw the biggest Chinese crowds that you can ever see.  If this will not stop you from learning more about Chinese culture then by all means go ahead and dare to travel to Beijing.

This has been a quick look at Transportation Around Beijing.  Next, well visit The Summer Palace.