Beijing is a hub of communications with roads, highways, railroads and flights connecting all parts of China as well with the major cities around the world. The city now has a greatly improved transport system, though traffic jams may happen at peak times. Here I listed as much transport information as I can for your convenience, to make your Beijing tour more comfortable.
Get to or out of Beijing
With the development of civil aviation and the subsequent increase in passenger traffic, Beijing Capital International Airport has twice been extended, firstly in 1980 and then in 1999. The high standard of services and facilities has attracted 66 airlines to operate here. Currently, the airport has flight connections to some 88 domestic and 69 foreign cities. The Capital Airport has become one of the largest airports in the world.
When your trip is long, traveling by train is quite cheap and safe, but takes more time of course. There are three large types of train tickets in general: standing-room-only ticket, seat ticket and sleeper ticket. Price of sleeper ticket is much higher than that of the othe two types of tickets.
This is a more convenient and easier way for a relative short trip. There are more than ten long distance bus stations in downtown Beijing and some small ones in the suburbs.
Get around Beijing
Beijing is the first city equipped with services of subways in China with the first subway was open in 1969. Up to now, Beijing has 15 subways and one airport express line, which covers most area of central Beijing and some outlying areas and makes the transportation in Beijing greatly convenient. Taking a subway is definitely the fastest transportation in Beijing, because passengers can avoid frequent traffic jams by subway.
Taking a rickshaw is unexpectedly more expensive than taking a taxi, but allows tourists a unique view of the ancient Beijing. It is a popular way in Beijing Hutong Tours.
Beijing Public Bus
Public buses are the cheapest way to almost anywhere in Beijing. The trick is to find the right line to get where you want to go often you have to change buses several times, which is time-consuming and confusing. But the downside is that they are really crowded and uncomfortable, also, watch your wallet when you get on the bus. Pickpockets frequent bus stops and get your stuff just as you are getting on.
Though Beijing does suffer from congestion, its taxi drivers will find the fastest way to your destination. Bring the name of your destination in Chinese characters if your spoken Chinese is not good.
Bicycling is one of the best ways to visit Beijing. It is a safe, healty, convenient, economical and environmentally friendly means of travel and transportation. In China, it is also a kind of life style for the people. Due to the unique bicycle culture, China is nicknamed the "Bicycle Kingdom".
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