Beijing Transportations

As you known, Beijing is the capital and a municipality of the People's Republic of China, which is also a transport hub, with a sophisticated network of roads, railways and a major airport. There are five completed ring roads in Beijing, which is encircled with nine expressways heading in virtually all compass directions. What's more, you can enjoy the convenience bring s from eleven China National Highways. In a word, it is really convenient for travelling in Beijing.

1. By Air

Beijing Capital International Airport is the primary airport in Beijing and the busiest civilian airport in China. Nowadays, it has 98 domestic flights to 91 cities in the country and 101 international flights to 76 cities overseas. Besides, Nanyuan Airport is another smaller airport in Beijing. There are only domestic flights to some major cities, such as Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Sanya, Chongqing, and Changsha, and some smaller cities.

2. By Train

(1) Beijing Railway Station
Located in Dongcheng District, between Chongwen Gate and Dongbian Gate, Beijing Railway Station mainly operates the international routes. There are trains to Moscow, Pyongyang and Ulan Bato. It also serves short-journey trains to neighboring tourist sites, such as Tianjin, Qinhuangdao,Qingdao and Taiyuan

(2) Beijing West Rail Station
Located in Lianhuachi Road (E) of Fengtai District, Beijing West Rail Station is among the biggest railway stations in Asia. The station mainly operates the domestic routes to Hangzhou, Chongqing, Xian, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Harbin, Changchun, Jinan, Dalian, and Shenzhen.

3. By Long-distance Buses

Beijing is the largest hub of major roads in China. Twelve national highways and eight main expressways offer Beijing a superior status in road transportation.

Xianglong Zhaogongkou Long-Distance Bus Station
This is the largest station with satisfactory facilities. Bus tickets should be purchased 3 to 5 days before your journey, or on your arrival at the station. During the low season, you can even pay after getting aboard.

4. City Transportations

(1) By City Bus

Over Beijing city, there are more than 800 bus lines, numbered from 1 to 998. The lines cover the whole Beijing city and extend to the suburban area and the Great Wall.

(2) By Subway

In Beijing, the fastest transportation is the subways. It is also a good way to avoid the traffic crowd on road. Now four subway lines and two light rail lines are being operated in Beijing. They connect the city’s downtown area such as the Tiananmen Square, with the suburbs.

The price of the subway is CNY2 in spite of the distance and transit between lines. And Transportation Smart Card is available. When arriving at the stations, there are announcement in both Chinese and English.

(3) By Taxi

This is the most convenient way for new comers to travel in Beijing.. Most Beijing taxi drivers can speak simple English. Generally speaking, you can hail a taxi easily except in some busy area with a solid white line and polices, for example, the Tiananmen Square, where you have to look for a taxi stand or wait at the side street. But remember to make sure that you hail an official taxi with a taxi sign on the roof of the car and with the driver’s license

(4) By Bicycle

If you want to sightsee freely in Beijing and if you are energetic enough, it is extremely a good idea for you to rent a bicycle to cycle during your sightseeing. It is free, relaxing, and deep into the local life, and it is greatly promoted in Beijing now.

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