Last updated by david at 2014/7/13
A number of tourist trains serve attractions in the suburbs of Beijing. Tickets for these special trains can be bought at all the ticket counters around the city. Many train stations have green passage for these special trains through which tourist can board without booking a ticket in advance and ticket can be bought upon boarding. Groups of more than 10 people, can be book three to 10 days in advance through phone: 010-65636733.
Some train ticket booking center even sell attractions adminitration fee. Sometimes purchase of attrations fee may offer you a free train ride on train to these attractions.
Beijing has a fleet of modern, air-conditioned vehicles, using environmentally friendly fuel systems. The Beijing bus system is more complicated than the subway as it is a maze of different routes. Some buses have conductors, the others have not. The most important thing to know in the correct bus number and the stop you want. The cost of travelling on the subway is only 0.4 yuan per person each time you swiping the card. The cost is 1 yuan each time if paid by cash.
- 1. Get yourself an up-to-date, detailed Beijing transportation map;
- 2. Get a Public Transportation Card or carry plenty of enough change;
- 3. Check out the subway stations, buses and light rail nearest your hotel (consult the hotel staff);
- 4. Prepare some useful notes in Chinese, which you can then show to any Beijing resident - you'll find it very, very helpful.
Beijing Subway (Beijing Subway Map)
Beijing was the first city in China to have a city subway network, currently Subway Line 1, Line 2(the loop line), Line Batong, or Bawangfen to Tongzhou and the light rail Line No. 13 are in use. The northern part of the city, is services by the light rail Line No. 13
Line 1 (Straight Line)
a. Departure time of the first train from Pingguoyuan: 5:10 AM
Departure time of the last train from Pingguoyuan: 10: 55 PM
b. Departure time of the first train from Sihuidong: 5:05 AM
Departure time of the last train from Sihuidong: 11:15 PM
Current Line 1 stations are: Pingguoyuan, Guchenglu, Bajiao Amusement Park, Babaoshan, Yuquanlu, Wukesong, Wanshoulu, Gongzhufen, Junshibowuguan, Muxidi, Nanlishilu, Fuxingmen (interchange to Line 2), Xidan, Tian'anmen West, Tian'anmen East, Wangfujing, Dongdan, Jianguomen (interchange to Line 2), Yong'anli, Guomao, Dawanglu, Sihui (interchange to Batong Line) and Sihuidong (interchange to Batong Line).
Line 2 (Loop Line)
Departure time of the first train from Jishuitan: 5:03 AM
Departure time of the last train from Jishuitan: 11:00 PM
Current Line 2 stations are: Xizhimen (interchange to Line 13), Chegongzhuang, Fuchengmen, Fuxingmen (interchange to Line 1), Changchunjie, Xuanwumen, Hepingmen, Qianmen, Chongwenmen, Beijing Railway Station, Jianguomen (interchange to Line 1), Chaoyangmen, Dongsishitiao, Dongzhimen (interchange to Line 13), Yonghegong, Andingmen, Guloudajie and Jishuitan.
a. From the Station of Sihui
Departure time of the first train: 6:00 AM
Departure time of the last train: 10:45 PM
b. From the Station of Tuqiao
Departure time of the first train: 5:20 AM
Departure time of the last train: 10: 05PM
Current Batong Line stations are: Sihui (interchange to Line 1), Sihuidong (interchange to Line 1), Gaobeidian, Broadcasting Institute, Shuangqiao, Guanzhuang, Baliqiao, Tongzhoubeiyuan, Guoyuan, Jiukeshu, Liyuan, Linheli and Tuqiao
Line 13 (the light rail)
a. From the Station Huoying
Departure time of the first train: 5:25AM
Departure time of the last train: 9:30 PM
b. From the Station of Xizhimen
Departure time of the first train: 6:00AM
Departure time of the last train: 9:00PM
c. From the Station of Dongzhimen
Departure time of the first train: 6:00 AM
Departure time of the last train: 9:00 PM
Current Line 13 stations are: Xizhimen (interchange to Line 2), Dazhongsi, Zhichunlu, Wudaokou, Shangdi, Xi'erqi, Longze, Huilongguan, Huoying, Lishuiqiao, Beiyuan, Wangjingxi, Shaoyaoju, Guangximen, Liufang and Dongzhimen (interchange to Line 2).
Travelers who get off the Beijing Train Station may heading to the taxi station, opposite to the station for a taxi or wave one one the way. However taxi drivers may be reluctant to take you to locations nearby. The flagfall for taxis in Beijing is 10 Yuan.
Pedicabs are another option to see this ancient city. During rush hours pedicab are a favorite means of transport. Basically pedicabs can be called in the busy and crowded city center or famous attractions. The fare is higher than a taxi and the tourists are supposed to tip the rider if the service is good.
China is reputed as the "Kingdom of Bicycle," but in recent years more and more Chinese city dwellers use cars. George W. Bush, the current president of the USA rode a bike in Beijing on his first visit to China about 30 years ago. Many hotels offer bicycle rental service at 20 to 30 Yuan per day however a deposit is required.
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