Tianjin City Transportation
Construction work on the Tianjin Metro started on July 4, 1970. It was the second metro to be built in China and commenced service in 1984. The total length of the track was 7.4 kilometers. The metro service was suspended on October 9, 2001 and has been rebuilt. This new metro will be called "Tianjin Metro Line 1". It is scheduled to be finished in the later half of 2005. The track will be extended to 26.188 kilometers and there will be a total of 22 stations. Previously there were 8 stations.
The first station of the Tianjin Metro is located at the crossing of Nanjin Road and Xinhua Road. The metro runs along Nanjing Road to the west, passing through Yingkou Dao, Anshan Dao and Haiguang Temple. It then turns north, passing through Nankai Sanma Road, Xima Road and Dafeng Road, and arrives at Jinpu Railway West Railway Station. There are 8 stops along the line. The operation time is from 05:30 to 22:30. Ticket price: One RMB. The metros on this line are running on a 15-minute interval. The whole journey takes 12 minutes.
There is also a light railway line in the city, the LRT Binhai Line. The line runs between downtown Tianjin and TEDA (Tianjin Economic Development Area) in the seaside region. The eastern part of the line began service on March 28, 2004. The western part of the line was scheduled to be completed in 2006.
The Tianjin bus network was created in 1904, and Tianjin was the first city in China to have its own city-wide bus system. There were 402 bus lines in the city as of 2004. Most of the bus lines in the urban area have Ticket-Vending-Machine Buses, and the ticket price is from 1 to 2 RMB, except the ticket to the Developing Zone, which is 4 to 5 RMB (no matter bus or railway).
In addition, there is a tourist bus line from the Pingjin War Memorial to theTianjin Steel Plant, which takes 85 minutes. Along the way you can enjoy the attractions: Pingjin War Memorial, Ziya River, Guyi Street, Ancient Culture Street, Confucian Temple, Food Street, Inns Street, Yi Palace, Former Residence of Celebrities, Financial Street, Historical Museum etc. The first bus is at 08:00 and the last bus at 18:00.
There are taxis day and night at the airport, railway station, hotels, restaurants and various attractions. The fee per kilometer is between one to two yuan RMB, and the flag fall is between 7 to 10 yuan RMB, depending on the type of vehicle.
If you take a taxi to Tangu, you should use a Xiali Taxi which is cheaper than a Dafa Taxi (do not take taxi around the railway station). Before getting into the taxi, you should bargain with the taxi driver.
In some hotels in Tianjin you can also rent a bicycle. Usually, the fee is four RMB per hour. Then you can travel around all the highways and byways in Tianjin by bike.?
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