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Updated by Fritzjames Stephen on Jun 24, 2014
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Getting About In Beijing - Transportation Options In The City

Being an important hub in mainland China transportation is quick and easy in the city. There are excellent roads, expressways, taxi services, train services readily available.

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Beijing Bus

Beijing Bus

Used widely the Beijing bus covers the short distances within the city. There are around 900 different routes and over 20,000 buses in operation. If you purchase a mass transit IC card it will effectively lower the transport cost for your total travels in the city. Keep in mind that the bus rules are quite strict; if you have been shopping in the city and have accumulated a large number of bags then you will have to pay for an extra seat to keep them. Usually the bus routes are displayed at the station, they include the time of arrival and departure so you can plan your day around them.

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The Trolleybus

The Trolleybus

This is an electric bus similar to a tram or a coach. They don't run on tram tracks, instead they are linked to a group of wires that provide electricity to it. There are 300 trolleybuses that operate from the city and they are ideal for climbing slopes and going down steep hills. They are safe and clean and only a few countries in the world actually have trolleybuses so it is good experience for visitors to China.

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Taxis

Taxis

The taxi stations are in front of the train stations. The rates are decent and it is convenient because you can get to exactly the place you want to go to.

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Cycling

Cycling

Most Apartments Near Forbidden City Beijing rent out bicycles to their guests. If you are keen to explore the city and at the same time get a good workout then cycling is the best option. They are rented out for a rate of twenty to thirty Yuan per day.

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Tourist Trains

Tourist Trains

For special tourist attractions just outside of Beijing book a seat on a tourist train. Any travel agency or the train stations will have the tickets available.

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Beijing Railway

Beijing Railway

The railway station in the city was opened in 1959 and ever since its establishment there has been several modifications done to improve the services. It can be accessed from the southeast of the city center inside of the Second Ring Road. When in Beijing it is definitely worthwhile checking this station out because of the architecture and structure in the location. It is the only station that is in the old walled city and it represents the traditional Chinese and socialist impact on the country. There are approximately 8 platforms at the station and over 10 lines that run daily. When you want to book a ticket you can simply go online and purchase it. It's much easier to do it online because all of the information is given in English. Ascott Raffles City Beijing is close to the train station so you can head out for an early start from there.