Take great care while going through the zebra
crossing at intersections of the roads, because some drivers in Beijing
will only slow down or stop when there is absolutely no chance for him
to go on, otherwise he will make the last second dash.
Do pay attention to bicycles when walking.
There are really over 10 million bicycles in Beijing.
Before entering a cab, be sure to check it
has a meter.
There are two subway lines in Beijing.
The Ring Line runs through Xizhimen, Fuxingmen,
Hepingmen, Qianmen, Beijing Railway Station, Chaoyangmen, Dongzhingmen
and Yonghegong etc.
The First Line goes from Ping Guo Yuan (Apple
Orchard) through Gongzhufen to the famous Shopping area-Xidan. It is being
extended to the east. If your destination happens to be along the subway,
the subway is definitely the best choice. It is clean and safe - but at
rush hour it could be very conjested but still better than riding a bus.
The two subway lines cross each other at Fuxingmen
There is no escalator nor elevator leading
to the underground subway station.
The Subway Service Hour: 5:30 am - 23:00 pm.
Public bus & trolley bus are very convenient
and inexpensive. Bus stations are well marked with Chinese language signs.
If you want to try to feel how people live in Beijing and fight the crowds
everyday to work, try either one of the two. Be prepared to sweat.
If you want to experience the old Beijing,
definitely go into the hutongs (old neighborhoods). Take a rickshaw ride.
Chatty and friendly, your richshaw chauffeur definitely knows their way
around the old sections of Beijing city.