Beijing is huge and very spread out, much like most North American cities. Getting from point A to point B isn’t always easy: it’s hot and the streets are jam-packed.

Taxis are cheap and relatively straightforward if you don’t mind the driver smoking in the car and if you can speak Mandarin because there is no chance he will speak English. You used to be able to flag them just about anywhere, but I find they are harder to find now: the parking and pick up/drop off rules are tougher than before. Besides, you can get stuck in traffic, as happened to us on the way from the airport to the hotel.

The subway system is fast, reliable and cheap (tickets are only two yuan), although carts can be very crowded and there are few escalators so we had to carry the stroller up and down the stairs (yay, biceps workout!). Stops are announced in both Mandarin and English (probably a legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games) and trains are very clean compared to, let’s say, Paris.

Although I love riding bicycles, I wouldn’t try it in Beijing—being a pedestrian is challenging enough! Crossing streets invariably involves running across as cars typically speed up when they see people and red lights are just a suggestion to stop. I noticed not that many people bike anymore, people seem to like motorbikes best (and yes, they do ride on the sidewalk if they feel like it).

Parking Lot
Parking Lot
Cute Bike on Fuchengmen
Cute Bike on Fuchengmen
Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver
In a Taxi
In a Taxi
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
In a Taxi on ChangAn Jie Along Tiananmen Square
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
KFC Ad on Beijing's Subway
KFC Ad on Beijing’s Subway
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
Vending Machines in the Subway
Vending Machines in the Subway
Vending Machines in the Subway
Vending Machines in the Subway
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
Beijing's Subway
Beijing’s Subway
Bicycles in Qianmen
Bicycles in Qianmen
Bicycles in Fuchengmen
Bicycles in Fuchengmen

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6 Comments

  1. Canedolia September 14, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Your China posts are giving me wanderlust for a really big adventure!

    Reply
    1. Zhu September 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

      It feeols so good to travel…

      Reply
  2. Holly Nelson September 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    It sounds sort of hair raising! The worst olace I have been for driving was Italy – it scared me a lot!

    Reply
    1. Zhu September 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

      For me it was Thailand. I really thought we were going to die a few times.

      Reply
  3. I Say Oui September 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I love your pictures of bikes! I can just imagine people scooting around on them…

    Reply
    1. Zhu September 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

      And you should see how many people they manage to fit on a single bike!

      Reply

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