IC Cards for public transportation
Two in three people in Beijing now have the card.
Population in Beijing: 15.8 million
Adult card users: 8.5 million
Student card users: 1.2 million
Cost: 20 yuan
Where to buy: Bus terminals, metro stations
Benefits: 60 percent off regular bus fare 80 percent off for students
Applicable for bus and metro rides
About 23,000 public buses run on nearly 700 routes in Beijing. With IC card (gongjiao yikatong,traffic cards to take public buses and subways), adults may enjoy a discount of 60 percent and students a discount of 80 percent. Generally, the buses operate between 6 am and 10 pm to midnight. Their frequency varies but a bus should arrive every five to ten minutes.
Beijing transportation information: http://www.1039.com.cn
See Beijing maps here: http://www.go2map.com
Beijing bus information: http://www.bjbus.com
Public traffic service hotline: 96166
Beijing subway (Photo by He Peng)
The Beijing Subway has seen unprecedented construction in recent years, greatly easing traffic congestion in the Chinese capital.
By the end of 2012, including a new line and extensions to lines, the city boasts a network of 15 lines, covering 11 districts, with 221 stations and 442 km of track.
The Beijing Subway is the busiest on the Chinese mainland in terms of passenger volume, and the largest in terms of operational length.
It is estimated the total operational length of the Beijing system will reach 1,050 km by the end of 2020, with 30 lines and some 450 stations, according to the Beijing government.
Subway/light-rail trains arrive every few minutes, generally speaking from 5:15 am to 11:40 pm. Route signs are bilingual; useful maps showing station exits are located at the center of every platform, and all stops are announced on the trains in English and Chinese.
Hot Spots along Subway Lines
|Line 1||Bajiao Youleyuan||Shijingshan Amusement Park|
|Yuquan Lu||Beijing International Sculpture Park|
|Wukesong||Wukesong Indoor Stadium (Basketball Venue for 2008 Olympic Games)|
|Gongzhufen Commercial Area (Urban-Rural Trade Center, Cuiwei Building)|
|Military Museum||Military Museum, China Millennium Monument|
|Nanlishi Lu||Chang'an Store, Fuxing Shopping Center|
|Fuxingmen||Parkson Shopping Center, Beijing Financial Street|
|Xidan||Xidan Shopping Area|
|Tian'anmen West||Zhongshan Park, Tian'anmen Square, The Forbidden City|
|Tian'anmen East||China National Museum, Changpu River Park, Chairmen Mao Zedong Memorial Hall|
|Wangfujing||Wangfujing Shopping Area, Oriental Plaza|
|Dongdan||Dongdan Shopping Area|
|Jianguomen||Beijing Ancient Observatory, SCITECH Plaza|
|Yong'anli||New Silk Street, Guiyou Shopping Center|
|Guomao||China World Shopping Mall|
|Qianmen||Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall|
|Chongwenmen||Beijing New World Shopping Mall|
|Dongsishitiao||Poly Theatre,Workers' Stadium|
|Dongzhimen||East Gate Plaza, Oriental Kenzo|
|Yonghegong (Lama Temple)||Lama Temple,Confucius Temple, Ditan Park|
|Xizhimen||Beijing Zoo, Beijing Aquarium, Beijing Planetarium|
|Fuchengmen||Former Residence of Lu Xun, White Tower Temple, China Geological Museum|
|Line 13||Dazhongsi||Ancient Bell Museum|
|Wudaokou||Beijing's no.1 destination for Korean-style commodities|
Ancient-style Furniture Commercial Street