Travel Tips  

The most convenient way to get around is by taxi. There are three different categories: 1.20, 1.60, 2.00 yuan per kilometer.
There are two subway lines. There is the circle line that runs underneath the Second Ring Road, and two straight line runs under Chang'an Avenue, from the eastern Tongzhou District to Pingguoyuan in the west.

See the map of subway
Public Buses

Public buses are the cheapest way to get around Beijing. The public bus system in Beijing is very good, in that you can get almost anywhere by bus. Bus Nos. 1, 4, 52, 57 run across the city proper on Chang'an Avenue, passing some major buildings
such as Jianguo Hotel, Jinglun Hotel, Friendship Store, International Hotel, Tian'anmen Square. Price: 1 yuan. Air-conditioned and double-decker buses cost 2 yuan and above.

Capital Airport is 28 km from the city center via the modern airport expressway. The best way to get to town from the airport is by taxi. Service is reliable, and there are plenty of cabs. Cost is 80-90 yuan to most downtown hotels. The passenger should pay the highway toll. There is a regular airport shuttle bus to different parts of town.

he Beijing Capital International Airport is undoubtedly China's top air hub, with 98 international and 757 domestic air routes linking the capital with 54 cities in 39 countries. More than 40 foreign airlines have set up booking offices in Beijing. Generally hotels above three stars offer air ticket booking services.
Flight information hotline: 2580


You can change money in most hotels and banks, and the rate is the same everywhere. To change RMB back into your home currency, you must retain the exchange slips that are given to you at the bank or money exchange counter.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, Diners, JCB and American Express can be used to purchase goods in large department stores. They
can be used to pay for hotel rooms and for meals
in some of the fancier restaurants. You can also
buy plane tickets with them. As mentioned above,
AmEx and Mastercard can be used to get a cash
advance in the main offices of the Bank of China. It is also possible to cash a check against, the AmEx card, but again, only in the main offices.

International Post and Telecommunications Office

Besides regular postal services, this office handles remittances, money orders, telegraphic money transfers, international and domestic telephone and telegraph services. In the same building there is a Customs Office for those who need customs clearance for postal items.
Add: Yabao Lu, 300 meters northeast of
Jianguomen Overpass on the Second Ring Road

Tel: 6512-8132     Open: 8a.m.-6:30p.m.


Long-distance calls can be made directly from hotel
rooms with IDD phones. If your call isn't urgent, phone
between 9pm-7am, because calls are half the daytime
price. Magnetic phone cards and 1C phone cards for
IDD and DDD are available in major telecommunications
offices and large hotels.

21 :00-07:00 

Work hours 

Offices in Beijing generally open from 8:30am-5pm, with a lunch break of about an hour.
Government stipulated workdays are from Monday to Friday. Shops open seven days a week.


Tipping is not customary outside of foreign joint venture hotels and is officially discouraged.
Nevertheless, a service charge of up to 15 percent is added to the hotel bill, and hotel bellboys expect RMB2-5 per bag.

Water and Electricity

Beijing uses 220 volt electricity. Potable water is available only at a few of the best hotels, so tourists should always ask to make sure. Flasks of hot and cold water in rooms are telltale signs of non-potable water. Bottled mineral water is widely available in all stores. Officially, foreigners can only stay in hotels that are three-star and above.


The official language of China is Mandarin Chinese, actually a northern dialect, what the
people of Beijing speak. Nowadays, most young people can speak varying degrees of English, so
for directions and help, you can most likely get assistance from a younger person.


2000 © Copyright by Chinese Mathematical Society. All Rights Reserved