Beijing Capital International Airport is to the northeast of
the city, 35 km to downtown and 25 km to the proposed site of
Congress venue. Taxi is always available at the airport whenever
there are flights, and there are shuttle buses from the airport
to the main points of the city every half hour. The cost of a
taxi from the airport to the congress site or congress hotels
is about 120 yuan, or US$ 15. Airport pick-up will be arranged
before the start of the congress on August 16-17, 2002 at a reasonable
cost for the convenience of the delegates.
There are 65,000 taxicabs running on Beijing's streets, and
there are three rates applying to three different models of cars:
1.20 yuan per kilometer for the minivan, 1.60 yuan and 2.00 yuan
for the regular car. These rates apply only to the starting few
kilometers, then 50% more will be added to every kilometer.
At the congress site, taxi can be easily found, and there are
also bus stops around the area. For example, there is a double-decker
bus line going to downtown, an air-conditioned bus line going
through downtown to the Temple of Heaven, and several bus routes
going to different parts of the city and to the subway stations.
As bus conductors speak only Chinese, taxi seems to be the most
convenient and the fastest.