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Beijing Tianjin Port Shuttle Bus

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
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Tour-Beijing.com has over 10 years’s experience in handling the private and shuttle transfer between Xingang Port and  Beijing by using various vehicles like red flag car (Chinese limo), refine van, Mercedes Benz 100 Vans and coaches.

Beijing Champagne International Travel Service (Tour-Beijing.com) is the first local travel agency in Beijing operating shuttle bus service between Beijing and Tianjin Port (Xingang Port) for Diamond Princess. Ever since March, 2011, Tianjin Port shuttle bus service has been very successful in meeting the ever growing demand for the shuttl bus services starting from Beijing to Tianjin and vice versa.

Beijing City – Tianjin Port Transfer (Time & Meeting Place)

Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Beijing (Parking Lot)is our designated place for our passengers to get together for the coach shuttle transfer. So for Beijing – Tianjin Cruise Port coach tranfer, you are kindly requested to be on our bus before 10:00am since our coach is scheduled to leave the west gate of Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Beijing (北京长富宫饭店)at 10:00am. Please note that our buses will be on the parking lot waiting for passengers starting from 8:00am.

How to get to Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong:

You may take a taxi; or take the Subway Line 1 or Line 2 and get off at the station of Jianguomen (建国门), exit from the Exit B, then walk under Jianguomen Bridge to get to New Otani Chang Fu Gong at the southeast corner of Jianguomen Bridge (建国门桥).

Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong Beijing Location

The bus interior

The bus is ready for passengers

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Beijing Tianjin expressway road trip

Monday, March 7th, 2011
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Beijing Tianjin Expressway is the second expressway linking Beijing and Tianjin ( including Tianjin Cruise Port).

For Beijing Tianjin cruise port road transfer, most of the passengers use this second expressway linking Tianjin and Beijing.

The first expressway linking Beijing and Tianjin cruise port is officially referred as  Beijing-Tianjin-Tanggu Expressway. But it is now rarely used for the cruise port transfer. The first Beijing Tianjin Expressway was completed in 1993, which is also the first expressway in China.

Now the first expressway is very often teemed with trucks and lorries, making the traffic very slow. That’s why the second expressway is needed to release the traffic congestion and speed the Beijing Tianjin transfer by road.

Beijing Tianjin Expressway is a four-lane expressway with a total length of 130km, 2/3 under the jurisdiction of Tianjin, 1/3 under Beijjing.

It has three toll gates with the second one standing at the prefecture border area between Beijing and Tianjin. There are four service areas along the 130km expressway, where you can expect a snack store, a toilet and a restaurant.

Beijing downtown to the starting point of Beijing Tianjin Expressway is about 20km, Tianjin Cruise Port to the Toll Gate of the expressway about 30km, totalling 180km driving distance between Beijing and Tianjin Cruise Port, the driving time approxi. 2 hours if you are lucky to have fine weather and good traffic.

Tianjin Cruise Port – the Starting Point of Beijing Tianjin Expressway: 30km
Now follow me to have a road trip from the Tianjin Cruise Port to the downtown Beijing driving along Beijing Tianjin Expressway. Tianjin Cruise Port is located in the Dongjiang Port of Tianjin Port in New Binhai Area of Tianjin. 

Tianjin Cruise Terminal

 

The Tianjin Cruise Port is linked by No.08 New Xingang Road to Yaojin Road. No.08 New Xingang Road is a man made offshore road due to a land reclamation.

The road has a beautiful view as if the road was floating on the sea.  Now we are on the No.08 Xingang Road (新港8号路).

No.08 New Xingang Road

At the end of the No.08 Xingang Road, you find yourself at a crossroad, then turn left and drive on the Yaojin Road (跃进路).  Now we are on the Yaojin Road.

Turn right the next crossroad – No.07 Xingang Road Crossroad (新港第七号路口). Here you can see lots of trucks and lorries going in and out , where is the main gate of Tianjin Port, also a checkpoint to supervise each truck or lorries in and out.

Turn right at the No.07 Xingang Road Crossroad

We are passing through the main gate of Tianjin Port, checkpoint to supervise each truck going in and out.

We are passing through the main gate of Tianjin Port, checkpoint to supervise each truck going in and out

We are driving on the Ninth Avenue from east to west (第九大道).

Driving along the Ninth Avenue and soon you will come across the north-south Nanhai Road ( 南海路) with a placard showing the direction of Jingjin Expressway (Beijing Tianjin Expressway) at the end of Nanhai Road in the north. So we are going to turn right and drive along Nanhai Road.

We turn right and drive on the Nanhai Road  (南海路) leading to Beijing Tianjin Expressway

We turn right and drive on the Nanhai Road leading to Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

At the end of Nanhai Road, now we are going to embark on the overpass linking the Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

Now we are going to embark on the overpass linking the Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

Now we are approaching the Toll Gate of Beijing Tianjin Expressway on Tianjin’s side. The Toll fee is RMB 50 per car.

Now we are approaching the Toll Gate of Beijing Tianjin Expressway

 

At the toll gate I check the mileage on my car, it reads 30km. So from Tianjin Cruise Port to the Toll Gate is about 30km’s driving distance.

Beijing Tianjin Expressway is about 130km in length with four service areas.

Now we are driving along the Beijing Tianjin Expressway, a four-lane expressway.

Now we are driving along the Beijing Tianjin Expressway, a four-lane expressway.

Now the expressway forks with one direction to Beijing and right direction to Tianjin. If you go to Tianjin Airport or Tianjin Railway Station you are supposed to turn right and get off the Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

Now the expressway forks with one direction to Beijing and right direction to Tianjin

At the distance of 30km after the first toll gate, we see the first service area – Zhaojiacheng Rest Area (造甲城), where you can take a break, using a toilet, or doing some shopping if you like.
At the distance of 30km after the toll gate, we see the first service area

At the distance of 30km after the toll gate, we see the first service area

At the distance of 60km after the first Toll Gate, we come across the second service area – Meichang (梅厂).

Now it is the exit for Langfang, a city Between Beijing and Tianjin.

Now it is the exit for Langfang, a city Between Beijing and Tianjin.

At the distance of 90km, we see the third  service area on the expressway – Baigutun Service Area (白古屯停车区). We drive into the area and have a shirt break there.

The main service building is composed of a restaurant on the right side, a snack store in the middle and a toilet on the left side.

The main service building is composed of a restaurant on the right side, snack store in the middle and a toilet on the left sdie.

Soon we reach the second Toll Gate – Gaocun Toll Gate and enter the 1/3 Beijing Tianjin Expressway under Beijing’s control. We pay RMB 15 for this section of the expressway.
Soon we reach the second Toll Gate ( Gaocun Toll Gate)

Soon we reach the second Toll Gate ( Gaocun Toll Gate)

Non-Beijing licensed vehicles must be stopped for security check before you can enter Beijing. This is a police station checkpoint.

Non-Beijing licensed vehicles must be stopped for security check before you can enter Beijing. This is a police station checkpoint.

Just after the Gaocun Toll Gate, we soon find a small service area – Yongle Service Area (永乐停车区). It looks clean and nice.
Just after the Gaocun Toll Gate, we soon find small service area

Just after the Gaocun Toll Gate, we soon find small service area

We are approaching the third toll gate – Taihu Toll Gate (台湖站).
We are approaching the third toll gate - Taihu Toll Gate

We are approaching the third toll gate – Taihu Toll Gate

Beijing Tianjin Expressway has just one kelometer to go before it finishes.

Beijing Tianjin Expressway has just one kelometer to go before its finish.

Beijing downtown is in sight. The total length of the driving distance from Tianjin Cruise Port to Beijing downtown is approxi. 180km.

We are in Beijing!

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Tianjin Cruise Terminal

Sunday, March 6th, 2011
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Completed in May 2010, Tianjin Cruise Terminal is the largest cruise terminal building in Asia. It has the capability of receiving 50,0000 passengers per year. The terminal building is composed of three parts – Passengers Service, Office Building and Commercial Area with 5 storeys above ground & one underground.
 
Carrying their hangbags, passengers walk directly from their cabins to the main terminal building through a corridor bridge. After going through custom house, passengers find themselves in the large waiting hall. On the right side in the hall, lying with the passengers’s checked luggage. So carefully check your own luggage.
 
If you feel tired or uncomfortable, you may take a break sitting in the chairs in the Hall. The toilet is on the left side near the exit. Actually there are two exits – Exit 2 and Exit 3. Exit 2 is in the middle of the hall for tourist groups while Exit 3 is on the left side of the Exit 2, only for individual tourists. So make sure you go through the right exit.
 
If you book a Tianjin Port Transfer Beijing Transfer online as individual travelers, then you should take the Exit 03 on the left in Hall. If you arranged by the ocean liner or on the group travel organized by travel agents, then choose the middle Exit 2.
 
For Diamond Princess, the Pick up Tianjin Port service usually starts as early as 7:00am with the last passenger finishing around 9:30am. If you go out from the Exit 3, you will expect lots of tour guides holding signboards written with passengers’names. If your transfer has been confirmed, then no worry and patiently look for your name and your tour guide.  
 
The cruise port has two parking lots with the right side for buses and left side for cars or vans when you exit from the terminal building. If you have too much luggage, you may use the luggage cart with the help of the crew. Sure, your tour guide will give you a hand if you are burdened with heavy luggage.
 
At present, Tianjin Cruise Terminal is not a busy terminal. There are no routine Tianjin Port Shuttle Bus or Tianjin Taxis service around the terminal. Very often, when a big ocean liner leaves, like Diamond Princess, the terminal will be back to normal, like a dead building by the sea. So you are highly advised to pre-book your transfer service. Don’t adopt a wait and see policy aimed at having a good bargain for a transfer on the spot. Because there is no regular public trasnport system available at the terminal, you will be in a disadvantage position if you have failed to book the Tianjin Port Beijing Transfer.  

At 7am the Diamond behind the Tianjin Cruise Terminal Building

he tour guides from www.tour-beijing.com are waiting at the Exit 03

Policemen and the police dog are also waiting at the Exit 03

The passengers are thronging past the tour guides

ome passengers haven't booked transfer service, and they are thinking a way out.

Two special shuttle buses charterd by tour-Beijing.com for the individual passengers from Diamond Prince arriving in Tianjin Cruise Port on March 03, 2011