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Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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Situated in the northeastern Beijing, Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub is one of the important transportation hubs in Beijing Transportation. The hub’s Chinese name is called “东直门交通枢纽”, which is often translated into different versions in English on the internet such as Dongzhimen Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transportation Hub, Dongzhimen Public Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transport Hub.

Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽) is mainly composed of three forms of public transport  – Dongzhimen Bus Station ( or officially called “Bus Transfer Hall”), Dongzhimen Subway Station ( Subway Line 2 and 13) and Dongzhimen Airport Express. These three forms of public transport are connected underground as a whole.

Dongzhimen Public Transport is housed in a huge business complex building lying on the northeastern corner of Dongzhimen Bridge. When talking about Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽), we very often refer it to Dongzhimen Bus Station ( Bus Transfer Hall of Dongzhimen Transport Hub).

For many passengers coming to Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub, they would go to Dongzhimen Bus Station that brings them to Huairou District (Mutianyu Great Wall), Miyun (Jinshanling or Simatai Great Wall), Pingu District  (Glass Sightseeing Platform) or Shunyi District since Dongzhimen Bus Station covers the public bus transport in the  northeast suburban area around Beijing.

There are mainly two entrances – the South Entrance and North Entrance to the Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub.

The South Entrance to the Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building. The Bus Transfer Hall is mainly composed of two parts – North Platform and South Platform.

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building.

Bus Schedule at North Platform of Bus Transfer Hall (Suburbs)

All buses at North Platform go to the suburbs of Beijing including Huairou (Mutianyu ), Miyun (Simatai and Jinshanling), Pinggu, South Railway Station and West Railway Station.Click “How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Public Bus” for more information.

Bus 916 Express to: Huairou Bus Station, then connect to Bus Dongtai (洞台) 23 or 24 for Mutianyu Great Wall)
Bus 915 to: Nancai Bus Station in Shunyi
Bus 852 and 918 express to: Pinggu Bus Station
Bus 980 to: Miyun Bus Station, connect a local van for Simatai Great Wall or  Jinshanling Great Wall )
Bus 823 to: Beijing West Railway Station
Bus 106 to: Beijing South Railway Station

Bus Schedule at South Platform of Bus Transfer Hall  ( Outer Suburbs)
Bus 401 to: Jiuxianqiao Department Store
Bus 132 to: Dongkou, Wanjingbei Road
Bus 404 to: East of Wanjing Beilu
Bus 123 to: Jinxing Department
Bus 418 to: Jinzhuang

How to get to Dongzhimen Bus Station ( Bus Transfer Hall ) by subway:

It is convenient to take subway line 2 and get off at Dongzhimen Subway Station, where you walk through the underground passage leading to Dongzhimen Bus Station, or interchange for Subway Line 13 or Airport Express.

Get off the Dongzimen Stop of Subway Line 2, walking through underground passages to the Bus Transfer Hall, Airport Express and Subway Line 13.

To the Bus Transfer Hall, Airport Express and Subway Line 13.

Public Bus 916 for Huairou ( further to Mutianyu Great Wall )
On the first floor – by the side of Mcdonald’s on the Bus Transfer Floor is the Bus 916 Express for Huairou.

Mcdonald’s

Line up for the Bus 916 Express at the bus fare of CNY 12 ( If you have a transportation card, you will be entitled to half price.).

Line up for the Bus 916 Express

There are totally 20 stops for Public Bus 916 and you get off at the 15th stop of Beidajie ( North Street – 北大街 in Huairou District ).

Then connect a local taxi ( about 50 yuan ) or connect the H23,or H24 for Mutianyu Great Wall.  The Bus Stop for Bus H23,or H24 is just across where you get off at Beidajie ( North Street in Huairou ). The bus fare is 5 yuan ( If you have a transportation card, you will be entitled to half price.).

Click “How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus” for the latest Mutianyu bus travel information.

Do you pay for your ticket while boarding the buses or do you need to buy them in advance?
1. Public Bus Service within downtown Beijing
Basically two options:
1) Buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. Boarding a bus, you swipe your card at the front door and swipe again at the back door again when you alight.
2)Be ready for coins and drop the coins or some value paper money into the slit of an iron box standing at the front of the bus by the driver.
Note: Tell your driver where you are going and he will tell how much you should pay.

2. Suburban Buses going to the outskirts of Beijing
Basically you also have the same two options:
1) Buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. Boarding a bus, you swipe your card.
2)Be ready for coins and drop the coins or some value paper money into the slit of an iron box standing at the front of the bus by the driver.
Note: Tell your driver where you are going and he will tell how much you should pay.

3. Long-distance buses going to other cities
Basically you also have two options:
1) Buy your bus ticket at a ticketing office
2) Or you pay while boarding the bus to make up a ticket, but this option can not secure you a seat if your bus is overloaded.

For more information in public buses, check out the link: www.tour-beijing.com/public_bus/

Tip:  Hassle-free Great Wall Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to the Great Wall of China around Beijing:

Mutianyu  Great Wall Join-in Tour ( No Shopping )
Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour ( No Shopping )
Jinshanling Great Wall Private Tour ( No shopping )
Simatai Great Wall Private Tour ( No Shopping )

How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Badaling Great Wall by bus. If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Beijing tour? There are three bus lines running between the downtown Beijing and Badaling Great Wall. So you have three choices for using public transport when you are going to Badaling Great Wall by bus.

Choice One: Taking Bus 877  ( Starting from Deshengmen Bus Terminal )
Operating Hours:
Deshengmen to Badaling Great Wall
06:00-12:00(Apr.1-Oct.31)
06:00-12:30 (Nov.1-Mar.31)
Badaling Great Wall  to  Deshengmen
10:30-17:00 (Apr.1-Oct.31)
11:00-16:30(Nov.1-Mar.31)

Driving Time:  One and half hours ( Non-stop )
Driving Distance: 60km

Bus Fare: 12 yuan ( Transportation card is accepted )
Deshengmen Bus Terminal Location: The compound below Deshengmen Arrow Tower
Badaling Bus 877 Terminal Location: in the parking lot ( Bear Park), about 700 meters southeast of Tower No.01 of Badaling Great Wall.

Choice Two: Taking Bus 919 Express ( Starting from Deshengmen Bus Terminal )
Operating Hours:
Deshengmen to Badaling
06:00-17:00
Badaling to  Deshengmen
6:00-17:00

Driving Time:  two hours ( 13 stops )
Driving Distance: 62km
Bus Fare: 13 yuan ( Transportation card is accepted )

Deshengmen Bus Terminal Location: The compound below Deshengmen Arrow Tower
Badaling Bus 919 Terminal Location: in the parking lot about 3 km northwest of Tower No.01 of Badaling Great Wall. Basically you need to connect the free shuttle going to Guntiangou Parking Lot ( near the cable car station of Badaling Great Wall).

Choice Three: Taking Public Tourism Bus No.01 ( Starting southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate)

Operating Hours:
Qianmen to Badaling Great Wall:
Starting from the end of Flag Raising Ceremony to 11:00 am

Badaling Great Wall to  Qianmen:
09:00-17:00 (Apr.1-Oct.31)
11:00-16:30(Nov.1-Mar.31)

Driving Time:  One hour and 40 minutes ( Non-stop )
Driving Distance: 74km
Bus Fare: 20 yuan ( Transportation card is not accepted )

Qianmen Bus Terminal Location: southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate ( South of Tiananmen Square )
Badaling Public Tourism Bus Terminal Location: in Guntiangou Park Lot,  near the cable station of Badaling GreatWall.

It is worth getting up earlier to catch an early morning bus for Badaling Great Wall, avoiding a possible snake of people on the wall.

How to get to Deshengmen Bus Terminal ( For Bus 877 and 919 express )
Several buses can bring you to the Deshengmen Bus Station. But the bus system in Beijing could be daunting even for the local Beijingers. It is advisable to take the Subway Line 2 to reach Deshengmen Bus Station. The the closest subway station to Deshengmen Bus Station is Jishuitan (积水潭) of the loop-type Subway Line 2.

You get off at the station of Jishuitan (积水潭), exit from the Exit A. Then walk along the sideway in the east direction for about 450 meters, soon you will see a high tower – the Deshengmen Arrow Tower. Deshengmen Bus Terminal is just below the northern and southern sides of the tower. The compound of Deshengmen Arrow Tower is within a roundabout.

So you have to cross a road to reach the bus station. Be careful crossing the road since the road has no traffic light at the time of my writing. By the way, on your 450-meter walk from the subway station of Jishuitan to the Deshengmen Arrow Tower, you will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station (different from Deshengmen Bus Station) and you just ignore it!

You will be also distracted by some privately owned buses or mini-buses operated in the name of official Badaling-bound buses. We strongly suggest you take the official buses within the Deshengmen Bus Station for safety and reasonable price. Don’t be surprised if you find the queue in front of the bus 877 or 919 express could be very long, especially on the weekends or national public holidays.

Next, follow me to have a familiarization virtual tour of how to take a bus to Badaling Great Wall.  First take subway line 2 and get off at the stop of Jishuitang (积水潭) and exit from Exit A (northeast).

You will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station.

You will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station

After walking for about 10 minutes, you will see the huge Deshengmen Arrow Tower.

After walking for about 10 minutes, you will see the huge Deshengmen Arrow Tower.

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square below the Tower. The compound of Deshengmen Arrow Tower is within a roundabout.

So you have to cross a road to reach the bus station. You have to be careful crossing the road since the road has no traffic light.Before getting to the Deshengmen Bus Station, you have to cross a road without traffic light.

 

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square of the Tower

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square beow the Tower

After crossing the road, you will get to the Deshengmen 919 Bus Station below the tower.

After crossing the road, you will get to the Deshengmen 919 Bus Station below the tower.

Here is the Bus 877 below the north side of the tower ready to go to Badaling.

Here is the Bus 877 below the north side of the tower ready to go to Badaling.

Have a close look at the Station Board of 877.

Have a close look at the Station Board of 877

 

Kinder reminder: You ‘d better take Bus 919 express instead of Bus 919 ( slow ). So there are two “919”, one express and the other slow.

How to get to Qianmen Bus Station for  the Public Tourism Bus No.01 going to Badaling Great Wall?
The starting point for  the Public Tourism Bus No.01 is located in the departure terminal for Beijing Tourist Dispatch Hub,  southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate ( South of Tiananmen Square ).

Qianmen Bus Terminal is in the southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate ( South of Tiananmen Square )

You can take the subway line 2 and get off at the station of Qianmen and exit from Exit C, then walk south for about 30 meters, you will get to the bus station.

Badaling Great Wall Basic Information
Badaling Great wall is one of the most gorgeous and magnificent part of the Great Wall in Beijing. The Badaling Great Wall is the well-preserved Ming Dynasty Great Wall with original appearance. Now it is divided into two sections – north and south starting at the Badaling Pass and Gate.

Most passengers prefer to hike the northern slope of Badaling Great Wall simple because the north part is more scenic and convenient with cable car and slide services in between.

But still some people like to hike the southern slope to avoid the crowds for better photo opportunities. If you hike the southern slope, you have to backtrack.

Ticket Price: RMB40 (Nov. 1 to Mar. 31); RMB 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)
Cable Car: RMB80 (single trip); RMB100 (round trip)
Toboggan: RMB30 (single trip);
Opening Hours:06:30-19:00 (in summer); 07:00-18:00 (in winter)
Hiking Time: Two Hours
Bus Route: Take Bus No.877 or No. 919 Express at Deshengmen, RMB12 for ticket.
S Train: Take S train from Beijing Huangtudian Railway Station and get off at the station of Badaling.

Taking Bus from Dingling ( Ming Tombs to Badaling Great Wall) or Vice Versa

If you’d like to go from Ming Tombs ( Dingling ) and Badaling Great Wall or vice versa, you can take the Bus 879 listed below:

1) Dingling Tomb ( Ming Tombs) to Badaling Great Wall

Fist Bus:8:00 am
Last Bus: 4:00 pm
Bus Fare: 9 yuan
The Bus 879 leaves every half an hour
The Bus 879 has 25 bus stops from Dingling (Ming Tombs) to Badaling Great Wall ( the last but the third ) taking about one and half hours, about 40km.

1) Badaling to Dingling ( 定陵):
Fist Bus:9:30 am
Last Bus: 5:30 pm
Bus Fare: 9 yuan
The Bus 879 leaves every half an hour
The Bus 879 has 25 bus stops from Badaling to Dingling ( Ming Tombs ), taking about one and half hours from Badaling to Dingling (定陵), the last bus stop ( about 40 km ).

Frequently Asked Questions
The most important fact is that the northern section of Badaling Great Wall is a loop route ( No.01 to No.12 Towers ) and you don’t have to backtrack. You can walk from Tower No.1 ( the main entrance )  up to the highest Tower No.08,then walk down to Tower 12 ( near the Bear Garden).

1)The Bus 877 is close the Badaling Pass, the entrance to Badaling Great Wall, the only main entrance. A 20-minute walk from Bus 877 to the main entrance.

2) The northern slope of the Badaling Great Wall is about 3700m long starting from North Tower No.1 up to the Northern Tower No.8, then down to Northern Tower No.12. The whole hiking takes 2-3 hours. Not everyone has the strong legs to hike all the 12 towers, so many passengers would take cable car up to the Wall (below Tower No.8 and Tower 9 ) to save their energy.

If you are in good shape, I suggest you hike all the 12 towers to digest the magnificent Badaling Great Wall on its northern slope instead of eating Instant food” by taking the cable car.

3) The cable car brings you up to the slope below both North Tower No.8 and Tower No.9. So from the cable car station on the upper slope, you can either hike to the Tower 8 or Tower 9. It is easier to hike up to the Tower 9 while it is a bit hard to walk up to the Tower 8. To hike up to the Tower 8, you have to climb over  a steep slope known as “Haohanpo” ( a real hero”slope ), or 好汉坡 in Chinese. Or you may just skip over it.

4) If you want to visit the Northern section of Badaling Great Wall, you can take the cable car up, then walk down: walk from Tower 8 to down to Tower 1, or from Tower 8 down to Tower 12. Or you can take a cable down. Also you can walk up to Tower 8, then take cable car down. One way cable car: RMB60; round trip cable car: RMB80.

5)  For the northern part of Badaling Great Wall, you can walk to the east from Tower 8 to down to Tower 12, then pass by the Bear Garden, then walk about 10 minutes back to the main entrance to the Tower 1, a loop route and you don’t have to backtrack.

See the Badaling Great wall Map below to check the Bus 877 Stop and Badaling Train Station and more. ( Click Large)

badaling_map

Important Notice:
You can also take a train to visit Badaling Great Wall. For more information, please see Badaling Great Wall Train.Hassle-free Badaling Great Wall Guided Tours
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for guided tours to Badaling Great wall.

Badaling Great Wall + Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square Day Tour

Beijing Car washing: Beijing Car Washing Prices and Tips

Monday, November 19th, 2018
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At the time of my writing, it is reported that the city of Beijing has more than 1,300 legitimate car wash and valet services. The number of illegal car wash services even exceeds the number of registered car wash and valet services.

The most serious problem is some people in the car wash trade use the water from the rivers and the private water resources for manual car wash car. This is an illegal car washing activity in Beijing.

Beijing is a dry and dusty city. Keeping your vehicle cleaned and properly waxed is the most important way in preventing it from prematurely losing its luster from the dirt, salt, and contaminants caused by Beijing weather conditions.


Most of the car washes offer manual car wash with simple equipment popular in most of the communities in Beijing. Almost all the workers in the manual car washes are from the countryside with little car wash skill and technology.

Automatic car washes are often found in the office building areas, which are more expensive than manual car washes. Most of the car washes in the City just rush you through. Finding a good car wash in Beijing can be a bit of a chore.

Tips for Manual Car Wash in Beijing 

1. Manual Car wash price: RMB 30 – 50 P/P ( Being a member, you enjoy some discounts)
2. Not advised to become a member because the owners of the manual car washes are changeable!
3. Keep an eye on their washing
4. Normal manual car wash includes water and soap sprayed, cleaning, drying, interior vacuüm and cleaning, mat cleaning, and
   wheel rim shining.
5. If you find your local car wash cutting corners, you should go to a professional who cares.

A Car wash in my Huashi Community of Chongwen, Dongcheng District, Beijijng

Car being soap sprayed

 

Car being dried and cleaned

 

Beijing Car Rental Service
Beijing Airport Transfer
Beijing Railway Transfer
Beijing Car Rental
Xingang Port Transfer
Beijing Layover
Beijing Airport Bus

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p
Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Any questions, just drop line.