Archive for the ‘Beijing Transport’ Category

Trolleybuses in Beijing

Thursday, April 7th, 2022
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When you are on your first  Beijing tour,  you will be surprised by the numerous trolley buses running on the streets in the city center of Beijing. There are  totally 21,000 Beijing public buses.  Beijing trolley buses are getting increasingly popular because it is powered by electricity.  The smog-choked Beijing government has announced its ambitious plan to phase out  old oil burning buses and introduce more buses driven by electricity, or natural  gases and  low-emission diesel.

The world’s first passenger-carrying trolleybus appeared at Bielatal in Germanyon 10 July 1901 . About 56 years later, that was  on February 26, 1957, Beijing’s first trolleybus began commercial operation from Beichizi and Fuchengmen.  By 1966,  trolley buses had replaced all the trams in Beijing.

Beijing  plans to purchase the latest models of trolleybuses that will be driven either through overhead cables or onboard lithium ion batteries. The trolley bus will be able to be operated for 8 to 10 hours offline, becoming an important par of Beijing City transportation.

The rolleybus is driving by Dianmen Dajie
The trolley bus is driving by Dianmen Dajie

Among 900 public bus lines, now there are totally 16 trolley bus lines with 590 trolley buses and a total length of 214 km. In next 4 years the city plans to build 20 more trolley bus lines and add 500 each year.

The present 16 trolley bus lines in Beijing include 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 118, 124 and 127.  Taking a trolleybus is an interesting experience while traveling Beijing.  Buying a swipe card and jump on a trolley bus is a fun.

The trolley bus is passing by the north gate to Forbidden City
The trolley bus is passing by the north gate to Forbidden City

Major trolley bus lines in Beijing:

Trolley Bus No. 101
Run between Baiwangzhuang West(百万庄西口) and Hongmiao East (红庙路口东)
First Bus 5:30 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop: Fuchengmen, Beihai Park, Forbidden City (north)

Trolley Bus No. 102
Run between Beijing South Railway Station (北京南站) and Beijing Zoo (北京动物园)
First Bus 4:50 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop: Beijing South Railway Station, Xidan and Fuchengmen

Trolley Bus No. 103
Run between Beijing Zoo (北京动物园) and Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站)
First Bus 4:50 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop: Beijing Zoo,  Fuchengmen, Forbidden City, Wangfujing and  Beijing West Railway Station

Trolley Bus No. 104
Run between Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站) and Beijing Wuluju(五路居)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Beijing West Railway Station, Wangfujing and Ditan

Trolley Bus No. 105
Run between Baishijiao East  (白石桥东) and Tianqiao(天桥)
First Bus 4:45 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Beijing Zoo, Xizhimen,  Xinjiekou, Xidan and Tianqiao

Trolley Bus No. 106
Run between Dongzhimen  (东直门) and Beijing South Railway Station North(北京南站北广场)
First Bus 4:45 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Dongzhimen, Dongsi, Dongdan, Chongwenmen, Tiantan, Tianqiao and Beijing South Railway Station

Trolley Bus No. 107
Run between Dongzhimen  (东直门) and Baishiqiao East(白石桥东)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Dongzhimen, Gulou, Beihai, Beijing Zoo and Baishiqiao

Trolley Bus No. 108
Run between Datun East  (大屯东) and Outer Chongwenmen(崇文门外)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Aoti East gate, Anzhenli, Ditan, Jiaodaokou, Dengshikou, Dongdan and Chongwenmen

Trolley Bus No. 109
Run between Dadajiao East (大屯东) and Beijing West Railway Station South Plaza(北京西站南广场)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Dongsi, Beihai Park, Forbidden city, Xidan

Trolley Bus No. 111
Run between Outer Chongwenmen (崇文门外) and Baishiqiao Easst(白石桥东)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Chongwenmen, Dongdan, Jingshan, Beihai, Xizhimen and Beijing Zoo

Trolley Bus No. 112
Run between Kangjiagou (康家沟) and Liangguochang(亮果厂)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Hongmiao Road, Dongdaqiao,  Chaoyangmen Wai, Dongsi

Trolley Bus No. 114
Run between Nanwu (南坞) and Baiyun Road(白云路)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Zizhuyuan South,  baishiqiao South, Ganjiakou, Diayutai, Muxudi

Trolley Bus No. 115
Run between Donghuangchenggen North  (东皇城根北口)and Kangjiagou(康家沟)
First Bus 5:00 and last bus 23:00 Bus fare RMB 1
Important Bus Stop:   Donghuangchenggen North, Dongsishitiao, Sanlitun, Tuanjiehu Park

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 Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Great Wall Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Car washing: Beijing Car Washing Prices and Tips

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022
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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 50 – 600 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

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 Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Great Wall Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Shanghai high speed rail

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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Yesterday afternoon, nearly off work time around 6:00pm, I decided to go to Shanghai for urgent family matters the next day. The normal reaction was to book a flight from Beijing to Shanghai. But the high speed rail Beijing Shanghai changed my mind set. I would like to try the newly opened Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train.

I logged on to www.12306.cn for online ticket booking. After registration, then I got an email to reconfirm the registration, and began to book the train ticket I preferred. Everything went smoothly except the way of payment. I have credit cards and an paypal account, but all didn’t work. It requests me to have an online account at a bank, Bank of China etc. I was confused.

I had to give up online booking. At present, www.12306.cn is not very convenient for locals, even more difficult for foreigners. I had to go to the nearest train station – Beijing Railway Station. Though the high speed trains don’t start from Beijing Railway Station, it does have two windows selling high speed train tickets.

It was a long queue, taking me about 40 minutes to get a ticket, and I chose a second class seat ticket for G11 Beijing Shanghai starting the next day 8:00am, July 05, 2011 – that’s today.

Around 7:00am this morning, I take a taxi from my residental area to Beijing South Railway Station. The traffic is slim and I get to Departure Hall of Beijing South Railway Station shortly.

Entering the east entrance and getting through the security check, I raise my head and look at the huge timetable board and get to know my check-in gate is Gate 15.

My check-in gate is Gate 15

My check-in gate is Gate 15  

Passengers are insertng their tickets into the slots and go down to the platform

Passengers are insertng their tickets into the slots and go down to the platform

Passengers are insertng their tickets into the slots and go down to the platform  

Following the queue, I move on to the entrance. Inserting my computerized ticket into the slot, the door opened and I go down steps to the platform 15.

I go down steps to the platform 15.

I go down steps to the platform 15.  

The Coach 11 is my temporary home. 80 paasengers in one second class coach with 16 rows of 5 seats abreast ( 2 + 3 ). I’m lucky to have a 2 set window seat

The Coach 11 is my temporary home

The Coach 11 is my temporary home

Overhead Luggage rack

Overhead Luggage rack

Overhead Luggage rack

A plug under the seats for powering laptops

A plug under the seats for powering laptops

A plug under the seats for powering laptops


Internet on Beijing Shanghai high speed trains is available, but its signal is too weak to be able to connect any laptops online. I have to give up and you are supposed to use your own wireless wan card.

Its signal is too weak to connect any laptops online

Its signal is too weak to connect any laptops online Lavatory at the end of each coach

Lavatory at the end of each coach

Lavatory at the end of each coach  

Luggage area both at the end and in the front of each coach

Luggage area both at the end and in the front of each coach

Luggage area both at the end and in the front of each coach  

Trolley food cart

Trolley food cart

Trolley food cart

Box meals at the price RMB37 per set

Box meals at the price RMB37 per set

Box meals at the price RMB37 per set

Hot drinking water

Hot drinking water

ot drinking water  

G11 Beijing Shanghai high speed train has three stops: Jinnan West 9:35am, Tengzhou 10:15am and 11:49am  Nanjing South and arriving at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station at 12:55.

Further Readings


Top 10 Places to Visit in China
How to Pack for your China Trip
Plugs and Sockets in China
China Tour Packages
Learning Useful Chinese Phrases for Travellers 
How to Recognise Chinese Currency

Top 10 Travel Experiences in China
10 Most Scenic Drives in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Grasslands in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers in China
Top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China
Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful old towns in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Museums in China
Top 10 China Tourist Scams
Top 10 Souvenirs in China