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Beijing Airport Arrival and Departure

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
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Arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport ( Code: BJS, PEK )

Beijing Airports
At the time of my writing, Beijing Capital International Airport is the only international airport in Beijing. There is a small airport known as Beijing Nanyuan Airport ( Code: NAY ) in the southern Beijing that mainly handles a few domestic flights.  Beijing is said to be building a second large international airport known as Beijing Daxing International Airport that will be finished in 2018.

Beijing Capital Airport is located 18 km northeast of Beijing’s northeast third ring road. Beijing Capital Airport comprises three terminals:  T3, T2 and T1. T1 and T2 are linked by a walking corridor while T3 is on the other side of the airport.

The daily free inter-terminal shuttle bus service connects T3 with T2 and T1.  For more information on Beijing Capital Airport, check out the link:

On Flight
On your plane flying for Beijing,  you need to fill up the arrival card that will be delivered to you by flight attendants. Before arriving, it is better that you know at which Terminal you will arrive by checking your boarding card.  Arrival cards are also available at the customs area if you aren’t  given it on the plane.

Airport Customs
Beijing Capital Airport is a large and modern airport. Both T3 and T2 receive international flights. If you arrive Terminal 3 at the airport,  you first need to take the inter-airport light rail to the terminal area. Just follow the other passengers into the train for the terminal 3.

You need to have China visa to enter Beijing. If you transit at Beijing Capital Airport and eligible for visa-free stay in Beijing, you still need to fill up the free-visa form before you are allowed to enter Beijing. For more information on visa-free stay in Beijing, check out the link

ATM, Bank, Hotel & Ticket Booking
If you don’t have a small amount of cash on hand, which is convenient to pay your taxi, airport shuttle bus and etc., you may withdraw cash from ATM, and there are several China banks open 24 hours a day at Beijing Capital Airport.  They all offer fixed exchange rates. you’d better keep receipts as these are needed to change RMB (yuan) back into foreign currency when you leave China.

There is a branch information counter of  Beijing Tourist Information Center in the arrival hall. You may turn to them for hotel booking or other matters like asking them to write the Chinese name of your hotel which is easy for taxi driver to know your hotel.

Beijing Capital Airport has air ticketing counters as well as a train ticket counter. The train ticket office is located  at T2 is on the main hall between international and domestic arrivals. At T3 the train ticket office is located on the departures level at the  left of the domestic check-in counters.

Transport at Capital Airport
Shuttle buses are the cheapest way to enter the city from Beijing capital airport. Beijing capital airport’s shuttle buses cost at RMB 15 per person, which is related to the distance traveled. You may take the shuttle bus if you do not have much luggage or you may already know the bus routes and where you are going to get off and connect a taxi or subway for your hotel in Beijing.

All the airport shuttle buses start from T3 then call at T2 and T1 in succession. If the coming bus is already full,  you will have to wait for the next one. At the ticket office there is a board showing the bus routes with stops. The buses do not do unscheduled stops and drivers may not always stop at some scheduled stops if they don’t see anybody getting ready to disembark. So you must know which stop you will get off in advance.  For more information on airport shuttle buses, check out the link

Taking a taxi to the city center from Beijing Capital airport is most convenient.When you exit from the arrival hall,  it may happen that some so-called taxi drivers or touts may approach you offering you a taxi ride. Just ignore them since these taxi rides will be unmetered, illegal  or overcharged.

It is preferable to follow the taxi stand sign to queue up for a legal taxi. You may have your hotel or residential area printed out in Chinese coupled with the phone number to make sure you are going to your intended destination. Some chain hotels have several locations in the city of Beijing.

If a seemingly legal taxi driver asks for a fixed price instead of using a meter,  you should insist on turning on the meter or you just leave the taxi. A normal taxi drive from Beijing Capital Airport to the city center of Beijing ( lets’say Wangfujing areaa), it costs about RMB100-120. There are additional toll fees to be added up to the total cost.  Currently RMB 10  from Terminal 3, and RMB 5 when travelling to Terminals 1 & 2. There is no toll fee from T2 and T1 to the city center of  Beijing. You may pay the toll fee at the toll booth or  add it to the fare when you get to your destination. For more information on Airport taxi, check out the link:  Beijing taxi.

There is also a fast Airport Express Rail links the airport to Beijing’s subway line. The airport express rail costs RMB 25 per person. For more information on the airport express train, check out the link: Beijing Airport Express Train.

Many hotels arrange airport pick-up service. There are quite private airport transfer operators in Beijing. They offer airport to hotel door to door transfer service, which cost more than a taxi, but avoid being overcharged,  any problem finding your hotel. For private airport transfers, check out the link: Beijing Airport Transfer.

Departing from Beijing Capital Airport

Making sure you will be at Beijing Capital Airport three hours in advance for your international  flights since most international flights start check in 3 hours in advance.  Given the possible at least one hour on the way from your downtown hotel, basically you need to leave your downtown destination 4 hours in advance if you choose to take a taxi to the airport.

Allow yourself to have enough time to go to the airport. In addition, you need to go to the right terminal at the airport.  You know both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 receive international flights. T2 and T3 are located apart. If you get to a wrong terminal, you may take the inter-terminal shuttle to solve the problem.

Airport inter-terminal shuttle
Every 10 minutes, there is a free shuttle bus leaving from T2 for Terminal 3 and then Terminal 1, and keeps on circling. Each bus takes about 10 minutes for one-way transfer.
Shuttle Bus Route: Gate 11 of T2 first arrival Floor – Gate 5 of T1 First Floor – T3 Departure Third Floor
Operating hours: every 10 minutes at 06:00 – 23:00; Every 30 minutes from 23:00 to 6:00 next day.

Once finishing your exit procedures, security etc., you may use the free Wifi available in the airport area. To get your password, you need to scan your passport at one of the self service machines to get the log in and password. If you are a chain smoker, you will be happy to find a smoking room inside the waiting hall.

If you are using domestic flights service or airport transfers,  you need to be at the airport at least 2 hours in advance and basically the domestic flight check-in desks close 45 minutes before departure.

Hotels in and out Beijing Capital Airport
 There are hourly hotels (lounges)  in T1, T2 and T3. Please find the locations of the hourly lounges:

T1: West Side of Gate No.8 Entrance on the 2F( then walk up to the 3F)
Tel: 010-64540985
Standard Room: CNY480 for overnight or take a break in a lounge: CNY30 per hour

T2: The 1st basement Domestic Arrival, between Gate D2 and D3
Tel: 010- 64598932
Standard Room: CNY480 for overnight or take a break in a lounge: CNY30 per hour

T3: As far as I know, T3 only has a hourly hotel inside the departure hall.
Tel: 01064532621

Alternatively, you can use some of the hotels near Beijing airport:

Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
Terminal 3 Beijing Capital Intl Airport
Beijing, China, 100621
86-10-6458 8888

CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport
No.9 Xiao Tianzhu Road,
Capital International Airport, Beijing 100621
Reservations: 86-10-6456-5588 Fax: 86-10-6456-1234

Crowne Plaza Hotel
International Airport Beijing
No.60 Fuqian 1 Street Tianzhu Shunyi District, Beijing 101312
Hotel Front Desk: 086-010-58108888

Capital Airport Hotel
Capital International Airport, Shunyi District Beijing 100621
86 -10 – 64577788

 Store Your Luggage at Beijing Capital Airport
The Beijing airport offers a secure, baggage storing service.
A) Terminal 3 Left-luggage Counter:
Near Gate C or Gate A in the arrival hall on the second floor
Tel: 64558579 ( domestic ); 64558580 ( International )
B) Terminal 2 Left-luggage Counter:
Between Gate 10 and Gate 8 in the departure hall on the second floor
Tel: 64598152
C) Terminal 1 Left-luggage Counter:
By the link corridor between Terminal 1 and 2 on the second floor
Tel: 64540921
Passengers can leave their luggage there for hours, or for days. Electric ciphony cases are provided for baggage left for hours, making easy the deposit of small-size articles.
Luggage storage cost:
RMB 20 per day for the luggage with its length, width and height less than 65 cm
RMB 30 per day for Baggage with its length, width and height between 200cm and 65cm
RMB 50 per day for Baggage with its length, width and height more than 200 cm

Any questions, just drop a line.

Trolleybuses in Beijing

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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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 electricty.  The smog-choked Bejing government has annouced its ambitious plan to phase out  old oil burning buses by 2017 and introduce more buses driven by elctricity, 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 buese had replaced all the trams in Beijing.

Beijing  plans to purchase the lastest 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 rolleybus is driving by Dianmen Dajie

Among 900 public bus lines, now threre 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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Fengtai Railway Station

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
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Beijing Fengtai Railway Station has a long history dating back to the year 1898. It is located at Zhengyang Avenue in Fengtai District of the southern Beijing. It used to be a small comprehensive railway station incorporating passenger trains and freight trains. It had passenger trains to Shanghai, Taiyuan and Guangzhou with 30 daily trains passing by each day. Fengtai Train Station has been closed for passenger service since June 2010.
Fengtai Railway Station will be reconstructed starting from 2013 on a scale similar to Beijing South Railway Station. It will be turned into a major train station for high-speed traind for Beijing – Guangzhou rail, Beijing Hong Kong rail and more.
Beijing Fengtai Railway Station will be completed in 2015, adding up to the present major 6 railway stations – Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station, Beijing North Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station, Beijing East Railway Station and Xinghuo Railway Station, total 7 train stations in Beijing. The completion of Fengtai Railway Station will greatly alleviate the passenger transport pressure on Beijing South Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station.
Subway Line 10 will be linked to Fengtai Railway Station. An expressway and subway line will connect Fengtai Raiway Station and Beijing second international airport – Beijing Daxing International Airport that will be completed in October, 2017.
The new Fengtai Railway Station will become a new transport hub in the southern Beijing that comprise intercity rails, suburban rails, city public transport and metro lines. It will further develop the local economy and help ease the traffic burden of the northern Beijing.
Beijing Fengtai New Railway Station

Beijing Fengtai New Railway Station

The main Fengtai Railway Station building is a square structure similat to the China Pavilion in Shanghai Expo. The base is a two-layer classical terrace. The upper building is supported by four red-colored pillars. It has a white roof high in the middle. Platforms and railways are constructed under the main building.
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