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Travel in Beijing by Subway

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  Subway is the fastest transportation in Beijing and they are a good way to avoid frequent traffic jams. Presently there are 17 subway lines plus one airport express line in operation. They connect many tourism spots such as the Summer Palace, Ti'anmen Square and Yuanmingyuan Park, etc.


  The price is charged according to the distance. It is CNY3 for the first 3.7 miles (6km), CNY4 for 3.7 to 7.5 miles (6 to 12km), CNY5 for 7.5 to 13.7 miles (12 to 22km), CNY6 for 13.7 to 20 miles (22 to 32km), extra CNY2 for every additional 12.4 miles (20km) if distance over 20 miles (32km). A Transportation Smart Card can be used for paying. The stops are announced in both Chinese and English. Passengers can query the subway staff to avoid going in the wrong direction and wasting time. While Beijing subways are not as good as those in Shanghai and Guangzhou; compared with the congested road network, they are a far better choice for getting around the city.


  Line 1 (East-West Line): Sihuidong – Pingguoyuan


  Full Length: 31 kilometers (19 miles)


  Main Stops: Wukesong, Gongzhufen, Military Museum, Xidan, Tiananmen, Wangfujing, Jianguomen, Yonganli, Guomao


  Line 2 (Circle Line): (it is a line running beneath the 2nd Ring Road.)


  Full Length: 23 kilometers (14 miles)


  Main Stops: Xizhimen, Drum Tower, Dongzhimen, Chaoyangmen, Jianguomen, Railway Station, Qianmen, Xuanwumen, Fuxingmen, Fuchengmen


  Line 4: Anheqiao North – Gongyixiqiao


  Full Length: 28.14 kilometers (17.5 miles)


  Main Stops: Yuanmingyuan, Beijing University East Gate, Zhonguancun, Renmin University, National Library, Zoo, Xizhimen, Xinjiekou, Xisi, Xidan, Xuanwumen, Caishikou, South Railway Station, Majiabao


  Line 5: Tiantongyuan North– Songjiazhuang (north to south)


  Full Length: 27.6 kilometers (17 miles)


  Main Stops: Heping Xiqiao, Yonghegong, Dongsi, Dengshikou, Dongdan, Chongwenmen, Temple of Heaven (east entrance)


  Line 6: Haidian Wuluju - Lucheng (west to east)


  Full Length: 54 kilometers (34 miles)


  Main Stops: Cishousi, Chegongzhuang, Pinganli, Dongsi, Chaoyangmen, Hujialou


  Line 7: West Railway Station - Jiaohuachang


  Full Length: 24 kilometers (15 miles)


  Line 8: Zhuxinzhuang - Nanluoguxiang


  Main Stops: Olympic Park, Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Guloudajie


  Line 9: National Library - Guogongzhuang


  Main Stops: National Library, West Railway Station, Liuliqiao, Fengtai Nan Lu


  Line 10 (Cricle Line): Taking Bagou as Terminal


  Full Length: 57 kilometers (35 miles)


  Main Stops: Suzhoujie, Haidian Huangzhuang, Zhichunli, Shaoyaoju, Liangmaqiao, Jinsong, Songjiazhuang, Hujialou


  Line 13 : Xizhimen – Dongzhimen


  Full Length: 40 kilometers (25 miles)


  Main Stops: Xizhimen, Wudaokou, Huilongguan, Beiyuan, Shaoyaoju, Dongzhimen


  Line 14: West Section: Zhangguozhuang – Xiju; Middle & East Sections: Shan'gezhuang - South Railway Station


  Full Length: 48 km (30 miles)


  Main Stops: Zhangguozhuang, Garden Expo Park, Dawayao, Guozhuangzi, Dajing, Qilizhuang, Xiju, Shilihe, South Railway Station


  Line 15: Qinghuadongluxikou - Fengbo


  Full Length: 41 kilometers (25 miles)


  Main Stops: New CIEC, Wangjing


  Batong Line: Sihui – Tuqiao


  Full Length: 19 kilometers (12 miles)


  Main Stops: Sihui, Communication University of China, Baliqiao, Guoyuan, Jiukeshu, Tuqiao


  Daxing Line: Gongyixiqiao – Tiangongyuan


  Full Length: 22 kilometers (14 miles)


  Yizhuang Line: Songjiazhuang - Yizhuang Train Station


  Full Length: 23 kilometers (14 miles)


  Changping Line: Xierqi ↔ Changping Xishankou


  Full Length: 32 kilometers (20 miles)


  Fangshan Line: Guogongzhuang - Suzhuang


  Full Length: 25 kilometers (16 miles)


  Airport Express Train: Dongzhimen – Capital International Airport (T2, T3)


  Full Length: 28 kilometers (17 miles)


  Main Stops: Dongzhimen, Sanyuanqiao, Capital Airport

Travel in Beijing by Subway


  Travel Tips on taking metro in this city:


  1. Commonly, there are four entrances in four directions for each stop. So, you should make sure which one to take when getting out of the station or you will probably get lost. You can find signs with the main destinations at crossings of the passageway.


  2. The metro stations are clean and have English signs directing tourists to the exits and nearby places that you are likely trying to find.


  3. In this city, the metro stations are marked with a blue sign with letter D inside a circle on it.


  4. A child shorter than 4.3 feet (1.3m) cannot ride the metro alone. If an adult takes one child below 4.3 feet high on the metro, the child is free of charge; if two, one of the children is free of charge.


  5. Tickets are issued for one-day use only.


  6. Passengers can find toilets on the platform level or in the ticket hall of each stop.


  7. Take good care of your personal things as the crowded carriages have one or two pickpockets on peak hours now and then.


  8. No pets can be taken on the metro.


  9. Please keep out the yellow line when you are waiting for the metro.

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