Tips for getting around in Beijing

 

1.        Local assistance

We will provide a few mobile phone number of local organizers along with the ICMM 2009 registration materials, in case that you are lost or need assistance.

2.        Safety

In general, Beijing is a quite safe city. But we would like to remind you:

l            Watch out both automobiles and bikes when you cross streets.

l            Some pedestrians and bikers in Beijing ignore all kinds of traffic lights, signs and barriers. Please do not follow them to cross streets.

3.        Rush hours

Traffic moves slowly during rush hours (7:00 -- 8:30 and 17:00 -- 19:00) in Beijing.

4.        Transportation

A.       By taxi

It is quite convenient to take taxi in Beijing. Although most of taxi drivers only speak Mandarin, they are willing to provide their service if you pinpoint where you would like to go on a map of Beijing. (There is an English-Chinese map of Beijing in every ICCM 2009 registration bag.)

Tips for taking taxi

l            Besides obvious signs of taxis, the second letter of the plates of all authorized taxis is "B" (the first letter is a Chinese character meaning Capital).

l            The cost for a taxi ride is calculated by a meter. The receipt is printed out by the meter.

l            You are advised to keep the receipt, which could be helpful to find the driver when necessary.

l            Here are a few notes in both English and Chinese for communication with taxi drivers. You may print out some of them if necessary.

B.       By subway

There are two metro stations which are close to the Jade Palace Hotel: Zhichunli station and Zhichunlu station. These stations and the Jade Palace Hotel are all located at Zhichun Road. Zhichunlu station lies to the east of the Jade Palace Hotel and Zhichunli station lies to the west of it. You may reach the Jade Palace Hotel from these two stations by walk along Zhichun Road. You can take subway Lines 10 and 13 at Zhichunlu station and Line 10 at Zhichunli station.

Subway Line 1 has two stops on the Tiananmen Square, which is very close to the front gate of the Forbidden City. Subway Lines 2 and 5 have a stop near the Lama Temple. Line 5 has also a stop near the Temple of Heaven. To go to the above places, you are advised to take Line 10 first and then make the transfer to Line 5 at Huixinxijienankou station. You can also transfer at Xizhimen station, but you would need to walk underground about ten minutes from one line to the other.

C.       By bus

There are many buses stopping by the Jade Palace Hotel. Please consult with the     hotel reception desk if you want to take a bus.

5.        Cash

Big shopping malls may accept international credit cards. Except stores specialized for international guests, most of grocery stores only accept Chinese currency, called "Ren Min Bi (RMB)". It is more convenient to use cash (small pieces such as 10 Yuan, 20 Yuan,...). You can exchange Chinese currency at the airports, the Bank of China or at the Jade Palace Hotel  (Please consult with the hotel reception desk if necessary.) Exchange rates are listed at

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/home/biznews.html

6.        Electricity and adapters

Electricity in Beijing is of 220v. You might need adapters to use laptops and other electronic appliances. Jade Palace Hotel provides adapters to its guests.

7.        Food

Menus in many restaurants contain graphic descriptions of their dishes. Some restaurants have English menus.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Dr. Ruyong Feng ( ryfeng@amss.ac.cn ).

There is a maigre restaurant named Tianchumiaoxiang Restaurant (天厨妙香素食餐厅), which is about one kilometer away from Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science. The restaurant is located at

No. 1-3 Zhongguancun East Road.

海淀区中关村东路1-3号清华科技园创业大厦

More details on this restaurant can be found from the link: http://www.liaofan.com.

 

8.        Water

Although it is heard that tap water in Beijing is drinkable, most of residents still drink bottled water or boiled water.

9.        Tips for service

Waiters, waitress and taxi drivers usually do not expect tips.

10.    International hospitals in Beijing

There are a dozen of international hospitals in Beijing. The following is one of the largest.

BEIJING UNITED FAMILY HOSPITAL

Address: 2 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Zip: 100016. Phone: 64333960.

Address in Chinese: 和睦家医院,朝阳区将台路2号,电话:64333960

For more information, please look at http://www.china.org.cn/english/travel/42396.htm