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.
l Watch out both automobiles and bikes when you cross streets.
pedestrians and bikers in
3. Rush hours
Traffic moves slowly during rush hours (7:00 -- 8:30
and 17:00 -- 19:00) in
A. By taxi
It is quite convenient to take taxi in
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
Subway Line 1
has two stops on the Tiananmen Square, which is very close to the front gate of
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.
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
6. Electricity and adapters
Menus in many restaurants contain graphic descriptions of their dishes. Some restaurants have English menus.
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
More details on this restaurant can be found from the link: http://www.liaofan.com.
Although it is heard that tap water in
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
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