Yearning to visit China but nervous about how you’re going to travel throughout the country? Well, you’re in luck because we’re speaking about six modes of transportation you can use while in China.
1. High speed train (From city to city)
Called 高铁(gāo tiě) in Mandarin Chinese, China’s high-speed trains are truly remarkable. Hop from city to city with these bullet trains. They are more reliable and on-time compared to flights, and oftentimes more affordable. Also, prepare your phone or camera because these bullet trains provide a great opportunity to take in the scenery.
There are multiple easy ways to buy high-speed train tickets—pick them up online via numerous English language travel sites, as well as at the train stations.
2. Bus (long distance)
Buses are great for long distances, and quite cheap. If you have luggage, have no fear! The majority of the buses have spaces underneath where you can store your bags. Chinese buses oftentimes work at a higher frequency than flights within the country.
You don’t need to book in advance because there are long-distance buses that run between cities every twenty minutes. Thus, convenience is great with buses. Also, as opposed to most airports and train stations, bus stations in China are most of the time located within the city. The only potential downside to buses are that they aren’t always super clean.
3. Transportation card
If you will be in China for at minimum several weeks, we would highly suggest you get a transportation card. Practically every city offers its own transportation card and some cities even share transportation cards. Having one will prove to be of immense value and you can use it for multiple modes of transportation. For instance, with Shanghai’s public transportation card you can use to pay for buses, taxis, ferris, subway rides and more.
One of the only disadvantages about transportation cards is that it’s not always easy to withdraw from the card, as only several subway stations permit you to do that.
And here’s a lil tip regarding transportation cards…There are one-day and three-day cards available for travelers.
4. Didi app
Think Uber, only China. Didi is China’s largest taxi-calling mobile platform, and extraordinarily helpful especially when traveling. It’s fast, simple and also offers private chauffeured cars, social ride sharing services, as well as more affordable express options.
Additionally, Didi works with the taxi industry and each city’s government to provide safe experience for its users.
5. Baidu map app
Here in China, Google Maps is like a distant friend who doesn’t return your calls. Think of Baidu as your tour guide and dependable traveling partner. Download the Baidu Maps app and you’ll find yourself with a reliable and most oftentimes accurate resource.
Don’t get lost, and don’t get frustrated. Get Baidu Maps. The only potential disadvantage is that for travelers who cannot read Mandarin Chinese, it’s user interface does not offer English. However, it is still a valuable tool and we would advise you have it just in case.
6. Bike-Sharing Apps!
Mobike and Ofo are the two leading bike-sharing start-ups in China. Get their apps, because having access to bikes in cities can prove extremely useful and valuable. This is especially the case if you are intimidated by subway systems or find the city taxis locked in traffic.
It’s cheap, it’s fast, and you can find the bikes scattered all across Chinese cities.
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