Considering that everything in the subway station is in English, I don’t see why you made this video in the first place cause every foreigner will be able to do it….
It’s pretty obvious that even though buying a subway ticket in Beijing is easy as fuck, you have no idea how to do it. You don’t need to choose a line or station. Wherever you go to in Beijing, it’s always a fixed price of 2 yuan (pronounced ”You-en” not ”you-an”) a person. You don’t even need to click on English because even on the Chinese you can see the numbers 1, 2 etc for choosing the quantity of tickets.
This works more like the Transit trains in New York and New Jersey… buying tickets depending on distance of destination… Whereas the New York subways use a metrocard and regardless of distance or transfers, the price is the same (currently $2.25)
Actually you don’t have to choose which station to go on the ticket machine because it’s 2 yuan for a ride wherever you go. And yes I’m Beijinger
Well, you are in a socialism country… Beside all the human-rights crap some people always rumbles, there have to be some advantages. This is one of them: Subway system is heavily subsidized by the government.
Lauren, is the subway system in Beijing friendly to travelers with baby carts and lot of luggage? Do they have elevators? I hate to have to carry baby carts up and down steps.
If there’s any chance i hope you can go to Chengdu.It’s a really great city in the western of China.Also Chengdu is Panda’s hometown.And people in there are really nice. 🙂 BTW,I’m from China.
Wow – very negative. It has nothing to do with American’s not using a subway, as I’ve use our subway systems around the country (yes, we have them). It’s the fact that people are traveling in a foreign country where English is not widely spoke and they may wonder how easy/difficult it is to use the metro and get around the city. It’s called being helpful…
Great, but where to check to know what line you are going to take? BTW, I’ve just subscribed to your channel.
that’s basically applies to every major city metro – e.g. nyc – during rush hour, commuters are packed like sardines. plus, in the summer, no a/c in the stations (brutal).
Hi there. In Shanghai, the ticket cost is dependent on the number of stations you travel. So, you need to choose the destination station in Shanghai. Beijing, its RMB 2 for any distance traveled, so you don’t need to go through all that mumbo jumbo:)
It’s easy, but beware it’s terribly crowded most of the day! Esp line 1 is rush hour thru out the entire day.
I always travel with a guidebook – and it should have a subway map inside. Once you figure out your home base and your subway stop – it’s easy to go from there. The guidebook will tell you the nearest subway stop to most major attractions. Use your subway map to figure out how to get from point A to point B — I promise its an easy system to figure out!
As I recall, there were escalators at some stops but also plenty of stairs to climb at others. As for elevators, I’m not sure as we never searched for any. I suspect you would likely get a bit of exercise carrying a baby cart. We traveled with our luggage on the subways (large backpacks) – and especially at peak hours, you can expect it will be a tight squeeze, but we managed it successfully.
nice very helpful how ever is st same if i want to go with bullet train
wait..isn’t 4 yuan like, REALLY cheap?
(cont.): So the “myth” of the “fat murcans” is no myth. Anyway, what happened was one day I started looking through this book I ran across in the library or bookstore or whatever. The book was snapshots of Americans in various cities and towns during the 1930s and 40s. As I was scrolling through the book I suddenly realized there were no fat Americans in the “snapshots”. I went and scrolled back and forth thru the pages and found 2 or so bonafide fat persons but everyone… (cont.)
(cont.):… or Washington D.C.: persons living in those cities have subway/metros that they ride so they would be able to use the Chinese metros without any hassle. HOWEVER, with the vast mass majority of murcans living in the voids of the suburb/exurb, getting to point b means the personal automobile and for those folks the thought of just riding the public bus is “for the poor”.so what I wrote in my first message to you IS true. Let me give you a little observation I caught…. (cont.)
(cont.): … I caught inadvertantly one day. I have an interest in trains. And thus I view youtube videos about trains. The youtube videos I watch are in cities all over the world. In those videos what you realize after watching them is that videos of American cities tend to show persons that are plain out FAT. There are fat persons in other cities throughout the world in the videos I’ve watched, but the fat Americans are noticeable because of their numbers. (cont.)
Not trying to be “negative” but rather, I was being truthful. Your videos about China are excellent PSAs, but what I wrote about metros/subways and Americans is true. Europeans or other persons in Asia and even South America would be able to go into the Beijing or Shanghai metros and would know/figure out how to use them fairly easily because most of them use metros in the everyday lives. The same could be said of Americans that live in New York City or Chicago San Francisco or…. (cont.)
(cont.): ….everyone else in the photos was plain skinny by the standards of today. The point? In those photos of the 30s and 40s, Americans still rode the trolley and the train to get around AND walked. That’s what people do in Europe, Asia, the rest of the world STILL do in the present day. And murcans? They get into their Chevy Suburban to get to point b. Those photos from the 30s/40s don’t lie.
I was going to post about why you would have to show stupid americans how to use a subway and then I realized that the average stupid american lives in suburb/exurb hell and have never even seen a subway/metro let alone ever have ridden a public transit bus.