Long-distance buses are one
of the best means of getting around the
country. Services are extensive and main
roads are rapidly improving.
The nation is going full steam
ahead in the construction of expressways
and first-and second-grade motor roads.
Construction of expressways and first-and
second-class highways for the nation's tourism
industry is in high swing. Several dozen
expressways pivoted on such major cities
as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou,
Wuhan, Chengdu, Taiyuan and Xi'an have been
completed and opened to traffic. Sections
of the Lianyungang-Alataw (Xinjiang) Expressway,
which runs across the Chinese continent
from east to west, and the Beijing-Hong
Kong Expressway, cutting through the country
from south to north, will come under construction
The numbers of tourist buses
in large and medium-sized cities and sleeper-buses
that run across provincial boundaries are
on the increase. Expressway transport in
China is characterized by top-notch and
speedy services and simplified procedures,
and express buses are dispatched in a streamlined
fashion to guarantee prompt arrivals. Most
vehicles running along these expressways
are imported or joint venture products that
are well equipped and designed and have
durable functions. Service in these buses
is on a par with airline service, and they
run at an average speed of 100 km per hour.
Getting Around in a City
Taxis are a convenient means of transportation
in various cities in China, with fares
ranging from 1 to 2 yuan per km. Simply
raise your hand, and a taxi appears in
no time. But you'd better choose a taxi
with a business permit, and before you
disembark from a taxi ride, ask the driver
for a receipt.
Subways are another convenient means of
transportation for those traveling in
downtown. So far subways are available
in four Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai,
Guangzhou, and Tianjin.
There are bicycles for rent in some hotels
in Beijing and some other tourist cities.
Riding old-fashioned pedicabs for a tour
of Beijing's hutongs and back alleys proves
a unique tourist experience.