Getting There in Side Trips from Beijing
Taxis, which in Beijing are both plentiful and reasonably priced, are a good way to get to sights outside the city. At the time of this writing, a Y1 fuel surcharge is added for all trips exceeding 3 km. A small surcharge is also added between 11 pm and 5 am. As Beijing traffic is getting more congested, the potential for some time stuck in traffic (and the associated cost jump) is high.
Beijing Limo. Private-car services are available in Beijing, and even if they aren't always cheap, they're in most cases worth the investment. Beijing Limo rents a variety of cars and buses, complete with English-speaking drivers, from US$29 for a two-hour basic package (plus 20% service charge). 010/6546–1588. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.beijinglimo.com/english. Mon.–Fri. 9–6.
Trains are also a good way to get to your side trips. Some sites, such as Yesanpo, Tianjin, Beidaihe, and Shanhaiguan, are accessible by train. Some trains leave from Beijing Station, in the middle of the city, and others leave from Beijing West Station. Plan to get to the train station at least 30 minutes before your train leaves, as the stations can be confusing for visitors. It's easy to buy train tickets at the station, but if you're on a tight schedule and can't afford a delay, buy a ticket beforehand, especially if you're traveling on peak dates.
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