Urban Transportation of China
Urban transportation plays an important role in each city of China. With improvements in road construction, more convenient transport options are available. Public buses, taxies, bicycles are the most common vehicles for you to take. In some modern and developed Chinese cities, subway, light rail and even Maglev trains can all be considered as good ways for you to get around the city.
In China, almost all major cities are equipped with a developed bus transport system. Bus transport is the main choice, in urban and suburban areas, for its economy and convenience.
Public buses are quite common in Chinese cities. They are generally crowded especially in the downtown at peak time. Traffic jams often occur in large and populous cities where the highways are always full of buses, cars and people. Most of the buses run only during the daytime from about 06:30 to 19:30, though a few services may run later. There may be buses in some cities running through the night. Self-service ticketing buses now are very popular in the country, with CNY1.00 or CNY1.20 for one ticket. A coin box is installed at the front door of the bus where passengers get on. However, many buses still have a conductor who sells tickets to you after you get on the bus where the fare may be charged by distance. Pay special attention that if the bus is air-conditioned, CNY2.00 might be the required fare. LCD-screen TV sets are equipped on most buses to ease your trip. Bus information may vary in different cities, please refer to our section under Destinations.
Due to the congestion at rush hour, you are highly recommended to avoid peak times (7:00am to 9:00am and 5:00pm to 7:00pm). In addition, pay more attention to your belongings which may attract pickpockets.
Tourist buses, usually with the special Chinese character '游' ('You' in Chinese, meaning 'travel') in front of the bus numbers, are commonly seen in major Chinese cities especially the tourist cities where there are many popular attractions. They run along a special line with many scenic en route - a tour guide may be present on the bus to introduce them to you in detail. The bus trip might pass through beautiful scenery on the way.
Whenever you take the bus, do prepare small change and pay attention to the destination board to avoid going the wrong way. If necessary, on long bus journeys, prepare some medicine and sick bags in case of carsickness. Always be more careful when you are on the bus, especially when you have no seat.