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Chapter 1: Journeys to China > The Center of the World

The Center of the World

My first visit to Beijing was in the 1990s. The airport was old, no Jetways to the plane, bicycles still outnumbered cars, and few if any cranes were on the horizon. The ride from the airport to the city center took less than half an hour. Today, a trip into town will take at least an hour, and that’s if traffic cooperates!

A note about getting around in China: There is a train that you can take from the airport, but for some unexplainable reason, you have to make a couple of changes in order to get to the city center—avoid it. Take a taxi for somewhere between $25 and $30 or take a bus for less than half of that. Arranging private transportation is easy, but you will be paying western rates. If anyone speaks English, they do a great job in not revealing that fact. Always carry around your destination information in Chinese—this is a must. Cab drivers are honest for the most part (much more so than in Athens or Istanbul), and taxis are both cheap and metered.


  

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