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 soon.
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