Hi everyone :)
Sorry it’s been a while, but I’ve had some problems with my internet connection.
In Beijing the public transportation is on point. There are different kinds of transportation. Bus, subway, taxi and then they have shared bikes. Which are bikes all over Beijing, which you can rent for 1 yuan/krone or 13 cents per hour. Different kinds of shared bikes exist and OFO and Mobike are the biggest and most popular bikes. OFO is yellow and Mobike is orange, but there are also other companies like Unigogo, which is light blue. The bikes are everywhere and there are insane amounts of them. You can download apps, where you can see exactly where the bikes are, since all of the bikes have a tracker. With the app you also pay for the bikes. You scan the QR-code that is on the lock and then you get a code to unlock the bike. Some bikes just unlock by themselves, when you’ve scanned the QR-code. The lock makes some kind of sound when unlocked and all day when you’re walking around you can hear the sound of bikes being unlocked. They seem very popular and it’s good for the environment that people use bikes instead of vehicular transport.
The buses here compared to the Danish buses arrive way more often, but there are also a lot more people here compared to Denmark. You never wait for more than 5 minutes and in Denmark you wait at least 30 minutes if you miss the bus. In Denmark we have apps that tell us when the bus will arrive, so we can be there on time. Over here you just go to the bus stop and the bus will arrive right away. There are so many different bus routes. I drive with bus number 505, but there are a dozen other buses that could get me to the same destination. The buses are so packed during rush hour and sometimes there isn’t enough room for all the people. Luckily, I have always made it on the bus. For the bus ride I pay 1 yuan/ krone or 13 cents and that’s a lot cheaper than in Denmark, where you would pay 10 yuan/krones or 1,3 euros.
I can’t really compare the subway with anything, since we only have a subway in Copenhagen and I haven’t used it, because I live in Kolding. Although, I find it extremely efficient. The subway arrives even faster than the bus. Depending on which line you take, there can be less than 3 or 2 minutes between each subway. During rush hour the subway is of course also very packed. Both on the subway and in the transfers as you can see on the picture. Normally, it costs me 4 yuan/krones or 51 cents for 5 stops, which I can imagine is a lot cheaper than the Danish subway. Before you get down in the subway you have to go through a security check like at the airport. It is not as serious as an airport security check though. You still have to send your bag through a scanner and sometimes go through a metal detector, but that’s just really stupid. Since they don’t ask you to take of any metal and it beeps, but no-one cares. On the other hand, if they had to check every single person thoroughly it would take hours before you got through, when so many people use it.
For both subway and bus you can buy a traffic card, which is really smart and you can easily refill your traffic card in the subway and it’s way quicker than buying a ticket each time. We also have the same system in Denmark.
All the scooters here are electrical, which is both good for the environment and our ears, because there are a lot of scooters. It seems like there is roughly half as many scooters as cars. Cars are also taken very serious. There are a lot of electrical cars, but also all the cars are expensive. You never see a really shitty car. It is as if you can’t afford a good car you would rather not have one.
Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
Bike - Zi xing che 自行车
Bus - Gong gong qi che 公共汽车
Subway - Di tie 地铁
Scooter - Dian dong che 电动车
Vehicle - Che 车
Take care ;)