Take a taxi is the best way for expatriates to get oriental to the city. You may consider buying or rent a car when you can experience the freedom of driving for yourself. In Beijing, most taxies start at 10 yuan and three prices: RMB1.2, 1.6, 2.0 differences primarily being in the quality of the car. The higher the rate, the better the vehicle. Most of the drivers’ understanding of English is very limited. Have the address of your destination and your home written in Chinese.
Driving yourself
Foreign residents are able to get a driver’s license for Beijing and be required to have black license plates, which cost more than local ones. You can get the details of the procedure of getting a driving license

In Beijing there are three types of taxi, the difference primarily being in the quality of the car in which you ride and the amount of fare that is charged. In the rear passenger window of each Taxi is the price of the taxi, the least expensive being 1.20, then 1.60, and 2.00 Yuan per 1 km.

For information regarding how you can obtain an AUTOPASS for the airport expressway contact: 6457-2564/63 ext. 17 or 6769-8080

All the car rental agencies below offer round-the-clock rescue free of charge. Foreigners need either one or two Beijingers to act as guarantors before they hire a car, who should bring their ID cards and residence permits ( hukou ) . A valid driving license and passport are also required. Most have a daily mileage limit of 180km per day.

Beijing Scitech Taxi and Automobile Leasing Co.
Add: B1-B2, SCITECH Plaza, 22 Jianguomen Wai Dajie
Tel: 6512-2288/6513-0151

Yinjian Car Rental Co.
Add: 100 Yongwai Haihui Si
Tel : 8761-1472

Hertz Rent A Car
Toll Free Number:800-810-8883

New Concept Car Rental Center
Add.1: A1, Tianzhu Xingfu Dajie
Add.2: 77 Ningrong Jie, inside Beijing Film Academy
Add.3: 1 Gongti Bei Lu
Add.4: 80 Fucheng Lu, Xi Balizhuang
Add.5: 37 Baishiqiao Lu, Haidian District
Add.6: 43 Northeast Third Ring Road, Haidian District
Add.7: 3 Jiajia Huayuan, Zhaogongkou, Fengtai District
Toll-free reservations on 6457-5566

Buying a used car in China can be discouraging for the same reason it is in the West: only people with a vast knowledge of automobiles pull it off successfully. Most choose to buy directly from friends who are moving on or trading up. Otherwise, you can try the following options:

The Asian Games Village Vehicle Distribution Market
Add: 25 Xiaoguan Anding Lu, Anding Menwai, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6443-7871

Beijing Zhonglian Auto Market
Add: 1Bagou, Wanquanhe lu, Haidian District
Tel: 8261-1125

The best advice for those who don't know what they want- or for that matter, know what's out there – is to head for the new car markets. This cuts down on the time spent trawling through designated dealerships.

Beijing Northern Auto Trade Market
Add: 81 Fengguan Lu, Fengtai District
Tel: 6382-4466

Asian Games Village Auto Trade Market
Add: just outside the Fourth Ring Road
Tel: 6443-7871

Zhongqi Tonghe Auto Trading Center(Honda and Toyota
Add: Aoxing Plaza, 21 Andeli Beijie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 8413-0886

Once you have bought a car you need to do some paperwork to register it. Vehicle Administration Office, 90 Lailuangying, Chaoyang District
(8:30am-4:30pm,6490-2505).The inspection is free, and they issue the document on the spot.

You will also need to pay a purchase tax, road tax and annual vehicle tax. You can insure your car in China-most dealers will help with getting insurance.

Take your original license(domestic, not international),residence permit,and three passport photographs to FESCO which they will give you the necessary forms to submit.

Health Check Included with the Driving License Application you will need a Health Check medical form that needs to be filled out by a doctor. Authorized hospitals in Beijing include the Sino-Japanese Hospital(6422-1122),Xiehe Hospital(6529-6114),Friendship Hospital(6301-4411),and the Tongren Hospital(5826-9911).

Once the test is done, you should return to FESCO, where your documents will be examined, translated and an appointment made for you to take the all-important driving test at the Toyota Drivers Trading Center. The test cars are, of course, Toyota. The same school is the only official driving school for foreigners.


CITIC Union Car Rental Co.
Add: 5 Jiangtai Xi Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 6431-8047

China Automobile Association
Add: 23 th floor, Air China Plaza,Xiaoyun Road,Chaoyang
Tel: 8455-2121

Ritan Garage
Add: A2,Xiqishengmaio,Yabao Lu,Chaoyang District,north of John Bull Pub
Tel: 8561-5318

Beijing Golden Theone Auto Repair Center
Add: 6 Minzhuang Lu, Haidian District
Tel: 8844-8900


BeijingYuefu Auto Decoration World
Add: Liangmaqiao Road(2km East of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang District
Tel: 8456-2994

There are bicycles on sale in almost all the big shopping malls and supermarkets.

Add1: 12-1-7-10, 12 Nanxiaojie, Sanyuanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 8448-9271
Add2: 2 Liufangbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 8448-5148
Add3: E-101 Guohengjiye Plaza, 7 Beituchenglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 8227-5718
Add4: 225 Xinjiekounandajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 6616-3094
Add5: 40 Xueyuannanlu, Haidian District, Beijin
Tel: 6230-4543
Add6: 1 Zhongguancun nandajie, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 6849-9988
Add7: 40 Fuxinglu, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 8821-1327
Add8: B1 Chengxiang Trade Center, Gongzhufen, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 6822-1191
Add9: 37-1 Luomashidajie, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Tel: 6318-0899

Add1: 26 Beisanhuandonglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 8460-1030
Add2: A54 Baishiqiaolu, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 8836-2729
Add3: Building 15, Area 2, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District, Beijing
Tel: 6760-9911
Add4: 11 Maliandaolu, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Tel: 6332-2155

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