Sunday, September 17, 2006

Beijing Capital Airport

Beijing Capital Airport is the busiest airport in Asia by aircraft movements, with direct flights to virtually every major city in the world.

A taxi from the airport to the city centre usually takes one hour, and costs 150-200RMB. If you are approached by a taxi driver inside the terminal building, just ignore them and carry on to the rank. Make sure they use the meter.

Alternatively, there is an Airport Bus, which is very quick and comfortable in comparison with most Chinese buses. There are currently five different routes, linking the airport to Fangzhuang, Xidan, Beijing Railway Station, Gongzhufen and Zhongguancun.

Capital Airport handled more than 30 million passengers in 2005, and a new terminal is due to be completed in 2007, just in time for the Olympics.

15km South of Beijing is the new Nanyuan Airport. It is quite small and offers relatively cheap internal flights to Chinese cities. There is an airport bus that runs from Xidan to Nanyuan Airport.

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