|Patch and Papa trying to figure out how much to pay on our first attempt riding the subway. Papa held up 4 fingers, passed some money through the hole, and got back change and tokens. Easy enough!|
|Waiting for the train to arrive. Must not have been rush hour. This looks incredibly slow and quiet.|
|The names of the stations are clearly marked above the doors in both Chinese and Pinyin. This is the pink line. |
This station is just down the street and around the corner from the Hotel Novotel in Beijing.
|Getting on the train. Notice how amazingly clean it is! |
Also notice the names above the doors, and all the stops of that train both above the doors and on the pillar.
The very first time we attempted the subway, we followed the crowd and waited by the doors for the train to come. There were about 10-ish people by each door... kinda busy but not bad. The train pulled up, the doors opened, and all Papa and I could see were a wall of people. Where would we stand in there? It looked completely full. I inched forward with Liv and prepared to find some standing room, but then I heard Papa holler to me "Wait!" So I took Liv's arm, backed up, the doors closed, and the train left with the 4 of us now standing alone on the platform. Papa explained that he wasn't prepared for the crowd and needed a moment. A few minutes later, the next train came, and this one was was surprisingly more crowded than the last. But we had watched the first train, and learned the trick to getting on a crowded train is to just step in and lead gently with your shoulder. Amazingly, no matter how crowded, there will be room enough for you to stand. Liv and I made our way in, and pushed our bodies together like a sandwich, as did Papa and Patch. There was nothing to hold onto, but then again, falling was an impossibility with that many folks crammed in. From then on, a crowded subway train wasn't intimidating.
|This sign shows all the stops that this line (in this case it's the pink line) makes. The large blue arrow shows which direction it's going. The red and blue arrow/flags on the bottom indicate where you can change trains (in this case for the red line 1 and blue line 2) Also, at each hotel, we asked the concierge for a subway map and had them circle the stop closest to our hotel. We studied this map ahead of time, and I carried it around in my pocket when we were out just in case.|
|This is the name of the last stop that this train makes, so you can ensure that you are taking the train that is going in the direction you want to go.|
|This is the stop closest to The Temple of Heaven, in Beijing. I think it was only about 5 stops down from our hotel. It cost about $2 for the 4 of us to get there and back via subway.|
|Care for some gizzards to go with your hangy slimy squid on a stick or any other various mystery meats? Cooked up special just for you!|
The infamous "snack street." And she looks like she means business folks!
|This is suppose to be a photo of the very yummy dinner that we ate. Instead it's a photo of the carnage after the very yummy dinner that we ate. We ate at this restaurant every night we were in Beijing. The 4 of us ate dinner for about $25 for a few entrees and hot tea to drink. On the last night we splurged and had Peking duck, (see the pretty duck plate!) and it was a bit over $35 and worth every penny of the extra $10! |
If you happen to be staying at the Hotel Novotel, exit the hotel and turn left. It is the first restaurant down the block with the red lanterns. Between 50-100-ish yards down the street on the same side as the hotel.