Catégorie : transportation

Buying a scooter in China can be a big decision. Before you go to buy a scooter in China, read these 5 things to look for in your purchase.

Buying a scooter in China is a decision that many people weigh in their minds during their time in the country. For the negative aspects, a scooter is a financial investment costing anywhere from 2000-4000 RMB by the time you buy the scooter, bike locks, helmet, and any other accessories. Also, there is always the possibility of the scooter getting stolen, which while rare, does happen. On the other hand, having a scooter in China will bring all sorts of conveniences to your life. You can commute to work or school faster, long walks to the grocery store are turned into a quick ride, and generally, your area and mobility are greatly increased. The 5 things you NEED to consider when buying a scooter in China: 1. Battery type This is the most important factor, because it will determine what types of scooters you can buy. It shouldnt come as a surprise that, because scooters are electric, they need to be recharged after a certain number of uses. The batteries will either be removable or they will be built-in (built into the bike body). To charge built-in batteries, you will have to park your scooter near an electrical outlet and run the supplied cord from your bike directly to the outlet. For removable batteries, you will take the batteries out of the bike, carry them to your apartment, and...

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China bus signs can be hard to understand. Check out this visual guide to deciphering China bus signs. Bus route, current stop, start/stop times

Of all the transportation options in Chinese cities, the bus system is the hardest to learn, but the most rewarding once you learn the ropes. China bus stops are easily identifiable. Many stops will have glass enclosure and benches to sit on. Others will only have a post (like in the picture). The bus legend will either be on the post or attached to the bus stop enclosure. Bus Route – This is the big number at the top of the placard. Oftentimes, this number will be followed by 路, the Chinese word for “road.” Here it would mean “bus route.” Bus Stops – Each stop the bus makes will be listed on most signs. In the example bus stop sign, the current stop is highlighted using red font. As you can see, this stop is the second stop for #23 bus. The previous stop is in grey (meaning it’s already been past) and the upcoming stops are in black. The red arrow on the left side indicates that stops progress from top to bottom. Bus Times – On the top right corner of the sign will be two times (written in the 24 hour military clock). 前班车 is the time of the first bus, and 未班车 is the time of the last bus. Occasionally, there will be times listed near the bottom of the green section. This indicates...

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