Is anyone knows about this service in Beijing, if so – Internet address, Mail, Tel?
I am going to china this august. When I was started planning my trip last june, I also inquired about the hop on hop off bus. I hope the ff. links help. I stored them in my favourites. I do not know if the service is still in existence, though.
I ended getting a private tour guide to help me around. But I might get the evening tour to see beijing by nite.
Hope this helps.
This is not an hop-on and hop-off kind of tour. As far as I can tell, the bus does not stop anywhere, or it only stops a very short time. It is not like what you have in London, NY or other places when you have a continuous buses driving around a circular itinerary. Looking at the list of places they visit in 3.5 hours is nothing short of amazing. Maybe you can save the airfare and buy a nice book of photos of Beijing instead.
The subway will take you to all the major attractions in Beijing for 2RMB per ride. If you wish, hire a guide for the day. For the price of this half-day tour per person you can hire a guide for the day for the whole group (substantially less per person as a result).
The first link said that they were planning 10 stops (from the current 2). That was april 2010. You're right. It is just a couch tour of beijing. I don' t know if they managed to get the 10 stops approved since I stopped researching after I decided on a private guide.
The cost per person (there are 4 of us) for the bus tour was what made decide to use a guide instead. More cost effective.Edited: 22 February 2011, 12:58
Thank you very much BIGWAWAO - Moshe
I did not see any open air hop on off buses in Beijing while I was there. I saw many many tour buses though.
I just travelled everywhere on subway and sometimes I used the local Beijing buses which was good experience.Edited: 23 February 2011, 22:32
I've never seen any open-top buses myself (equipped with respirators?) and I'd be surprised if such a service would attract anyone given the distances between places of interest. Beijing is really a city where you decide how to cluster together the sites you want to see in order to make the best use of your time. Sometimes you can walk between places within one area, other times a short bus, subway or taxi ride is all that's needed (1, 2, or 10rmb respectively, usually) so forking out hundreds of Yuan for a tour bus just doesn't make any sense. In addition, many places are not really suited to quick visits so I can't see the point in what's being offered by that company (if it's still operating) - what do they do? Just let you to take photos from the moving bus?!?!
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