Best yuan (about 15 cents) a tourist can spend in Beijing (particularly on a very hot muggy day) is on Bus No. 2 from Qianmen Gate, the ancient gate guarding the southern entry into Beijing’s inner city and then running in a wide swing past many of Beijing’s major landmarks — including the Beijing Central Rail Station and the last bits of the original old wall of the city, up through the new modern developments to the Olympics Bird Nest.
It’s a double decker bus — and best seats are on top up front with a full glass view of the oncoming city and sites. All for $.15. Well, $.30 if you want to ride back after getting to the end of the line.
Met a bunch of cool people on the bus that seemed amused that I was having so much fun catching the sites this way.
— Steve Clemons