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Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

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Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

Are rickshaws an easy to find, recommended (safe or not?), efficient and economical method of transportation around Beijing?

We are Canadian family of 4 with 2 kids (English speaking) staying in vicinity of Forbidden city and planning to explore the city self guided. If we wanted to avoid a subway or taxi or a long walk to a destination a few miles away, for example Temple of Heaven or Chaoyang Theatre, is it easy to do and safe to ask a couple of rickshaw drivers to drop us off at one of these location a few miles away?

Is that doable by using maps to point if we only speak English? Is it safe to hire these drivers and land on an agreed price ahead of time with no issues at end of transfer?

We think it would be fun to have at least a short ride in a rickshaw but don't really want a full half day guided tour in one. And feel like it could be a fun and efficient way to get around to some of the closer locations while being much faster than walking everywhere.

Any local insight on this idea is appreciated, including any knowledge on what we should expect for pricing?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

There are many scams related to rickshaw, search and read about them. They quote a low price but demand a very high price at the end.

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2. Re: Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

Stay away from them, unless you like to try being scammed.

Also I think they are not allowed anymore to go outside certain areas, like hutongs and back lake.

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3. Re: Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

I think this would be one of the worst options you could pick for general transport. No fixed prices. Lots of scams. Generally just for tourist Hutong tours. The best option for getting around Beijing is the subway. Everything is signed and announced in English. it's easy to use. it avoids traffic. It goes everywhere. We went on our own and took it all over the city.

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4. Re: Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

A family member rode the rickshaw in Beijing, that was included as a part of the 3 days of tour, rickshaw was an items on that day. No scam.

Very risky if you try to get one on the street yourself, no matter what price bargained or promised, often turned into very ugly confrontation in the end.

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5. Re: Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

They're a scam. Sometimes we are stuck and decide to use one to go where we need to be and it usually ends up as a shouting match between the driver and my girlfriend.

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6. Re: Rickshaws as transportation in Beijing

1. it is a travel item, not a public transportation way, so very expensive.

2. as MacJourney1 said: Very risky if you try to get one on the street yourself.

3. just go to QianHaiXiJie (QianHai west street), ride the hutong tour rickshaw, this is a tour provided by a regular company, general speaking their service is ok, but you should say "No thanks" when the rider recommend the tea tasting, or some shopping stop.....

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