As I noted in my prior blog entry, after arriving in Beijing on the bullet train late on Friday afternoon, I took a taxi to my hotel. I had arranged through Beijing Urban Adventures ( http://www.beijingurbanadventures.com ) for custom bicycle tours of Beijing on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Beer and Wine tour on Saturday evening. The meeting place for each of these tours was the entrance to a subway station in the center of Beijing.
I woke up Saturday morning ate a fine buffet breakfast at the hotel (included in the room price) and took a taxi to the subway station that was meet-up spot for the bicycle tour.
A note on taking a taxi in Beijing...
While one might like to believe that taxi drivers everywhere speak english because it seems like it would be to their economic advantage, such a belief is ill-founded.
I anticipated that possibility so, prior to leaving on my trip, I printed on small strips of paper, Mandarin-language versions of the addresses for my hotel as well as the meetup locations for my tours. When I entered the taxi, I gave the driver the paper with my desired destination and all was well.
Here is a photo me at the subway entrance:
The crowd was so thick we had to dismount our bikes and thread them and ourselves through the throng of people.