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Here's all you need to know about train stations, buses, taxis, public bikes, and e-bikes in Kunshan, China!
Kunshan South Railway Station
Kunshan South Railway Station services high-speed trains (D & G Trains).
Kunshan to Shanghai: 20min by high-speed train.
Kunshan to Suzhou: 15min by high-speed train.
Kunshan to Nanjing: 1 hour and 30min by high-speed train.
Kunshan to Hangzhou: 1 hour and 45min by high-speed train.
Kunshan to Beijing: 5hours and 30min by high-speed train.
To view train schedules and purchase tickets, head over to TRIP.com and choose "Trains". You can also use use Wechat. Go to "WeChat Pay" --> Scroll down to "Rail & Flights".
Kunshan South Railway Station Address: 昆山南站昆山市创业路南
Kunshan Railway Station
Kunshan Railway Station is for slow trains (K Trains). If you're looking to experience an "authentic" Chinese, cross-country travel experience by old-fashion train, Kunshan Railway is where you'll want to hop on board.
Kunshan Railway Station Address: 昆山火车站昆山市人民南路1号
Kunshan Long Distance Bus Station
Kunshan's Long Distance Bus Station provides long-distances buses to cities far and nearby. It is also a hub for normal metro buses that run throughout the city.
Kunshan Long Distance Bus Station Address: No. 788 Bailu South Rd. Kunshan
Taxis and Buses
Taxis in Kunshan start at 10RMB and increase by 1RMB after 3.3km. They are either yellow or maroon. Buses are usually 1 or 2RMB.
Ask your local colleagues to help locate a public bike office. To register for a public bike card, you'll need to provide your passport and place a deposit into your account. I believe the deposit is about 200RMB for 1 year, but don't quote me on that. After successfully registering you'll be able to use a public bike free of charge for an hour. If you wish to use the bike again, simply place it back in a rack before the hour ends and take it out again.
Black Taxis & Illegal Taxis
The black, tinted cars you see around town or waiting on street corners are illegal taxis, or "black cabs". The drivers will usually stop and ask you, or honk at you, to see if you'd like a ride. They always charge far over the actually price to get to your destination because people only use them if they're desperate.
I've taken motorcycle taxis a few times during my first year in China, and I'll probably never take them again. They are extremely dangerous and drivers never follow traffic rules. I don't recommend taking them.
E-Bikes / Scooters
Having an E-bike/scooter in Kunshan is very convenient; however, I suggest you don't invest in one until you've carefully analyzed the "unwritten" traffic rules of China, which includes everything from how people walk, ride bicycles, ride e-bikes, and drive cars, to how people cross roads, turn onto streets, and well, you get the idea.
E-Bikes will cost anywhere from 1,800-2,500RMB. You can take them up to into your house for a charge, charge them in your apartment complex (if applicable), or out in the streets via those yellow boxes on the sides of shops. It's 1RMB for each 10-minutes.
Safe & happy travels!
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