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How To Use Baidu Map To Travel in China

Direction from The Forbidden City to Nujie Mosque

If you are roaming, This is a good news for you. You will be able to use Google Map since the internet access is from your home country. However, if you are accessing internet from China, either using WiFi or China SIM Card, you will need be connected to VPN to use Google Map. 

Assuming that you are using ‘China Internet’, Baidu Map is one of the way to get around. Using Baidu maps is surprisingly easy once you get used to it.  In this example, I am going to show you how to use Baidu Map from The Forbidden City (故宫/gùgōng) exit, Gate of Divine Prowess (神武门/shénwǔ mén) to Niujie Mosque (牛街礼拜寺/niú jiē lǐbàisì) which is located at Niujie Street (牛街/Niú jiē). Checkout this post for attractions in Niu Jie.

Step 1

Look for the name of your destination in Chinese characters. You may Google it or copy the Chinese character from Google Map (This can only be done when in VPN or accessed from outside of China).

For non-Chinese speakers, we recommend that you keep a list of places that you will be travelling to and your accommodation in Chinese characters. Click here (coming soon) for list of major attraction in Beijing and its Chinese characters. Therefore,  you don’t need to know how to type in Chinese characters. You can simply just copy and paste it in the app.  

Step 2

Enter the place name in Chinese Character into Baidu Map:

  • Origin: 神武门
  • Destination: 牛街礼拜寺

The following is the search result:

Direction from The Forbidden City to Nujie Mosque
Shen Wu Men to Niujie Mosque by Public Transport

Based on the result there are 5 options: 

  1. Bus 109 (Recommended Option)
  2. Bus 103/101 → Subway Line 4 Daxing Line → Bus 48/13
  3. Bus 5
  4. Bus 103/101 → Subway Line 4 Daxing Line → Bus 48
  5. Subway Line 6 → Subway Line 4 Daxing Line

In this case, we choose the first option due to lower fare, shorter distance, duration  and shorter walking distance. 

Step 3

Click on the Option 1 to view the detail of the journey. This will show you on the walking direction and bus journey. 

  1. Walk for 280m
  2. Board the bus 109 at Forbidden City Station (故宫站 /gùgōng zhàn)
  3. Walk for 500m to reach Niujie Mosque Niujie Mosque (牛街礼拜寺/niú jiē lǐbàisì)
Direction from The Forbidden City to Nujie Mosque
The journey details

Step 4

In order to view the walking direction, click at the walk icon ( 步行 280米)  to view the direction from the Gate of Divine Prowess to the Forbidden City Station (故宫站 /gùgōng zhàn).

It doesn’t matter if you can’t read the Chinese characters,  just follow the direction on the map and board bus 109 at the Forbidden City Station. In this case, you will need to cross the road. 

Direction from The Forbidden City to Nujie Mosque
Walking direction from the Gate of Divine Prowess to The Forbidden City Bus Stop

Step 5

When boarding the bus, swipe the travel card.

Then on the Baidu map, click at 12站 (12 stops) to view the list of stops in the route. 

Direction from The Forbidden City to Nujie Mosque
Route for Bus 109

If you are roaming or using the free WiFi in the bus, you will be able to see your location being updated as the bus move. Alternately, there will be an electronic signboard at the front of the bus and announcement made at each stops. Buses in the city area usually have an English announcement.

If none of that is available, you will need to check the route  map & stops list which is available inside the bus and compare the Chinese characters. Last but not least, you may also ask the driver or other passengers to tell you when to get off. Show them your the map on your screen and point at the stop.

Step 6

Once you safely exit the bus at Niujie Intersection West Station (牛街路口西/niú jiē lùkǒu xī), click the Walk icon to view the details. Then just follow the direction shown in the map to reach Niujie Mosque Niujie Mosque (牛街礼拜寺/niú jiē lǐbàisì). 

Direction from The Forbidden City to Nujie Mosque
Direction from the Niujie Intersection West bus stop to Niujie Mosque

How to Go Back

You may repeat the same steps to go back. Input the Chinese character of destination or your accommodation name in the destination.

The nearest subway station Line 7: Guang’anmen Inner (广安门内 /Guǎng’ān mén nèi) which is nearby the bus stop which you exit earlier, around 1km walk from the mosque. 

Direction from The Forbidden City to Nujie Mosque
The Direction From Niujie Mosque to The Subway Line 7 (Guang'anmen Inner)

Other Tips

Sign up to Baidu to save the route. However this is not possible for foreigners as ID is required for signing up.

If you do not have internet connection during your travel, do the search at hotel or at your home country. Then screen shot the journey.

We use Amap app during our trip to Beijing. It is similar to Baidu and it also has the feature to save the journey for future reference. 

Vocabularies

ChinesePinyinEnglishRemarks
神武门Shénwǔ ménGate of Divine ProwessOrigin Location
牛街礼拜寺Niú jiē lǐbàisìNiujie MosqueDestination
公交GōngjiāoBus/Public Transport 
出发时间Chūfā shíjiānDeparture TimeSelect the departure time
交通工具:全部Jiāotōng gōngjù: QuánbùTransportation: AllTypes of transportation
推荐路线Tuījiàn lùxiànRecommended RouteClick on this tab to sort the list of options best on recommended route
时间短Shíjiān duǎnShortest TimeClick on this tab to sort the list based on the shortest journey
少换乘Shǎo huàn chéngFewer TransfersClick on this tab to sort the list based on number of transfer in ascending order
少步行Shǎo bùxíngLesser WalkClick on this tab to sort the list based on walking distance is ascending order
票价¥2Piào jià ¥2Tickets ¥ 2 
最佳zuì jiāBest /Recommended Route 
109路109 lùRoute 109Bus number 109
41分钟41 Fēnzhōng41 minutesTravel duration,
分钟 – minute
7.3公里7.3 Gōnglǐ7.3kmTravel distance,
公里 – km
步行780米Bùxíng 780 mǐWalk 780 meters步行 – Walk,
米 – metre
109路109 lùRoute 109Bus number 109
故宫站 上车Gùgōng zhàn shàng chēBoard at the Forbidden City Station故宫站 – Forbidden City Station,
上车 – board the bus
12站12 Zhàn12 stops 
牛街路口西站 下车Niú jiē lùkǒu xī zhàn xià chēGet off at Niujie Intersection West Station站  –  stops,
下车 – Exit the bus

2 thoughts on “How To Use Baidu Map To Travel in China

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