HAIKOU TRAVEL GUIDE
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Bikes or Electric Scooters

If you are going to stay in Haikou for an extended period of time you may want to get a bike or electric scooter (dian dong che). You can buy a scooter for around 2000y in lao Haikou.

You can get a new bike at Carrefour for 250y and up, or you can buy a used bike at many local shops for 150-200y. Bike locks are available for around 30y.

If you have a bike or scooter many of the places you go have security out front to watch your property. Some places like Nanguo will charge you 5 mao (1/2 kuai) during the day and 1 kuai in the evening after 5pm. Other places like restaurants where you are a customer the service is complimentary. If you are not sure if you should pay or not just go slowly when you leave, if they want you to pay the guard will approach you.

In the first photo below, which is in front of Nanguo Supermarket, the attendant is handing the owner a red tag. One tag is put the on the bike, you keep the other. When you come out you will give back the tag and pay the fee. This prevents just anyone from coming up and taking your bike. Smaller businesses like restaurants do not use tags.

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San Lun Che (3 Wheel Motorcycle or Bike)

These are very convenient and inexpensive ways to get around the local area, but they are not really safe for far distances. If you are on Haidiandao, where the school is, you can take a sanlunche anywhere on Haidiandao. 

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Since you should only use a sanlunche for local transit you can usually get away with some simple directions. Here are a few common commands to get you where you need to go if you cannot tell them the name of where you are going.

Straight - point ahead and say "zai qian" (zai chee-an) 
Left - point left and say "zuo bian" (zoo-oh bee-an)
Right - point right and say "you bian" (yo bee-an)
Stop - say "ting"
Stop Here - say "ting zheli" (ting zhe-lee)
Here is Good - "zheli hao" (zhe-lee how)

On Haidiandao the rates are usually from 3-5 kuai. It does not matter if it is a motorcycle or pedaled bike, they are the same. The pedaled bikes are also electric, so they are faster than you might think, eco friendly, quiet, etc. So give one a try some time. 


Taxis

There are a lot of cautions on the internet about watching out for taxis trying to take advantage of foreigners, but you only need to do two things to stay out of trouble:

1- be sure they use the meter.
2- be sure you have small bills.

When you get in the cab and tell them where to go they will flip down the arm of the meter. See red arrow in pic below. If you use the meter you will get a good rate.

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It is good to carry small bills because foreigners are usually in a hurry and think the rates are extremely cheap, so every once in a while you will get a driver who comes up a kuai or two short with his change. If you have small bills you can always avoid this. If you don't, the worse case scenario is you are out 1 or 2 kuai.

Here are a few common commands to get you where you need to go if you cannot tell them the name of where you are going.

Straight - point ahead and say "zai qian" (zai chee-an) 
Left - point left and say "zuo bian" (zoo-oh bee-an)
Right - point right and say "you bian" (yo bee-an)
Stop - say "ting"
Stop Here - say "ting zheli" (ting zhe-lee)
Here is Good - "zheli hao" (zhe-lee how)

Bargaining for long distances.

The only time you really need to bargain with a taxi is if you are going a long distance, usually the bus station or airport. If you are in Haikou, you can usually get a taxi to the airport for 50-60 kuai. If they want any more, and you are not in a big hurry then find another taxi.

If you start to walk away some times they will call you back, but a lot of times they don't really want to go to the airport, so they will tell you a high rate and won't change the price. If there are other taxis around find a different one, but if you are in a hurry or you haven't seen any other taxis for a while, then you might have to pay.

When you are at the airport, do not use the taxis on the ground level. The taxis downstairs pay the airport a monthly fee to be there and they will not bargain with you. They will charge you at least 80-90 kuai to go to Haikou. You can tell them any rate you want, but they won't budge, and they will even double book you (take on 2 different sets of passengers) and still charge you a high rate.

To get the better rate, go upstairs to the second floor where the taxis are coming from Haikou and dropping off their fares. They do not pay any airport fees and they want to get back to Haikou as soon as possible. Sometimes you can get a driver to agree to 30 or 40 kuai, but the standard rate back to Haikou is 50 kuai.

 

 

 
Buses

Buses are the safest and cheapest way to get around Haikou. You can go anywhere you want and the rate is alway 1 kuai no matter how far you go. 

All street signs are written in pinyin so it is very easy to know where you are if you have a map. You can buy a map at most bookstores, ask for a di tu (dee too). 

 



Below are a few of the more common routes from Haidiandao that will take you to almost any place you need to go. 

Bus Route Map

Only bus stops near destinations are listed on the map below, there are many more stops on each route. The location for each destination is listed on the other travel guides.
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Bus 18
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Happy World Foot Care Heping Dadao
DVD Store
2 Haidian Lu
Wan Lu Park
Binhai Dadao
Pearl River Plaza
Binhai Dadao
Dayunfa Mall Mingzhu Lu
KFC Dayunfa
Mingzhu Lu
Million Dollar Cafe Guomao Lu
Shi Wei Guan Guomao Lu
Ka Fei Shi Can Ting Guomao Lu
KFC
Guomao Lu
McDonalds
Guomao Lu
M Club Guomao Lu
DVD Store1 Guomao Lu
DVD Store2
Guomao Lu
66 Club Guomao Lu
SOS Club
Longkun Lu (Bus 8)
Yi Jia Yi Jiao Zi Jinlong Lu
Jinglong Lu Mall
Jinlong Lu
KFC Jinlong Lu
Carrefour
Jinlong Lu
Royal Cruise Club Jinlong Lu
China Film South
Jinlong Lu

Jia He Yuan Foot Center
Longhua Lu

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Bus 36
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Bai Sa Men Park Haijing Lu
Xinhua Bookstore 
Renming Dadao
Gome 
Renming Dadao
Million Dollar Cafe
Renming Dadao
Yi Jia Yi Jiao Zi Renming Dadao
KFC Haidiandao
Renming Dadao
Nanguo
3 Haidian Lu
Gas Company
3 Haidian Lu
China Post Office
3 Haidian Lu
Happy World Foot Care 3 Haidian Lu
Ying Gu Yuan
Heping Dadao
Plants
Lao Haikou
Sporting Goods
Lao Haikou
Electronics 1
Lao Haikou
Electronics 2
Lao Haikou
Haikou Park
Haixiu Lu
Mingzhu Mall Haixiu Lu
Pizza Hut
Mingzhu
KFC Mingzhu
DVD Store Mingzhu
DC Market Haixiu Lu
Globe Mall Datong Lu
Haixiu Lu Theatre
Haixiu Lu
Million Dollar Cafe
Haixiu Lu
Haixiu Square Mall
Haixiu Lu
Hao Bai Nian Haixiu Lu

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Bus 24
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Water Company 2 Haidian Lu
DVD Store
2 Haidian Lu
Ying Gu Yuan Heping Dadao
Haikou Park Haixiu Lu
Mingzhu Mall Haixiu Lu
Pizza Hut Mingzhu
KFC Mingzhu
DVD Store Mingzhu
DC Market Haixiu Lu
Globe Mall Datong Lu
Haixiu Lu Theatre Haixiu Lu
Million Dollar Cafe
Haixiu Lu
Haixiu Square Mall
Haixiu Lu
Hao Bai Nian Haixiu Lu

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Bus 44
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Xinhua Bookstore  Renming Dadao
Gome 
Renming Dadao
Million Dollar Cafe
Renming Dadao
Yi Jia Yi Jiao Zi Renming Dadao
KFC Haidiandao Renming Dadao
Nanguo 3 Haidian Lu
Gas Company 3 Haidian Lu
China Post Office
3 Haidian Lu
Happy World Foot Care
3 Haidian Lu
Ying Gu Yuan Heping Dadao
Nanya Guangchang Haifu Lu
Carrefour Haifu Lu
McDonalds
Haifu Lu
KFC
Haifu Lu

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Bus 26
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Xinhua Bookstore Jiefang Lu
Jeifang Lu Mall
Jiefang Lu
McDonalds
Jiefang Lu
KFC Datong Lu
Datong Lu Mall Datong Lu
McDonalds Longhua Lu
SOS Club Longkun Lu

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