Traveling to SCPKU and Beijing
Maps & Directions
Transportation to SCPKU
SCPKU is conveniently located in the Langrun Yuan in the northeast corner of the Peking University (PKU) campus. See two maps below. PKU is in northwest Beijing's university and high-tech Haidan district between the 4th and 5th Ring Roads. Tsinghua University and Renmin University are just a few blocks away. Visitors can reach PKU via subway, bus, or taxi. The easiest way to get to PKU is by subway. The Beijingdaxue Dongmen station on Line 4 (Peking University East Gate) is a 10-minute walk from the Center - take Exit A from the station.
Map 1 - PKU location in Beijing
Map 2 - SCPKU location at PKU
From Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
By taxi - Follow the exit sign for taxi, then take the elevator down and wait in line for a legitimate taxi. Taxis are relatively inexpensive in China and are the most convenient way to get around Beijing. As very few cab drivers speak English, it is recommended that non-Chinese speakers have the destination information written out in Chinese characters. Fares start at 10 rmb for the first 3 kilometers and cost 2 rmb for each additional kilometer. The taxi meter runs while waiting in traffic. Taxi fare from the airport to PKU West Entrance (for vehicles) is about 120 rmb.
By Airport Express Train (light rail) & Subway - Follow the exit sign for Airport Express, take the express to Sanyuanqiao,station. Transfer to subway line 10, and exit at Suzhoujie station, then take a taxi to campus. Total cost is about 40 rmb (25 for Airport Express + 2 for subway +13 for taxi). Airport Express runs 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Map
By Airport Shuttle - Follow the exit sign for Airport Shuttle, take the shuttle bus (line 5) to Zhongguancun and get off at the last stop, then take a taxi to PKU. Total cost is about 30 rmb (16 for Airport Shuttle + 14 for taxi).
From City Center
By Subway - See Map 2 above. Beijingdaxue Dongmen station on Line 4 (Peking University East Gate) is right outside Peking University's East Gate. Take Exit A (Lakeview Hotel). Upon exiting the station, almost immediately turn left. This road leads to PKU's Northeast Gate. Once inside the campus, turn to the right, heading toward the lake. Go straight on this path, with the lake on your left (you will see a pagoda on your right). Keep on this path, going straight (do not follow the lake path when it turns). When you get to the end of the road, cross the white bridge and turn left onto the path. SCPKU is at the end of the path on your right, past the Economics Institute. Note that all subway rides cost a flat fee of 2 rmb regardless of number of transfers, distance, time of the day or duration of the travel. Tickets can be purchased at all station kiosks. Subway trains run 5:00 a.m. –10:30 p.m. For more information see the Beijing Subway website and subway map.
- Transportation by private car is strongly discouraged as there is no parking available on the PKU campus. Please arrange to be dropped off if coming via private car.
- Vehicle entrance into PKU is strictly managed and requires advance notification and approval. If arriving by taxi, shuttle, or private car, please contact SCPKU's Events Manager, Connie Cheng, at least one business day prior to your arrival so that entrance into PKU can be arranged in advance through Peking University's Gate Security Office.
Housing Near SCPKU
These are suggested hotels that are reasonably-priced and located directly on the PKU campus within walking distance of SCPKU:
127 Zhongguancun North Road
Haidian District, Beijing
Website (in English): http://www.thelakeviewhotel.com.cn/en/info.html
This is an up-scale hotel with bilingual staff and the closest hotel to SCPKU. Reservations can be made online or via phone or fax. Lakeview Hotel address card to show taxi driver
Shao Yuan Guest House
Website (in Chinese): http://web5.pku.edu.cn/pkucc/shaoyuan/html/aboutsh/aboutsy.htm
Shao Yuan provides dormitory-style accommodations and is the current residence of Bing Overseas Study Program (BOSP) students. The Guest House does not have an English website; however you can visit their Chinese website to browse photos of the guest rooms. Reservations can be made via phone or fax.
Zhongguanyuan Global Village
126 Zhongguancun North Road
Haidian District, Beijing
Website (in English): http://www.pkugv.com/english/index.asp
Zhongguanyuan is located across the street from PKU and has accommodations that are more comfortable for long-term visits. Hotel rooms and dormitory-style accommodations are also available. Reservations can be made online or via phone. Note that this facility is popular so advanced booking is recommended.
For long-term stays, renting an apartment in the Haidian district or elsewhere in Beijing is an option. Contact SCPKU Events Manager Connie Cheng for more information.
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