GT – Shenzhen, Local Transportation and Domestic Travel

  • Note: 1km = 0.62 mile.
  • As of April 3, 2018, the exchange rate is 1 USD = 6.28018 RMB.
  • Phone numbers to call taxi: 96880
  • App for taxi.

    • DiDi is smartphone app that is similar to Uber, where taxis, private cars and designated drivers can be hired via smartphone. DiDi has launched an English interface. It exchange messages with drivers through a real-time translation function. Chinese addresses are automatically translated.
  • Taxi fare in Shenzhen – information accurate as of April 2018:

    • During daytime hours of 6am-11pm, the base fare is 10 RMB for the first 2 kilometers (km). The cost is 2.6 RMB for each additional km between 2 km and 25 km. There is a 30% surcharge for the portion of the mileage between 25 km and 50 km, and 60% surcharge for the portion of the mileage that exceeds 50km
    • During night hours of 11pm-6am, the base fare is 13 RMB for the first 2 km. There is a 30% surcharge for taxi rides during the night.
    • During the wait period (traffic light, traffic stall etc), 0.8 RMB is assessed for each minute of wait.
    • For most taxis, there is a 2 RMB fuel surcharge. This fuel surcharge is waived for electric vehicles.
    • The above is for taxi fare within the city limits.
    • Surcharge also applies when large and heavy objects are carried onto the taxi.
  • Report taxi problems. Shenzhen taxis are tightly regulated. It is easy to report taxi fraud – keep your receipt which has the taxi number and the numbers to call to report problems.
  • Shenzhen Metro

    • GT-Shenzhen is near Shenzhen University Station on Metro line #1.
    • GT-Shenzhen is 1.5 km (0.9 mile) from Keyuan Station, Metro Line #2.
  • CTrip – the Chinese equivalent of Travelocity or Expedia. For traveling within China, you tend to get a better deal on Ctrip than on Travelocity or Expedia. Toll free from within China; 400-828-8966 (English). They can send reservation information to your cell phone. This company was co-founded by Georgia Tech alum Jianzhang Liang who is their current CEO (as of 2014).