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How well is English spoken in Beijing?

Despite efforts to improve English proficiency to support the 2008 Summer Olympics, the majority of the population in Beijing does not have a good command of the English language. Most taxi drivers speak little to no English. A "Beijing Taxi Guide" is available online for US$9.95 which includes billingual directions to major attractions and services. However, you may wish to consider hiring an English speaking guide during your stay. Alternatively, you may wish to take the subway as it has signage and route maps in English.

last updated 2008.09.04
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