A Quick Guide When Staying In Beijing With A Rented Car – Part 2 Driving Laws & Regulations
If you haven’t read our part 1 blog, click this link.
Driving in a foreign country might be a little bit different from what you used to know in your country, especially that you don’t know their driving rules, etiquette, or traditions.
So today, we’re going to go through some FAQs about Beijing’s driving laws & regulations to drive safely and securely with your rented car from Beno.
Before going through Beijing’s driving laws & regulations, we’ll talk about its traffic for you to have a general idea.
How is Traffic In Beijing?
Traffic in big cities and capitals around the world is not that good overall.
Chinese cities are large, and due to Beijing’s population of over 23 million, buses and subways are always jam-packed during rush hours.
But since you have your rented car, you don’t have to worry about crowded subways and buses.
What you should know is when & where to drive to avoid traffic & rush hours. Tomtom’s website will help you detect Beijing’s traffic every single hour so you can drive off-peak to not get stuck in traffic for hours.
Here’s an example of what kind of info the website will show you.
Let us go through some FAQs regarding Beijing’s driving laws & regulations.
- What Are The Traffic Rules To Be Followed In Beijing?
Well, the basic travel role in China is that all vehicles must drive on the right side of the roads, and if you want to overtake a car, you should do it from the left side.
Don’t get nervous if you see a military vehicle driving in the opposite direction because they’re allowed to do so if they wanted to.
- Is An International Driving License Valid In Beijing?
This is one important point you must know, especially if you’re renting a car in China for the first time. Unfortunately, China does not approve of either foreign driver’s licenses or International Driving License, so a Chinese driver’s license is a must.
Actually, you can get the permit they require by doing a test which is 100 questions within 45 minutes. You must score 90 or above to pass. But it totally worth it because renting a car is going to save you from traffic hassle and headaches.
P.S. the legal driving age in China is 18
Can Foreigners Drive in China?
You can apply for a Chinese driving license if and only if you have a valid residence permit. So since you have a business or student residence permit, you can apply for the test we mentioned above and get a Chinese driving license.
I hope you found this blog useful, drive safe, and enjoy a peaceful experience in Beijing.