Long regarded as a country of bicycles, owning and driving a car in China has in recent decades gained immense popularity. However, due to at times badly congested streets, bad drivers, and extreme smog, forms of public transport are unlikely to loose favor any time soon.
Particularly in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, actually owning and driving a car is anything but easy. Getting it registered, for example, is — thanks to license plate auctions or lotteries — already hard enough. Local public transport options such as subways, buses, or taxis are, therefore, highly valued alternatives to driving your own car. This is also true for long-distance travel in China. There are various options of intercity public transport available, from the famous high-speed bullet-trains to sleeper buses.