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I recently spent a few days in Beijing.

Beijing is a city with over 20 million residents.

Beijing’s annual average population growth of 3.8 percent over the past 10 years has outpaced the Chinese national average of 0.57 percent.

It is an AMAZING growth rate.

Assuming the same growth rate continues for the next 10 years by 2022 Beijing will have 30M residents.

Approximately the equivalent of Canada’s population in 2011 (In 2011 Canada reported a population of 33M citizens)

With the growth and expansion city residents are experiencing congestion in their daily commute.

Below are my sights and images from Beijing while commuting in the city – enjoy

Beijing Subway

On my 3rd day in Beijing I decided to try the Subway. It was mid day…. below are images of the subway train ride and subway station in mid day!

The below level of congestion is the standard in Beijing Subway system. It becomes even more congested during ‘rush hour’ (not sure it is possible :-).

Yet, the Subway still remains one of the quickest ways to get around Beijing !!! 

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Image 1: Subway train ride – nice & cozy !! ; Image 2:  Subway station – everyone is on the go

Sighting of an Electric Vehicle (EV) in Beijing

I was also fortunate to see and capture an EV in Beijing. According to several folks I talked with and are experts in EV in China, we were not supposed to see a EV. Everyone was quite surprised to learn that there is a Nissan Leaf driving around in Beijing (the below car in the picture – the proof !!!). This image was taken from a window of a Taxi in Beijing. Throughout my visit I did not find any public charge spots which people can charge their EV… next time in Beijing will try to find a few charge spots and share their picture …:-)

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  1. Jason Lax

    Do many people still bike to and from or has the city grown so much that it’s no longer feasible? I wonder if a bike sharing scheme would work…

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    1. Gil Perez Post author

      They definitely have many more bicycles on the streets compared to most other large global cities e.g. San Francisco, London, Paris or Tokyo. They also had many ‘light weight’ motorcycles – yet not as many as other Asian cities I visited.

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