Take a Taxi in China
• How to use DIDI DACHE
• You can use Uber
• Useful Tips
Didi set to become China’s
first legal ride-hailing app
How to use Didi Dache
- Step by step screenshot guide
• Didi Dache has no English
version yet, so you must know a
little Chinese to use this app or
you can follow this screenshot
guide to learn how to use this
1. Download Didi Dache App
• Search Didi Dache App (嘀嘀打
车) in App Store or Google Play.
Didi Dache is free to download
for both the iPhone and
• Select 'Install' button
2. Share your location
• Select 'yes' to share
During use your
current location will
can switch off this
feature at any time.
3. Verify your mobile phone
• Select "More"
that the taxi
Insert your mobile number
• Press "Submit" button to request
verification number. After hitting
button, it displays remaining
seconds you have to enter the
Insert the verification number
which you have received via SMS
• Press "Start" button
4. Call a taxi - Start Page
• Select "Call a taxi now", if
you are in an urgent
situation and need a taxi
as soon as
with Step 5 if you select
"Call taxi now".
• Select "Reserve a taxi", if
you want to reserve a taxi
or if you are not in an
urgent situation and able
to wait for the taxi more
than 30 minutes. Continue
with Step 7 if you select
5. Call a taxi now
• Select the
"Keyboard" icon to
type in your
Chinese or you
can pressto tell the
taxi driver where
you are and where
you want to go .
This tab is voice
controlled, so you
6. Wait for an answer
• Status: The signal has been
sent to 196 taxi drivers,
please wait with patient.
• After you have sent your
request, wait for an
answer of a taxi driver.
• In case of a positive
respond the application
will send you the name,
telephone number and
number plate of the taxi
driver. The taxi driver will
call you if he/she has
accepted your request.
7. Reserve a Taxi
• Insert the time when
you need the taxi
and press "finish"
• Insert your start
• Insert your
• Choose one of the
four options for tip,
which goes straight
to the taxi driver:
RMB 0, RMB 5, RMB
10, and RMB 20.
• Press "send"
• A note on the app suggests that
you pay more if you're going on
a short distance trip, or navigate
to the second button "I Need a
Taxi Now" (现在用车).
• The "I Need a Taxi Now" tab is
voice controlled, so you must
speak Chinese to book.
8. How to pay the taxi fare with
Wechat's in-app payment service to
save you 12 yuan - 20 yuan per trip!
• Firstly, you have to download the
WeChat App to your mobile phone, the
latest version is WeChat 5.2. However, the
international version currently doesn't
support linking bank cards, it
is recommended that you download the
Chinese version of Wechat and then
change the language settings to
English. Follow these steps to change the
• Press the "My Bank Cards" button
under the "Me" section, an option to
link a bank card appears. Follow the
steps to link your bank card to your
WeChat account. It allows you to link
more than 1 bank cards.
After a driver accepts your offer,
you notify the app that you're in the
vehicle, and proceeds to confirm the
monetary transaction through WeChat
Minimum Fare CNY 13 for the first 3 kilometers (1.86 miles)
Basic Unit Price
CNY 2.3 per kilometer (0.62 mile) above 3 kilometers in
Low-Speed Drive and Waiting Fare
Waiting and traffic jam time when the speed is lower than
12 kilometers (7.5 miles) per hour is charged extra the
fare of 2 kilometers for each 5 minutes during the rush
hours, and the fare of 1 kilometer for each 5 minutes
during other time period.
CNY 6 for reservation over 4 hours in advance; CNY 5 for
reservation within 4 hours.
Empty Run Fare
If a single journey is longer than 15 kilometers (9.32 miles),
the empty run fare is charged i.e. the price per kilometer
rises 50% to CNY 3.45.
From 23:00 to 5:00, the charge per kilometer rises 20% i.e.
to CNY 2.76.
Charge for Sharing One Taxi
Sharing is encouraged for it to some extent relieves the
traffic load of the city. If two or more passengers share one
cab, one only need to pay 60% of the original fare.
1. The morning rush hours is from 7:00 to 9:00,
and the evening rush hours is from 17:00 to
2. The price is calculated exactly by every
500 meters (547 yards) and every 2.5 minites.
3. The price will be rounded to the whole
number of Chinese Yuan. For example, CNY
15.4 will be rounded down to CNY 15, and
CNY 15.6 will be rounded up to CNY 16.
4. The toll for an expressway or a bridge
should be extra paid by the passengers.
• Generally, it will cost CNY 100 - 200 from
the Capital Airport to the city proper of Beijing,
according to different distance. Badaling Great
Wall is about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the
downtown area, which need more than CNY
200 to cover the expense by meter. Ask before
getting on the cab, for most taxis do not meter
while getting to those scenic spots far from the
city center, then you should negotiate with the
driver about the fare. From Tiananmen
Square to Badaling Great Wall, it costs a little
bit more than CNY 200, excluding the highway
toll fare and additional fares for drive at
night or at a speed lower than 12 kilometers
(7.5 miles) per hour. To be notice, there is an
empty run of about 50 kilometers (31 miles)
while returning to the city center. So, few
drivers would like to have a single run to the
spot. To rend a vehicle for a round trip, it
perhaps costs you CNY 500.
• 1. Usually, you can hail one anywhere
in the city. However, if there is a solid
white line with polices around in the
prosperous area, such as Tiananmen
Square, the drivers will not stop for
your hailing. In this case, you should
look for the one stands or wait at the
side streets. Additionally, if you know
the way to your destination, please
hail on the correct sides of the road.
2. Make sure you use an official one
with a sign on the roof and with the
driver's registration car
• 3. It is recommended that tourists ask
for a receipt when alighting from
a cab because the details of the car
are listed in it. This is useful should
you have any problems such as
leaving property behind.
4. Ask someone to write down your
destination in Chinese beforehand in
case of getting lost.
5. The fare can be paid
with Transportation Smart Card which
is used to travel on Beijing
subway trains and buses.
• Always enter and exit from the
passenger side – even when you’re in
the back seat. Sometimes the driver’s
side door doesn’t even open. Most of
the time you can sit in the front seat
unless it’s late at night (for safety
• Make sure the driver drops the
meter – this is especially true when
exiting the airport/train station/bus
station. Some drivers will try to take
advantage of you and “bargain” a
price with you. This is illegal and
you’ll probably get ripped off if you
do so. Make sure they “drop the flag”
on the dashboard meter to start your
• Pay Using Small Bills – if your fare is 10
RMB, don’t give the driver a 100 RMB bill.
Many travelers have reported receiving
fake bills in return and sometimes drivers
won’t even have the correct amount of
• Don’t Tip the Driver – this isn’t a custom
in China and he’s not expecting it…even
from foreign travelers. Just say a thank
you and be on your way.
• Keep the Receipt – at least for a few
days. Why? The receipt has the vehicle
number, so that if you happen to lose
your wallet you can have your hotel call
up and locate the exact taxi driver to
return your belongings.