Taxis are a convenient and comfortable way to get around Beijing. There are approximately 70,000 taxis and it is therefore relatively easy to hail a taxi from most parts of the city. Weekend nights outside busy places such as shopping malls and bar districts are a little trickier and you may have to queue or wait longer than usual to find a taxi. As of June 2006 all taxi fares were increased to 2 Yuan per kilometer. The taxi flagfall is 10 Yuan and the meter only starts ticking after the first 3 km.
Very few taxi drivers speak English, so if you do not speak Chinese, build and print your guide book on Synotrip or ask someone to write the address for you in Chinese and simply show it to the taxi driver. Also make sure you have the telephone number of the place you are going in case the taxi driver does not know where it is, which does sometimes happen. You should also have your return address written in Chinese with you.
Taxis queuing for customers are usually reluctant to transport you a short distance, so if you are headed somewhere nearby, it is best to flag down a taxi from the road.