Taking A Cab in Beijing Is Not Exactly Easy
Taking a cab in Beijing has proved to be challenging without any of our taxi drivers knowing a word of English. We've quickly learned that the best way to get to where you want to go is to have somebody at your hotel write down the address in Chinese and simply show it to the driver. This has about an 80% success rate.
But there are of course circumstances when you don't have the time or brains to do this which often leads to a lot of pointing at a map. This probably has about a 20% success rate. There's also some sort of strange law where certain cabs can't drive to other portions of the city that are a bit far. There's seemingly a line on a map that they gesture to you that they're not allowed to cross. That didn't help us on our endeavor to watch the Opening Ceremonies.
Anyway, the following video is our attempt at communicating with a Taxi driver to get "close" to the opening ceremonies. He tries to asks us if we have credentials or tickets which we clearly did not. Perhaps the highlight of the video is around the 1:05 mark when he shows his love of Yao Ming.