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Beijing subway commuters face an average daily travel time of 97 minutes, China Daily reported Monday.

With surface travel times potentially even longer, and subway fares still priced at RMB 2 per ride, the underground remains the cheapest, fastest way to get around Beijing. The commute isn't so much longer than those for our counterparts in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, who all commute for about 90 minutes. The report did not say if that time was roundtrip or one-way.

Beijing tied for second with Shenzhen on the 2011 IBM Global Commuter Pain Survey, with both Chinese cities coming in behind only Mexico City.

Our recommendation: charge your device of choice at night, then use the time in transit to improve your Chinese, no matter what your current level is.

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