logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g MidAtlantic USA Site

BellaOnline's MidAtlantic USA Editor

g

What Is the Chinatown Bus?

Guest Author - Donna Ledbetter

Many travelers and residents of major metropolitan areas have heard of the Chinatown bus, but for many of them, what the Chinatown bus is isn’t exactly clear. As its name suggests, the Chinatown bus runs from Chinatown to Chinatown across major cities in the United States. However, the Chinatown bus is not a bus at all, but rather a generic term for a series of bus lines.

The Chinatown bus is often owned and operated by people of Chinese descent, and their office locations are usually housed in or around Chinatown. As such, you will find that many travelers on the Chinatown bus speak Chinese, and many of them may actually be Chinese given that the history of Chinatowns across the United States was that of a ghetto for Asian people. For better or worse, regardless of the variety of Asian people who now live there, these areas are referred to as “Chinatown” as a remnant of America’s past.

Today both “Chinatown” and “Chinatown bus” are culturally accepted terms, and they continue to be used as one might use the term “Little Italy” in referring to a related commercialized immigrant ghetto with a similar cultural past.

When you take the Chinatown bus, you will usually find that the tickets are printed in both Chinese and English. This is due to the changes in the Chinatown bus’s ridership, which has broadened to include members of all ethnic and regional backgrounds. Therefore, though you may find that the bus owner, driver, and ticket attendants all speak Chinese, they will also invariably speak English just as well and are happy to accommodate your preference for either language.

Many Chinatown buses are not wheelchair accesible. If you or your companion requires special services, you may need to call the bus line in advance so proper preparation can be made if possible.

Because the Chinatown bus is usually so inexpensive, you find that typical travelers are ones who ride and then return that same day. Chinatown buses are a great choice for day-trippers. Others with extended stays also take advantage of these buses, but do so less often when they have luggage. The reason is simple: Chinatown buses drop you off in Chinatown, not at a hotel or near a cab depot where your chances of getting a cab easily are great. However, extended-stay travelers with just a backpack or a single light suitcase usually do well.

The current fare for Chinatown buses from one major city to the next nearest city is around $20 for roundtrip travel and about $10 to $15 one way.

For more Chinatown bus information, visit the Travel Resources section of the MidAtlantic USA website on BellaOnline.com.


This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to Twitter Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to Facebook Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to MySpace Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to Del.icio.us Digg What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to Yahoo My Web Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to Google Bookmarks Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to Stumbleupon Add What+Is+the+Chinatown+Bus%3F to Reddit




Getting Started on the Chinatown Bus
Chinatown Bus Riding Tips
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the MidAtlantic USA Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Donna Ledbetter. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Donna Ledbetter. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Sports in Virginia

Cruises To and From the MidAtlantic

How to Choose a Vacation

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor