China: Travelers Find it 'Difficult' to Rent a Car

"I have settled the expensive flight tickets and hotel bookings,” Hai Shu told China Daily of her upcoming trip to Sanya, Hainan. “But with the holidays approaching, I'm finding it hard to rent a car in the popular coastal city.”

The article paints the car rental climate in all of China — not just in Sanya — as lacking in vehicle model selections, length of rentals and surging prices, in which Shu, for example, paid twice the amount for a rental car as she did just before the holidays.

Anonymous car rental employees quoted in the article said that their companies had tried to prepare for the holiday surge and upcoming “Spring Festival” — also known as the Chinese New Year, in which people are often traveling back to their family hometowns — but that it still wasn’t enough.

The China Passenger Car Association Deputy Secretary-General Cui Dongshu said that he expects the climb in rental car bookings in the country to continue. He said this is due to several factors, including restrictions on car licensing for passenger vehicle owners.

For the full article from China Daily, click on the URL: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-01/18/content_14465001.htm   

Comments

  1. American in China [ January 20, 2012 @ 03:17PM ]

    Considering most people there drive like 12 years old. People with nice cars think they own the road. If you ever play the GAME GTA its is very similar to that. Than again, Its similar to a lot of developing country. It might improve in about 10 years.

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