Daqing is home to China's largest oil reserves. The city was founded in 1959 to house oil industry workers and workers in industries, which could see an advantage in being close to the oil supplies.
Daing Saertu Airport offers four domestic routes to Beijing Capital, Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, with stops at Dalian, Qingdao, Hangzhou, and Xi'an. The airport is located 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the city center. Airport shuttle buses connect the airport to the city center, though it is not a popular choice for travelers. Taxi drivers collaborate to hike up taxi rates from the Daqing airport. You will have to share a taxi, and will pay far more than meter price. Unless you have someone to pick you up at the airport, it is far more convenient to fly to Harbin. There is a shuttle bus directly to and from Harbin airport that runs from the bus station.
Daqing West Railway Station (大庆西站）in Ranghulu District and many trains now leave from or arrive at this station instead of the old Daqing Station.
There are many taxis all over Daqing, but if you are unfamiliar with the area, insist on going by the meter rate. If you know where you are going, however, you may be able to negotiate a deal for long rides.
If you want to get around cheaply, there is an extensive bus network throughout the city, but navigating it might prove difficult for those without an understanding of Mandarin.
Amazing deals can be found in Sartu; Daqing's main market place and shopping district. Turn right after exiting the train station.
Daqing also offers a more upscale (read expensive) shopping experience in its many shopping malls. The nicest and most popular are New Mart (xinmate) and Wanda plaza (wanda guangcheng).
One thing Daqing doesn't lack is great food. From tiny fried rice and dumpling shops, to luxurious hot pot or sushi restaurants, Daqing has enough variety to satisfy most palates. If what you really crave is Western food, it can be had for reasonable prices at Kingsley's Cafe, the Sheraton, or any of the KFCs or McDonald's fast food places in town. Bragging rights for best burgers, pizzas, and calzones in town belong to the Orange Bar (get in touch with one of the expats in town to find it).