China Travel Enquiry and Reply

Geoff Barr ( Australia ) December 09,2017

Hi, we will be in Chengdu and would like to visit Huangshan what is the best way to travel. Geoff.

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) December 10,2017

Hi, Geoff,

Thanks for the question about the best way to travel from Chengdu to Huangshan.

Chengdu is located in almost west China, while Mt. Huangshan is suitated in east China. The distance between Chengdu and Huangshan is more than 1600km. There isn't direct flight or train from Chengdu to Huangshan. Therefore, if you would like to travel to Mt. Huangshan from Chengdu, you will need to travel to a city near to Huangshan first, then transit flight, train or bus to Huangshan.

The nearest cities to Huangshan with more flights and trains are Shanghai and Hangzhou. Therefore, tourists who travel from Chengdu to Huangshan can take an early morning flight for about 3 hours from Chengdu to Shanghai Hongqiao airport first, then transit a flight at about noon time or afternoon to Huangshan. It is the best way to travel from Chengdu to Huangshan, but it is a bit tiring. If you are seniors or you travel with kids, we suggest you have one night layover in Shanghai. Then choose to fly or take high speed train from Shanghai to Huangshan.

Another way get to Huangshan from Chengdu is to take a 2.5-hour from from Chengdu to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport. Then book a private transfer from Hangzhou to Huangshan for about 3 hours.

If your tour budget is low and do not mind train trip, you can also take over night train (about 35 hours on train) to Hangzhou, then transit a high speed train to Huangshan (3 hours). If you take high speed train from Chengdu to Hangzhou (14-15 hours), then you will need to have one night stay in Hangzhou, then take high speed train from Hangzhou to Huangshan next morning.

Hope the above information is helpful. Your enquiry and questions are always welcomed. We are delighted to recommend you the popular Huangshan Tours for your reference.




SW Lee ( Malaysian ) December 07,2017

Hangzhou is my last stop, where should i go to extend my trip?

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) December 08,2017

Hi, SW Lee,

Thanks for your above question. Well noted that you last stop is Hangzhou and want to know how to extend your Hangzhou trip.

At first, please be advised how to plan a Hangzhou tour. Generally speaking, one full day hangzhou tour is enough for you to see the highlights there, such as West Lake (with boat trip or rent a bicycle to ride around the lake, enjoying the good view), Lingyin Temple, Six Harmony Pagoda or Chenghuang Pagoda. If you are interested in tea or if you travel in spring, you can choose to visit Meijiawu Tea Plantation. This is day trip in Hangzhou.

Of course, if you have more time in Hangzhou, you may need to extend your Hangzhou trip.

@If you have one more day in Hangzhou, how to extend your Hangzhou trip?

See something different --- One day tour to nearby Water Town
Wuzhen Water Town is located at Tongxiang of Zhenjiang Province. It is about 60 km from Hangzhou. Therefore, it is suitable to arrange a day tour to Wuzhen from Hangzhou, then back to Hangzhou for overnight. Wuzhen Water Town is listed in Top 10 Most Charming Town in China, with over 7,000 years of civilization history and is built for about 1,300 years. It is a typical water town in East China. It is worth a visit for those tourists who visit China for the 1st time.

Nanxun Ancient Town
is located in Huzhou City, Nanxun District, at the junction of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai. It was a famous town of East China for its silk in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Nanxun Water Town has a long history, with rivers through the town. As there are many rich people resided in Nanxun since ancient times, the buildings in Nanxun Water Town are almost fine manors of. And because of the Western style once prevailed,  Nanxun is also the only ancient town in China with Chinese and Western style buildings, noble and elegant .

See more natural sightseeing --- Day trip to visit Xixi National Wetland Park
Xixi National Wetland Park is about 5 km away from the West Lake, a farmland wetland in the urban area which is rare in China even in the world. Xixi Wetland is a network of rivers, Together with the West Lake and Xiling. You can choose to visit the park by a local sculling boat, by bicycle or on foot with different visit routes.

Culture experience day trip on Hangzhou
Visit Southern Song Dynasty Guan Kiln Museum to experience the pottery culture in China.  With the tasteful display, substantial content and comfortable environment, it is the first unique museum themed on ceramics in China. Move to Canal Area and visit workmanship and demonstrations pavilion. Here you have a chance to use your imagination to draw a picture on an oiled paper umbrella. In the Pavilion you have chance to see other traditional craftspeople working on their creations, such as making fans, umbrellas, teapots, scissors ect.

@If you have 2 more days in Hangzhou, how to extend your Hangzhou trip?

Visit the traditional Chinese garden and water town in Suzhou
It takes about 1.5 hours by high speed train from Hangzhou to Suzhou, where you could have one night overnight, then enjoy the traditional Chinese gardens there as well Tongli Water Town. Then back to Hangzhou for departure.

Visit to Shanghai if you have not yet visit Shanghai before Hangzhou
It takes about 1 hour by high speed train from Hangzhou to Shanghai, which is the largest and modernest city in China. You can also choose to visit Shanghai to know the modern aspect of China and go shopping around Shanghai. You can also choose to have one night stay in Shanghai, then back to Hangzhou to catch your departure flight.

@ If you have 3 more days in Hangzhou, how to plan your tour in Hangzhou and surroundings?

A landscape trip from Hangzhou to Mt. Huangshan
Mt. Huangshan is not far from Hangzhou and the transportation is convenient now. A 3-hour high speed train in the morning can bring you from Hangzhou to Mt. Huangshan. In the afternoon, you can visit Chengkan Ancient Village and Tuanxi on the 1st day. Then climb up to the top of Mt. Huangshan on the 2nd day to enjoy the unparalelled natural view there. If you like hiking, you can choose to trek around on the top of the mountain. Shoot the sunset at the top and stay overnight on the top. In the 3rd day morning, you still have almost half day to explore Yellow mountain and shoot the sunrise of Mt. Huangshan. Then get down and take the high speed train at 13:00 back to Hangzhou for your departure.

dany ( camdbodian ) November 23,2017

Hi, i have plan to go Chongqing, Zhangjaijie and Changsha. can u advise me where should i go first and where should i go for the last in order?

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) November 24,2017

Hi, Dany,

Thanks for your attention and questions.
Well noted that you are planning to travel to Zhangjiajie, Changsha and Chongqing and you would like to know how to plan a trip to Zhangjiajie. It is really a problem that where we should go first as the transportation to Zhangjiajie is really limited.

At first, please be advised the flights from and to Zhangjiajie Airport. Currently, there are flights between Zhangjiajie and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi'an, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Kunming, Changsha, Hengyang, ect. An Some flights do not depart every day and some flights depart in the early morning or at night, even midnight.

Therefore, when you decide where to visit first, you should know from which city you arrive in China. We generally speaking recommend our clients arrive from Beijing or Shanghai as both has daily flight to Zhangjiajie. We suggest you start the tour from Zhangjiajie first, then go to Changsha and Chongqing. The Zhangjiajie tour can be planned as below,

Day01 Fly to Zhangjiajie (from Beijing or Shanghai) and you will arrive at Zhangjiajie airport in the evening.
Day02 Visit to Tianzishan and Yuanjiajie in the morning, in the afternoon visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.
Day03 Visit Golden Whip Stream in the morning and Mt. Tianmenshan in the afternoon.
Day04 Drive to Changsha for more than 4 hours, Visit some scenic spots and try the local snacks in the city of Changsha and overnight in Changsha.
Day05 Half day morning tour in Changsha and take afternoon flight to Chongqing.
Day06 One day Chongqing tour to visit Dazu Rock Carvings.
Day07 Continue your tour of Yangtze River Cruise or depart from Chongqing.

You could read more Zhangjiajie Tours and Chongqing Tours on our website to enrich you tour in each city.

Margaret ( American ) November 11,2017

Hello, I travel alone. Please let me know if you have group escorted tours? ( so I could join the group).

Thanks.
Margaret

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) November 12,2017

Hi, Margaret,

Thanks a lot for your attention on our site. Well noted that you travel alone and you are interested in joining in a China group tour.

Please be advised that Top China Travel has its own China small group tours with fixed departure. Even though it is group tour, TCT offers private tour service.

What is about our China join-in group tours?


►Hand-picked travel destinations in China, such as Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shanghai, Yangtze River, Hong Kong, Lhasa, which are the top destinations in China. They are suitable for those tourists who travel to China for their 1st time.
►Fine-designed itinerary to offer all group members more experience in China
►Totally organized and arranged by Top China Travel. All the tourists in the groups are the direct clients of TCT
►Group size: 4-15 tourists in a group in different cities.
►Cut the shopping time and leave more time to our clients in scenic spots.
►All of our group tours starts from Beijing, but end from Shanghai or Hong Kong. The 3 cities are the largest gateway cities with many international flights. It is more convenient for our clients to buy the international air tickets to join in our China small group.

What are included in our China group escorted tours?

►Professional and experienced English speaking guide with national guide certificate.
►Transfer service during tours by car, van or coach with air-conditioning
►Admission to the scenic spots or activities mentioned in the itinerary
►4-5 star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
►A la carte lunches at local Chinese restaurant as mentioned in the itinerary
►Domestic flights or high speed train tickets

Therefore, it is really convenient and worth for you to join in our China group tours. If you have a early travel plan, you could read our tour schedule first, then check the international air tickets to get good discount international airfare. Then book the group tour with us online directly. Top China Travel will make you a perfect China holiday, no matter you travel alone or with friends.


ivy law ( Malaysian ) October 09,2017

How to go Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom from Hon Kong Causeway Bay ? By ferry ?

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) October 09,2017

Hi, Ivy Law,

Good afternoon!
Thanks for your questions left to us as below.

how to go Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kindom from Honkong Causeway Bay ? By ferry ?

Please kindly be advised that the best way from Hong Kong to Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is taking ferry.
You could choose to take ferry at Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal or Hong Kong Airport Ferry Terminal. It takes about 70 minutes to arrive at Zhuhai Jiuzhou Ferry Terminal, where you could take shuttle bus to Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.


tolkyn ( usa ) August 12,2017

hi; we have 23 hurs layover in bejing and we would like to do some touring. what tours would you recommend for the group of 4? one of our member is a disabled- so we are looking for a wheelchiar accessable places

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) August 14,2017

Hi, Tolkyn,

Thanks for your message left to us, requesting a layover tour in Beijing. Well noted that you will have 23-hour layover in Beijing and hope to find suitable day tours for your group of 4 persos with a disabled.

At first, as your time stay in Beijing is short and this is your 1st time to Beijing, we suggest you visit some must-see places, such as Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, especially Great Wall. Of course, one day is not enough to visit them all, but only choose 1-2 places into your itinerary. Besides, please be noted that all the above places are accessible with wheelchair, but escourted and assisted by family members or partners. Please understand that even though there is wheelchair access in each sites, there are also many steps and slopes, especailly in Forbidden City and Great Wall. Then it will need family members or to employ 2 persons to carry the chair at that time.

The recommended layover day tours in Beijing

►One Day Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Tour

Attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City and short time at Tian'anmen Square
Service: English speaking guide, airport pick up and drop off, private transfers

►One Day Beijing City Must-see Essence Tour

Attractions: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
Service: English speaking guide, airport pick up and drop off, private transfers

Besides, you could check more Beijing day trip itineraries on our website. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us.



Ed ( USA ) August 09,2017

Are air-conditioned taxis available at Hangzhou airport?

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) August 09,2017

Hi, Ed,

thanks for your questions about how to get to Hangzhou downtown from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport and about the taxi condition.

Please be advised the Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport Transportation information and the ways how to get to Hangzhou downtown from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport as below for your reference.

Tourists could take airport shuttle bus and taxi from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport to the downtown of Hangzhou city. Otherwise, you could rent a private car in advance, offering you the transfer service when you arrive at Hangzhou Xianshan Airport.


By Taxi


It is almost the most convenient way to travel from Hangzhou airport to the downtown.

►Where can I take a taxi at Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport?

After picking up your luggage, tourists can to Gate 10 of Domestic Arrival Hall to take a taxi. There are about 3,000 taxis every day at the airport. It is convenient for tourists who travel to Hangzhou. All the taxis in China are air-conditioned.

►What about the taxi fee in Hangzhou?


Ordinary taxi: The starting price is now CNY11 per 3km. The distance of 3-10 km is calculated by CNY2.5 per kilometer. The distance over 10 km is calculated by CNY3.75 per kilometer. The time of stop during a drive is calculated by CNY2.5 per 4 minutes ( The prices mentioned are for reference as they may be changed).

Luxury taxi:The starting price is now CNY11 per 2km. The distance of 3-8 km is calculated by CNY3.6 per kilometer. The distance over 8 km is calculated by CNY5.4 per kilometer. The time of stop during a drive is calculated by CNY3.6 per 4 minutes ( The prices mentioned are for reference as they may be changed).

Notes:
- Keep your belongings with you
- Pay according to the amount shown on the meter. No bargaining.
- In the event of a taxi driver halfway rejection, passengers have the right to refuse to pay;
- No smoking in taxi. If a taxi drive smokes while driving, the passenger has the right to refuse to pay.
- Ask for a receipt
- Keep the car clean and do not damage the car capacity.

By Airport Shuttle Bus


►Where to take an airport shuttle bus to Hangzhou downtown?
Tourists could go to the Gate 8 at Arrival Hall to catch a right shuttlw bus to Hangzhou Downtown.

►Are there any shuttle bus lines to Hangzhou downtown?

Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport - Wulin Gate
Time Schedule: 07:30 to the end of the flight schedule
08:00-22:00 depart every 15 minutes
22:00-02:00+1  depart every 30 minutes
After 02:00+1 depart according to the arrival flights
Note: the time from Wulin Gate to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport is from 05:00 to 21:00. 05:00-17:00 depart every 15 minutes and 17:00-21:00 depart every 30 minutes

Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport - Pinghai Road/ Grand Metropark Hotel Hangzhou (Chengzhan Train Station)
Time Schedule: 07:30 to the end of the flight schedule, depart every 30 minutes
After 02:00+1 depart according to the arrival flights
Note: the time from Chengzhan Train Station to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport is from 05:00 to 21:00 and depart every 30 minutes. There are free shuttle bus between Grand Metropark Hotel Hangzhou and Chenghai Train Station between 04:45 and 20:45.

Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport - ZTC Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou / Xixi National Wetland Park
Time Schedule: 10:10, 12:30, 15:00,18:30
Note: the time from Xixi National Wetland Park to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport is  08:00, 10:00, 12:20, 15:30. Tthe time from ZTC Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport is 09:00, 11:00, 13:20,16:30.

Besides, there are many shuttle bus from Hangzhou Xiashan Airport to the Bus Stations and Train Stations in Hangzhou as well as many places or cities surrounding Hangzhou, such as Lin'An, Yuhang, Yiwu, Shaoxing, Jinhua, Qingtian, Zhuji, Jiaxing, Chengzhou, Haining, Taizhou, Wuzhen, An'ji, Shenjiamen, Thousand-Island Lake, ect. Tourists could check the necessary information according your personal destination.

Bernadette See ( Filipino ) July 31,2017

From Putuoshan how do we go to Ningbo Train Station? How long is the travel time by land?

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) July 31,2017

Dear Bernadette See,

Thanks for your message as below,

From Putuoshan how do we go to Ningbo Train Station? How long is the travel time by land?

Please kindly be advised that there isn’t direct bus from Putuoshan to Ningbo as Putuoshan is located at Zhoushan Island. At first, you will need to take ferry from Putuoshan to Wugongzhi boat terminal, then take bus No 27 to Shenjiamen Cheng Beijing Bus Station, from which you could take bus to Ningbo Train Station. It takes about 2 hours from Shenjiamen to Ningbo Train Station.

Brigitte Salzmann ( German ) July 21,2017

We are planning a trip end of February to the Xia Pu Mudflats. I red, that Fuzhou is the nearest city to the flats. My question: how do we get
from Fuzhou to the Mudflats and is there a possibiltiy to stay there overnight? I am intersting of taking photos of the Mudflat Flats at different times of the day.
I would appreciate your help and suggestions very much.
Thank you very much and have a nice day.
Lots of regards
Brigitte Salzmann

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) July 23,2017

Hi, Brigitte Salzmann,

Thanks for your message lelft to us as below,

We are planning a trip end of February to the Xia Pu Mudflats. I red, that Fuzhou is the nearest city to the flats. My question: how do we get
from Fuzhou to the Mudflats and is there a possibiltiy to stay there overnight? I am intersting of taking photos of the Mudflat Flats at different times of the day.
I would appreciate your help and suggestions very much.
Thank you very much and have a nice day.
Lots of regards
Brigitte Salzmann


Xiapu, located in the northeast of Fujian,  is China's famous "kelp town", "seaweed town". It is  known as one of the Top 10  photography bases. Wing long coastline, shallow sea and fine sandy beaches , it offers not only a unique natural condition for sea planting, but also a unique view of photography.

Please be advised that there are more than 15 bullet trains or high speed trains from Fuzhou to Xiapu every day. Therefore, the cheapest way to travel from Fuzhou to Xiapu is taking train. Then it is easy to  take a  taxi or local bus from Xiapu train station to your hotel.

The best time to visit Xiapu is from June to November every year, when it is easier to take good pictures. We suggest you stay for 2 days in Xiapu to travel around and take pictures.

Hope the above is helpful.

Sophie


Mary ( British ) July 12,2017

We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children aged 21, 18 and 16) visiting Shanghai on 28th to 30th July 2017. We are very interested in the Baosteel Group Corporation industrial tour. Do we need to pre-book or can we just turn up? Is a visit possible on a Saturday or Sunday? Thank you.

Answer: Janet Chan ( TCT Travel Consultant ) July 13,2017

Hi Mary,


Thanks a lot for your questions left to us as below,

We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children aged 21, 18 and 16) visiting Shanghai on 28th to 30th July 2017. We are very interested in the Baosteel Group Corporation industrial tour. Do we need to pre-book or can we just turn up? Is a visit possible on a Saturday or Sunday? Thank you.

Please kindly be advised that the industrial tour in Shanghai needs to pre-book and inform Baosteel Group of the booking information in advance, so that they could make arrangement. Therefore, if you are interested in this one day Shanghai tour, please contact with us in advance to make reservation first.

This Shanghai one day tour is not available at the weekend and any national holidays. Should you plan to visit Baosteel Group, it is better to plan your trip on a working day from Monday to Friday.