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How to Get to Jinhua

Jinhua does not have an airport, but it can be reached easily by bus or train from the nearest major airports. When coming to Jinhua from other countries, most people will choose to fly in to Shanghai or Guangzhou. Hangzhou's Xiaoshan International Airport and Yiwu International Airport are even closer, but offer fewer and often more expensive international flight options.

From Shanghai

Visitors coming via Shanghai will probably arrive at Shanghai-Pudong International Airport (PVG).

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Trains to Jinhua leave from Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station, and Hongqiao Railway Station. All three can be reached from the airport by the subway system. Subway ticket vending machines have instructions in English, and staff at the airport subway stop may speak some English. As Pudong is in the far east of Shanghai, visitors should plan for at least 90 minutes to 2 hours on the subway from Pudong International Airport to any of the train stations. Alternately, shuttle buses run from the airport to the train stations (1-2 hours depending on traffic). 

Depending on the type of train, travel time from Shanghai to Jinhua runs anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. Slow trains (train numbers starting with K, T, or Z) leave from Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai South Railway Station. These take at least 4.5 hours and are often delayed. Fast trains (numbers starting with D) take from 3 to 4 hours. The new bullet train (numbers starting with G) takes less than 2 hours. The fast trains and bullet trains leave only from Hongqiao Railway Station. Ticket prices for all trains vary according to type of train and seat class. Tickets may be purchased online at www.12306.cn (the site is only available in Chinese at this time) or at ticket windows, found at any of the train stations and in most neighborhoods in the city.




From Guangzhou

Guangzhou is a long way from Jinhua, and many visitors prefer to book a further flight to Shanghai or Hangzhou. If arriving from Guangzhou, however, visitors can book trains from Guangzhou to Jinhua. 

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Guangzhou is a long way from Jinhua, and many visitors prefer to book a further flight to Shanghai or Hangzhou. If arriving from Guangzhou, however, visitors can book trains from Guangzhou to Jinhua.

From Beijing

Beijing is nowhere near Jinhua, and there are not convenient ways to get directly from Beijing to Jinhua. If travel through Beijing cannot be avoided, the best option is to book a domestic flight to a closer city like Shanghai or Hangzhou, or even Yiwu, and then figure out ground transportation from there. 

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If a domestic flight is not an option, the next best choice would be to take a 5-6 hour bullet train to Shanghai or Hangzhou, and from there transfer to another train headed for Jinhua. (The bullet trains do not yet go directly from Beijing to Jinhua.) Slow trains from Beijing to Jinhua take up to 24 hours. 


From Hangzhou

Arriving at Hangzhou's Xiaoshan International Airport, the easiest way to Jinhua is to take a long-distance bus that runs directly from the airport terminal to Jinhua's South Bus Station. 

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There are around 8 of these buses that depart at various times throughout the day. They take around 2 hours depending on traffic and weather, and cost around 90 RMB. Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the Long-Distance Bus ticket window on the first floor (arrivals area) of the Xiaoshan Airport. From the Jinhua South Bus Station, visitors can take a taxi to ZJNU or ride the 330 city bus. 

Trains also connect Hangzhou to Jinhua. There is no train station particularly close to the Xiaoshan airport in Hangzhou. It takes about an hour by city buses or taxi to get to the Hangzhou Railway Station or Hangzhou East Railway Station. From there, slow trains take 2.5-3 hours to get to Jinhua's West Railway Station, fast trains take 1.5 hours, and the bullet trains take around 45 minutes. There are a lot of trains between Hangzhou and Jinhua every day. Tickets cost around 30 RMB (slow trains), 55 RMB (fast trains), and 75 RMB (bullet trains. Taxis are easy to find at the taxi stands at the train stations in Jinhua, and it should cost about 12 RMB to get to ZJNU's campus. 


From Yiwu

Yiwu is very close to Jinhua and is accessible by either bus or train. 

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From the Yiwu airport, taxis can take visitors to the train station or a bus station. Taxi drivers like to haggle foreign passengers who make this trip; make sure they use the meter. Buses should take about 40 minutes from Yiwu to Jinhua. Hourly trains run to the Jinhua West Station, and take about half an hour. If time is an issue, some taxi drivers will make the trip from the airport all the way to Jinhua (30 minutes, price negotiable). 

Arriving in Jinhua

When arriving in Jinhua by train, visitors will need to go through an underpass to exit the station.

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From the exit, the taxi stand can be seen straight ahead by the street, and bus stops are slightly to the right. Buses 37, 18, and 330 all go to the university area. The phrase “到浙师大 dao zhe shi da” will direct a taxi driver to go to campus. Bus fare is 2 RMB; a taxi from the train station to campus should cost 12-15yuan.


The bullet trains come in to a separate new station just across from the older station. The taxi line is an underground lane which can be seen to the left when exiting through the underpass. If passengers go upstairs to the ground-level exit, they can find the bus stop just to the right. ZJNU's campus bus is probably the easiest bus to take from there. 

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