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Airports in China

Changchun Longjia International Airport (CGQ)

Location

The airport is located 13 miles (21km) from Changchun city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport bus shuttles and taxis are available at the airport.

Time

GMT +8

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Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

Overview

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is one of the world's largest and busiest airports, and the major gateway to the most-visited country in Asia. The airport used to be slightly drab, but it was revamped and upgraded for the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 and is now a world-class international hub. Beijing Airport has three terminals, all of which have a top-quality selection of shopping, food and beverage options. Passengers transiting through Beijing International are certain to notice the beauty of the airport. As with much traditional Chinese architecture, the art of feng shui is employed to imbue the building with good luck and positive energy. Travellers should try to book a window-seat for their flight into Beijing, as the view of the ring-roads encircling Tiananmen Square is breath-taking.

Location

The airport is situated 17 miles (28km) north of Beijing.

Getting to the city

Beijing's transport system was revamped for the 2008 Olympic Games, which included opening a rapid transit line connecting terminals 2 and 3 of Beijing Capital Airport with the Dongzhimen subway station in the heart of the city. Travel time from Dongzhimen to T3 is around 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes or so to arrive at T2. Shuttle buses run regularly to the city centre (about 45 minutes), Beijing Railway Station and major hotels. Metered taxis are also available, but it is recommended that passengers have their destination written in Chinese to avoid confusion. Arrivals should also ensure that the metre is in use, as taxi drivers will often try and charge a set, exorbitant fee. Travelling time to the city by car is about an hour.

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

Contacts

Tel: +86 (0)10 6454 1100

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Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Overview

Located eight miles (13km) from Shanghai, Hongqiao International Airport is an enormous facility processing more than 31 million passengers each year. Since Shanghai Pudong Airport was built, Hongqiao International Airport has been used mostly for domestic flights within China; however, there are still flights to Hongqiao Airport available from Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. The airport's new terminal opened in 2010 and houses world-class shopping and some excellent restaurants, including international chains like Starbucks that offer free wifi. Hongqiao International Airport is conveniently located near the city with easy public transport links into Shanghai.

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of central Shanghai.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available outside the airport. Public buses serve the airport linking to People's Square (#925A) and the main railway stations (#941). Departures are every 15 minutes from 6am to around 11pm. The bigger hotels offer shuttle bus services to and from the airport.

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

Contacts

Tel: +86 (0)21 6268 8899.

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Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Overview

Shanghai Pudong Airport is the 2nd busiest airport in China and the 19th busiest airport worldwide. It has two passenger terminals and three runways and handles over 40 million passengers each year. It is located just 19 miles (30km) east of Shanghai and is one of Asia's main aerial hubs. Passengers spending time in Shanghai Pudong Airport have a great range of passenger amenities, including duty free and upmarket retail stores. Renovations planned for 2015 will possibly see the airport handling between 60 and 80 million passengers each year.

Location

The airport is situated 19 miles (30km) from central Shanghai.

Getting to the city

The airport is linked to Shanghai's metro with a new magnetic levitation train, the Maglev; the journey takes only eight minutes and costs CNY50. Taxis are available and usually the most convenient way to the city, but they are more expensive. Journeys take an hour to most downtown areas. Public buses are also available, but are only advised for hardened travellers. Many hotels meet their guests at the airport.

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

Contacts

Tel: +86 (0)21 6834 1000.

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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)

Overview

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is located 17 miles (28km) from central Guangzhou in the south-eastern part of China. One of the country's busiest airports, Guangzhou processed over 50 million passengers in 2013. Flights to this airport are available from more than 100 destinations worldwide, including Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Bangkok, Cairo, Dubai, Antananarivo, Doha, and Istanbul, in addition to many cities across China.

The facility is new and fairly modern, but many western travellers are disconcerted by the level of chaos inside: food prices fluctuate according to vendor preference, poorly-ventilated smoking areas are located next to child-care rooms, and long queues are hard to escape. Luckily, the airport is in the middle of an expansion and reconstruction that should improve efficiency as it increases the airport's capacity to 80 million passengers per year.

Location

The airport is situated 17 miles (28km) from Guangzhou city centre.

Getting to the city

There is an Airport Express bus and local taxis that transport passengers to and from Guangzhou city.

Time

GMT +8

Contacts

+86 (020) 3606 6315.

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Lhasa Gonggar Airport (LXA)

Overview

At an elevation of 3,570 metres Lhasa Airport is one of the highest in the world. It was built in 1965, but upgraded in 2004. It is located in Tibet, 61 miles (98 km) from Lhasa.

Location

38.5 miles (62km) south of Lhasa

Getting to the city

There are shuttle buses available to Lhasa from the airport, which take 40-60 minutes.

Time

GMT +8

Contacts

+86 891 624 6011

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Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK)

Location

The airport is located 16 miles (25km) from Haikou city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport bus shuttles are available from the airport to the city centre. City buses and taxis are also available from the airport.

Time

GMT +8

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Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN)

Location

The airport is located on the north side of Xiamen Island, roughly 6.2 miles (10km) from downtown Xiamen.

Getting to the city

Shuttle buses to downtown Xiamen are located outside the Arrivals Hall; the fare is CNY6. There are several city bus routes from the airport, including the ferry station (No. 27), the railway station (No. 37), the Bonded Area (No. 41), Lian hua Er Cun (No. 81), and the Exhibition Centre (No. 91).

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

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Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)

Location

Chendgu International Airport is located about 10 miles (16km) southwest of downtown Chengdu.

Getting to the city

There are shuttle buses running to downtown Chengdu, as well as long-distance coaches to other cities in Sichuan Province.

Time

GMT +8

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Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE)

Location

The airport is located 12 miles (20km) south of Shenyang city centre.

Getting to the city

Travellers can take the airport bus to and from the city centre at the Taoxian Airport bus terminal. Trams are also available from the airport to the city centre, as well as taxis. Both buses and taxis depart from outside the airport's entrances. Special shuttles are also available to transport travellers to the nearest train station.

Time

GMT +8

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Changsha Huanghua International Airport (CSX)

Location

The airport is located 16 miles (25km) from downtown Changsha.

Getting to the city

Airport buses are available at the airport arrival hall. Taxis are also available and cost CNY90 to the city centre.

Time

GMT +8

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Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG)

Location

The airport is located 13 miles (21km) from Chongqing city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport shuttles are available to the centre of the city.

Time

GMT +8

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Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL)

Location

The airport is situated 17 miles (28km) from Guilin city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport shuttles are available from the airport to the city centre every half an hour.

Time

GMT +8

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Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC)

Location

The airport is located six miles (10km) from the city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport buses and taxis are available for transportation to the city centre.

Time

GMT +8

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Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport (KWE)

Location

The airport is located seven miles (12km) from Guiyang city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport buses ate available to the centre of the city costing CNY10, whereas local buses from the airport cost CNY2. Taxis are also available.

Time

GMT +8

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Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB)

Location

The airport is located 26 miles (33km) from Harbin city centre.

Getting to the city

Buses and taxis are available from the airport to the city centre.

Time

GMT +8

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Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA)

Location

The airport is located 26 miles (33km) from Jinan city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport transport includes buses that are available 6am-7pm. Two train stations to the city are also available.

Time

GMT +8

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Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG)

Location

The airport is located 15 miles (24km) from Kunming city centre.

Getting to the city

Travellers can take the subway, airport shuttle buses or taxis to travel between the airport and the city centre.

Time

GMT +8

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Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG)

Location

The airport is located 22 miles (35km) from the city centre of Nanjing.

Getting to the city

Bus and taxi services are available from the airport to the city centre.

Time

GMT +8

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Nanning Wuxu International Airport (NNG)

Location

It is located 20 miles (32km) southwest of the centre of the city.

Getting to the city

Airport shuttles, buses and taxis are available from the airport to the city centre.

Time

GMT +8

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Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB)

Location

The airport is located seven miles (11km) from Ningbo city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport buses travel to the city centre and depart from outside the waiting hall.

Time

GMT +8

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Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport (SWA)

Location

The airport is located 18 miles (29km) from Shantou.

Getting to the city

Airport express buses and are available from the airport to Shantou, Chaozhou, and Jieyang. The ticket office is to the left of Exit 4 in the Arrivals Hall. Other local buses operate 5am-8pm.

Time

GMT +8

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Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX)

Location

The airport is located 20 miles (32km) from Shenzhen city centre.

Getting to the city

There are subway and shuttle buses running to the center of the city. Buses and Ferries heading to Macau and Hong Kong are also available.

Time

GMT +8

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Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport (URC)

Location

The airport is located 10 miles (16km) from the city centre.

Getting to the city

Public buses are available from the airport to the city centre. Taxis are also available from the airport to the city centre and cost between ¥30 and ¥40.

Time

GMT +8

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Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ)

Location

The airport is located 15 miles (24km) southeast of Wenzhou city centre.

Getting to the city

An airport bus shuttle service is available from the airport to the city centre. Taxis are also available.

Time

GMT +8

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Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH)

Location

The airport is located 16 miles (25km) from Wuhan city centre.

Getting to the city

Airport shuttle buses are available to take visitors to the city centre. It is also possible to take long-distance buses to other cities, and to train to the Wuhan Railway Station. Taxis are also available at the airport.

Time

GMT +8

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Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY)

Location

The airport is located about 25 miles (40km) northwest of Xi'an.

Getting to the city

Airport bus shuttles, intercity buses and taxis are available from the airport to the city centre. Bus tickets can be bought from the Passengers Service Centre in T2 and in the arrival hall of T3.

Time

GMT +8

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Xining Caojiabao Airport (XNN)

Location

The airport is located 19 miles (30km) from Xining city centre.

Getting to the city

Buses departing for Xining are timed to arriving flights. The ride to downtown Xining takes roughly 30 minutes.

Time

GMT +8

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Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport (YNJ)

Location

The airport is located five miles (9km) from Yanji city centre.

Time

GMT +8

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Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO)

Location

The airport is located 28 miles (45km) from Zhengzhou city centre.

Getting to the city

Bus shuttles and taxi services are available from the airport to the city centre. Bus fares range from CNY40 to CNY100 depending on destination.

Time

GMT +8

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Zhuhai Jinwan Airport (ZUH)

Location

The airport is located 30 miles (48km) from the city centre of Zhuhai.

Getting to the city

Numerous airport buses run to and from the airport. City buses are available to the Zhuhai Doumen District, city rail station, and Sanzao town. Schedules vary, but buses generally run 6am-9pm.

Time

GMT +8

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Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH)

Location

The airport is located 17 miles (27km) from downtown Hangzhou.

Getting to the city

Shuttle buses are available to downtown Hangzhou and other local cities. The journey to the centre of Hangzhou takes around one hour.

Time

GMT +8

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Changchun Longjia International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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