For those who are planning to visit my hometown and my wedding reception in China, I have provided some brief directions to get there.
First of all, there are two international airports in Shanghai – Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao Airport. While most of the international airlines land at Pudong airport, there are some flights, especially from Japan, which arrive at Hongqiao!
You should definitely choose the flightto arrive at Hongqiao, as it will cut your journey time to Jiaxing by quite a bit. Here is why – if you arrive Pudong Airport, you will have to take the subway (green line, line 2), from the first station to end of the line. It will be an hour journey for you jamming into a crowded subway, especially if it’s rush hour!
So get the flight to Hongqiaong airport!! Once you arrive at Hongqiao Airport, then you will only need to get out of the airport and take the subway (purple line) from the station called Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1 station. (please see the map below), to the station “Hongqiao Railway Station” – only 2 stations away and probably just 5-10 minutes!!
After arriving “Hongqiao Railway Station”, Your breath will be taken away by station’s jaw-droppingly colossal waiting room. Buy a train ticket bound to “Jiaxing Nan” (嘉兴南）- literal meaning “Jiaxing South Station”. Since the waiting room is enormous, make sure that you find the right gate to get on your train in advance. I have attached a screenshot below with some exemplary trains going to “Jiaxing Nan”. Go with the train number starting with “G” or “D” as they are fast! If you can read Chinese, go to this website and you can search the trains and times and book it online. http://www.tieyou.com
Here is the link of a search result for your reference
The last train departs about at 21:30 PM, make sure you don’t miss that! The party will be over by that time anyway:) Now get on the train. These trains should look like pseudo Shinkansei in Japan. Believe me, it will be very comfortable if you buy the “First Class seat”, which should costs around 10 $US.
Now you have got on the train. you would probably go like “Hew…, finally I can relax!” and plug in your laptop and watch some movies.! Yes. It is probably more developed than you thought China would be – every seat is equipped with power for your laptop if you choose a first class seat(一等座), and the girls will be prettier than the second class carriage, I hope. However, don’t relax for too long until you forget about the time. It should only take 25-35 minutes to arrive at the station you want to get off depending on the train you choose. The train stops very briefly at Jiaxing, 2 minutes or so. So please make sure don’t miss the station, because the next stop will be at a great distance away from Jiaxing, and you will cry if you miss it! So my advice is that you prick up your ears to hear the Chinese word “嘉兴南到了”(Jiaxing Nan Dao Le), meaning the train is approaching Jiaxing South station. The train may now have English announcement, but it’s always safer to be prepared before your trip is cruelled.
There will be a plethora of taxis awaiting at the exit of the station after you get off the train. Show the taxi drivers the paper with the address of the hotel you reserved or the address of the hotel where my reception will be held, if you plan to stay there. It should cost around 15 – 20 RMB (Chinese Yuan) to go from the station to the reception hotel by taxi. If you are really bogged down, you can always call the landphone of my home for help, which I will share with you privately. We will sally forth and rescue you. If you come after April 15th., I can arrange people to pick you up at the station.
Other things that you need to be aware of is that, you will need to use Baidu Maps instead of Google Maps to get around. Click here to find out why you would prefer to use Baidu ditu over Google Maps in China.
In terms of Internet, China is a kingdom isolated from the rest of the world. Every major internet services such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Ebay and YouTube have their Chinese version for good and bad reasons Let’s not discuss it here! Shall we? We can talk about it and you can complain to me when we meet in Jiaxing. Ergo, do fully utilise these Chinese alternatives to aid or entertain yourself such as Tudou, weixing or baidu when you are shielded by the Great gigantic firewall offered by Beijing.
Finally, this the address of the hotel where the reception will be held on the evening of April. 18th.
Location: Morgan Hotel (嘉兴摩根大饭店), Address: 浙江嘉兴南湖区 广益路509号 ，近双溪路。
Tel: +86 0573 8369 9999
You may wonder why I don’t write the above address in English. Let me tell you why, – holding a piece of paper with a Chinese address written in English won’t help you much to get anywhere in China. So My advice for you is to write it down in Chinese or take a screenshot with your smart phone – making sure that your smart device has its battery in that case, and show them to the people around you.
If you still have questions? Please leave a comment below or send me a private message
Survival Phrases you may want to know
- A first Class Ticket to Jiaxing (一张到嘉兴的一等座车票)
- I want to go to HongQiao Train Station(我想去虹桥火车站)
- I want to go to Jiaxing Morgan Hotel(我想去嘉兴摩根大饭店)