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A Guide to Study and Live in Hangzhou for International Freshmen

Transportation
1. Arrival by plane
If you are flying to Hangzhou from other parts of the world and China, you will arrive at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, where you can catch a taxi or airport shuttle bus to the downtown area. For students who transfer plane from Shanghai, it is the utmost convenient, most visitors arrive by train, coach, taxi or rental car from Shanghai, as the distance is so short that there are no flights between Hangzhou and Shanghai.

2. From Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport to city center of Hangzhou:
By airport shuttle:
The waiting room for the shuttle bus is near the north of Entrance 5 at the Arrival Hall on the first floor. The shuttle takes passengers to Wulin Gate stop at downtown Hangzhou.

Ticket prices: 20 yuan. Operation hours: 7:30am-9:30pm, intervals at 30 minutes. 9:30am-5pm, intervals at 15 minutes. (Note: intervals refer to the waiting time from the first passenger boarding the bus.).

By cab:
The cab stand is located outside Entrance 5 to the Arrival Hall on the first level. Cab fare should not be more than 100 yuan from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport to downtown Hangzhou.

Fare: Basic at 11 yuan (10 yuan for the first 3km and additional 1 yuan for fuel fee). For distance within 10km, the rate is 2 yuan/km; for distance above 10km, the rate is 3 yuan/km. The waiting charge is 2 yuan/5 minutes.

Accommodation
For those who arrive at airport late in a day or arrive at weekends, when the teachers are not on duty, these inexpensive and secure hotels are allowed by Chinese government to accept international students to live.

Ssaw Hotel Plaza
Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua
SSAW Boutique Hotel
Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel
Westlake 7 Apartment Tongrun
Zhejiang Grand Hotel
Pins De La Brume Hotel
Hangzhou Bokai Westlake Hotel
Hangzhou City Centre2.3 mi to City center
InterContinental One Thousand Island Lake Resort
New Century Zhejiang Xiaoshan Hotel
Hangzhou Radow Jiali Hotel
Westlake 7 Apartment Xihu
Holiday Inn Xiaoshan Hangzhou
Flower Inn Hubin
Banyan Tree Hangzhou
Pod Inn Hangzhou Westlake
Flower Inn - West Lake

Entertainments
Folk-custom events
Dragon Boat Racing at Jiang Village  in May 5 of lunar calendar
Shows of The Butterfly Lovers in Hangzhou’s theaters
Visiting Lingfeng for Mume Blossoms,a key part of the Hangzhou Botanical Garden to enjoy Mume blossoms.
West Lake Fair for Pilgrims, West Lake Fair for Pilgrims in Tianzhu, Lingyin, Yue Fei Temple and Wu Hill is the most popular.
Climbing Mountains on the Double 9th Day in lunar calendar

Sightseeing 
Baidi
Sudi 
Lingyin Temple

Restaurants
Louwailou Restaurant
Waipojia Restaurant 
Zhiweiguanwei Restaurant
Huangfaner Restaurant

Shopping
Cultural Shopping: Hefang Street where traditional and typical Chinese artifacts can be found such as tea, Chinese paintings, silk, Zisha teapots and Chinese fans, etc.

Modern Shopping: Wulin Square and Wushan Square are shopping Plazas for female students who don’t care spending how much.

Scholarships
Chinese Government Scholarship
Zhejiang Provincial Scholarship
University Scholarship provided by different higher education institutes


See universities in Hangzhou with school scholarship:

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics

Zhejiang Gongshang University