Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport serves the city of Hangzhou, capital and largest city of the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. Operational only from late 2000, Xiaoshan International Airport boasts new, modern facilities and a lush green décor, earning it the nickname of ‘Garden Airport’. Besides its aesthetically-pleasing environment, Xiaoshan International Airport is also known for its duty-free shops – prices of branded goods found there are allegedly stunningly low. The airport serves more than 20 million passengers yearly, and is considered one of China’s busiest air transport hubs. The airport consists of 2 terminals – Terminal A is dedicated for international flights, whilst Terminal B handles domestic flights.
Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport offers flights to more than 70 destinations around the world, and is the hub of domestic air carriers like Loong Air, Air China, Xiamen Airlines and more.
Located only about 27 kilometres from the heart of Hangzhou city, getting to and from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport isn’t too difficult. Numerous shuttle buses ply the route between the airport and Wulinmen (near the city’s main square), and one should expect to arrive at the city in about an hour or so by bus. Tickets for a bus ride into town would cost about CNY20. Buses heading to other cities like Shanghai, Suzhou, Zhuji, Wuzhen and Yiwu are also available.
Those in a hurry may want to grab a cab direct from outside the airport instead – the ride should take about 30-45 minutes, and cost about CNY90.
What to see and do
Don’t miss a visit to Hangzhou’s most famous tourist attraction – West Lake (pronounced Xi Hu in Chinese), a large body of freshwater that has existed since the time of the Qin Dynasty (2,000 years ago). Surrounded by lush greenery on its banks, low mountains in the backdrop and idyllic temples, pagodas and gardens, West Lake’s beauty has been the inspiration behind paintings, poetry and songs through the ages. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the perfect place for an invigorating brisk walk or a quiet, self-reflective stroll.
Still feeling like a little spiritual rejuvenation? Then mosey over to the stunningly beautiful Lingyin Temple – otherwise known as the Temple of Soul’s Retreat. One of the largest and most famous Buddhist temples of China, Lingyin Temple is tucked within the Wulin Mountains and boasts a huge complex with thousands of resident Buddhist monks. For the non-religious, check out the Feilai Feng (Flying Peak) grottoes adjacent to the Lingyin Temple - a real treat for the eyes, the grottoes consist of a limestone mountain covered with hundreds of intricate carvings of various deities, most of which dates back to the 10th-14th century.
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