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Official Travel Agency

The official travel agency for the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion is the China Travel & Trade (Deutschland) GmbH (CTS) at the following address. Please mention the project number (GZ397) of this workshop when you contact Ms. Yue Hua at CTS. 

China Travel & Trading (Deutschland) GmbH
Duesseldorfer Strasse 14
D-60329 Frankfurt a. M.
Tel.: + 49 69 - 23 85 22 15
Fax: + 49 69 - 23 23 24
Email: hua_a_t_chinatravelservice.de, info_a_t_chinatravelservice.de
http://www.chinatravelservice.de/

Invitation Letter & Visa

For those who wish to receive an official invitation letter, please contact Xin Wan directly. Please include, for each person, name, sex, nationality, passport number, affiliation and title (or relation to the invited speaker, in the case of accompanying family member), and the arrival and departure dates. The letter will be prepared once the Foreign Affair Office of Zhejiang University receives all required information. You are encouraged to do this as soon as possible. Please also contact CTS for the possibility of visa handling issues. 

Travel

German speakers are encouraged to contact CTS directly for reservation of flights and connecting trains as soon as possible.

The most convenient way to travel to Hangzhou is to fly directly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), or to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) via Beijing. In any case, you are encouraged to send your itinerary to the organizers. For those who arrive in a large group or during late hours, the local organizers may arrange airport pickups.

From Pudong Airport: There is a bus connection (two and a half hours) from the airport to the Air China Ticket Center in Hangzhou. The last bus departs at 19:30. The trip costs about 10 euro. From the ticket center, you can simply call a taxi to drive you to Zhejiang University or the hotel (about 2 euro). Alternatively, for those adventuresome, you can take a maglev train to Longyang Lu (5 euro), followed by subway to the Shanghai South Railway Station (0.5 euro, Metro Line #2 exchange Line #1 at People's Square), and then a train connection to the Hangzhou Railway Station (first-class 5 euro, one and a half hours). Taxi fare from the train station to the hotel is about 2 euro. Please also check out Wikitravel pages on Shanghai and Hangzhou.

From Xiaoshan Airport: You can simply call a taxi to drive you to Zhejiang University or the hotel (about 12 euro). Two shuttle buses will pick up guests arriving at Hangzhou on CA1702 (arriving 12:50) and CA1712 (arriving 17:15), coming from Beijing.

Hotel

The workshop hotel is Huagang HNA Resort Hotel (Huagang means Flower Harbor) at the quiet corner of the West Lake, not far from the Leifeng Pagoda, rebuilt recently over ruins (maps). Shuttle bus connections to the university will be arranged daily. (Please note the change of hotel due to the collision with a gigantic government delegation at the originally planned Jinxi Hotel.)

Sightseeing

Hangzhou ranks as one of China's most popular tourist attractions. Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The city was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until the Mongol invasion of 1276, during which time the city's population is estimated to have been as high as one million, making it the largest city in the world. Even Marco Polo claimed to have passed through, calling it "beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world". Hangzhou is also the southern end of the l,794-kilometer-long Grand Canal (Beijing- Hangzhou Canal). Please check out the tourist website for Hangzhou.

Museum

The most famous museums in Hangzhou are China Silk Museum, China Tea Museum, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Southern Song imperial Kiln Museum, Huqingyutang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum, as well as the recently opened China Grant Canal Museum.



Last updated on March 2, 2007