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Getting There 

Hefei has daily flights to Beijing (1 hr. 10 min.), Guangzhou (1 hr. 45 min.), Shanghai (1 hr.), and Qingdao (1 1/2 hr.), and several flights a week to Xi'an (Mon, Thurs-Sun; 2 hr. 10 min.), Hangzhou (Thurs and Sun; 50 min.), Guilin (Tues and Thurs; 90 min.), Huangshan (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun; 50 min.), Hong Kong (Mon and Fri; 2 hr.), Ji'nan (1 hr.), and Zhengzhou (1 hr.). Tickets may be purchased at the 24-hour CAAC Booking Center (Minghang Shoupiao Zhongxin) at Meiling Dadao 368 (tel. 0551/467-9999). Taxis (20 min.; ¥20) are your best option for getting to Hefei's airport, which is about 10km (6 miles) south of town. There are no airport buses, but public bus no. 11 runs there from the railway station.

From Hefei's railway station (tel. 0551/424-3311) in the northeast part of town, daily trains run to Beijing (10 hr.), Zhengzhou (8 hr.), Shanghai (8 1/2 hr.; 7 D-series trains daily, 3 1/2 hr.), Huang Shan (6 1/2 hr.), Xi'an (16 hr.), and Hangzhou (7 hr.). Tickets can be purchased at the railway station or, more conveniently, at ticket outlets at Changjiang Zhong Lu 376 (tel. 0551/264-0000).

Hefei has several bus stations, but the long-distance bus station (tel. 0551/429-9111 or 0551/429-9161) at the corner of Shengli Lu and Mingguang Lu should serve most travelers' needs. Buses run to Shanghai (every 1 hr. 6:40am-5pm; 6 hr.; ¥150), Zhengzhou (10am, noon, and 4pm; 8 hr.; ¥165), Huang Shan (8:30am; 5 1/2 hr.; ¥90), and Nanjing (every 25 min. 6am-7:20pm; 2 1/2 hr.; ¥45).

Getting Around

Taxis charge ¥6 for 2.5km (1.55 miles), then ¥1.20 per kilometer. From 11pm to 5am, prices rise ¥6 for 2.5km (2 miles), then ¥1.20 per kilometer.

Most public buses (¥1 flat fee) require exact change. Bus no. 1 runs from the railway station down Shengli Lu onto Changjiang Zhong Lu before heading south on Jinzhai Lu. Bus no. 11 runs from the railway station to the airport along Changjiang Zhong Lu.

Fast Facts

Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The Bank of China (tel. 0551/264-1756) is at Chang Jiang Dong Lu 789. Foreign exchange is available at all counters Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. An ATM is located here.

Internet Access -- Dial-up is tel. 163.

Post Office -- The post office (tel. 0551/267-5427; 8am-6pm) is at Changjiang Zhong Lu 110.

Visa Extensions -- The Hefei Municipal Administration Service Center (Shi Xingzheng Fuwu Zhongxin) is at Jiu Shiqiao Jie 45 (tel. 0551/160-0666). Open year-round Monday through Friday from 8am to noon; May to October, 3 to 6pm and November to April 2:30 to 5:30pm. Allow 5 business days for processing.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.