Getting There

Wenzhou is connected by air to 38 Chinese cities as far-flung as ?rumqi, including Beijing (two to three flights daily), Guangzhou (four or five flights), Hangzhou (four or five flights), Shanghai (both airports six or seven flights), and Shenzhen (three to five flights). There are also five flights a week from Hong Kong. The main CAAC ticket office (Wenzhou Minhang Shoupiao Chu) is at the junction of Minhang Lu and Jinxiu Lu (tel. 0577/96555 domestic, or 0577/883-24311 international -- only Hong Kong from Wenzhou). Prices include ticket delivery. The airport is 25km (16 miles) east of town, served by an airport bus that makes 13 trips from 5:40am to 8pm for a fare of ¥10.

Wenzhou has a railway station but not many useful connections; these are all to the interior, such as sleeper trains to Hangzhou and Shanghai. The ticket office (8am-7pm) is at the far left side as you face the station. Left luggage is to the right; it's open from 6am to 11:40pm and charges ¥5 per piece.

The fastest way along the coast north or south is by luxury bus on the new coastal highways. Buses from Ningbo (4 hr.) mostly arrive at the Xincheng Keyun Zhongxin Zhan (tel. 0577/8891-1927), well to the southeast of the center and northeast of the railway station. This is the main station for the excellent Zhejiang Quik company's connections with Hangzhou (25 departures 6:40am-6:20pm; ¥120). The Xin Nan Zhan, just west of the railway station, has buses to Fujian Province, but as elsewhere in China, cross-border services are more limited. There are also services from here to Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and beyond.

Getting Around

Taxis have a flagfall of ¥10, which includes 4km (2 1/2 miles); after that, it's ¥1.50 per kilometer, and 50% more after 6km (3 3/4 miles). Add another 20% from midnight to 5am. Public buses have a minimum fare of ¥1; most charge that as their flat fare. Buses serve all parts of the city and while the signs at stops do not have any English, route maps give very useful visual representations. For shorter distances there are lots of sanlunche, which make a surprisingly ecofriendly alternative to the usual traffic fumes. There are ferries to Jiangxin Island from the Jiangxin Matou (dock), well marked in English on Wang Jiang Dong Lu. From the dock there are also tourist river trips for ¥50 at 6:30pm (tel. 0577/8819-9073).

Fast Facts

Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The main branch of the Bank of China (8am-6pm) is at the east end of Renmin Xi Lu at Xinhe Jie. Go to counter 4/5 opposite the foreign-exchange sign.

Internet Access -- Wangba are almost everywhere but the library on Gong Yuan Lu (tel. 0577/8882-4163) offers cleaner, quieter facilities than most.

Post Office -- The main post office branch (7:30am-5:30pm) is at Xu Shan Lu 73. There's also a branch just east of the railway station, beyond the Wanhao Grand Hotel.

Visa Extensions -- The city PSB Aliens Entry-Exit Bureau (tel. 0577/8808-9888; Mon-Fri 8:30am-noon and 2-5:30pm) is at the end of an alley on the west side of Renmin Guangchang at Guangchang Lu Xi Gongxie 86.

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.