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Getting There

Wuxi has a small airport which is seldom used. Shanghai offers the nearest major airline connections. Wuxi is connected by daily trains to Shanghai (1-1 1/2 hr.), Suzhou (25-35 min.), Hangzhou (4 1/2 hr. via Shanghai), and Nanjing (2 hr.). The railway station (tel. 0510/8383-1234) is in the northern part of town (counters 7-9 sell same-day tickets for Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou).

From the Wuxi Qichezhan (Wuxi Bus Station) (tel. 0510/8258-8188) just north of the railway station, buses head to Shanghai (every 30 min. 7:10am-7:30pm; 2 hr.; ¥41-¥47), Suzhou (every 15 min. 6:30am-7:20pm; 1-2 hr.; ¥16-¥21), Hangzhou (every 30 min. 6:40am-6:30pm; 3 hr.; ¥82]), Yixing (every 20 min. 6:30am-7:30pm; 1-2 hr.; ¥18.50-¥22.50), Nanjing (every 30 min. 6:30am-7pm; 2 hr. 10 min.; ¥57-¥63), and Yangzhou (every 40 min. 6:50am-5:30pm; 2 hr. 30 min.; ¥62).

Getting Around

Taxis cost ¥8 for 3km (2 miles), then ¥2.30 per kilometer, then ¥2.80 per kilometer after 8km (5 miles). Public bus no. 1 (¥1) and tourist bus no. G1 (same fare) run from the railway station to Yuantouzhu. Bus no. 2 from the railway station stops at Xihui Gongyuan.

Tours & Guides

China Travel Service (CTS), located directly across from the railway station at Chezhan Lu 88 (tel. 0570/8230-3366; fax 0510/230-4143; 8am-6pm), can arrange customized tours around the city and to the pottery shops and caves in Yixing County.

Fast Facts

Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The Bank of China at Zhongshan Lu 258 conducts foreign exchange Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. An ATM is inside the bank.

Internet Access -- Broadband Internet access is available for ¥.50 per hour at the library, south of Tai Hu Guang Chang (tel. 0510/8575-7830, ext 8401; www.wxlib.cn; 9am-5pm). Dial-up is available at tel. 163.

Post Office -- There's a post office (7:30am-6:30pm) on Renmin Zhong Lu, west of Zhongshan Lu.

Visa Extensions -- The Gonganju (PSB) is located on the second floor at Chongning Lu 54 (tel. 0510/8270-6842) and is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 11:30am and 1:30 to 5:30pm (2:30-5:30pm July-Sept). Allow 5 business days.

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.