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Transportation options from HGH to Hangzhou city center or PVG. Please add your name and your itinerary if you are interested in meeting other fellow FTers.
1) Taxi to Hangzhou city center, about 100 RMB ($15) for the entire party, not per person, walking from international terminal to domestic terminal (i.e., right turn after you get outside of the international terminal building), you will see taxi queue.
2) Shuttle bus, 20 RMB ($3), to Wulinmen CAAC Ticket Office or East Railway Station Line (two most popular options). The waiting hall for the shuttle bus is at Gate 10 (you can purchase ticket at Gate 14, too) Arrival Hall, on the first floor of the terminal building. Further details, see https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cit...ation.htm#hang
3) Shuttle from Hangzhou city center to PVG, 110 RMB, 3.5 hours: a) Wulinmen Ticket Office Central Hangzhou to PVG: (5:30, 6:10, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00)
b) Hangzhou Dragon Sports Center to PVG, 110 RMB, (7:00, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00
). Further details, see https://traveladept.com/bus-pudong-hangzhou/
4) Train from Hangzhou East station to Shanghai Hongqiao; less than 100 RMB (~1 hr); then you can take Subway Line #2 to PVG, ~10 RMB and 2 hrs; or shuttle bus (Airport Line #1), about 1 hr, 30 RMB ($4.5), every 15 - 25 minutes. The Hangzhou East ticketing windows are located on 1st Floor, EAST Area of the station. Please allow 20-30 minutes for walking to 2nd floor departure, and security check. The frequency of Hangzhou-Hongqiao trains is as good as that of subways in many US cities.
5) Getting cash at HGH The international terminal at HGH (where you arrive) only has an exchange vendor with hefty fees that is open limited hours. However, the adjacent domestic terminal has a bank ATM. To get to the entrance of the domestic terminal, exit the international terminal and keep walking right, past the taxi stand. Then enter and take the escalator to the second floor. The bank ATM will be on your left, next to the escalator.
6 Getting TWOV without issues The advice is to print out your itinerary, hotel reservation, etc., to speed up the procedure at the entry point in China. At SFO, the check-in agents were clueless, so be prepared to get there very early and fight for your boarding passes. Please read the last few pages on this thread for first-hand experiences. Good luck. There is a thread on FT for further details. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/china...hread-231.html

ATM To get to the entrance of the domestic terminal, exit the international terminal and keep walking right, past the taxi stand. Then enter and take the escalator to the second floor. The bank ATM will be on your left, next to the escalator.

Who are going? When for outbound and inbound? Routing from major hubs:
July

August
Quinlanty: Aug 3, ORD-HKG-HGH; Aug 7, PVG-LAX-SFO-IAH-ORD-YYZ (see post #284 for a brief report on TWOV procedure at HGH).

September
Kmxu: 1 Sept, IAD-HNL-GUM-, 3 Sept, GUM-PVG; 4 Sept, PVG-SFO-ORD
Quinlanty; Sep 1, IAD-HNL-GUM; Sept 3, GUM-PVG, Sep 4, PVG-SFO-ORD-YYZ
pushmyredbutton: Sept 1; SFO-HNL-GUM-HKG Sept 3rd: HKG-HGH, Sept 4th: PVG-SFO
X31: 8 Sept BTV-EWR-SFO-HKG-HGH; 11 Sept PVG-NRT; 12 Sept HND-SFO-IAH-EWR; 13 Sept EWR-YUL
Kmxu + 3: 9 Sept, IAD-SFO-HKG-HGH; 12 Sept, PVG-SFO-IAD
techdarko: 12 Sept, SFO-HKG; 14 Sept, HKG-HGH; 16 Sept, PVG-SFO
Quinlanty: Sep 14; SFO-HKG-HGH; Sep 18, PVG-SFO-YVR
bencanfly: Sep 14, SFO-HKG-HGH; Sep 18, PVG-SFO-IAD
tde211: Sept 17, SFO-HKG-HGH; Oct 18 - PVG-SFO-YVR
Fishleafer: Sep 20, SFO-HKG-HGH; Sep 26, PVG-SFO-YVR
X31: 21 Sept BTV-EWR-HNL-GUM-HKG; 23 Sept HKG-HGH; 25 Sept PVG-SFO-IAH-EWR; 26 Sept EWR-YUL
985X: Sept 22, LAX-SFO-HKG; Sept 23, HKG-HGH; Sept 25, PVG-LAX; Sept 26, LAX-YVR
flyingstudent: Sept 23: SFO-HGH
netoreisinger: 30 Sept, BOS-EWR-HKG-HGH; 4 Oct, PVG-SFO-ORD-YUL

October
gba: Oct 22, SFO-HKG-HGH; Oct 29: PVG-NRT-SEA-YVR
beyounged: Oct 24, SAN-SFO-HKG, Oct 26, HKG-HGH, Nov 8, PVG-HND-YVR
as219: Oct 26, LGA-ORD-HKG (+1); Oct 30: HKG-SFO-EWR-YUL (+1)
X31: 26 Oct BTV-ORD-HKG; 28 Oct HKG-HGH; 30 Oct PVG-SFO; 31 Oct SFO-ORD-YUL
riphamilton +1: Oct 27, BOS-EWR-HNL-GUM-HKG (+1); Oct 30: HKG-GUM-NRT; Oct 31: NRT-ORD-YUL

November
Quinlanty: Nov 3, BOS-EWR-HKG-HGH; Nov 6, HGH-SFO-IAH-ORD-YYZ
pushmyredbutton: Nov 19: BDL-ORD-HKG-HGH, Nov 27 HGH HKG-SFO-(YVR)

December

January

February

March
flyer777lr: Mar 20, DEN-HNL-GUM; Mar 23, GUM-KIX (NH)-HGH; Mar 26, HGH-HKG-GUM-HNL; Mar 27, HNL-EWR-YYZ
mtndave47: Mar 29, EUG-SFO-HKG-HGH; April 3, PVG-SFO-YVR (YVR-SFO-EUG)

April
Toronto1970: April 6, EWR-ORD-HKG-HGH; April 13, CTU-SFO-IAH-IAD-YYZ
Exiled in Express: April 18, ORD-HKG-HGH; April 30, WUH-NRT-SEA-YVR
X31: Apr. 28 : BTV-EWR-HKG-HGH; May 1st : PVG-KIX; May 15th : ITM-HND-YVR-YYJ
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Old Jul 2, 17, 7:07 pm   #1
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UA, USA to China OJ from $303 ai

Some good open Jaw fares with throwaway segments to YVR.

Example routing is EWR-HKG-CAN // PVG-SFO-YVR

Transpacific legs on UA only, but able to route creativity, try adding stopovers in Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, or elsewhere in China. Works from East Coast and secondary airports too.

Here is an example. Enter manually on UA.bomb multi city tool for $5-10 lower price than google flights.

https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...9,SFOYVR0UA316

Also the Dragonair flight from HKG-CAN should be 'missable' without canceling the rest of your itinerary, just get a boarding pass at HKG for the flight.
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Old Jul 2, 17, 7:43 pm   #2
  
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Also the Dragonair flight from HKG-CAN should be 'missable' without canceling the rest of your itinerary, just get a boarding pass at HKG for the flight.[/QUOTE]

Wow.. That's a risky suggestion! I know for sure that trick doesn't work with the US airlines. Do you know for sure that would work with Dragonair?
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Old Jul 2, 17, 8:02 pm   #3
  
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Wow - very interesting. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old Jul 2, 17, 8:06 pm   #4
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Remember that if you arrive at CAN and leave from PVG or VV you can only do the 24 hour TWOV, even if you route through a third country in one direction as in this example.
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Works from SFO too, for $328.
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For a few dollars more choose YUL as the final destination and jump off in EWR; back where you may have started.
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Old Jul 2, 17, 11:56 pm   #7
  
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works for HGH for even less from SFO, got 273 for SFO-HKG-HGH//PEK-SFO-YVR
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If someone needs miles, for $292, https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...0,SFOYVR0UA784 gives you a lot of miles with essentially one day between Hangzhou and Shanghai; an hour ride on high speed rail. Plus China visa fee.
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Also the Dragonair flight from HKG-CAN should be 'missable' without canceling the rest of your itinerary, just get a boarding pass at HKG for the flight.
I actually wouldn't suggest this? Not appearing for any segment on an itinerary will cancel all downstream segments.

Can we get any commentary from people that have actually done this with DragonAir/UA?
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Old Jul 3, 17, 11:44 am   #10
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I actually wouldn't suggest this? Not appearing for any segment on an itinerary will cancel all downstream segments.

Can we get any commentary from people that have actually done this with DragonAir/UA?
Yes. Basically you want to put as close a connection as possible at HKG. For example from EWR it's a 70 min connection. Then go through customs slowly and 'miss' your flight. Then alert UA you missed the connection and are getting 'different transportation' to CAN, HGH, etc, they will delete that segment and not cancel the itinerary. They might even compensate / refund you for the missed flight.
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.....For example from EWR it's a 70 min connection. Then go through customs slowly and 'miss' your flight............They might even compensate / refund you for the missed flight.
I hope you are joking. Compensation for missing flight on purpose?
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If someone needs miles, for $292, https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...0,SFOYVR0UA784 gives you a lot of miles with essentially one day between Hangzhou and Shanghai; an hour ride on high speed rail. Plus China visa fee.
This good stuff; shorter trip, lower price. If this originated in the NE I would jump on it.
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Any other dates? Anything in August?
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Yes. Basically you want to put as close a connection as possible at HKG. For example from EWR it's a 70 min connection. Then go through customs slowly and 'miss' your flight. Then alert UA you missed the connection and are getting 'different transportation' to CAN, HGH, etc, they will delete that segment and not cancel the itinerary. They might even compensate / refund you for the missed flight.
How do you contact UA at HKG about your "missed" connection, especially with no Hong Kong mobile phone service?
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Old Jul 3, 17, 4:36 pm   #15
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How do you contact UA at HKG about your "missed" connection, especially with no Hong Kong mobile phone service?
Wifi and Twitter.
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