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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
Kmxu: Dec 1, IAH-HNL-GUM-HKG; Dec 3, HKG-HGH, Dec 4, PVG-SFO-IAD
X31: Dec 1, YUL-IAD-IAH; Dec 2, IAH-LAX-PVG; Dec 4, HGH-HKG-GUM-HNL; Dec 4, HNL-EWR-BTV.

January
Kewldude21: Jan 14 IAH-EWR-HKG Jan 16 HKG-HGH Jan 22 PVG-SFO-IAH
mpiotrow: Jan 21, ORD-SFO-KIX; Jan 23, KIX-HGH; Jan 24, HGH-HKG-GUM-HNL-DEN-YYZ

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
Kewldude21: Mar 22 IAH-EWR-HKG Mar 24 HKG-HGH Mar 28 HGH-PEK-SFO-IAH
flyme2: Mar 28, BTV-ORD-HKG; Mar 29: HKG-HGH; Apr 17: HKG-EWR-YUL
JetSetDave: Mar 29, EUG-SFO-HKG-HGH; April 3, PVG-SFO-EUG
Coeur 05: March 31, bos-sfo-hkg-pvg; April 5, PVG-lax-ord-yow

April
ttyl: Apr 01 BTV-IAD-EWR-HKG; Apr 02 HKG-HGH; Apr 04 PVG-SFO-IAD-LGA-YUL
Toronto1970: April 6, EWR-ORD-HKG-HGH; April 13, CTU-SFO-EWR-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

May
Kewldude21: May 3 IAH-SFO-HKG May 13 PEK-SFO-IAH


October
KMXU, Oct. 18, IAD-SFO-HKG-HGH, Oct. 25, PVG-SFO-IAD

November
KMXU, Nov. 14, ORD-HKG-XIY, Nov. 19, PEK-ORD
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Old Jun 29, 18, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by Redwood839 View Post
Yeah SkyScanner says the same, might be the actual date. Train is always fun.
Yeah, I've noticed that GF prices jump up from $116 to $238 starting on January 1...and I don't see any other $116 fares for as far out as I can book right now. Not sure what's going on with that!


Originally Posted by Redwood839 View Post
On a side note, has anyone been successful in getting a stamp while on the stops on the island hopper?
Regarding getting stamps, I seem to recall something in this other thread, but I can't remember for sure: UA - LAX-SFO-HIKA-Guam and return via UA Pacific Islands $442 <2.8cps

Or there's this thread also: UA's Micronesia Island Hopper - consolidated questions, advice
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Old Jul 1, 18, 2:31 am
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$479 from east coast (PHL)

Looking to book this as a cheap getaway to Asia. I live in the NYC area. Best I could find was $479 out of PHL and $484 out of BWI. This prices to $390 out of LAX.

I would prefer to go late January but had no luck finding anything. Also, anyone know if it's possible to go straight to mainland China on this itinerary on the outbound?

https://www.google.com/flights#flt=P...851*.USD.47851
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Old Jul 6, 18, 10:53 am
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Secretflying created a post today, from Canadian cities ( East: Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, West: Calgary, Vancouver) to Singapore, returning from Beijing for as low as $515 CDN (roughly $394 USD) on United/ANA.

https://www.secretflying.com/posts/c...cad-roundtrip/
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Old Jul 6, 18, 6:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Oj778 View Post
Secretflying created a post today, from Canadian cities ( East: Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, West: Calgary, Vancouver) to Singapore, returning from Beijing for as low as $515 CDN (roughly $394 USD) on United/ANA.

https://www.secretflying.com/posts/c...cad-roundtrip/
I see connecting from SIN to PEK is pricey and time consuming, direct flights are hundreds of dollars. I was able to get YEG-SIN for 800 all in, which seems like the better deal
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Old Jul 7, 18, 1:54 am
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I was looking at the SIN-PEK SF thing. You're right, PEK one ways are incredibly expensive. I did one of these earlier this year where I found a good deal on AC to fly into HK and out of PEK, I ended up using miles to fly on CX to the places I wanted to be.

I've been working tirelessly all day to try and find something that suits me to BKK/PNH/RGN/TPE and doesn't cost an arm and a leg between/to/from. There are options, but nothing nearly as cheap as the SF deal. If you wanna hit SIN and wanna visit PEK it's a good deal, because even at $200 that's still a good deal, but if you're not interested in either of those cities (and I'm not) then the triangle multi-city flight is stupid expensive unless you're just gonna use miles, which I don't really wanna do again.

You know what though, on second thought, if for some reason you needed a cheap 1-way to SIN or to PEK it's a good deal too. It's not exactly the same price PEK then ex-SIN but it's not that much more either. So that's an option for those that it applies to.
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Old Jul 7, 18, 11:54 am
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Originally Posted by drvannostren View Post
I was looking at the SIN-PEK SF thing. You're right, PEK one ways are incredibly expensive.
You can fly Scoot from SIN to TSN (Tianjin, near Beijing and still valid for Beijing 144h TWOV).
It's a direct flight for about 117 USD on a 787.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 5:59 pm
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The less troublesome deal may be Canada-Singapore round trip for $611 (google search; slightly higher on united.com). After about Oct. 28 when UA starts twice-daily SFO-SIN flights, you can have 14 hours on ground (arriving at 8:00 am and leaving at 10:00 pm). You can search YUL/YYZ/YOW-LAX, LAX-SIN, SIN-IAD, IAD-YUL/YYZ/YOW. For example, if you depart from YUL, you can get YUL-IAD-LAX-SFO-SIN-SFO-EWR-IAD-YUL to maximize your PQM. The cpm is about 2.6 with 500 min miles. Here is an example: https://www.google.com/flights#flt=Y...024*.USD.61024
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Old Jul 10, 18, 6:27 pm
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I saw the SIN round trip thing in my searching, started building there. It's pretty simple from YVR, but wanted to get a good price + 2 destinations I wanted to visit. TPE-RGN was where I landed, but flights between the two were like $250 CAD, which was the same reason I balked at SIN-PEK, hadn't thought of TSN, but even $117 USD + cost to PEK and spending a night (probably) in PEK I think I'm gonna end up with BKK-RGN. Good prices all around though, Air China isn't the greatest, but on the right days/routes you can find L fares OJ return from like $625ish CAD and those will credit 100% to AV, the crediting for CA flights is odd, some partners give them like 30-50% kinda across the board, then there's AV who give 100% on some and only 25% on others all within the lower bracket of fares.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 8:44 am
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Originally Posted by Kmxu View Post
The less troublesome deal may be Canada-Singapore round trip for $611 (google search; slightly higher on united.com). After about Oct. 28 when UA starts twice-daily SFO-SIN flights, you can have 14 hours on ground (arriving at 8:00 am and leaving at 10:00 pm). You can search YUL/YYZ/YOW-LAX, LAX-SIN, SIN-IAD, IAD-YUL/YYZ/YOW. For example, if you depart from YUL, you can get YUL-IAD-LAX-SFO-SIN-SFO-EWR-IAD-YUL to maximize your PQM. The cpm is about 2.6 with 500 min miles. Here is an example: https://www.google.com/flights#flt=Y...024*.USD.61024
Helpful post. Thanks!
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Old Jul 14, 18, 10:02 pm
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So...........there's no $300 trip to china here?
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Old Jul 15, 18, 1:35 am
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Originally Posted by drvannostren View Post
I saw the SIN round trip thing in my searching, started building there. It's pretty simple from YVR, but wanted to get a good price + 2 destinations I wanted to visit. TPE-RGN was where I landed, but flights between the two were like $250 CAD, which was the same reason I balked at SIN-PEK, hadn't thought of TSN, but even $117 USD + cost to PEK and spending a night (probably) in PEK I think I'm gonna end up with BKK-RGN. Good prices all around though, Air China isn't the greatest, but on the right days/routes you can find L fares OJ return from like $625ish CAD and those will credit 100% to AV, the crediting for CA flights is odd, some partners give them like 30-50% kinda across the board, then there's AV who give 100% on some and only 25% on others all within the lower bracket of fares.
CA L fare was a very high fare until April 2016 when it became a cheapo economy fare. Most *A partners updated their charts to reflect that but some like AV still have not. Since it has lasted so long it might continue for a while but note the possibility of it changing without much or any notice.
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Old Jul 15, 18, 7:01 am
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LAX-HKG, PEK-LAX, LAX-YYZ $339 over Thanksgiving

LAX-HKG, OJ, PEK-LAX, LAX-YYZ $339
https://goo.gl/flights/Tx1pH

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via EWR
https://goo.gl/flights/iP6e5

LAX-SGN, OJ PEK-LAX, LAX-YYZ $398
https://goo.gl/flights/ryh1D
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Old Jul 17, 18, 5:02 am
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It is amazing this has hung around for so long.
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Old Jul 17, 18, 9:37 pm
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I'm trying to find one that works for me both price wise & destination but just can't make it work.

Live in YVR, so ex-YVR/YYJ/SEA are all doable (PDX too, but not as easily). Wanna be in South East Asia (doesn't totally matter where, but BKK/RGN/PNH are on my list HKG/TPE work if it's their the only doable ones) from like Oct 24/25/26-Nov 4/5 then in DTW on Nov 6, I can always tack on a one way from DTW-YVR on Nov 7.

If anyone has the magic formula, feel free to link me. I've tried lots of machinations and can't come up with something that resembles the right price, maybe DTW is the sticking point, maybe originating in Canada is the sticking point.

The only other downer is the cost from XXX-PEK, can be kinda pricey, I've got enough miles from diff programs to do that though if need be. If I can find something on my own I'll post the result, but to this point, I haven't cracked the code yet, I had better luck with the HGH-PEK thing.
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Old Jul 18, 18, 2:08 am
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@drvannostren, just curious, you are able to do it with HGH-PEK OJ? if so you can find some cheap return flights from China to SE Asia on MH/Air Asia/Scoot. Sometimes CZ offers pretty decent deal for flight out of Shanghai and nearby area as well.

i'm unable to find deals transferring DTW so maybe the fare class to DTW is rare and high? probably worth going to ORD?
I'm also unable to find back-tracking deals... i remember somewhere above has posted about restriction on this? so you can't go back from ORD-YVR.

EDIT:here is one that back to YYZ from PNH:
https://www.google.com/flights/?gl=u...461*.USD.60461

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