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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 Jul 18, 18, 4:57 am
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This is turning into the NH deal that was alive 2 year ago haha!
2 years ago, NH had: LAX-SIN/CGK/BKK-YVR/YYZ/YYC for sub 400, I cannot find that thread now, but it has been half-alive ever since. So I and my family did LAX-BKK, SHA-HND-YVR for 340USD each. However, later I did some research, SEA is also possible for NH but also this UA deal a few months ago. SEA-SFO-HKG-HGH, SHA-HND-SFO-YVR. I personally took one last year: SAN-SFO-HKG-HGH, PVG-HND-YVR.
Here I include one that is modified from what shek3112 put down, and remember: GF is really wonky with this deal. If you see UA being 3k+ when you first search, do not fret, click on it and then when it realized the deal can be combined with KA flights, the price renews to sub 600 usually.
https://goo.gl/flights/iyyS8
I used SHA because I personally hate using PVG for morning flights: 70+USD for taxi from my house!
and I personally think the NH deal is a different thing. Both of these deals have been around for years.
https://goo.gl/flights/gspfS
this is LAX-CGK, PEK-YYZ for 406.
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Old Jul 19, 18, 9:33 am
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Just wanted to say, if anyone would like to meet up in PVG, please PM!
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Old Jul 19, 18, 12:43 pm
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LAX/SFO-HKG return PEK-YYZ $324

I am sure many versions of this have been posted already, But at $324 and all on UA metal, it is tough to pass for those who are looking for the miles at a low cpm.
https://goo.gl/flights/MGqhz

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Old Jul 21, 18, 8:59 am
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Took advantage of this for the third time in a row now! A friend and I have booked this itinerary (https://goo.gl/flights/HWzD2) for $335. It looks like it has since gone up to $509. Plan on spending a couple nights in HKG then on to BKK for the rest of the trip. We were able to snag some really cheap Air Asia fares out of HKG then to PEK for the flight home.
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Old Jul 21, 18, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by dihydrogen_monoxide View Post
Took advantage of this for the third time in a row now! A friend and I have booked this itinerary (https://goo.gl/flights/HWzD2) for $335. It looks like it has since gone up to $509. Plan on spending a couple nights in HKG then on to BKK for the rest of the trip. We were able to snag some really cheap Air Asia fares out of HKG then to PEK for the flight home.
I've never found the cheap flights to PEK, but also where are you based? Being based in YVR it kinda helps cuz it seems to have to be a cross border OJ. But it's also not as cheap... but when you add in the Air Asia flight, then whatever you have to pay to either get to LAS + hotel if the time doesn't line up right, or from YUL-your home base or whatever, is it still cheap?
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Old Jul 29, 18, 8:22 pm
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Originally Posted by drvannostren View Post
I've never found the cheap flights to PEK, but also where are you based? Being based in YVR it kinda helps cuz it seems to have to be a cross border OJ. But it's also not as cheap... but when you add in the Air Asia flight, then whatever you have to pay to either get to LAS + hotel if the time doesn't line up right, or from YUL-your home base or whatever, is it still cheap?
I could never find the cheap ones to HKG! Being in Phoenix is a pain since it ups the price, but finding ~$590 for PHX->SFO->NRT->PEK and back seems like a decent run to me. About to book it.
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Old Jul 29, 18, 8:45 pm
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I could never find the cheap ones to HKG! Being in Phoenix is a pain since it ups the price, but finding ~$590 for PHX->SFO->NRT->PEK and back seems like a decent run to me. About to book it.
You got that price without having to do open jaw? That's pretty damn good. Getting to PEK from anywhere seemed pretty pricey. I did an OJ trip with AC, but I used miles to travel between HKG-BKK then LCC to CGK, then miles CGK-PEK. I always assume there's LCC flights, but forget that it's mostly within south east asia, not so much further north.

If you can link to the deal you've found, lemme know. Might be something I wanna partake in at some point.
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Old Jul 30, 18, 2:59 pm
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Originally Posted by FLA77 View Post
I am sure many versions of this have been posted already, But at $324 and all on UA metal, it is tough to pass for those who are looking for the miles at a low cpm.
https://goo.gl/flights/MGqhz
That's insanely cheap! Nice find.
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Old Jul 30, 18, 3:49 pm
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Totally agree. The fare has lasted for a long time except only for West Coast.
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Old Jul 30, 18, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by FLA77 View Post
I am sure many versions of this have been posted already, But at $324 and all on UA metal, it is tough to pass for those who are looking for the miles at a low cpm.
https://goo.gl/flights/MGqhz
Another option: Change origin from LAX to ORD and get almost the same fare.
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Old Aug 3, 18, 8:35 am
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maybe not the best thread to ask this but:

Does anyone know of a good company to get a dummy booking from? I need to get a Canadian visa, as it looks like I'll be asked for one in PEK on departure. Although my flight terminates in Canada, I'll be hopping off at LAX. I'm Costa Rican so I need a visa.

I could buy a ticket, get the reservation and cancel within 24 hours but I'm afraid they might check for it's validity. I've heard of people using dummy bookings to get their visa's before they book, but I can't find a reputable source. Don't feel like putting $1800 on refundable tickets, as in Costa Rica it takes north of 40 days to get your money back.
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Old Aug 3, 18, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Redwood839 View Post
maybe not the best thread to ask this but:

Does anyone know of a good company to get a dummy booking from? I need to get a Canadian visa, as it looks like I'll be asked for one in PEK on departure. Although my flight terminates in Canada, I'll be hopping off at LAX. I'm Costa Rican so I need a visa.

I could buy a ticket, get the reservation and cancel within 24 hours but I'm afraid they might check for it's validity. I've heard of people using dummy bookings to get their visa's before they book, but I can't find a reputable source. Don't feel like putting $1800 on refundable tickets, as in Costa Rica it takes north of 40 days to get your money back.
If you have a 1K friend, ask him/her to book an award ticket for you. There is no cancellation fees for 1K.
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Old Aug 9, 18, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Kmxu View Post
If you have a 1K friend, ask him/her to book an award ticket for you. There is no cancellation fees for 1K.
For anyone's interest.

I ended up booking a ticket with 24 hour farelock and submitted that in. I thought they would ask me to apply for a tourist visa because I was on two different itineraries into canada/out of canada within 3 hours of each.

Submitted application Monday afternoon, received approval today with request for passport. All went well.
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Last question which is maybe not related to the MR, but it might help future travelers:

My Chinese 1 entry tourist visa was approved. In my application I put in entry date of Nov 10. When I picked up today it said entry BEFORE November 7th. I told the lady at the consulate and she said it was fine as long as it was in november. Concerned that CZ is going to act up because of it and the actual entry into the country.
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Old Aug 13, 18, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Redwood839 View Post
Last question which is maybe not related to the MR, but it might help future travelers:

My Chinese 1 entry tourist visa was approved. In my application I put in entry date of Nov 10. When I picked up today it said entry BEFORE November 7th. I told the lady at the consulate and she said it was fine as long as it was in november. Concerned that CZ is going to act up because of it and the actual entry into the country.
Assuming you got a 10 year visa, are you sure it doesn't say "Enter before 07NOV2028"? I have a China which has "Issue date 26MAR2015" and also says "Enter before 26MAR2025" because it's a 10 year visa.
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