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Hangzhou

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province and its political, economic and cultural center. With enchanting natural beauty and abundant cultural heritages, Hangzhou is known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ and one of China’s most important tourist venues.

Location

Hangzhou is located in northern Zhejiang province, eastern China, at the southern end of the Grand Canal of China, on the plain of the mid-lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The prefecture- level region of Hangzhou extends west to the border with the hilly-country Anhui Province, and east to the flat-land near Hangzhou Bay. The city center is built around the eastern and northern sides of the West Lake, just north of the Qiantang River.

Weather

Hangzhou’s climate is Humid Subtropical with four distinctive seasons, characterised by long, very hot, humid summers and short, chilly, cloudy and dry winters (with occasional snow). The average annual temperature is 16.5C, ranging from 4.3C in January to 28.4C in July. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 1,450 millimetres and is affected by the Plum Rains of the Asian Monsoon in June. In late summer (August to September), Hangzhou, along with other cities in Zhejiang province, suffer typhoon storms, but typhoons seldom strike it directly. Generally they make land along the southern coast of Zhejiang, and affect Hangzhou with strong winds and stormy rains.

Below is the climate graph for Hangzhou in China. It shows both the average temperatures throughout the year in degrees Celsius and also the average total rainfall in millimetres.

Transport

Hangzhou is well served by an extensive public bus and trolleybus network and an excellent citywide bike rental system. A brand new subway system is due to open at the end of the year. Hangzhou is also ideally located to make excursions to other parts of China. Shanghai is less than an hour away by high-speed train and the surrounding area is home to some of China’s most beautiful scenery.



Chongqing

Chongqing is a sprawling municipality at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in southwestern China. In the city center, the large, domed Great Hall of the People complex stands above pedestrianized People’s Square. On the other side of the square, the Three Gorges Museum features artifacts from the construction of the Three Gorges Dam as well as ancient art.

Location

The city of Chongqing is situated at 105°17’and 28°10′. It is a part of the Chongqing municipality which sits within the Sichuan Basin in the central area of China surrounded by Shaanxi, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, and Guizhou provinces. Topographically, Chongqing lies at the point where the heights of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau give way to the plains of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze.

Weather

Chongqing weather is as follows: early spring, hot summer, cool autumn and warm winter, with a long frost-free period and abundant rainfall. In summer, the temperature can reach up to 40°C (104 °F), so Chongqing together with Nanjing and Wuhan are known as the ‘three furnace cities’ in China. Spring and winter are recommended as the optimum time to tour Chongqing.
Every year when spring is yielding to summer, there is a great amount of night rain, and thus the city is famous for its “night rain in the Ba Mountains”. On average, Chongqing has about 100 foggy days annually, so it is also famous as the ‘capital of fog’.

Transport

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is about twenty-one kilometers northeast of Chongqing in Lianglu Town, Yubei District.
CRT Metro Line 3 connects the airport to the centre of Chongqing, the airport station is accessible from the domestic terminal (from the international terminal it either a 10 minutes walk or a ride by free shuttle bus).
Buses also depart from the ground level of the terminal to Shangqisi Lu, Yuzhong, in central Chongqing.
Taxi to downtown of Chongqing would cost about 40-80RMB. Airport Shuttle Bus Airport Shuttle Buses are easily accessible at Terminal 2. There are two different stops, when you stand on line, please see clearly.