Traveling Throughout China

It is very easy to travel by plane, train, bus, and car from Shanghai to other Chinese cities and villages. Within the following pages you will find various descriptions of destinations that students have chosen to see during past semesters at the NYU Shanghai program. These villages and cities within China include: Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Hangzhou, Hongcun, Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou, Xidi, Xitang, and Yangshuo.

A Large Country

One important thing to remember is that China is HUGE! While it is relatively easy to book flights or train rides, students often miscalculate the time that it will take to travel from Shanghai to other destinations. For example, the train ride from Shanghai to Beijing is approximately twelve hours non-stop; however, a flight from Shanghai to Beijing only takes about two hours and the high speed train is only four and a half hours. Keep these times in mind when you are planning weekend trips!

Plane and Train Travel

Making flight or train reservations can be somewhat tricky for students who have never traveled around China, as you may run into issues because of a language barrier. The NYU in Shanghai staff is happy to assist students who wish to purchase weekend travel tickets. However, make sure you ask for assistance at least a few weeks in advance to allow for processing time.

Planning Your Trip

Have an idea of sites you want to visit and things you want to do during your trip. Do some research on travel blogs and communities. You should ask friends and family who have traveled before about places they enjoyed the most. Read through site-specific guide books like Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Rough Guide, Rick Steves, or Frommers.

Book all travel far in advance. However, do not book anything until after the first week of classes. You may find there are NYU-sponsored trips already in place.

Last Minute Tips

  • Inform someone (your parents, the school, a friend) of your travel plans in case of emergency.
  • Make sure you have more than one source of money (e.g. cash and a credit card, or two credit cards)
  • Make a copy of your passport and a credit card and pack these to bring along with you.
  • Bring email confirmations of all reservations and arrangements you have made.
  • Write down the address of your destination to show to a local if you need help. Also, print out directions of how to get to that location.