Going to China

Health & Travel

See Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information on foreign travel and health, including a section on China.

What to Bring to China

The Society of America Travel Writers interviewed 10 professional travel writers to find out what they never leave home without.

  • Good walking shoes
  • A photocopy of the first page of your passport, carried separately from your passport
  • Plastic zip-lock baggies
  • Imodium
  • Photocopies of prescriptions for medications and eyeglasses you can't do without
  • A Swiss-army knife
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Your address book
  • Photocopies of your credit cards
  • Wheels or shoulder straps (i.e. backpack)

Travel light! When in doubt, don't take it.

Notes on Travel from Shanghai Pudong International Airport or Nanjing Lukou Airport

Shanghai Pudong Airport

There are two main ways to get from the Shanghai airport to Nanjing:

  1. Purchase a long distance bus ticket at the airport, which will take you to Gulou bus terminal in Nanjing, then take a short taxi ride to the University area.
  2. Take the airport shuttle to the Shanghai train station for approximately 15 kuai or a taxi for 200 kuai.
    • The "D" trains (dong che) get you to Nanjing in 2 hours, while the other trains take 3.5-4 hours. Sometimes it is worth staying overnight at a hostel and hopping on the "D" train the next morning if tickets are sold out.
    • If taking a train, be sure to get off the train at the Nanjing Train Station. From the train station you can hop on a taxi to the university or hostels (approximately 15-17 kuai). Be cautious of your surroundings.

*There is usually a taxi line at the airport and train station where passengers can hop a taxi. Please avoid hopping on taxis where the driver approaches you and offers to give you a good rate. Go straight to a taxi line and always make sure the meter is running.

**There will be individuals that offer to help you with your luggage (they usually expect a tip). Always use common sense in regards to your safety.

Nanjing Lukou Airport

If you are flying into Nanjing Lukou Airport (flying to Peking International then connecting to Nanjing Lukou), the taxi ride to Nanjing University or the hotels would be around 125-135 kuai. You can also opt to airport bus to Zhonghuamen metro station (25 kuai for the bus), then take a taxi to the hotels (approximately 15-20 kuai).

Passports and Visas

If you have not already, please be sure to apply for a passport as soon as possible. For more information on applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State Passport home.

As Flagship students studying abroad at Nanjing University, students will need to apply for a study X Visa. (X)Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for study, advanced studies or intern practice. Nanjing University will be sponsoring your visa from September through January, while Qingdao will be sponsoring the internship portion from February – May. Policies for applying visas have changed slightly so please be sure to check the embassy website frequently for updates. Generally, to apply for an X visa, students will need:

  1. Invitation Letter (to come from Nanjing University)
  2. JW 202 (to come from Nanjing University). Students will need to provide some required information to Zhang laoshi before she can provide the JW202.
  3. Visa application (please see below)
  4. Valid Passport
  5. Submit fees (subject to change)