Travel to, and in, China

Getting to China

China is easy to reach by air. But, by the time you leave home it will probably be even easier as China is opening new airports every week. And, being located 30 minutes from Beijing, you’ll be able to explore the country with ease. Local transport is cheap and plentiful. You can take the subway across town for cheaper than a pint of milk in the UK.

Travelling in China

The easiest way for you to reach Nankai University is to fly to Tianjin Binhai International airport (TSN). You can fly direct from East Asia (South Korea, Japan) or South East Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore). From elsewhere in the world you might need to transfer at one of the major international hub airports like Shanghai or Guangzhou or a city outside of China. Once you land at TSN, collect your luggage and head out to the arrivals hall. You’ll spot us in our bright red INTO t-shirts, waiting for you with your name on one of our branded signboards. Then it’s just a 30-minute transfer to your accommodation where you can unpack and freshen up.

Although we would recommend flying to Tianjin, you may find a more suitable flight to Beijing Capital International Airport. There’s a longer ground transfer involved and you’ll need to take a pre-arranged taxi for around RMB 1000 which you’ll need to pay in cash to the driver. We won’t be able to personally meet you at Beijing Capital Airport, but the taxi driver will inform us when you arrive on campus so we can help you with check-in. Alternatively you can take the Airport bus. There is usually an English-speaking member of staff on duty, who can help you buy your ticket to Tianjin bus station. The ride takes 2.5-3 hours to Tianjin bus station, and then you’ll need to take a taxi to your accommodation.

Travelling around China

Getting around town is easy in China. You’ll find taxis cheap and plentiful. Buses stop right outside the campus gates. The four-line subway can get you across town, bypassing all the traffic. If you’re unsure how to say your destination in Chinese, make sure you have the Chinese characters written down. Our WeChat account will give you some popular locations, or you can stop by the office and we’ll help you. Your campus ID card doubles up as a city transportation card. You can use it on the subway and buses.

Cycling is very popular in China. Most major roads in Tianjin have dedicated cycle lanes. It’s not just a means for getting across town – the Nankai campus is bigger than you might be expecting. Jumping on a bike will get you across campus in no time at all. Take care when biking through the city – you’ll share the cycle lanes with electric scooters too.

Want to see more of China while you’re here? Tianjin is so well connected to the local airport, or to Beijing by a 30-minute bullet train. You’ll be able to take internal trains and flights to get you to other parts of China for a trip at the weekend. There’s so much to see. You’re in a great place to start.

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