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About

Jinhua is a prefecture-level city in central Zhejiang province in eastern China. It borders the provincial capital of Hangzhou to the northwest, Quzhou to the southwest, Lishui to the south, Taizhou to the east, and Shaoxing to the northeast. Its population was 5,361,572 at the 2010 census including 1,077,245 in the built-up area made of two urban districts.

TRANSPORTATION

Air: Located 5.5 km northwest of the center of Jinhua, Yiwu Airport is dual military-civilian airport.  Yiwu was originally a military airport that underwent extensive expansions to support the growing city of Jinhua.  With its convenient location Yiwu airport is your best bet for long range travel

Train: Jinhua is a commercial railway hub for all of east China.  There are only 2 public train lines within the city, so using a taxi would be easier to access more of the city. 

Bus: The buses in Jinhua only travel to other cities, so taking a taxi would be more efficient way to explore Jinhua.

Taxi: The taxis in Jinhua are usually green or blue and contain over 1400 in their fleet.  The taxi system is your best bet to travel around Jinhua, and most taxi drivers have an excellent understanding of the surrounding area.

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Shopping:

Jinhua is known for its variety of small local shoppes.  Yiwu small commodity market is one of the best ways to buy and trade for small and authentic goods. Bargaining is commonplace in China for small trinkets at local vendors, so brushing up on a few Chinese phrases will set you apart from the rest of the crowd to secure the cheapest price.  Dongmen Market is a popular location in Jinhua to buy local produce and trinkets, so if you enjoy connecting with the local population while finding a good deal it is a must-see.

 

Food and Drink:

Jinhua ham is a very popular dish found in Jinhua.  Dating back to the Song Dynasty, this traditional meat can be found at local food markets or at Saba, a highly rated restaurant found in Jinhua.

The bar and nightclub scene in Jinhua are usually found in hotels.  Luxury hotels such as the Yiwu International Mansion Hotel and The Legend Hotel are known for their wide assortments of drinks after a long night.

The phoenix egg is considered a delicacy in Jinhua, and is known for its nutritious values.  From this it is considered to be a good cure for migraines, and even gained the name from a Chinese Emperor visiting Jinhua.  Phoenix eggs can be found at local street vendors throughout Jinhua.

 

There are also many dishes particular to Hangzhou that you should check out and try:

 Phoenix egg

Phoenix egg

 Jinhua Ham

Jinhua Ham

 Jinhua Beef Noodles

Jinhua Beef Noodles

 Mt. Jiufeng Scenic Resort

Mt. Jiufeng Scenic Resort

 Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Hangzhou, Quzhou, and Jiaxing are all cities close to Lishui.  They are certainly worth visiting.