Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is where we use to depart home to Singapore during our Zhejiang and Jiangsu travel. The airport is about 30 km from our Huachen International Hotel in Hangzhou city near West Lake. Our China high-speed train travel cover cities of Shanghai, Suzhou, Yiwu (Hengdian), and Hangzhou. We first arrived at Shanghai Airport and the catch the China High-Speed train to travel around these few cities then depart back home from Hangzhou Airport.
I usually will blog about the airport that I have traveled to and review it.
The airport is pretty new and clean, opened only in the year 2000. It has three terminals 1,2 and 3. Terminal 1 and 3 are for domestic service, terminal 2 is home for all the international services.
We catch the airport express bus to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. We were lucky to book a hotel room at Huachen International Hotel which enables us to purchase an airport bus ticket just right next door to the hotel. The airport bus also picks up the passenger right in front of Huachen International Hotel. It’s only cost about RMB 20 for an adult. If you are a foreigner, you cannot purchase a ticket from the ticketing machines but have to go to the counter to show your ID (passport). Local Chinese can just purchase the ticket from the ticketing machines with their Chinese ID and mobile payment (Wechat or Alipay).
It is a comfortable air-conditional big bus and the bus did not stop anywhere but go directly to the International and Domestic terminal of Hangzhou Airport. The bus will first arrive at the International Airport and then follow by the domestic airport.
Hangzhou Airport operates 86 domestic cities and for international flights, it covers up to 35 international cities including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok.
Similar to other airports, you have to arrive at least 2 hours before your departure. Go check-in at the counter then you can walk around the airport for food and souvenirs.
After we have done the check-in, we go find some food to eat. Several food courts are available at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, giving passengers several options such as restaurants, cafes, and fast-food outlets.
The are KFC and Mcdonals in the airport, so if you are missing some fast food, go check the Chinese version of KFC. Try their specialty, Lao Beijing Dragon twist. It is so yummy. We love it so much that we have to order again to bring up to the aircraft to eat.
There are few restaurants to choose from and we choose one that serves Meicai with Pork Belly. Tasted not too bad and it cost about RMB 40.00 (SGD 8.00)
We also ordered a warm dessert and a cold drink.
The duty-free shopping is huge here, you can choose the international brand of perfumes and cosmetics here.
Other facilities are banking, internet access, public phones, pharmacies, first aid services, wheelchair services, ATMs and post office.
Hangzhou International Airport is clean and neat with sufficient lightings. It is a pleasant feeling when you enter the airport. The toilet is also clean and I think that is quite important as it gives an impression to the tourists. It also offers a good choice of Chinese restaurants and a few fast-food chains such as KFC and Mcdonalds.
The passport control is also efficient and we do not have to wait very long to clear the queue. Overall, I have a pretty good impression of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.