Nanjing Travel Advice, Information and Directory
|Health Care||Accessing Money|
|Book Shops||Visa Extensions|
|Internet Access||Postal Services|
|Phone Services||Plane/Train Tickets|
Health, Doctors, Pharmacies, Dentists in Nanjing
There are plenty of pharmacies around Nanjing and there shouldn’t be any trouble finding one (although communication at pharmacies can be difficult).
If you need medical attention your best bet is the International SOS Clinic which has doctors who speak English, German and Chinese:
Address: 319 Zhongshan Dong Lu (1st Floor of the Grand Metropark Hotel).
Tel: (025) 8480 2842.
Open: Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00, Sat: 9:00-12:00.
Should you have problems with your teeth, the Dan-De Dental Clinic has an English-speaking service:
Accessing Money in Nanjing
ATMs that accept foreign cards are plentiful in Nanjing and ATMs almost always have a choice between English or Chinese operating language. Occasionally you will encounter an ATM that doesn’t accept foreign cards, but you can always rely on Bank of China or ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) ATMs which are plentiful enough. Just look for the logo of your particular card (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, etc) on the ATM.
The Bank of China can always exchange money. There’s a convenient location at #148 Zhongshan Nan Lu (right by Xinjiekou subway station).
Book Shops in Nanjing
Foreign Languages Bookstore
This is the best bet in town for English-language reading material. It features a good range of classics, some modern fiction, Lonely Planet travel guides, maps and not a lot else.
Address: 218 Zhongshan Dong Lu (on the south-west corner of the intersection with Taiping Nan Lu). Open: 9:00-19:00.
Visa Extensions in Nanjing
Internet Access in Nanjing
All hotels and hostels in Nanjing will have some form of internet access. Almost all hotels of 3 star or higher classification have in-room internet access, which can be used if you’re traveling with a laptop. Many hotels provide this service for free while others charge anywhere from $5-$15 per day, depending on the hotel. Hotels will also have a business center with internet access as well as a printer.
Internet cafes are common in Nanjing, however, most have no English signs to identify them. Internet cafe is ‘wangba’ in Chinese and luckily these characters are quite distinctive (网吧). Keep your eye out for those characters when seeking an internet cafe.
Post Offices and Courier Services in Nanjing
The Chinese postal service is generally quite efficient. Postcards or letters sent from Nanjing will usually take around 7 or 8 working days to reach North America, Europe or Australia. Parcels will take a bit longer. If you need things to be sent urgently then you can use one of the international courier services.
There are plenty of post offices around. The main post office is at #2 Zhongyang Lu (right by Gulou subway station) while another convenient location is on the corner of Guangzhou Lu and Shanghai Lu (Subway: Zhujiang Lu; Open 8:30-17:30). China Post also offers an Express Mail Service which is a cheaper alternative to using international courier companies. In addition to postal services it is also possible to make Western Union transfers at these branches.
A number of international courier companies have offices in Nanjing. With a courier service, a letter will take about three or four days to reach North America, Europe or Australasia and cost around $50 to send. Packages will cost more, depending on their weight.
Address: 135-3 Daming Lu.
Tel: (025) 5261 7168.
Address: Lukou International Airport, Commodity Inspection Building, 4th Floor
Tel: (025) 5248 2639
Phone Calls To and From Nanjing
The international phone code of China is “86″ and the area code of Nanjing is “025″.
If you call to Nanjing from abroad, you should dial the international access number (usually 00 or “+”), then the code for China “86″, then the code for Nanjing without the ‘0’ (25), and then the 8-digit city number.
If you call to Nanjing from inside China, then dial the full Nanjing code (025), and then the 8-digit city number.
If you dial a Nanjing number inside Nanjing, just dial the 8-digit number, without any prefixes. Note that if you call a Nanjing landline from a mobile phone while in Nanjing, you should include the ‘025’ prefix.
For international calls, IP (Internet Phone) international calling cards can be bought at most small shops, newsstands and hotels. Just look for a sign saying “IP”. A card with ¥100 credit actually sells for about ¥35 (some vendors will try to charge you ¥40). Rates vary depending on what country you’re calling, but a card with ¥100 credit will generally buy you about 20-25 minutes talking time when calling to the US, Europe or Australia.
If you plan to stay in Nanjing for a longer period it is reasonably cheap to buy a SIM card with one of the local operators: China Mobile or China Unicom. A SIM card usually costs around ¥100-120 and generally includes ¥50 credit. You also pay more depending on how ‘lucky’ your phone number is. Average call charges are ¥0.6 per minute and ¥0.15 per SMS. Once you move outside the city where you bought the card you have to pay slightly higher ‘internal roaming’ charges.
Buying Train Tickets and Plane Tickets in Nanjing
Airline tickets can be bought at the CAAC office at #180 Hanzhong Lu or through any hotel or travel agency.
As an alternative to joining the long queues at the train station to buy tickets, there are a number of agencies around Nanjing that sell train tickets for a mere ¥5 commission. Contacts for one conveniently located agency are below (note that they don’t speak English):
Nanjing Online Resources
Nanjing International: The official government website, it’s fairly dry and is mainly concerned with economic news and government affairs. However, it does offer some limited tourist information in the “Life” section (restaurants, hotels, etc).
Hello Nanjing: This is a good website to check out for restaurant and nightlife listings. It also has some good information about sightseeing and things to do in Nanjing.