Changzhou really is a local, growing city in China and a true taste of what a typical small city in China looks like.
With a beautiful temple and pagoda, Changzhou is a growing city with a host of bars and restaurants to enjoy. A trend of theme parks has risen in Changzhou, leading the resorts such as the Dinosaur Park and Joyland; a gaming-themed park with Disney and Universal Studio influences.
Hostel/Budget rates – ¥90 – ¥110 for double rooms; hostels are less common in a smaller city like Changzhou.
Midrange Hotel rates – ¥250 to ¥400 for double rooms.
Luxury Hotel rates – ¥500+ for more luxurious hotels.
Transport – Air-con buses cost ¥2 to ¥3 to travel around the city. Taxi’s and Didi’s (China’s Uber) will cost around ¥7 – ¥20 for journeys across the city centre and around ¥100 for longer trips (30-40 minutes) to the theme parks.
Average cost of food – Street and food markets serve up traditional dishes from ¥10, with local restaurants serving lunch and dinners from ¥30-¥200. Excellent upscale restaurants and western restaurants will charge upwards of ¥300.
Where to stay
Hostel/Budget – Meeting Youth Hostel is a popular and cheap option, with dorm beds costing ¥88 or you may choose to stay at the Jinjiang Inn Tianning Temple; double rooms cost around ¥120, it’s in a great location and is good value for money.
Midrange – The Ramada chain hotels are great choices in China and the Ramada Changzhou North Hotel in Changzhou is one of my favourites with rooms costing around ¥300. For a similar price, you can also stay at the Holiday Inn Express Changzhou Lanling.
Top End – The Sheraton is a luxury hotel in the city centre, with rooms starting at ¥640. For those looking to splurge and have a relaxing time, the Meijie Mountain Hotspring Resort is a gorgeous choice in the mountains.
How to get there
Fly – Changzhou Benniu Airport is the nearest airport to the city and offers a few flights a day; mostly domestic.
Train – Use Ctrip to book a train to Changzhou; a short journey away from Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing. You can also catch a high-speed train from Beijing (5 hours) and Xi’an (6 hours).
Taxi’s or Didi’s are the quickest and most convenient way to get around Changzhou. Download the Didi app on your phone; it works similarly to Uber, is cheap and in English.