|Taizhou  is a city in Jiangsu. The 2010 census counted its population at 725,600, living in two urban districts, Hailing and Gaogang. Hailing is north of Gaogang and is the main business and commercial hub of the city.
Taizhou Railway Station is a modern station, located 12 km north east of Taizhou city centre. Local bus 26 (¥2) runs into downtown, taking around 30 minutes. A taxi costs approximately 30 CNY. The station is simple enough to use - there are 2 waiting rooms spread over 2 floors (2nd and 3rd floor) and 3 platforms. Taizhou is on the newly opened Nanjing-Nantong railway line and is served by approximately 6 trains per day in each direction - most just run between Nanjing (2 hours, ¥13 hard-seat) and Nantong but a handful are K-trains continuing to Shanghai - there are also daily connections to Guangzhou (26 hours) and Beijing (15 hours). The ticket office is fairly quiet at most times and you never have to wait more than 5 minutes, although the staff don't speak English.
Taizhou Bus Passenger Transport Station (+86 523 8688 3786) is located at 2 Qingnian South Road, Hailing, Taizhou, Jiangsu. This bus station is the largest long distance bus station and has regular buses going to Nanjing, Nantong, Yancheng, Yangzhou etc. as well as less frequent services to other provinces including Beijing. There are approximately 7 buses daily between Taizhou and Shanghai.
Yangzhou Taizhou Airport (IATA: YTY, ICAO: ZSYA) is a domestic airport serving the cities of Yangzhou and Taizhou in China's Jiangsu Province. It is located 35 kilometers north west of Hailing District in Taizhou. A taxi from the airport to Hailing District costs approximately 100 CNY. Destinations include Beijing-Capital, Harbin, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Xi'an and Chengdu.
Taking a bus is relatively simple. Most buses are ¥1 although the 26 to the train station is ¥2. The fare is written on the fare box and exact change is required. Most buses run from 5am to 10pm. Schedules are in Chinese only as are the on-board announcements; although if you have a basic knowledge of Chinese they're easy to follow.
Taxis are plentiful and cheap with flagfall starting at ¥8.
Riding a bike can be a fast, fun and relatively safe way of travelling. Many roads have dedicated bike lanes but beware of everything from motorbikes to buses encroaching on your territory. For locals, bicycles are slowly being eclipsed by electric scooters but they still remain an easy means of transportation for visitors. Whilst not as prevalent as in bigger cities, bike theft does occur so make sure your ride is locked up safely. Helmets are optional but recommended. Bicycles can be purchased in several locations including Lotte Mart, Jichuan East Road, Hailing. Many bicycle and electric scooter shops are located on Qingnian North Road, near Wuyi Road.
Walking around Taizhou can be a pleasant experience. As with all of China, right-of-way is effectively proportional to weight: vehicles trump motorbikes, motorbikes trump pedestrians. Motorbikes and bicycles can come from any direction. Avoid unpredictable movements while walking and crossing streets. Drivers predict your future location from your speed & direction. Taishan Park in Hailing district is a popular venue for walking while safely removed from the traffic on the streets. Taishan Park is 1.5 km south west of Pozi Street Commercial Pedestrian Street.
Hailing district is the main business and commercial hub of the city. Shopping is concentrated in the blocks bordered by Dongjin Road to the north and Jichuan Road to the south. Qingnian Road forms the western boundary for most shoppers while the eastern boundary stretches at a push to Gulou Road.
There are many restaurants throughout the city to suit all tastes and budgets. Taizhou Wanda Plaza has the biggest concentration of restaurants although some of the western themed restaurants are geared towards Chinese palates and may not appeal to western tastes.
Nightlife in Taizhou typically involves ordering beers in a restaurant or going to KTV bars. There is little in the way of regular bars or clubs. KTV can be a great way to spend the evening; order some beers, choose some songs and sing the night away. English songs are available but the choice is limited. KTV bars are scattered throughout the city; some of the bigger venues are concentrated around Pozi Street. A new 'bar street' has been manufactured in the Taizhou Wanda Plaza complex but none of the bars there are particularly inviting.