The city is on the Jinghu Railway, with hourly direct trains to Beijing, Shanghai and other large cities.
Taxis start at ¥5 for 2.5KM, and ¥1.2 per KM after that.
A local specialty is river crayfish cooked with lots of spices. There is a whole block near the center of town that consists mainly of restaurants serving this and other dishes. Turn right at the end of that block, there is a nice small trendy restaurant on the right. Specialties are ice cream and Japanese/Taiwan style light meals. The jiaozi are excellent.