Travel and Visa

Coordinate travel with other attendees 

Travel Information

By Train

Suzhou is only 24 minutes due west from Shanghai on the fastest high-speed train. The Jinji Lake Shilla Hotel's nearest train station is the high-speed Suzhou Industrial Park station 苏州园区站. You can also take the high-speed train directly from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou Industrial Park high-speed train station- 20mins, although Suzhou 苏州站 and Suzhou North 苏州北站 train stations have more regular services from other cities around China. You can easily get a taxi from these train stations to the hotel. Information in English about train times, and how to purchase tickets, can be found on the Ctrip website.

By Taxi

Taxis in Suzhou are plentiful, relatively cheap and represent the easiest way to get to our campus from most of the transport hubs in Suzhou (fare will be somewhere in the region of RMB 50-100). You can show the taxi driver the following text to make getting there simple:
请带我去苏州工业园区金鸡湖新罗酒店。(Please take me to the Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake Shilla Hotel)

From Local Airports 

We are 45km away from Wuxi Shuofang International Airport, 80km away from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, 95km from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport and 120km from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

By Airport Shuttle 

Airport shuttle transfer options between airports and hotel are available on a first-come-first-served basis. No online prepay, but counters sales only.
A shuttle bus stop, called “Jinji Lake Shilla Hotel”(金鸡湖新罗酒店站), is 1-2 minutes walking time from the Hotel
Shuttle buses operate between Suzhou and some nearby airports:

Airport Duration Price (estimated) Boarding Location
Wuxi Shuofang 1 hour RMB 30 Airport exit
Shanghai Hongqiao 1.5-2 hours RMB 53 East of the parking area, opposite the exit of the airport building 
Shanghai Pudong 2.5 -3 hours RMB 84 Exit the bus parking area on the second floor of the airport building 
       

Click here for the airport shuttle timetable

By Taxi

Taxi rates and journey length from some nearby airports:
 

Airport Duration Price (estimated)
Wuxi Shuofang 1 hour RMB 100-200
Shanghai Hongqiao 1-1.5 hours RMB 350-400
Shanghai Pudong 2-2.5 hours RMB 500-600 

You can also show the conductor or taxi driver the following text to make getting there simpler:
请带我去苏州工业园区金鸡湖新罗酒店。(Please take me to the Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake Shilla Hotel).
 

Obtaining Visa for ICOSSE 2016 

Visa Application

Attendees from most countries will be required to obtain a visa to enter the People's Republic of China. Attendees can apply for a Chinese visa through a travel agency or directly at their nearest Chinese embassy.

Once you have paid for the ICOSSE ’16 registration, we can issue you an official invitation letter to assist with obtaining a visa to China. You can use the letter to get a visa in the nearest Chinese Embassy/Consulate. The invitation letter will state the conference name, the duration of the conference, your detailed correspondence that will be extracted from your enquiry. 

Requests for visa letters should be made to Lucy Alexander at lucya@aiche.org. Please note that due to the large expected number of enquires, we can only reply to visa application queries AFTER you have registered for ICOSSE 2016. General visa information should be obtained from your local China Consulate.

In your inquiry, please use subject "Require invitation letter for ICOSSE ‘16" and include:

  • Your Name: (Prof./Ms./Mr. ...)
  • Your ICOSSE ’16 role: (Poster/oral presenter, attendee, session chair, invited speaker, etc.)
  • Your Paper ID: (If applicable)
  • Correspondence, including registration confirmation letter
  • Completed China Visa Letter - Application Form

More Visa information here