Located approximately 35 kilometres south of Nanjing City Centre, is state of the art Nanjing Lukou International Airport. The 12th busiest civil airport in China, it is connected to Nanjing and surrounding towns by expressways and metro trains. The airport is the gateway to the Yangtze River Delta area and handles over 15 million passengers each year.
There are many things to see and do within Nanjing Lukou International Airport, as the facilities are generous with restaurants, teahouses, entertainment centres and shops to explore. However, the major attractions are a short journey away. Venture into Nanjing to see the ancient Nanjing City Walls, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and Confucius Temple. The temple and museum area springs to life in the evening with illuminated pagodas, river boats and colourful markets. Glide along the canals in a gondola admiring ancient buildings while soaking up the eclectic atmosphere. Experience Nanjing’s cuisine through its authentic restaurants, street markets and stalls throughout the city. Try pan-fried beef dumpling or shredded tofu in chicken broth for a delicious treat. Outside the city, Purple Mountain is a top tourist attraction. It takes its name from the purple hue of clouds often seen atop the mountain. Covering an area of 31 square kilometres, Purple Mountain has over 200 scenic areas of interest including 15 key historical sites and cultural relics.
Visitors can reach Nanjing easily from its airport, as a city shuttle regularly operate. The shuttle stops at several areas of interest, terminating at Nanjing Railway Station and hiring a car is also a great option for getting around. The airport expressway allows travellers to reach Nanjing in around 40 minutes by car. Lukou Airport Station operates a link with Nanjing South Railway Station where visitors can transfer to high-speed trains to explore other cities in China. Taxi services are available outside the arrivals hall.
Airport construction began in 1995 and was completed within two years. It began to handle all of China Post’s express logistics, creating a busy centre within the airport. Nanjing Lukou International Airport is a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. It now operates around 38 flights per hour. The airport offers easy access into Nanjing and to Yangtze River Delta which makes it the ideal location from which to explore the hidden depths of this region of China.