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38 Zheda Road
Building 11, Room 303
Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

杭州市 浙江大学 玉泉校区浙大路 38 号 第十一教学大楼 303 室 ( 从三层楼的西门上楼 )

Unlike most universities in China, the Yuquan Campus is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. The primary entrance is the East Gate (also known as the front or main gate), located at the cross section of Yugu Road and Zheda Road, and is the closest entrance to the China Center. There is also a secondary east gate to the north of the primary entrance at the intersection of Yugu Road and Qiushi road, which is the closest entrance to the campus mailroom. The North Gate (also known as the back gate) is located on Xixi Road and is the closest entrance to the International Students Building.


Zhu Kezhen International Education Building
38 Zheda Road
Yuquan Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

Phone: +86-571-87951122 X 9 (front desk); +86-571-87951122 X Room No.

浙大路 38 号 浙江大学玉泉校区 竺可帧国际教育大楼 浙大国际教育学院 ( 西溪路校门进
去 )

Students' dorm and classrooms are located in this building. The building is on the Yuquan campus of Zhejiang University, which is near the northwest area of West Lake in the Xihu (West Lake) District of central Hangzhou. It is the large five-storey brown building just inside the north gate of the campus on Xixi Road, and is positioned on the east side of the internal campus street.

What to bring with you

Please check with your airline carriers regarding the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring with you to China. Please note that if you are not flying directly to Hangzhou and have planned a stopover in China, the number and size restrictions for checked and carry-on baggage for international and domestic carriers may differ. Please note that different luggage restrictions for international and domestic flights exist even within the same airline, so please check baggage restrictions to avoid fees for overweight baggage. Most airlines, however, allow two pieces of checked baggage in addition to one carry-on item.

1. You are required to bring the following:

  • Passport  If your passport is nearing its expiration date, be sure to renew it before your travels and make sure you have sufficient extra pages. You will not be permitted to enter other Asian countries unless there is a minimum of six months left until the expiration date of your passport. It is possible to have your passport re-issued in Shanghai at the American Citizen Services if your expiry date will occur during the year. You may also add pages to your passport at no extra charge.
  • Chinese Visa  All students are required to arrange for a student visa prior to departure to China. A tourist visa is acceptable for late applicants, but additional visa fees will apply after arrival.
  • Seven Passport PhotographsIn addition to the photograph you are going to submit to the Chinese consulate or embassy prior to your arrival, please bring 7 additional passport-size color photos with a white background (4 for Zhejiang University, 2 for the China Center, and 1 for the Residence Permit) You may
    want to bring extras for any visa extensions you may require.
  • A Valid Health Insurance Policy
  • Prescription Medications Although many of the prescription medications available in the U.S. and other countries are now readily available in China, students should assume they are not and are requested to bring all essential medications, both for daily use and emergency use, including but not limited to asthma inhalers, stomach medicine and birth control pills. You should keep a copy of your medical insurance and a record of any medications you are allergic to with your passport.

2. It is recommended for you to bring the following;

  • Laptop Computer with Integrated Wireless While the China Center is fully equipped with student desktop computers, we recommend students to bring a laptop computer, since it will be much more convenient to be able to work on your own in your room or apartment when you have a big project like a Learning Portfolio due. Also, it is possible to set up Internet access on your laptop in the dormitory and to conduct email correspondence outside of the China Center.
  • Feminine Hygiene Products While Hangzhou has a wide variety of domestic and imported products, some products to which we are accustomed are difficult to find or are limited in variety. For example, while there are a wide variety of some feminine hygiene products, including numerous brands of sanitary napkins, only OB tampons are readily available. Likewise, while deodorant can be purchased in large supermarkets, antiperspirant cannot be purchased, as is the case with dental floss.
  • Natural Remedies and Vitamins Supplements you use regularly and that you will need during the course of your stay, such as natural sleep aids like Melatonin, which can be useful for recovering from jetlag.
  • Non-Prescription Drugs you typically use to control cold, flu, cough, allergies, and indigestion. While cold medicine such as Contact®, aspirin and ibuprofen can be readily purchased at local pharmacies, many other common OTC remedies, such as Tums®, Robitussin®, etc. are not.
  • Research Books Do not assume that you can always find the books you will need in local bookstores and libraries. Students interested in conducting an Independent Study Project in a specialized field should bring any books necessary to complete the project and any current research on topics of special interest to you. There are no books, magazines or newspapers, for example, dealing with any political or social issues the Chinese government finds sensitive. Although we have a large collection of books at the China Center that were purchased abroad, we recommend that you bring with you any books you will need to complete your studies. The China Center may consider purchasing these for the library collection at a percent of the original price based on the utility and condition of the book.
  • Dictionaries. All students should come equipped with adequate Chinese-English dictionaries and/or learning software, and we recommend that you consider bringing both a desk and portable version. If you are able to bring a laptop computer, we recommend the Wenlin® Software for Learning Chinese ( for your desk reference dictionary, which runs well on both PC and Macintosh computers. This software is well worth the expense and is
    extremely useful for both beginning and advanced learners of Chinese. It is basically a digital version of the ABC Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary,but with many more functionalities. If you are able to bring a Palm PDA or Pocket PC, we recommend the software by Pleco® ( for your portable dictionary. We recommend the Oxford™ Concise English & Chinese, which has 72,000 entries, and we recommend the PlecoDict® for more advanced Chinese learners, which has 196,000 words and phrases. Both versions are particularly useful for students who want to practice oral Chinese on the street, since they allow the user to look up words and phrases instantly in several ways, including phonetically, so it is of equal value to students who know few or no Chinese characters. Otherwise the desk copy of the Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003) edited by John DeFrancis (ISBN 0-8248-2766-X) or the ABC Chinese-English Dictionary Pocket Edition (1999) edited by John DeFrancis (ISBN 0-8248-2154-8) are adequate for students. Unlike all other Chinese-English dictionaries, the ABC editions list all entries completely alphabetically rather than just by the spelling of the head character, stroke count or stroke order, which greatly facilitates finding entries fast. A domestic edition of the desk copy of this dictionary can also be purchased more cheaply in one of the Foreign Language Bookstores in Shanghai or Hangzhou.

3. Do not bring

  • Illicit narcotic and psychotropicare forbidden in China and may not be brought across its borders. This includes so-called “hard drugs,” such as heroin and opium, and so-called “party drugs,” such as cocaine, crystal methamphetamine (speed), MDMA (ecstasy), and cannabis (marijuana or hashish). In China, all such narcotics are categorized under similar terms and the cultivation, manufacturing, possession, and use of these drugs may lead to serious sentences. Drug dealing and trafficking can also lead to the death penalty. Non-American foreigners have been executed for drug offenses in China.
  • Fire arms or explosives
  • Pornographic material of any kind. Customs officials are more concerned with the smuggling of legal and illegal pornography into the country than even sensitive religious or political material.
  • Religious or political material intended for missionary or political propaganda. While the Chinese government is not concerned with a person's personal convictions, public proselytizing is illegal. Therefore, you may bring most political material intended for research or a personal copy of the Holy Bible into the country, but customs officers may confiscate large quantities of unauthorized Christian literature, pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, or copy of political propaganda (especially in Chinese) regarding Taiwanese independence, Tibetan independence, Eastern Turkistan independence, or religious materials published by Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, which are sometimes passed out to passengers in queue for outbound flights to China at international airports in the U.S. Foreigners accused of distributing such material may be detained or expelled from the country or convicted up to five years in prison. Furthermore, proselytizing in China is not permitted outside church grounds. LIU Global provides an opportunity for learning about Chinese culture and is not a venue for missionary activity of any kind.
  • Over $5,000 cash or its equivalent in another currency. If you bring this amount, you will need to declare it at Customs.
  • Cold cuts or fresh fruit