There's no denying it. Renting a car through Skyscanner can make a visit to Anshan, China, a memorable experience that lasts a lifetime. There's no need to navigate the public transit system and tackle the foreign language barrier with taxi drivers. With a range of deals on vehicles to suit every need and the best prices on hotels in Anshan, Skyscanner is the perfect match for the visit.
Car Rental Options in Anshan
The best place to rent a car is Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, located 105 kilometres, or an hour and a half away from the Anshan city centre. Most travellers tend to travel to Anshan this way, as prices straight into Anshan are on the higher side and rental cars are almost non-existent. At the Shenyang airport, there are three providers including Hertz, Europcar, and Avis. However, only Europcar has cars on location. The others provide a complimentary shuttle to their offices in the Shenyang city centre, approximately 40 minutes, or 26 kilometres from the airport.
Once renting the car, travellers can enjoy the short journey to Anshan, passing through the tranquil northern Chinese countryside.
What to Know About Driving in Anshan
There's no getting around it. China is one of the most difficult places to drive in the world. As in most Chinese cities, the traffic in Anshan is hectic, especially during high traffic times such as the early morning and early evening. The biggest problem is that other drivers rarely obey the rules of the road. Red lights are usually just suggestions, and locals blow through intersections often with their heads buried in their phone.
It's also important to note that drivers cannot hit the roads with an international driver's licence. Instead, travellers must obtain a provisional licence. This is usually available at most major airports, and drivers only have to pay a fee and rarely have to pass any tests. Getting caught with only an international driver's licence is punishable by up to 14 days in prison.
All of the signage in China is the same as anywhere else in the world. However, there are a few changes that are distinctly different. The right of way is always given to the person who gets there first, so be prepared to yield to others. One-way signs are also ignored, resulting in two-way traffic just about everywhere throughout Anshan and the country.
The Best Attractions Near Anshan
With thousands of years of history, Anshan is the perfect destination for history buffs, but it's quickly becoming a modernized city to appeal to another group of travellers. One of the most visited sites is the Jade Buddha Palace, which has one of the largest jade Buddha statues in the world, measuring 8-metres high and 6-metres wide.
For those that love the outdoors, Anshan has many choices. Qianshan National Park, located 17 kilometres south of Anshan, or 40 minutes away, is one of the most scenic places in northern China. After a day of exploring, hit the four natural mineral hot spring spas in the city.
No matter what the reason for the trip to Anshan, Skyscanner's app makes it easy to find the best flights, rental cars, and hotels.