About Shanghai

Shanghai is the largest populated city in China and the second most populous city in the world. The actual meaning of Shanghai is "Upon the Sea" as it is located on the estuary of the Yangtze River Delta. The city gets its name Shanghai from the "Song Dynasty". Earlier, during the "Mid-Tang Dynasty", the city was named as "Huating".  Shanghai is also known as the "Pearl of the Orient" and "Paris of the East". The city is the economic center of China and one of the most globalized places. Shanghai is the geographical center for transportation– including river traffic, sea shipping, railway, aviation, and also highways.  The Yangtze Delta is fertile and provides the best tillable land for people living there. It is not surprising that the city has been a prosperous place for hundreds of years. Along with modernization, the traditional values remain the core of the city.

You will discover skyscrapers rising to more than 600 meters in height, while you may be intrigued to explore the traditional houses in the city. When you take the ferry from Huangpujiang, you can explore the east bank, which is both modern and traditional in terms of fashion, lifestyle, and culture. Shanghai has some of the best tourist attractions within the country. Famous personalities like Bernand Shaw, Albert Einstein, and Tagore have visited the city to explore the beauty, architecture, and culture. You can explore Chinese tradition, culture and architecture still preserved in its original form in the city.

Public Transport System

Buses, Taxis, Metro system

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency: High, Cleanliness: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

  • Public Transport is more efficient and inexpensive in Shanghai. Most of the public buses are airconditioned and costs 2 yuan per trip. However, some bus trips cost is based on the distance traveled.
  • Taxi fare is based on the distance you travel and the cost varies from 3 yuan to 9 yuan.
  • Shanghai's  Metro rail trip's cost is based on the distance you travel and the line system.
  • For Line 5, it is 2 yuan for the distance you travel between 0 km to 6 km, for above 16 km it is 3 yuan and for above 16 km, you need to pay extra 1 yuan per 6 km.
  • For all other Line, it is 3 yuan for the distance you travel between 0 km to 6 km, for above 16 km it is 4 yuan and for above 16 km, you need to pay extra 1 yuan per 6 km.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.44
Cup of Coffee USD 4.39
Milk Carton Pack USD 2.49
Rice/Kg USD 1.17
White Bread USD 2.20
Eggs (12) USD 2.49
Combo Meal USD 5.12
Fine Dining USD 43.34
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.73
Domestic Beer USD 1.46
Imported Beer USD 2.93
Bottle of Wine USD 14.64
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 3.07
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.44
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.59
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 981.07

Dos:

  • Do bargain in local street markets. It is better to have some local guide to help you bargain.
  • It is always recommended to have Google Map and Google translator installed in your mobile. A great help in such a vast city.  
  • Always take a licensed taxi for safe travel.
  • It is always best to have a local licensed guide along when you visit any place in Shanghai.
  • When visiting a temple in Shanghai, always walk in a clockwise direction and try to donate a few yuan’s to the beggars outside the temple. 
  • Use public transport for your travel as it is efficient and inexpensive.

Donts

  • When visiting a temple, avoid crossing a person who is praying, this is considered disrespectful.
  • Be aware of "Tea Scams", i.e, people approaching you and asking you to join a tea ceremony/tasting.
  • You will be able to access Facebook, Youtube, Instagram only if you have VPN Service.
  • Avoid drinking tap water as it is not hygienic.
  • Do not hug a person while greeting or welcoming, instead shake hands.

Night Life

Shanghai is the city which never sleeps. The people who are living in and around Shanghai come here to enjoy the nightlife. There are a lot of clubs and venues which host music and dance shows in the night. Shanghai is known as the "Paris of East" because of its night life. It has the most amazing and unique nightlife. If you love comedy, then enjoy the live comedy shows at Kung Fu Komedy Club. If drinking and dancing are not your scene, have a quiet evening and watch a cinema at the International Cineplex Theatre.

Must See

  • Visit the most popular Shanghai Museum and art galleries to explore artifacts.
  • Visit Fuxing Park and Guilin park where you can enjoy the beauty of nature.
  • Shanghai has lot of musuems such as Shanghai Glasses Museum, National Anthem Museum etc., where you can explore more about the tradition, culture, art and architecture of the city.
  • One of the world's tallest towers is located in Shanghai, so never miss visiting there.
  • You can enjoy your nightlife in the famous Street Markets in Shanghai.
  • Enjoy your time and visit the Shanghai Disneyland Park which is the first Disney theme park in China. 
  • You can watch the International dance, music and acrobatic shows in Shanghai Circus World
  • Relax by walking around Nanjing Road and enjoy shopping as well.

Experiences

  • Take a ride on Maglev — the world's fastest train    
  • Visit the Maglev Museum to understand the engineering feat and Maglev's history    
  • Experience the ambience of a revolving restaurant at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower    
  • Buy a tailor-made suit    
  • Do some cycling    
  • Attend a bird singing contest in Guilin Park    
  • Ride the rollercoaster    
  • Watch an Acrobatics Show    
  • Visit Shanghai chocolate happy land    
  • Travel in a Sidecar    
  • Visit Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom     
  • Enjoy Indoor Skating
     

Activities

The Desert Oasis
Desert
Jiading Meiyuan Rd, Jiading Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201800
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 35 km
Lake Malaren Golf Club Shanghai
Golf
Baoshan, Shanghai, China, 201908
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 28 km
Speedcat
Casino
404 Xiangyang S Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 5.1 km
Shanghai Lanjue Entertainment Limited Company
Casino
51 Yangxin Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 10 km
Tomson Golf Club
Golf
1 Longdong Ave, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai, China.
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 17.1 km
Jinshan City Sandy Beach
Beach
Jinshan City Sandy Beach, Jinshan, China, 200540
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 70 km
Changfeng Park
Zoo
451 Daduhe Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 10 km
Shanghai Binhai Golf Club
Golf
5333 Dongda Hwy, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 70 km
Sheshan Golf Club
Golf
288 Linyin New Rd, Songjiang Qu, Shanghai, China.
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 33 km
Shanghai Hongqiao Golf Club Co.,Ltd.
Golf
567 Hongxu Rd, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201103
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 10 km
Shanghai Yintao Golf Club
Golf
2222 Huqingping Hwy, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 26.6 km

Shopping

Antique Markets at Fuyou Antique Market
Antique Markets
457 Fangbang Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200010
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center :3.4 km
Longming Huaniao Antique Market
Antique Markets
1662 Longming Rd, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Centre:16 km
Shanghai antique and Curio Store
Antique Markets
240 Guangdong Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200001
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Centre:2.4 km
Shanghai Tenglong Arts and Crafts Market
Antique Markets
777 W Baoxing Rd, Hongkou Qu, China, 200000
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Centre: 6 km
East Street Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
160 East St, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200010
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Centre: 5 km
Zhennan Road Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
42 Zhennan Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200333
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Centre: 11 km
Jiannan Silk Shopping Center
Handicrafts and Souviners
289 Aomen Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Centre: 5 km
Qingyunxuan
Handicrafts and Souviners
Handan Rd, WuJiaoChang, Yangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200433
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Centre: 11.5 km
Shanghai Souvenirs Shopping Center
Handicrafts and Souviners
558 Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200001
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 1.9 km
Tianshan Tea City
Handicrafts and Souviners
518 Zhongshan W Rd, TianShan, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 7.8 km
Bailian Xijiao Shopping Mall
Shopping Malls
88 Xianxia W Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 12.7 km
IFC Mall
Shopping Malls
8 Century Ave, LujiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200121
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 4.3 km
Raffles City Shanghai
Shopping Malls
268 Xizang Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 350 m
Shanghai Times Square
Shopping Malls
99 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Huangpu Qu, China, 200000
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 1.8 km
Super Brand Mall
Shopping Malls
168 Lujiazui W Rd, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, China, 200000
Distance From City Center
Distance From City Center: 5.6 km
  • Shanghai Silk is the traditional and finest silk in the world. You can buy the best silk products at good prices.
  • Porcelain products.
  • The city is famous for handicrafts like handbags, fruit bowls, cup covers and slippers. 
  • You can also buy Shanghai Pearls. 
  • Buy traditional souvenirs like chopsticks, calligraphy works.
  • Jade 
  • Shanghai is famous for paper fans, dry fruits and China tea.

Official Language

Mandarin

Other Language

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Spoken Language

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Currency

Yuan (CNY)

Population

24.21 (Millions)

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Weather

Clear Sky 20.98°C

TimeZone

00:48 AM (GMT +08:00)

 

Ambulance

120

 

Police

110

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type I
Type I ( 230 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Shanghai Pudong International Airport - PVG

Airport Name / IATA Code

SHA - Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Best time to visit

March, April, May, September and October are the best months to visit Shanghai. You can enjoy the spring season in Shanghai if you visit during these months.

Moderate time to visit

June, July and August are the moderate months to visit the city, the climate is usually very hot.

Worst time to visit

November, December, January and February are the worst months to visit Shanghai as the city remains inactive during Winter season. The climate is usually very cold.

Taxi

Start Tariff: CNY 14.00

1 Km. Tariff: CNY 2.50

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: CNY 37.50

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