Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. Also it is a popular travel destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country.

In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental.

New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city's culture, making a visitor's stay memorable.

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Tour Planning

Things to Do & Places to Visit

Shanghai serves as an important air, rail, road and water transport hub in eastern China. The frequent flights, trains and buses make one's travel a breeze. The urban transportation is also quite satisfactory. Despite the traffic jam that do happen occasionally, the convenient taxis, buses, metro trains etc. can take you to any corner of the city.

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Shanghai Food
Shanghai's restaurants are among the finest in the country, offering quality food and superior service. The city has a plethora of food delights focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangzhou and of course the local Benbang dishes. If visitors are homesick for Western food, this is also available in the downtown area.

Shanghai Shopping
Known as the 'Oriental Paris', Shanghai is a shopper's paradise. There are various bustling commercial streets and shopping centers waiting for the shopaholic. One of the musts for visitors is the Nanjing Road. Huaihai Road intrigues those with modern and fashionable tastes, while North Sichuan Road meets the demands of ordinary folk. Xujiahui Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City and Jiali Sleepless City are also thriving and popular destinations.

Shanghai Nightlife
Shanghai is fascinating for night owls. The Bund is an absolute must for visitors. The rippling Huangpu River, characteristic buildings on the west bank and extraordinarily futuristic skyscrapers on the east bank all become more enchanting adorned in sparkling colored lights at night. A night cruise on the Huangpu River is highly recommended. For art lovers, the Grand Theater and Oriental Art Center will delight a visitor's taste. For those seeking relaxation, the ideal choice should be Hengshan Road and Xin Tian Di which are thronged with a variety of nightclubs, discos and bars.

This part features practical tips for visitors to quickly know the outlines of the city and smooth visitors' sightseeing, business or life in the city. Here lists the topics concerned:

Suburban Districts

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- Last updated on Dec. 04, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Travel
Asked by TT from VIETNAM | Dec. 08, 2023 01:26Reply
Hello, Transit Visa for Vietnamese
I am Vietnamese passport holder and I will take flight from Japan to Vietnam, transit in Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)(7 hours) less than 24 hours. Do I need to apply for a transit visa?

Where can I find the list of airport under restrictions?

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Dec. 10, 2023 17:29

You are eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit and no visa is needed. However, you may not go out of the airport.
Asked by JOHNNO from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 30, 2023 15:17Reply
24 hour visa available?
I hold an afghan passport. If I have a layover in Shanghai for 3 hours and then continue to Japan. Can I get a 24 hour visa on arrival?
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Answered by Andrew | Nov. 30, 2023 19:38

You are eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit and you can transit without any visa.
Asked by GakBek from INDONESIA | Nov. 30, 2023 00:22Reply
Shanghai Pudong Airport to Yiwu Bus Schedule
Do you have the last updated timetable please? Thank you.
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Answered by Hailey | Nov. 30, 2023 19:03

It departs at 18:50 every day from the airport to Yiwu. It takes about 8 hours to reach and costs CNY 200.
Asked by Marc from USA | Nov. 29, 2023 08:30Reply
Visiting end of Jan. 2024
How's the weather Jan? How do we pay for everything local? Can I set up Alipay in advance without linking my personal financial info? Also, will my phone work with Norde VPN or without VPN if I add international access. Any good translating/map apps to use there for translation/maps besides Google? Is the metro easy to figure out if you are used to commuting on subways? And best local souveniers to grabe in Shanghai. Thanks all.
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Answered by Fiona | Nov. 30, 2023 17:32

According to the weather forecast, it may be rainy and cloudy in January in Shanghai and the temperature keeps 3-15C. It is suggested to prepare some warm clothes. You can fay for by Alipay, WeChat Pay, and cash. Credit cards can also be used in hotels and large shopping malls, but not available in small stores. For translation and map, you may use Youdao, Bing, and Baidu. Metro is very convenient and there are English signs. As for souvenirs, I think silk product is a nice choice.
Asked by Neil from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 27, 2023 07:08Reply
Train ticket
Is your train ticket sent to email or phone number? Because I'm not sure if i will have a chinese phone number yet.
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Answered by Emma | Nov. 27, 2023 18:45

Don't worry, the e-ticket will be sent by e-mail.
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