Shanghai Travel Tips
Passport holders of 53 countries and regions including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand enjoy a 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit when taking an international transfer via Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) & Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
Visitors from other countries still have to obtain a visa before entering the city. You can apply for the visa in the Consulate of P. R. China in your country. Alternatively, you can obtain the visa through a travel agency. Special fast applications can be generally completed with 24 hours.
Cruise passengers from all foreign countries can enjoy a 15-day Visa-Free Policy for Cruise Tour Groups to Shanghai if they meet all the requirements.
Related Links: 72-hour Visa-free Transit China Embassies Abroad
Health and Hygiene
Before entry and departure, all visitors need to fill in the Health Declaration Card. Upon entry, all visitors need to accept the body temperature scanning.
Currency and Banks
Currency in mainland China is RMB (Ren Min Bi), namely CNY. So is in Shanghai.
Bank: Shanghai Branch of Bank of China is located in Zhongyin Building, No. 200, Yincheng Middle Road, Pudong New Distrit. It has dozens of sub-branches. Foreign exchange service is provided in these branches.
Most banks in the city open from Monday to Saturday.
Office Hours: 9:00 - 17:00, From Monday to Friday
9:00 - 13:00, Saturday
Dialing Code: 0086-21
International long-distance telephone: Please dial 00 + country code + city code + telephone number
More on Shanghai Area Code & Zip Code
Telephone: Phone booth is easily found in the street. CNY 0.5 every three minutes and CNY 1 every five minutes at coin call.
Time Zone: GMT + 8
Voltage: 220 V, 50Hz alternating current
Tip: 0 - 15% in restaurants and hotels
Dining: Reservation is necessary. Make a reservation 24 hours beforehand when planning to dine in a well known restaurant. KFC, McDonald's, Yonghe Soybean Milk and Xinya Da Bao provide food delivery.
Toilet facilities: big shopping malls, fast food restaurants, subway station and main scenic spots have clean and sanitary toilets. Some have to be paid. The price is no more than CNY 1.
Consumer Complaint: 12315
Tourists Complaint: 64393615
Telephone Trouble: 122
Local Telephone Number and Long-distance City Code Inquiry: 114
International City Code Inquiry: 116
Weather Forecast: 121, 221
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Customer Service Center of Post Office: 185
Train Ticket Reservation: 63171880, 8008207890
Coach Ticket Reservation: 56630230
Hongqiao International Airport Consultation: 62688918
Pudong International Airport Consultation: 38484500
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In September, 2004, the Shanghai Formula One World Championship was held for the first time in China. This prestigious event which is the world's fastest, most expensive motoring competition with the highest of technical standards helps to promote the image of the city's economic development and tourism industry and brings commercial opportunity to the city. It also hosts many other international competitions and conventions, such as the APEC Convention, International Ballet Competitions, etc.
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