Shanghai Travel Tips

Top 9 Useful Shanghai Travel Tips

This is perhaps the most useful Shanghai travel tip. 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 Pudong International Airport (PVG), Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), all railway stations and cruise ports in Shanghai.

Yuyuan Bazaar during Spring Festival
Yuyuan Tourist Mart

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.

Further information:  China Embassies Abroad   

2. The Bund - Landmark of Shanghai

The Bund, as the landmark of Shanghai, is a must-see for travelers going there. On in, there is a cluster of western style buildings erected in 1920s and 1930s. Benefiting from their different styles, they are called “expo of world buildings”. Opposite the Bund across the Huangpu River, is a totally different skyline with skyscrapers standing one by one including Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, and World Financial Center. What’s more, it’s recommended to spend time appreciating Shanghai’s other beauties, covering Yu Garden, Yuyuan Bazaar, Jade Buddha Temple, Zhujiajiao, Waibaidu Bridge, Longhua Pagoda, Old Street, etc.

See More About:  Shanghai Attractions

3. Convenient Currency Exchange at Airports, Banks and Hotels

Postal Savings Bank of China
Postal Savings Bank of China

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

Tourists can also exchange CNY at many other banks like Postal Savings Bank of China, ICBC. At airport, there are also bank branches offering the service.

4. A Converter May be Necessary.

The standard voltage in China is 220V, 50 Hz. A majority of sockets are dedicated to flat double socket or flat triple socket. Most hotels provide converters for their guests. But just in case, packing a converter should be on the “What to do before going to Shanghai” list, or travelers can buy one from electronic stores in Shanghai. This must be one of the most useful Shanghai China travel tips.

5. Squat Toilets in Public Areas and Western Toilets in Hotels

Most public toilets are squat toilets; but a few western toilets can be found as well, like in shopping malls, scenic spots, and airport. Some places will have the prompt to inform which type of toilet it is. The toilets in hotels mainly are western toilets. Remember to carry toilet tissues for most public toilets do not provide it.

6. Free WIFI is Widely Available.

The coverage of free wireless networks is extensive, and you can easily connect WIFI freely in your hotel, shopping mall, airport, scenic spots, coffee shops, restaurants, and other public areas. But sometimes the Internet speed is relatively slow, not so satisfactory

Road Sign in Shanghai
Road Sign

7. Medical Services

Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University
Location: No.180, Fenglin Road, Xuhui DistrctHotline: 021-64041990

Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Location: No.197, Ruijin 2nd Road, Huangpu Distrcit
Hotline: 021-64370045/021-34186000

Huashan Hospital, Fudan University
Location: No.12, Urumqi Middle Road, Jingan District
Hotline: 021-52889999

Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Location: No. 1630, Dongfang Road, Pudong New Area
Hotline: 021-58752345

Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Location: No. 600, Yishan Road, Xuhui Distrct
Hotline: 021-64369181

8. How to Make an International Phone Call in Shanghai

Telephone Booth
A Telephone Booth

Please dial 00 + country code + city code + telephone number.

Phone booth, designed in delicate appearance, is easily found in the street.

It’s more advisable to purchase a SIM card packages at the airport or at the three major internet operators’ service sites with your passport. It makes your connection with overseas families and friends more easily.

9. Useful Numbers

Fire: 119
Police: 110
Ambulance: 120
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
Hongqiao International Airport Consultation: 62688918
Pudong International Airport Consultation: 38484500

- Last modified on Mar. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Top 9 Useful Shanghai Travel Tips
Asked by Smith from INDONESIA | Nov. 25, 2018 12:15Reply
Need directions to nearest post office in Shanghai near World Union Cosmo Service Apartments.
Answers (1)
Answered by Gloria from USA | Nov. 26, 2018 01:06

China Post, located at No.311 Yuyuan Road, about 4 minutes from the hotel. You can set out to west to North Urumqi Road, then walk about 140 meters and then turn right into Yuyuan Road. And go on walk about 70 meters to the China Post.
Asked by NK Wang from VIETNAM | Nov. 21, 2018 06:24Reply
Is transit visa required for Vietnam nationals to layover (14hrs) in Shanghai Pudong airport (PVG)?
We are Vietnam nationals and we will have a 14 hour layover in PVG to enroute to Osaka, Japan. We will be flying with Japan Airlines. We would like to ask if we require a transit visa for our overnight layover. We do not intend to leave the airport by the way.

Answers (1)
Answered by Charles from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 22, 2018 22:03

No, you can enjoy the 24-hour free visa.
Asked by June Matthews from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 16, 2018 17:04Reply
Fly UK to Shanghai join cruise 48hrs later. Do I need to apply in UK for visa stay for 48hrs or not?
Answers (1)
Answered by Radin from USA | Nov. 18, 2018 22:30

If you stay in SH for 48 hours and then leave China from SH to the third country, you are eligible for 144 hours free visa and you don't need to apply for the visa in UK.
Asked by Loraine from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2018 00:32Reply
Am flying into Shanghai and joining cruise ship 2 days later
do am I ok with the visa free 72 hours?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ivey from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 18:07

If you leave Shanghai by ship from the ferry port, you cannot qualify for 72 hours free visa because you can only allowed exit and entry China through Pudong or Hongqiang Airport.

But you are eligible for 144 hours free visa policy if your itinerary was A country - Shanghai - C country.
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