Find out more about the city of Shanghai here.
According to the Administrative Law of the People’s Republic of China on Entry and Exit of Foreigners, foreigners entering China should apply for a visa with the Chinese diplomatic representative or consular offices, or other institutions authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China. More about visa requirements
Shanghai has two commercial airports: Hongqiao International and Pudong International, the latter of which has the third highest traffic in China, following Beijing Capital International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport. Pudong International handles more international traffic than Beijing Capital however, with over 17.15 million international passengers handled in 2006 compared to the latter's 12.6 million passengers. Hongqiao mainly serves domestic routes, with a few city-to-city flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Seoul’s city airport.
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Important travel information (courtesy of the Shanghai Convention Bureau)
What will the weather be like?
- 17 - 20 C (63 - 70 F) during the day
- Can be humid during the afternoons
- Indoor facilities are air-conditioned (can be a bit cool)
What is the currency?
- Renminbi (CNY)
- Credit cards can be accepted at most hotels, tourist shops and some department stores.
- at time of publication, 1 CNY = 0.16 USD or 1 USD = 6.2 CNY, check www.xe.com for the most current
Money and Tipping?
- All major credit cards are accepted
- It is recommended to tip in CNY currency
- Since tipping is not a part of the culture, most establishments actually have a strict no-tipping policy. This includes almost all restaurants, , etc. In fact, offering a gratuity may be considered impolite in certain quarters as it can be taken to imply that one's work is undervalued by the employer. The only place where a tip might be expected is at a high-end hotel catering to western tourists.
How do I get around?
Taxis are generally abundant. You can hail a taxi from a safe sidewalk area or call a taxi
through the hotel concierge.
Is it safe?
Shanghai is a fairly safe city. Areas of greatest concern are the foreigner targeted nightclub areas such as Mao Ming Road and Ju Le Road. These areas can be a bit more risky late at night when the establishments close, around 2AM. Right around closing, police cars can be seen guarding the end of the street, so being aware of the surroundings should be enough to stay safe. Keeping to well-lit areas late at night is a good way to stay in safe areas.
The bigger issue in Shanghai is pickpocketing.
When crossing streets, be aware that motorists, bicyclists, and motorcyclists will most likely not stop for you, but try to find the shortest way around you.