Shanghai Travel Guide

Pudong Seen from the Bund
Pudong Seen from the Bund
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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.

Best Time to Visit
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 Aug. 15, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Travel
Asked by adi from CANADA | Aug. 16, 2023 14:03Reply
Hong Kong- Shanghai- Kaohsiung
does this route qualified for stop over Shanghai visa 144 hours Hong Kong- Shanghai- Kaohsiung
Answers (1)
Answered by Kelvin | Aug. 16, 2023 20:05

It is eligible as long as you don't have any other stopovers.
Asked by Adi from CANADA | Aug. 15, 2023 04:37Reply
Connection via Taipei
Kaohsiung - Shanghai - Calgary
can you confirm if Kaohsiung - Shanghai - Taipei - Calgary is eligible for the 144 hour Visa free
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Answered by Nina | Aug. 15, 2023 19:23

I'm sorry but no, because Kaohsiung and Taipei both belong to Taiwan and the immediate stops before and after Shanghai should be different. So it is better for you to obtain a visa in advance.
Asked by ardeshir from CANADA | Aug. 14, 2023 17:56Reply
Kaohsiung - Shanghai - Calgary
can you confirm if Kaohsiung - Shanghai - Calgary is eligible for the 144 hour Visa free
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Answered by Jessica | Aug. 15, 2023 00:22

If you don't have any other stop in Chinese mainland cities, yes, it is an eligible itinerary.
Answered by Ardeshir | Aug. 15, 2023 04:38

What if flight to Calgary is via Taipei Taiwan does it void the destination
Answered by Jessica | Aug. 15, 2023 19:21

Well, that is not available to use the 144-hour visa-free transit if you stop in Taipei.
Asked by Zappira from CHINA | Jul. 28, 2023 02:33Reply
Is it possible to apply for Humanitarian Visa if you don't have a certificate of completion?
Can anyone please help me. I'm a student and just finished my Chinese Language program last June, I've already applied to another University for English Bachelor Degree but didn't receive a certificate of completion due to my absence in class (I asked permission for this since I happened to have to attend to a family matter back to my country). Do you think they will grant my visa application without certificate of completion?
Answers (1)
Answered by James | Jul. 30, 2023 20:57

Do you plan to apply for X visa? If you have an admission notice from the Chinese university, then it doesn't matter too much.
Asked by Arthur from ENGLAND | Jul. 23, 2023 09:51Reply
how to get from the metro to the maglev at longylang interchange
If we buy a and then take line 2 to Longylang interchange, do we exit through the turnstile by scanning our card and then go to the Maglev ticket barrier, of can you go direct from one to the other? How long does it take to walk from the metro to the maglev?
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Answered by Rebecca | Jul. 24, 2023 00:59

Yes, you need to exit through the subway turnstile and then go to the Maglev ticket barrier. They are connected with each other by underground passage. It takes about 2-3 minutes to walk from one to the other.
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