Today's Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour. Serving as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, the important seaport and China's largest commercial and financial center, shanghai draws the attention of the whole world.
Modern Shanghai has three key areas of interest to the visitor. These comprise Sightseeing, Business and Shopping centered upon People's Square and along the Huangpu River. The city's Cultural Center with its public activities and community facilities and finally the main Entertainment and Holiday Tourism area is located at Mt. Sheshan, Chongming Island, Dingshan Lake and Shenshuigang Area.
Shanghai has many luxury hotels of an international standard, such as the Ritz Portman, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, JC Mandarin, JW Marriott, Park Hotel, etc. Also, there are budget hotel chains like 168 Motel, Super Group etc, that have been built to cater for another group of clients.
A wide variety of cuisines can be found in the City and today Shanghai offers a plethora of culinary delights focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Yangzhou, Sichuan, Guangzhou as well as its own local dishes. Shanghai's restaurants are among the finest to be found in China and they welcome diners from anywhere at any time.
Nightlife in Shanghai is gentle and colorful because life here is much more than life itself. It is elegant. Looking across the Huangpu River to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower is a magical sight. A night-time Huangpu River cruise presents a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the night life on the Bund. Leaving the scenery aside, Shanghai's first bars were opened in Hengshan Road, and they remain more popular than those elsewhere. Close to Xujiahui Commercial Circle, Hengshan Road is situated in a convenient situation. Here there are bars in great numbers, side by side and in which you can take tea or coffee. A wide variety of bars ranging from the brash to more intimate and quiet abound to suit your every mood.
International flights to Shanghai arrive at the new Pudong International Airport, 45km east of the city. A taxi from the airport to the Bund will take up to one hour and cost around US$30, while a shuttle bus is $10. In 2004 a new magnetic levitation train will whisk passengers into the city in 20 minutes. Most domestic flights arrive at the old Hongqiao Airport, 15km west of the city. From here a taxi is $15 and a public bus as little as $1.
In Shanghai, some international hotels have free shuttle buses to and from the Bund commercial area, but apart from those, taxis offer the easiest way of getting about town. There is an excellent and rapid subway system, but it is still being developed and extended. A few isolated parts of Shanghai offer an ideal environment for those who like to explore on foot, but be warned that road developments, building sites, packed walkways and terrible traffic conditions make walking in most districts a pastime to be avoided.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Tourist Hotline: (86-21) 6252-0000
Tourist Information: (86-21) 6439-0630
Taxis: (86-21) 6258-0000
Railway Station: (86-21) 6326-1261
Boat Schedules: (86-21) 6326-1261
China International Travel Service (CITS): (86-21) 6321-7200
The concierge desk of your hotel is also a useful place to get information about transport, sightseeing, and entertainment
Shanghai Branch of Bank of China is located in Zhongyin Building, No. 200, Yincheng Middle Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. It has dozens of sub-branches. Foreign exchange service is provided in these branches. Most banks in Shanghai open from Monday to Saturday.
Dialing Code: 0086-21
International long-distance telephone
Please dial 00 + country code + city code + telephone number
Phone booth is easily found in the street. CNY 0.5 every three minutes and CNY 1 every five minutes at coin call.
Electricity: GMT + 8
220 V, 50Hz alternating current.
Temperature at Shanghai in October ranges from 13 °C - 22°C (56°F - 72 °F)
The official language in Shanghai is Mandarin Chinese and most of people in Shanghai can also speak English.