Shanghai Travel Guide
Shanghai is the largest city in China with over 20 million people. It is also the largest center of commerce and finance and renowned for landmarks such as the Bund and Pudong skyline. Nanjing Road is the most busy shopping street of Shanghai. It starts at the Bund. Pudong is located on the other side of the river and is the business and financial area.
Pudong International Airport
Shanghai has 2 airports: Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. Pudong Airport is yet the main airport. It is quit new (opened in 1999) and is 30 km from downtown Shanghai. Allmost all international flights will go/leave from Pudong Airport. The high-speed Maglev Train is running between the airport and a metro station in Shanghai Pudong New Area. A taxi to Shanghai downtown is about 150 Yuan. Cheapest transportation to the city is the airport shuttle bus.
Hongqiao International Airport
Hongqiao International Airport is used mainly for domestic flights. It has international flights to Tokyo and Seoul. Distance to downtown is 13km and to Pudong Airport 40km. Transportation to the city center is by taxi or airport bus.
Shanghai has 3 main stations: Shanghai Railway Station, South Railway Station and West Railway Station. Shanghai Railway Station is located near the city center and can be reached with metro line 1, 3 and 4. It is the largest station with trains to Beijing, Chengdu, Harbin, Hong Kong, Qingdao and Xian. Shanghai South Railway Station (metro line 1 and 3) has train services between Shanghai and cities to the South. Bullet trains to Hangzhou. Shanghai West Railway Station is the smallest station. Trains from this station to Nanjing, Hangzhou and Ningbo.
Between Shanghai and Beijing are ten trains daily. There is only one day train. All other trains between Shanghai and Beijing are night trains. Popular routes are the lines to Suzhou and Hangzhou. Tickets are sold at the station but much easier is to order train tickets in your own hotel. Many hotels make bookings for train and flights.
The fare is 11 Yuan for the first 3 kilometers. The next 3-10 kilometers is 2.7 Yuan per km. At night the fare is 14 Yuan for the first 3 kilometers. Taxis at the Central Station square can be found underground, below street level.
There are yet 8 metro lines in Shanghai operated by 2 companies. Longest line is line 1 with 37km. There are 3 types of tickets. One-through tickets: cost between 2 and 9 Yuan depending of the 5 fares zone. One-through cards: card deposit of 20 Yuan and can be used in metro, bus and taxi. Souvenir tickets: can be used only once. At night there are no metro trains running.
Shanghai, The Bund
The Bund is a famous promenade along the Huangpu River. Hundred years ago, Western countries build their consulates and banks here. The Bund became the financial and political center from China. That's why you find here many historic buildings in all kind of architectural styles who reminds of those days.
The picture was taken from the Bund with view on Pudong
In the middle the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Nanjing Road East in Shanghai
- Nanjing Road main shopping street in Shanghai
- Shanghai Museum downtown near People Square
- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower in 468m high in Pudong
- Shanghai Ocean Aquarium 120m underwater tunnel
Top international hotels are: Le Royal Meridien, Park Hyatt, Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pudong Shangri-La and JW Marriott Hotel. An average 4 star hotel is between 550-750 Yuan. A cheap standard room is about 300 Yuan. Popular hostels: Le Tour Traveler's Rest Youth Hostel and City Central International Hostel.
metro station in Shanghai near People's Park
bus from Pudong Airport
bus from Hongqiao Airport
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