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Zone: Shanghai (and
all of China) is on Beijing time, which is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
(GMT + 8), 13 hours ahead of New York, 14 hours ahead of Chicago, and 16 hours
ahead of Los Angeles. There's no daylight saving time. Subtract 1 hour in the
has hot, rainy summers and dry, cool winters. With an average daily temperature
range of 32F to 90F, July is typically the hottest month. The average daily
temperature range in January, the coldest month, is 33-46F. Shanghai has an
average annual precipitation of 45 inches. June is the wettest month, and
December is the driest.
Telephone: Country Code: Shanghai's area code is 021; the country code is +86.
Currency: Chinese yuan.
Hours: 8:30AM â€“ 7:00 PM
Office: Namjing Road
Cafes: Nanjing Road
Specialties: Silk, cashmere, clothing, antiques, tea, electronics.
opening of Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on October 1, 1999, Shanghai
became the first city in China to have two international airports. Pudong
Airport is 40km from the city.
can take a special airport bus from Pudong Airport to the downtown area and
Hongqiao Airport. Five bus lines operate on that route. There is also the
Maglev train.. The bus travels from Pudong Airport to Hongqiao Airport; from
Pudong Airport to the Shanghai Exhibition Center; from Pudong Airport to Zunyi
Road; from Pudong Airport to Dongjiangwan Road; and from Pudong Airport to the
Shanghai Railway Station. Buses operate from 6:00 to 19:00 in downtown areas and
from 8:00 to 21:00 at Pudong Airport.
Hongqiao International Airport is located in the western suburbs of
Shanghai, only 13 kilometers away from the city center. Since 1996, Hongqiao
International Airport has consecutively won the first prize among airport group
with an annual passenger count of over eight million.
ShĂ nghai subway system, an inexpensive and fast way to cover longer distances,
is currently undergoing some much-needed expansion (from three, including the
existing light rail line, to eight lines. During morning and evening rush hours
and on weekend afternoons, the system is so overburdened that it is best to
avoid riding the subway at those times. The still incomplete Metro Line 2 runs
in an east-west direction from Zhongshan GongyuĂˇn across downtown ShĂ nghai,
under the HuĂˇngpu River, and through Pudong's most developed areas to LĂłngyĂˇng
LĂą, where Maglev connections can be made to Pudong Airport. There are plans in
the future to extend the line eastward and westward to connect to Shanghai's two
subway entrances, look for the large signs with a letter "M". . Subway platform
signs in Chinese and pinyin indicate the station name and the name of the next
station in each direction, and maps of the complete Metro system are posted in
each station and inside the subway cars as well. In addition, English
announcements of upcoming stops are made on trains. To determine your fare,
consult the fare map posted near the ticket counters and on ticket vending
are going to be riding the subway often, purchase a rechargeable Jiaotong Card (Jiaotong
Ka). The card can also be used to pay for bus, ferry, and taxi rides, with your
fare being automatically deducted from the amount remaining on the card.
Rail -- By 2001 ShĂ nghai had opened the first phase of its Pearl Mass
Transit Light Rail line, which it plans to expand greatly by 2012.. Currently,
its 19 stations encircle the western outskirts of the city, with stops at
ShĂ nghai Stadium to the south and at ShĂ nghai Railway Station to the north of
downtown. Phase two of the Light Rail will complete what's started of this vast
rail circle, extending the tracks across the river, through Pudong, and then
back across the river into downtown ShĂ nghai's southern precincts. The
aboveground Light Rail is clean, modern, and not heavily traveled except during
rush hours. Ticketing is nearly identical to the Metro system's. The Light Rail
is seldom helpful for sightseeing, although it does stop near Lu XĂąn GongyuĂˇn (HĂłngkou
Stadium Station) and DuolĂşn LĂą cultural street (BaoxĂ¬n LĂą Station) north of
downtown, where the Metro lines do not extend. The Metro does usefully intersect
with the Light Rail at the stations serving ShĂ nghai Stadium, Zhongshan
Park, and the ShĂ nghai Railway Station.
40,000 taxis in the streets, this is the most common means visitors use to get
around ShĂ nghai. Taxis congregate at leading hotels but can just as easily be
hailed from street corners. Few drivers speak English. Most taxis now post a
passenger's "bill of rights" along the back of the front seat. Some of the
"rights" include a smoke-free taxi and a driver not distracted by a mobile
general rule is never go with a driver who asks you your destination before you
even get into the cab.
have your destination marked on a map or written down in Chinese, as well as a
business card from your hotel with the address in Chinese so you can show it to
the taxi driver when you want to get back.
see that the supervision card, which includes the driver's photo and
identification number, is prominently displayed, as required by law. If not,
find another cab.
the meter is visible, and that you see the driver reset it by pushing down the
flag, If traveling by yourself, sit up front and take out your map so you can
follow (or at least pretend to follow) the taxi's route.
At the end
of the trip, pay the indicated meter fare and no more. Tips are not expected.
buses (gong gĂ˛ng qĂ¬ che are considerably more difficult to use, less
comfortable than taxis or the Metro. Some buses have conductors but others only
have money slots in the front of the bus with no change given. Be prepared to
stand and be cramped during your expedition, and take care with backpacks and
is not the best place to ride a bicycle. Prosperity has tremendously increased
the number of cars. The bicycle is still the main form of transportation for
millions of ShĂ nghai's residents and bicycle riding is challenging, but not
impossible. A bicycle can be purchased at the large Malls. Be sure to also
purchase and use a lock. Helmets are not required, but are advisable.
Bridge, Boat & Tunnel
the HuĂˇngpu River is necessary to enter the Pudong New Area on the east side of
the river. There are seven basic routes. Three are by bridge, each handling
around 45,000 vehicles a day. A fourth route (and the cheapest) is by water,
via the passenger ferry.
terminal is at the southern end of the Bund on the west shore and at the
southern end of Riverside Avenue at Dongchang LĂą on the east shore.
routes across the river make use of tunnels: The YĂˇn'an Dong LĂą Tunnel by
car; the Metro Line 2 of the subway; and the Bund Sight-Seeing Tunnel (WĂ itan
Guanguang SuĂ¬dĂ o) iby tram (daily 9am-9:30pm).
way to see ShĂ nghai's sights and experience life at street-level is on foot..
Located across the HuĂˇngpu River from the Bund:
Pudong was formerly farmland before 1990. Today, it is
home to the LĂąjiazui Financial District and includes the Oriental Pearl TV
Tower, Jin MĂ o Tower, the ShĂ nghai stock exchange, Asia's largest department
store, a riverside promenade, and the new Pudong International Airport.
(Downtown ShĂ nghai)
The city center of old ShĂ nghai lies in a compact sector west of the HuĂˇngpu
River and south of Suzhou Creek. It extends west to ChĂ©ngdu Bei LĂą (the
North-South Elevated Hwy.), and encompasses the Bund, People's Square (RĂ©nmĂn
Guangchang), and the ShĂ nghai Museum.
(Old Chinese City)
Though officially part of HuĂˇngpu District, this area immediately south of
downtown and the Bund, between the HuĂˇngpu River and XizĂ ng NĂˇn LĂą, differs in
every way from the westernized areas. Today's old Chinese city (or Old Town)
includes the Old Town Bazaar with its traditional shopping, YĂą YuĂˇn (YĂą Garden),
ShĂ nghai's old city wall, and the Confucian Temple.
(Northeast ShĂ nghai)
Immediately north of downtown
ShĂ nghai, across Suzhou Creek, this residential sector along the upper HuĂˇngpu
River was originally the American sector before it became part of the
International Settlement in colonial days. Today it is a developing neighborhood
with a few sights. There are the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, the Lu XĂąn Museum, and
the DuolĂşn LĂą Commercial Street.
Beginning at People's Square (XizĂ ng LĂą) and continuing west to Shanxi NĂˇn LĂą,
this historic district was the domain of the French colonial community up until
1949. The French left their mark on the residential architecture. Local
attractions: FĂąxing Park, the Jin Jiang Hotel, the shops along HuĂˇihai Zhong LĂą,
the new Xin TiandĂ¬ development, and the former residences of Sun Yat-sen and
(Northwest ShĂ nghai) North of the French sector and part of the former
International Settlement, this district has colonial architecture, as well as
the modern ShĂ nghai Centre. Two of the city's top Buddhist shrines, JĂ¬ng An SĂ¬
and YĂą FĂł SĂ¬ (Jade Buddha Temple), are located here, as are a number of
ShĂ nghai's top hotels and restaurants.
(Southwest ShĂ nghai)
West of the French sector and south along HĂ©ngshan LĂą, this area is one of
ShĂ nghai's leading locations for cafes, bars, and shops. Sights include the
XĂşjiahuĂ¬ Cathedral, LĂłnghuĂˇ Pagoda, the ShĂ nghai Botanical Garden, and the
former residence of Soong Chingling.
ChĂˇngnĂng (HĂłngqiĂˇo Development Zone:
Starting at HuĂˇihai Xi LĂą, directly west of the XĂşhuĂ¬ and JĂ¬ng An districts,
this corridor of new international economic ventures extends far west of
downtown, past Gubei New Town and the ShĂ nghai Zoo, to the HĂłngqiĂˇo Airport.