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I have a stop over in Shanghai Pudong (Transit for a flight from London to Auckland).

Is this long enough to leave the airport, do some sight-seeing, and then make it back? Do I need a visa to enter China? (NZ passport) Are there any tours from the airport like in Singapore?

I have found out that NZ are amongst the countries that qualify for a 72-hour visa upon entry

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If you have only 6 hours from touchdown to takeoff, it's going to be really tight. The Maglev train is quick (maybe 15 minutes) to Longyang station, but you could easily wait 15-20 minutes for the next train. (As an aside, if you show your same day arrival/departure air tickets, you get a discount on the maglev.) You could take a taxi from Longyang, or the Shanghai Metro can more quickly take you to where you want to go (surface traffic is almost always awful). Also, the metro is significantly cheaper than a taxi (maybe 3-5 yuan instead of 30-50, though still quite cheap after converting to NZD!).

From Longyang, metro line 2 will take you directly to Lujiazui (Pudong business area) where there are many tall buildings and you can get a taste for "new" Shanghai. If you go a little further (East Nanjing) and then transfer to line 10 to Yuyuan Garden, you can see a touristy part of "old" Shanghai. I put "new" and "old" in quotes because you can really find new and old intermixed throughout the city. If you can manage the schedule, I would probably suggest Yuyuan over Pudong.

I would allow at least an hour to navigate the Maglev and metro to Yuyuan station, for example. That would leave you maybe an hour or two if you're lucky to explore your destination.

Finally, check your PVG-AKL flight status when you arrive, as both times I've flown with Air NZ on that leg the flight has been considerably delayed (5 to 12 hours). You may have a lot more time than planned!

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I can only help answering your second question.

Do I need a visa to enter China? (NZ passport)

According to this, no you don't need a visa. (Answered just a few seconds before your edit, so moderators may feel free to remove my answer as useless :))

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I think you can take the Maglev train, which takes you to a metro station not so near downtown (or much else of interest), and then take a taxi from there. Should be well under an hour each way, so you should have a couple hours comfortably downtown provided customs isn't too backed up and your incoming flight is on time.

Ignore touts and go to the official queue, and make sure they have the meter turned on (and know what the fare should be, roughly). I've not had any problem, but others have reported issues.

Leave plenty of time to find a taxi if you need to get back at rush hour, especially if it looks like might rain. Safest course in that case might be to take the metro back to Longyang station and the Maglev from there.

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