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TL;DR: I wouldn't cancel a three-day trip because of the current spike. Pollution is like smoking cigarettes: while it's theoretically possible to get lung cancer from a single puff, in practice it's repeated exposure over the years that kills you. Barring asthma and the like, three days of bad air is unlikely to have any measurable impact on your health (...


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Original Poster posting the experience this time. The airline paid for the transfer. You have to ask for it. I arrived at the SHA airport terminal 1. Took the free bus shuttle to T2, took 15 mins. (Shuttle to PVG only runs from T2) Went to the China Eastern Airlines Check In Desk. Asked for a bus pass to PVG airport. They gave me one after checking my ...


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I would worry less about the Shanghai-Beijing train being full than the Hong Kong-Shanghai train - unless you travel over Chinese new year or another holiday. There are trains in intervals of 10-40 minutes and should allow you to at least get on the next train in case the current one is full. There is a website that lets you check the availability of seats ...


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First of all, on most flight search websites, when specifying Shanghai as your destination, search is for both Hongqiao (SHA) and Pudong airport (PVG). With some exceptions domestic flights tend to arrive at SHA while international flights (and all inter-continental flights to my knowledge) are headed to PVG. Notable exceptions of international flights to ...


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With the help of Google maps, using the public transport option, it seems that Hongqiao aiport is closer and needs less time and less subway stops (cheaper?). Using subway, Hongqiao Airport to People's Square is 51 minutes away with 11 stops while from Pudong Airport you will need 1h25m with 17 stops.


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Personally the best view is not from those skyscrapers but a nice spot to view these buildings from the bund (Puxi side) I highly recommend Three on the bund, it has a roof top and now is the perfect time to go. Stunning view of Pudong area. Image courtesy of Stuck in Customs, licenced under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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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 ...


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As #naeblis posted, there is no generic answer to this question. My answer would be that it depends on the type of trip you are planning. If you have inflexible dates or a set itinerary I'd recommend getting the tickets as soon as you know these details. Also, if your itinerary involves low-traffic routes or minor destinations with infrequent flights I'd ...


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There is no way for anyone to know in advance if prices will go up or down in the coming month. In general prices go up as you get closer to the departure date, as the lower fare buckets sell out. Airlines of course have sales and promotions, but it is not in their best interest to promote the upcoming sale before it begins. Consider - if they did that, ...


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Some of the tallest and most inspiring structures in Asia and the world can be found along the Huangpu River bank in Pudong's Lujiazui district. Three of considerable mention are: Oriental Pearl Tower, one of the tallest structures in Asia, providing visitors with city views (different tours available) or light shows (at night) from below (free). Jin Mao ...


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Sounds like your main issue is whether or not you should apply for a Japanese visa before buying a plane ticket there. I would say this is the right way to go, and at worst you will be out the cost of the visa application fee. Once you get your Japan visa, which you should apply for at least 2-4 weeks before you want to travel, then book your travel to ...


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The Pearl Tower is half museum half observation deck (museum is mostly at the base) but it isn't as tall as the other skyscrapers. The Jin Mao tower has an observation deck and also a bar (I've been to both) the bar as a minimum spend which when I was last there was about 20 quid, personally I like the bar, go up before night is about to fall and drink good ...


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For train travel stuff your best first resource is Seat61.com, here's the relevant part for Beijing to Shanghai. From the info there (How to buy tickets) it seems you cannot book on-line directly, but you can go through a travel agent to have them book the tickets in advance. The trains do sell out, but you don't need to book months in advance (unless ...


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The bullet trains from Beijing to Shanghai are very comfortable (like business class on a big plane) and not at all overcrowded (cheaper/slower trains will be very crowded and will take days to get there), but you should try to book in advance. They only allow purchasing of tickets a maximum of 7 days in advance so you have to time it correctly. Tickets ...


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What you have to know about bird flu is that it is first of all a transmission issue between live birds to humans, and then from those humans to others. So the people affected in the first line are the ones who go to open markets or deal with livestock. If you need to go to such markets or deal with live poultry, you might want to take a distance from this ...


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One would always have to take news with the grain of salt they are in the business of selling themselves and keeping you glued to the screen/radio/computer. According to WHO there is no ongoing evidence of human to human transmission so one would need to take caution as far as handling the birds and as far as general hygiene is concerned but as of today ...


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As I have lived in Shanghai for 9 years, I don't remember there are any noticeable stone elephants in the city, and if there is, it'd be difficult to find. Unlike some other tourism cities, places in Shanghai are generally small and they scatter around the city, except several places such as the Bund area and some big parks. There're more than 600 "...


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Hmm, difficult to find. Elephant Trunk Hill Park has some stone elephant statues in the river, but unfortunately that's 19 hours from Shanghai, so even further away. Unless you're travelling further into China. There are some at the Ming Tombs. I'm not sure if this is the same place as the Ming Xialing Mausoleum, but it's 30 miles from Beijing. I found ...


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TL;DR: Take a taxi; or take a train, arrive early and use the money you saved on a nice meal/nasty bottle of baijiu at the airport. First of all, a sanity check: a normal metered taxi from central Shanghai to PVG should be on the order of ¥150, or roughly €20. If that's "too expensive", you're really not going to like the prices in Paris! (The ...


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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 ...


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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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Well if you flag down a regular Shanghai taxi they would either refuse because it is out of their way or be very happy about a huge fare (but my guess is the former). This kind of operations in China are typically not a company with a website but rather a guy who makes his money driving people around in his van, and if it were you'd pay a big price premium....


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According to Travel China Guide: Shanghai has two international airports something no other city in China can boast. Pudong International Airport handles 60% of flights, while the remaining 40% use Hongqiao International Airport. The two airports enjoy convenient transportation links with the center of Shanghai. Here is a map of bus transfers ...


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There's usually at least one counter at the train station that has English speaking staff for foreigners. As @Richard Fong says, don't expect them to be overjoyed to help, but I've never had too much trouble with them (way better than the bad old days). I know what train number, class and the destination I want in advance. Don't bother trying the automated ...


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For a quick but free view go to the lobby of the Shanghai Grand Hyatt inside the Jin Mao Tower. It is only on the 54th floor but you get a great view over Pudong, the Pearl river and Shanghai. Dress up as good as you can and then inquire about a room at the reception. You can then linger around in the lobby for a few minutes looking outside the windows. ...


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Most of South-East Asia will fit your description of the destination you want, including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (these more so, since they are near the equator); and to a lesser extent Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. You could also probably fly to Australia / New Zealand for similar fares enjoy their summer season. November to March is roughly the ...


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Hongqiao is MUCH closer. As google maps shows, the road from the hotel to Hongqiao is only 15 km, while it's over 40 to Pudong.


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The following information is from Shanghai Botanical Garden page. Supposedly one of the largest botanical gardens, Shanghai Botanical Garden, 上海植物园, is in Xuhui District, 徐汇区. Opening hours are 7am - 5pm every day. The Transportation section says: Shanghai Botanical Garden can be reached on the Shanghai Metro using Shanghai Metro Line 3 to Shanghai ...



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