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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Many airlines will send out periodic mailings detailing points promotions and/or discounted/special fares. There is - of course - no guarantee that the flight you want will come up on sale, but every now and then you'll also get coupon codes for double miles, 10% off, etc., which can also be very helpful. To opt into these mailings, check your online ...


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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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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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I realise this isn't a full answer to your question, but I hope it helps. I had a look on the Shanghai embassy of Japan page, which doesn't say either way. However, the Japanese embassy in the UK sheds some light on the matter, and so this may apply to you. If you have a long term visa for the UK (i.e. you aren't a tourist) then you can apply for a ...


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Over numerous trips to China I have found that the claims re the effect of air quality seem to be excessively alarmist. If you are asthmatic or similar it is not liable to cause major problems - and asthmatics usually have the knowledge and experience and medication to handle occasional bad events. Shanghai real time air pollution monitor results here ...


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Anything on this is opinion. Here's mine. As a relatively frequent China traveller I would happily enough go to Shanghai to 'see the sights' at present. I am seen as somewhat of a risk taker by friends BUT in fact I am just an engineer and so try to base my actions on informed input and not hype. I'd accept that there was a small chance of increased danger ...



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