Questions tagged [shanghai]

Shanghai, largest city by population and the most developed city of China. On the Yangtze River where it discharges to the Yellow Sea.

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Should I avoid Shanghai because of air quality problems?

I have seen a number of reports and pictures of the current problems in Shanghai due to air quality. Is it dangerous enough that I should stay away? I am scheduled to spend three days there teaching a ...
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How can I get a great view of Shanghai?

I'm going to visit Shanghai next month and I know there are several huge skyscrapers. Now I'm wondering from which tower, that's accessible to the main public, can I get the best view at an ...
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6 hour stopover in Shanghai

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 ...
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Who pays for transit between airports when connecting from PVG to SHA with China Eastern?

I am flying from Tokyo (Haneda Airport) to Delhi via Shanghai. Question In Shanghai, I am landing at Hongqiao International Arpt (SHA) and departing from Pudong International Arpt (PVG). Flying on ...
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Should I avoid Shanghai because of N7H9?

I am currently in Beijing and will be catching a train to Shanghai in about 12 hours. Here in Beijing the news about the N7H9 deaths are everywhere and some people advice me to try to avoid Shanghai ...
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Any area or district in Shanghai that you can avoid smokers?

I arrived at Shanghai but for me there are too many smokers on the road, entrances of subway stations, entrances of shops, and parks. Especially I hate those who smoke while walking on the road. ...
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What would happen if you're caught in Beijing with a 144-hour visa exemption for the Shanghai area?

If you fly into Shanghai (and plan to fly out from there as well) and enter on a 144-hour visa exemption, and then take the Train to Beijing to spend the time there, what would the consequences be if ...
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Can I buy train tickets for a Shanghai - Beijing trip in Hong Kong?

Background: I want to travel to Hong Kong - Shanghai - Beijing by train. Seat61 article about train travel in China has details on fares, schedules and how to book the tickets. There are 3 ways to ...
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Which Shanghai airport is convenient for city center? Hongqiao or Pudong?

I am proposed two flights with similar times and price, one to Hongqiao and the other to Pudong. Which one will allow me to reach the city center (say People's Square) the earliest, while not being ...
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How to book a train ticket from Beijing to Shanghai as a foreigner?

I am coming to Beijing in April, want I plan to stay there for some days. Then, Sunday March 30th, I want to take the fastest train possible to Shanghai (and as early as possible sunday morning). By ...
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Are there any stone elephants in Shanghai?

My boyfriend and I are going to Shanghai. I wanted to go visit the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum which has these beautiful stone elephants lining the pathway. I found out recently that this place is 3 ...
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Can you easily buy bus tickets in China during Chinese New Year? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to get out of Shanghai at the beginning of Chinese New Year holiday season (21-22 January, possibly one or two days earlier). Seeing that all train tickets, including those for G ...
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Getting from Pudong Airport to Pudong Avenue area at night

This is kind of an inverse of What is the best way to go to Pudong Airport from downtown Shanghai at night?. My flight lands late enough that metro is closed (and on December 31st!), and I need to get ...
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Japan tourist visa without ticket for expat in Shanghai, China

I'll be in Shanghai under a business visa for 5 months. During the third month, I would want to travel to Hokkaido, Japan for one week break. I'm a Malaysian and I'll need to obtain a short-term ...
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Should I book hostels in advance in Shanghai / HK in July?

I am travelling to Shanghai and Hong Kong in July and for accommodation looking for private rooms, not dorms. Is it realistic to travel "freestyle" and book hostels when we get there or a day in ...
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Best time to buy Airline tickets to Shanghai/Hong Kong from USA (Dallas/Fort Worth)?

My boyfriend and I are looking to visit Shanghai and Hong Kong in December, and we were wondering when the best (the cheapest price) time to buy tickets would be. Should we go ahead and purchase now, ...
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What airport should I choose when flying into Shanghai

I am planning a trip to Shanghai and noticed there are two airports: Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport. Which one should I choose to fly to? The criteria I was thinking ...
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Is the train between Shanghai and Hangzhou smoke-free?

Is the high-speed bullet train between Shanghai and Hangzhou smoke-free? Or does it have any smoking seats entirely separated from the normal seats? I don't mind it if it has smoking seats but I ...
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Can I purchase unlimited data SIM card in China?

I want to use an unlimited SIM card in China (Shanghai if the city is relevant). There are some SIM cards available in China (e.g. China Unicom and China Mobile) but I only know SIM cards that have a ...
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Can I use valid US B1/B2 visa to transit in NY & LA?

My nationality is Vietnamese and I have a flight heading to Vietnam. I have to transit in New York, Los Angeles, and Shanghai on the way (each will be just max 5 hours). Can I use my valid US B1/B2 ...
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Shanghai visa-free transit operations time

Next month I have a long layover, two days, in Pudong, Shanghai. Our flight arrives around 11.20 pm, meaning that most of the airport will be closed. I am planning to apply for transit without a visa....
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24 hour visa free transit at Shanghai

For the 72 hour visa free transit which is available only for certain nationalities, I found that the 72 hours starts from 00:00 the day following the entry date in almost all the airports, except ...
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Where can I smoke in Shanghai after the new smoking ban started in March 2017?

After I booked a room in Shanghai Novotel Atlantis, the confirmation message said "According to Shanghai's anti-smoking regulations, smoking is not allowed in the property's indoor areas". Searching ...
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How to choose when to visit Shanghai around Chinese New Year to avoid crowds and high air fares?

I'm traveling to Shanghai from New York (JFK) over the last few weeks of January, most likely during Chinese New Year. Ideally I would like to avoid crowds as well as buy flight tickets at a ...
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Can I purchase a SIM card at local branches in China using a credit card?

Since SIM card at Pudong International Airport is so expensive, I'm going to purchase a SIM card at local branches in China/Shanghai. I consider either China Unicom or China Mobile, though the latter ...
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How secure is the Shanghai Airport left luggage facility?

I would like to leave a large suitcase at Shanghai's Pudong airport for about a week. Official Luggage Service Website of Pudong airport Can anyone comment on the service as to whether it was ...
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What is the best way to go to Pudong Airport from downtown Shanghai at night?

I am staying in downtown Shanghai and have a flight from Shanghai to Paris at 12:30am (half an hour after midnight). According to WikiVoyage, the subway line 2 and Maglev train stop running after 9pm ...
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Can I get SIM card at Pudong International Airport?

I want to get a SIM card at arrival at Pudong International Airport, and stay in Shanghai for 14 days. I'm looking for a SIM card that is either from China Unicom or China Telecom, with 4G/LTE ...
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How can I avoid the 60 RMB commission at Pudong Airport exchange?

I exchanged my JPY at Pudong Airport for RMB, but the exchange counter charged me an eye-whooping 60 RMB commission for one transaction. It is ridiculous by my standards, and it was not the case in ...
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Can I use Shanghai subway card on other cities?

I purchased a purple Shanghai subway card with the deposit of RMB 20. Does this card work in other cities, such as Beijing or Tianjin?
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Checked cardboard box

I am flying United Airlines from Shanghai to St. Louis via EWR. While living in Shanghai I purchased a digital piano and am wondering if I will be allowed to check it in it's original shipping box. It ...
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Warm weather options in SE Asia (near Shanghai) in the winter

My wife and I have about 12 days of vacation before she starts a short internship in Shanghai in January. We are both Americans and don't speak Chinese and this will be our first time in China. ...
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Has anyone had experience with Air China overnight layover at Shanghai?

Layover is over 10 hours and I was wondering if hotel is covered cost-wise? Some websites state Beijing only. If any input can be given, it would very appreciated. Where do you head after the flight? ...
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Have anyone used Alipay to pay for their Airbnb?

I am currently a foreigner living in China and I am trying to book an AirBnB in Shanghai through Alipay (since the Host only accepts Alipay and Paypal). However, when I try to check out, I keep ...
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Night shuttle bus at Pudong Airport, Shanghai

In three weeks I have a two-day transit at Pudong Airport Shanghai. I have booked a hotel downtown (nearby Nanjing road). I will be landing at 11:20 pm and I am thinking to take the night bus ...
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Traveling from Shanghai's Pudong airport (PVG) to Hangzhou

In April I will land at Shanghai's PVG airport in the late afternoon and attempt to then get to Hangzhou that evening. I don't speak Mandarin and I will have been flying for 20 hours, so I expect to ...
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Which botanical gardens can I visit in Shanghai?

Unfortunately many resources regarding this topic are in Chinese or behind paywalls. Especially when trying to find this while already in the country (firewall). I would like to know which botanical ...
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Are there shipping company offices like Shunfeng express in Beijing or Shanghai Pudong Airport?

I would like to ship something within China immediately I arrive at Beijing or Shanghai airport (I am yet to buy the ticket). The problem is that I will not be leaving the airport to any place since I ...
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Which Shanghai airport is closest to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel?

Which Shanghai airport is closest to the Langham Xintiandi Hotel? Hongqiao or Pudong airports?
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Do I need a visa to transit via Shanghai for a Tokyo side trip?

I am a USA French dual national. I am travelling for my univeristy job in France to Shanghai for an event. All is paid by the Chinese sponsor (my round-trip flight Paris-Shanghai). They only offer a ...
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Does Shanghai subway card expire after not using for a while?

I had my Shanghai subway card which I purchased with the deposit of 20 RMB and 80 balance. However, it is likely that I won't use it up before leaving the country. So I would like to use it for the ...
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How much (roughly) would it be for a bus from Shanghai, China, to Hanoi, Vietnam?

I have a flight from Canada to Bangkok, but a layover in Shanghai, China. I want to get off in Shanghai and spend a couple days there and catch a bus from there to Hanoi, Vietnam. However, I don't ...
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Shanghai Airport (PVG) ATMs or cash exchange in terminal 2

I have a transit through PVG airport in China and will be in terminal 2 for a few hours. I have a Chinese bank account and a UnionPay card with quite a bit of cash left in it that I want to withdraw. ...
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China intercity travel by taxi or minivan

I'm planning to take an elderly couple from Shanghai to Nantong. I'm looking for a more comfortable alternative than the intercity buses. Are there any companies who offer intercity taxi or minivan ...
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Shanghai layover at night - shopping

We have a 15 hour layover, over night, in Shanghai, where we would like to do some shopping (various stuff, like these huge markets they usually have in China with lots of small stores where you have ...
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Can I keep two laptops with me when flying to Sri Lanka from Shanghai?

I'm planning a trip Shanghai to Sri Lanka. I just bought a new laptop as a gift to a friend. Also I have my laptop as well. I'm wondering whether I'm allowed to carry two of them with me or not? ...
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Getting visa to Japan from Shanghai

I'm going to stay in Shanghai on a student visa from February to June. I want to travel to Japan while I'm in Shanghai. I'm a citizen of Kazakhstan, how can I apply for a visa to Japan in Shanghai? Is ...
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What Chinese visa do I need for a 3hr transit in Shanghai?

I’m a bit confused about the 24hr transit Visa in China, I’m Australian flying with Qantas from Sydney to Shanghai, arrive in Shanghai at 6pm, 9pm is an onward flight with China Airlines to Taipei (...
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Why does the Shanghai Maglev train cabin have a power bar and a portable fan? [closed]

The Wikipedia page for the Shanghai Maglev train depicts the train cabin: The power bar and portable fan (on the left) look slapdash, and makes me doubt this train's safety.
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What areas in Shanghai are quickly commutable to Zubei (Shanghai Station) [closed]

I will be spending some time in Shanghai, and will often go to my office in Zubei which is near the Shanghai Railway Station. Since I heard it is not a great area, which areas in Shanghai can one stay ...