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Something to keep in mind here: Foreigners must register where they are staying in China. Normally the hotel does this for you--but note that this means the government computers have everything they need to catch you if they have thus programmed them. Whether they have nor not I do not know. Being caught on the street is a trivial risk compared to this. ...


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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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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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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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If you are going to central Beijing, this area is quite different to the rest of China. Security around Tiananmen Square is very tight, and all pedestrians in the area are searched airport-style in large white tents that block the pavement. Here you will be required to present identification (in the form of either a Chinese ID card or a valid passport) ...


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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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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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If you can, try to get a taxi. Taxi fares are regulated in Shanghai, so insist on using the meter, and you should get something around 170RMB at night. The thing is that New Years Eve is one of the few days (or rather nights) in Shanghai when taxis are scarce and your chances of hailing one on the street are near nil (I had a 1-2 hours walk home last time I ...


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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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You'll have a hard time finding such a place, your best bet to avoid smokers is to avoid people. Smoking is prevalent in China, let me start by quoting from the Wikipedia article dedicated to the topic (emphasis mine): Smoking in China is prevalent, as the People's Republic of China is the world's largest consumer and producer of tobacco: there are 350 ...


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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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Officially, or at least from Wikipedia: As of June 2006, the card has been interchangeable with the Wuxi Tai-Lake Transportation Card, and can also be used in Suzhou. So it can be used in at least one other major city. It doesn't look like it'll work in Beijing, however.


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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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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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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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Yes, all high-speed trains in China are smoke-free. Not only is smoking is punishable by fines of up to 2000 yuan, but repeat offenders are banned from using trains! http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/16/content_26490229.htm


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Yes, you can check a cardboard box as you could a piece of luggage. Keep in mind, though, that the handling a piece of luggage will receive before and after a flight may be considerably rougher than was envisioned when the manufacturer designed the packaging. In particular, the box may have been intended to be packaged with others in a larger and sturdier ...


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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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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 post you link to says about exchanging money right after hotels: [...] Mostly people will go to banks. Remember to take your passport, which need to be presented when converting currency in the country. [...] On another page of the same site I find bank branches listed in Pudong airport: For your banking convenience, banks are located in the ...


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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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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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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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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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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 at ...


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