Shanghai Travel Guide

Pudong Seen from the Bund
Pudong Seen from the Bund
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Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. Also it is a popular travel destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country.

In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental.

New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed the city's culture, making a visitor's stay memorable.

International tourists from 53 countries now enjoy the 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

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Shanghai serves as an important air, rail, road and water transport hub in eastern China. The frequent flights, trains and buses make one's travel a breeze. The urban transportation is also quite satisfactory. Despite the traffic jam that do happen occasionally, the convenient taxis, buses, metro trains etc. can take you to any corner of the city.

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Shanghai Food
Shanghai's restaurants are among the finest in the country, offering quality food and superior service. The city has a plethora of food delights focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangzhou and of course the local Benbang dishes. If visitors are homesick for Western food, this is also available  in the downtown area.

Shanghai Shopping
Known as the 'Oriental Paris', Shanghai is a shopper's paradise. There are various bustling commercial streets and shopping centers waiting for the shopaholic. One of the musts for visitors is the Nanjing Road. Huaihai Road intrigues those with modern and fashionable tastes, while North Sichuan Road meets the demands of ordinary folk. Xujiahui Shopping Center, Yuyuan Shopping City and Jiali Sleepless City are also thriving and popular destinations.

Shanghai Nightlife
Shanghai is fascinating for night owls. The Bund is an absolute must for visitors. The rippling Huangpu River, characteristic buildings on the west bank and extraordinarily futuristic skyscrapers on the east bank all become more enchanting adorned in sparkling colored lights at night. A night cruise on the Huangpu River is highly recommended. For art lovers, the Grand Theater and Oriental Art Center will delight a visitor's taste. For those seeking relaxation, the ideal choice should be Hengshan Road and Xin Tian Di which are thronged with a variety of nightclubs, discos and bars.

This part features practical tips for visitors to quickly know the outlines of the city and smooth visitors' sightseeing, business or life in the city. Here lists the topics concerned:

Suburban Districts


- Last modified on Jan. 21, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Travel
Asked by Yvonne from NETHERLANDS | Jan. 19, 2020 12:01Reply
We arrive with a family (from Amsterdam) of 3 at the airport in Shanghai on 12/2
And stay 2 nights in a hotel in Shanghai before boarding a cruise ship and continuing on 15/2 to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore etc.
Can we then use a 144-hour free transit visa?

Answers (1)
Answered by Grace from CANADA | Jan. 19, 2020 22:18

Yes, you can.
Asked by Susan from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 18, 2020 04:42Reply
arrival into Shanghai through cruise terminal
we arrive by cruise for 48hr visit through SH cruise port from Hong Kong and onwards by cruise to South Korea. will we be covered by 72/144hr free visa
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from MALAYSIA | Jan. 18, 2020 22:41

Yes, you are entitled to 144 hour visa free tansit.
Asked by Renee from BERMUDA | Jan. 16, 2020 09:37Reply
Do we need a visa for mulitple trips while in Shanghai?
We are flying to SH (some with UK passports and some with US passports) and plan to stay one night before we take a day trip to Beijing returning back to SH the following day. we will then spend another night in SH before our 8 night cruise to Japan which will return to SH where we will spend one more night and head back to the US (via Dubai) the next day. To clarify, we will technically be in China (SH & Beijing) for 3 days before we leave for our cruise to Japan. Are we eligible for visa-free transit?
Answers (2)
Answered by Marley from CANADA | Jan. 16, 2020 21:58

No, I am afraid not. You need to apply for China Visa in advance in your country.
Answered by Renee from BERMUDA | Jan. 17, 2020 02:00

Asked by Helen Chan from UNITED STATES | Jan. 14, 2020 16:36Reply
Can I pick up my train ticket at PVG airport?

Just bought my train ticket for March 14, can I pick up at PVG airport?
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Answered by Peter from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 15, 2020 18:47

Well, as I know, you can't.
Asked by Tim Pelton from CANADA | Jan. 14, 2020 02:26Reply
Can I fly into Shanghai, board a cruise the next day, return to SH and spend a few days?
I'm wondering if we can have two different visa free periods separated by a cruise from/to SH.

We would arrive from Canada on April 30th or May 1st, Board the cruise ship May 2nd, Return to SH May 10th, and fly out on May 14th.

Does this work?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ann from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 15, 2020 18:46

Yes, it is doable.
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