What to prepare for Shanghai Trip?
Do I need a visa to visit Shanghai?
Can I get visa on arrival in Shanghai?
Which Chinese City Issue China Visa On Arrival?
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Do I need to buy some Chinese currency before arrive?
How much will it cost roughly for a trip to Shanghai?
Where can I get cheap flights to China?
How difficult will it be if I decided to travel Shanghai on my own?
Do I need to travel with a travel agency?
How to Get from Shanghai Airport to Your Shanghai Hotel?
Basic mandarin /Chinese you need in China
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Shànghǎi, 上海，namely means on the sea, locates at China’s east coast, is one of China’s earliest port city that has a deep connection to the world. Sitting at the entrance point where China’s mighty Yangtze River joins the sea, Shanghai witnesses the magnificent change and splendor history that China had been through in the past a few centuries and more. Few cities in the world enjoy such a history, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in its name alone. This ancient city is now a modern metropolis of both technological and financial center of China with its boutique history and travel sites attracting numerous tourists come for its beauty.
Shanghai is home to some of the iconic landmark architectures in Asian, the Oriental TV tower, Jinmao Tower and Shanghai Tower, they are among those architectures forming up Shanghai’s most picturesque skyline. Facing the east bank of Huangpu River, on the contrast, there is the bund, “a celebrity beauty” of Shanghai.
Apart from the skyscrapers and the bund, there is Yuyuan Garden, a classic Chinese southern style garden, the French concession, the Huaihai Lu and Nanjing Lu pedestrians where you can indulge yourself for an endless shopping tour. And the lòngtáng (laneway) and shíkùmén (stone gate) housing, completing themselves for your attention for its antique face of 1920s-1930s old Shanghai.When the night arrives, neon lights illumine the city for you with another view.
The Best Things to do in Shanghai can be listed as below:
Yes, foreign citizens are required to obtain a visa for travelling in China. One can apply Chinese visa through embassies on websites or through visa or approved international travel agencies.
Good thing is that Shanghai has several transit visa free policies. Generally speaking, if you are just transiting in Shanghai and can provide flight ticket to a third country, you can apply for:
Learn more about China visa application knowledge and China Entry and Exit Tips.
Foreigners need to get visa before arrival at Shanghai. Only those who are invited by Chinese side for emergency matters can apply for visa on arrival. Such as invited by China for attend trade fair in a short notice or invited to install equipment or make rush repairs…etc. Learn more about China Visa at www.chinese-embassy.info
China Visa Offices at port of entry which authorized by the Ministry of Public Security (China Police Ministry) are stationed at the following China cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Guilin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Guangzhou (Baiyun Airport), Shenzhen (Luohu, Shekou, Huanggang), Zhuhai (Gongbei), Haikou, Sanya, Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai, Chengdu, Nanjing, Changchun, Huichun, Hekou, Mohe.
Though any client choose to travel with us will be covered by our basic Travel Insurance from China Life Insurance Company and so does many other tourists go with other Chinese travel agencies, we would strongly recommend you to purchase a proper fully covered insurance in your own country before your Beijing trip.
Because the type of insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance, of which the policy only covers accidents that occur within China. According to our service experiences of all these years, it is always much easier and quicker for our clients to claim pension if they need to within their own country’s system.
For further information about what is our basic insurance actually covering please click here.
This is one of those most asked questions. Am I getting a better rate buying yuan in China than USA or UK..etc. The answer is usually YES! Buying yuan in China is usually cheaper than dealing the procedure in North American or European country. You can buy yuan at airport ATM machine or at a Chinese bank even at your hotel front desk. Many ATMs in China, especially these entrance cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, international MasterCard ,Visa cards, American Express are reasonablly accepted, saving the hassle to go for a Chinese bank window.
Most tourists will take out some yuan on an ATM at the airport for they need money to pay taxi ride to hotel before they can find a better rate at their hotel or with their travel agencies.
This is a question that could have thousands answers depending different budgets people have and how you plan you see in Shanghai and in what way. Generally speaking, Shanghai is among those high cost super cities in China mainland if not the highest.
You can get cheap flights on Expedia or any major airlines official website if you are lucky to find any seats on sale. Here in this article, we are also offering you some popular optional websites that Chinese are using when we travel domestically or abroad. You may find it surprisingly cheaper compared to the main western booking sites.
When you are booking a discounted flight ticket, please make sure to check that you have enough luggage allowance attached to your ticket. Sometimes, cheap tickets don’t come with any allowance at all. And if that is the case, you can always purchase some on their official website in advance, in case being charged three times more at the check-in counter at airport.
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Among those earliest port cities that have connection to the world in China, Shanghai is probably the most foreigner friendly city in China next to Hong Kong and followed by Beijing and Guangzhou. Most of the taxi drivers here can speak English and delivery you to those hot travel spot without any problems and the road signs in Shanghai equipment with English name below especially when it is near a travel site and not to mention the efficient metro system. They even got an smart phone app for you to check metro lines and purchase ticket and it is English yes, you will love it! So, pack a well written travel book in your bag and off you go, it is easier than you imagine and in fact travel Shanghai on your own is best way to discover its beauty.
It is difficult to answer this question as it really depends on what kind of traveller you are. Staying in a costy city like Shanghai, saving time there means saving money. As a major Chinese online tour operator as we are—Top China Travel, we can save you a lot of time and hassle compared to drowning in the internet trying to search bits of information on your own. We have discounted price offered by hotels and scenic sites, transportation system, and experienced local guides who can show you the first–hand Shanghai in a most efficient way, it is a way to get a bigger deal by paying less in short.You can plan your trip on your own for it is manageable, but an arranged side tour to Shanghai's water towns or to its nearby cities like Hangzhou and Suzhou is both cost and time efficient.
Shanghai is a city that has a clearly four seasons climate.The best time for a Shanghai trip will be around summer (June to August) and autumn (September to November).
However there are some national public holidays or golden weeks as Chinese describe them which are best to be avoided and they are listed as below:
Though Shanghai has many to see, most of the sites are collectively located near the both bank of Huangpu river. The bund area and the east bank skyscraper area. Generally speaking, 3-5 days are good enough for most visitors. For those sites in downtown city, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Rd, People Square can be done in day 1, day 2 you can plan a bit further to the old French Concession ,Jing’An Temple, or Shikumen area. Day 3 can be a Disney trip for a whole day and day 4 and 5 can be a trip to water village nearby or a side trip Hangzhou or Suzhou.
Below is some well organized and highly suggested itineraries written by our experienced travel consultant for tourist who travels Beijing independently.
Independent One Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Independent Shanghai Day Tour, Shanghai Day Tour for Solo Travellers
Independent One Day Shanghai Tour, Shanghai Discovery Tour
Day Tour to Huangshan from Shanghai, Huangshan Tour
Hangzhou West Lake Tour from Shanghai, Independent West Lake Tour
Independent Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai
Here are some of our Popular Shanghai Packages for your recommendation:
Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road
Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, West Lake, Linyin Temple, Six Harmonious Pagoda, Qinghefang Street, Meijiawu Tea Village
Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road, Humble Administrator Garden, Silk Factory, Tongli water town
Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Chenghuangmiao Street, Mt. Huangshan, Tunxi Old Street, Xidi Village, Hong Cun Village
Want to know where to stay in Shanghai? The best locations to stay in Shanghai for tourists are :
In conclusion, the best location to stay in Shanghai depends on what you want to see in Shanghai. For tourists, we would suggest you to choose hotels in city center of Shanghai for the most convenience, which is marked as red square area in the photograph below.
Below is a tourist map of Shanghai which illustartes the districts of Shanghai and also with scenic spots marks on it.
Shanghai has an excellent efficient metro system, so as long as you are staying within walking distance of a metro station, you won't have any problems getting around in Shanghai. Below is an ultimately detailed Shanghai metro map for your referance (updated 2018-03-15).
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