Travel Documents for China
Here are the main travel documents you'll need for your visit to China. It depends on your country of citizenship that the Chinese embassy may require other documentation from you.
◇Passport: A passport is required for nearly every international travel, so make sure yours is up-to-date.
◇Visas: A visa is authorization by the country you're visiting that allows you to enter the country for a certain amount of time. In China there are various visas that are different based on the reason for visiting. There are different visas for visiting (tourist visa), studying (student visa) and working (business visa).
◇How to get a visa?
Visas can be obtained in person at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in your country, or travel and visa agencies also can help you to get a visa for a fee.
Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) is located in Pudong New Area of Shanghai and easily accessible using many means of transport.The public traffic interchange named “Longyang Road Station” for buses, metro lines and maglev, stands around 600 meters apart from SNIEC. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the “Longyang Road Station” to the fairground. In addition, Metro Line 7 is direct to SNIEC at Hua Mu Road Station whose exit 2 is close to Hall W5 of SNIEC.
Take Line 2 and get off at Longyang Rd. (Exit 6) Walk 780 meters. Round 1 hour and 6 minutes.
Take Line 2 and get off at Longyang Rd. (Exit 6) Walk 780 meters. Round 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Take Line 2 and get off at Longyang Rd. (Exit 6) Walk 780 meters. Round 1 hour and 4 minutes
Pudong International Airport
The Shanghai Pudong International Airport is located on the south coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River, is 45km east of the city.
A taxi from the airport to the Bund will take up to one hour and cost around US$30, while a shuttle bus is $10. A magnetic levitation train will whisk passengers into the city in 20 minutes.
Hongqiao International Airport
The existing Hongqiao International Airport, though slightly aged, works quite well and is easily accessed from the central business district where many airlines have offices. It's 15km west of the city.
From here a taxi is $15 and a public bus as little as $1.
Public buses in Shanghai are the most convenient and inexpensive way to loop the city. Almost more than 1,100 bus lines here to help you to go to every corner of the city.
Buses 1 to 199 run from 5:00am to 11:00pm. Fares range from 1 yuan to 3 yuan depending on the length of the routes or the bus conditions.
There are 11 subway lines in Shanghai. The ticket costs from 3 yuan to 6 yuan depending on the distance. Subway Line 1 and 2 link many famous attractions in Shanghai.
In Shanghai, there are more than 20 ferry lines link Pudong and Puxi Areas. It costs 1 yuan per person, 1.3 yuan per bike and 2 yuan per motorcycle.
Taxis are the most convenient transportation in the city. The charges are different from time. From 5:00-22:59, charges are 12 yuan for the first 3 kilometers and 2.4 yuan for each additional kilometer. From 23:00 to 4:59, charges are 13 yuan for the first 3 kilometers and 3.1 yuan for each additional kilometers.
Qiangsheng Taxi: 021-6258 0000
Dazhong Taxi: 021-6318 3880
Haibo Taxi: 96965
Bashi Taxi: 96840 or 6445 8484
Jinjiang Taxi: 96961
Today's Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour. Serving as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, the important seaport and China's largest commercial and financial center, shanghai draws the attention of the whole world.
Modern Shanghai has three key areas of interest to the visitor. These comprise Sightseeing, Business and Shopping centered upon People's Square and along the Huangpu River. The city's Cultural Center with its public activities and community facilities and finally the main Entertainment and Holiday Tourism area is located at Mt. Sheshan, Chongming Island, Dingshan Lake and Shenshuigang Area.
◇ The Oriental Pearl Television Tower
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund, makes it a distinct landmark in the area. The tower has fifteen observatory levels. There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m level. The project also contains exhibition facilities and a small shopping center. It's one of the must-see attractions in Shanghai.
The Bund or Waitan is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centers on a section of Zhongshan Road within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, facing the high, modern skyscrapers of Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. Building heights are restricted in this area.
◇ People's Square
People's Square is a large public square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. It is south of Nanjing Road and north of Huaihai Road. People's Square is the site of Shanghai's municipal government heaquarters building and is used as the standard reference point for measurement of distance in the Shanghai municipality.
◇ the Huangpu River
The Huangpu is a 113 kilometres-long river flowing through Shanghai. It is the last significant tributary of Yangtze before it empties into the East China Sea. The Bund and Lujiazui are located along the river. The Huangpu is the largest river in Shanghai, with Suzhou Creek being its major tributary. It is on average 400 meters wide and 9 meters deep. It divides the city into two regions: Pudong to its east and Puxi to the west.
Shanghai has many luxury hotels of an international standard, such as the Ritz Portman, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, JC Mandarin, JW Marriott, Park Hotel, etc. Also, there are budget hotel chains like 168 Motel, Super Group etc, that have been built to cater for another group of clients.
A wide variety of cuisines can be found in the City and today Shanghai offers a plethora of culinary delights focusing on the traditions of Beijing, Yangzhou, Sichuan, Guangzhou as well as its own local dishes. Shanghai's restaurants are among the finest to be found in China and they welcome diners from anywhere at any time
In Shanghai, some international hotels have free shuttle buses to and from the Bund commercial area, but apart from those, taxies offer the easiest way to go to the town. There is an excellent and rapid subway system in Shanghai, but it is still being developed and extended. A few isolated parts of Shanghai offer an ideal environment for those who like to explore on foot.
Nightlife in Shanghai is gentle and colorful because life here is much more than life itself. Looking across the Huangpu River to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower is a magical sight. A night-time Huangpu River cruise presents a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the night life on the bund. Leaving the scenary aside, there are bars in great numbers, side by side and in which you can take tea or coffee.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Tourist Hotline: (86-21) 6252-0000
Tourist Information: (86-21) 6439-0630
Taxies: (86-21) 6258-0000
Railway Station: (86-21) 6326-1261
Boat Schedules: (86-21) 6326-1261
China International Travel Service (CITS): (86-21) 6321-7200
The concierge desk of your hotel is also a good place to find the information about transportation, sightseeing, enterntainment and more.