Shanghai literally means "the City by the Sea". It is situated in the central-eastern China, facing the East China Sea.
Shanghai has two airports - Shanghai Pudong International Airport ( PVG ) and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is located in Pudong new zone, east of Huangpu River while Shanghai Hongqiao Airport located in Puxi, west of Huangpu River. Shanghai Pudong International Airport is mainly for domestic and international flights while Hongqiao mainly for domestic flights.
For visitors, most attractions are in Puxi, where the old Shanghai is located while Pudong is the new development zone.
The summer season from June to September are hot accompanied by rainfall making the weather humid, so it may be best to avoid visiting this time. Steamy days see the temperatures rising to 35 degree C and the accompanying rain makes the humidty levels rise to 86 percent, especially in July and August.
The autumn months October to November are quite pleasant with temperatures ranging in the mid 20s C, but late November sees some rain. The winter season from December to February are cold and chilly, with mercury levels falling to freezing point, so best avoided. Granted the Chinese New Year takes place in late January or early February, but it is mostly a family affair with the culmination of the festival taking place in a grand parade and the Festival of Lanterns which is a very colourful affair
The best time of the year to be in Shanghai are in the spring months from March to May when the flowers burst into bloom after the long cold winter. This is the time when the parks and gardens are at their best and the temperatures hover in the region of a very comfortable 20 C.
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Travelling to China requires a visa stamped on a full passport with validity of not less than 6 months upon entry to China. China visa is required for major foreign passport holder. Please check with the embassy for the visa application. A tourist visa usually valid for 30 days from the day of entry, and it might be extended through applications to the local public security bureau.
72 hour FREE transit visa :
Passport holders of 51 countries including the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Japan, etc. can enjoy 72 hours free transit via Airport.
Read details about : http://www.chinaembassy.org.nz/eng/lsqz/t1002503.htm
Passport must have validity of at least 6 months.
The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY)or in Chinese "Ren-min-bi". The basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai"), which equals 10 jiao (or "mao"), which is then divided into 10 fen. Paper currency comes in 1.2,5,10,50 and 100 yuan notes. Paper jiao come in denominations of 1,2, and 5. There are also 1 and 2 fen notes, but these are rarely used as their purchasing power is exactly zero. As for coins, there are 1 youan ,1 and 5 jiao,and 1,2, and 5 fen(ahain, the fen are basically useless).
All kind of Visa, MasterCard, Diner's Card, American Express, JCB, Million Card and Federal Card are accepted in most of hotels and shops at all the cities in China. You can cash “RMB” with credit card in most of cities in China.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Shanghai has a decent enough range of things to buy, but don’t expect things dirt cheap; as far as prices are concerned, Shanghai still can’t compete with Beijing and Hong Kong. However, you can find some nice items in the city’s markets- including clothing (readymade, as well as in the form of cloth, which you can get tailored; Shanghai’s tailors are generally very good) art and antiques. For art and antiques, definitely pay a visit to the Shanghai Antique and Curio Store, run by the government and with a good selection of antiques and souvenirs of different types (what’s good is that at least you can be sure that any antiques you pick up here will almost certainly be actually old, and not just fakes). Also, big department stores and tourist stores designated by the government tend to have better credibility. Also, always ask for a receipt.
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income. Drivers and Guides are expecting some reward as a gesture of satisfaction. We suggested US$5.00 per person per day for sit-in-coach group tour and US$10.00 per person per day tipping for private mini van driver and the local guide(s) if their services are good.
In big cities, you have to be patient, never expect the traffic to move rapidly, and allow ample time to get around.
Bicycle is the key type of transportation for local citizens in China. We do not recommend any tourist to take a bicycle ride in the city since the roads are always packed with people.
Bus is another common means of getting around in the city. Services cover most areas. However, you should study the city map and local dialect before you venture out with buses.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
It is advisable not to drink tap water. Instead drink boiled water in the flask or bottled-water provided by your hotel. In most cities, bottled beverages are available either in your hotel or department stores. Local beers are relatively inexpensive. There is a wide range of soft drinks or juice in bottle available at shops or store and supermarkets. Coffee or Tea is served at all hotels; however most of hotels are served local brands except in International chain hotels.
Telephone & Internet: Mainland China 86
(Special Telephone Numbers: Police 110; Fire 119; Emergency 120.)
Mobile (cell) phone covered in the entire area, Internet access can be provided at most of the hotels and the internet bars and café. International calls accessible at all hotels.
If you are travelling from Hongkong and in need of full internet access please browse the website for router rental service to use in the country.
YOUR CHINA TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within China are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flight or train schedule, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register.