The most amazing things about Shanghai

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All set for your trip to China? Here you have the most amazing things about Shanghai. All you need to know before your trip.

Do you know what Shanghai means? The name Shanghai means “Upon the Sea”, and this comes from its perfect geographic location on the East China Sea between the Yangtze river and the Hangzhou Bay. Since the Song Dynasty in 960 AD, it served as an old trading city due to its many ports and long coast. Now Shanghai has grown to be a global financial and business Mecca, and a transport hub with the busiest trade port in the world. It has attracted people from all walks of life, for both business and adventure.

Airports in Shanghai

Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport are the main airports in Shanghai. Hongqiao is located west of Shanghai approximately 13 kilometers from downtown. Pudong airport is on the coast of Pudong new area which is 30 kilometers southeast of the city center, and 40 kilometers east of Hongqiao Airport The three big airlines in China are Air China (CA), China Eastern Airlines (MU) and China Southern Airlines (CZ)

The weather in China

When you travel to Shanghai, keep in mind that the weather mostly rainy due to its close proximity to the ocean, but it does have four seasons throughout the year. It has a warm spring (from March to May), a hot summer (from June to August), a mild fall (from September to November), and a cold winter (from December to February). There is also moderate rain that lasts throughout the year. From July to August the temperature ranges from 25ºC to 30ºC with a maximum of 40ºC. In the winter the temperature drops down to 3ºC with continuous wet weather. So, the best time to travel to Shanghai would be during Spring or Fall, when the temperature is more moderate and stable.

Currency in Shanghai

The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB), also known as the Chinese Yuan (CNY). To exchange money you can go to a bank or an exchange office in the airport. At Servatrip, we recommend China Bank or the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC China) for purchasing Renminbis. Most places accept Visa or Mastercard, but it would also be a good idea to carry some cash with you just in case.

Transportation in Shanghai

Shanghai is the economic capital of China, so its public transportation network is very well developed in order to keep things moving. Buses and the subway cover most of the city and the fares run between 3 and 14 rmb, depending on the distance and the number of stations you need to go. Although there’s plenty of taxis, most of them can be reserved in advance via mobile applications, but it could be a little difficult trying to find one because they're not regularly available. If that is the situation, we can provide you with a knowledgeable and professional driver who can take you where you need to go. It is a fast and easy way to avoid any hassle with transportation, while making the most out of your trip.

Paperwork and Documentation before your trip to Shanghai

Before you travel to Shanghai, you will need to request a tourist visa at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country. There are travel restrictions on a few regions of China such as Tibet or Xinjiang, which will require special permits if you would like to visit them. But don’t worry, on our website we have provided you with all the information you need to acquire a visa or permits for a trip to China.

Chinese language tips

The local language is not Mandarin like most of China, but it is Shanghainese, which is a local dialect. But most people speak Mandarin as well, being that it is the most prominent dialect in China.

















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