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Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is part of the Hongqiao Tranportation Hub, the largest transportation hub in China, combining airport, railway, subway, city bus and long-distance bus.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station mainly operates the Beijing–Shanghai High Speed Rail, the Shanghai–Hangzhou High Speed Rail and the Shanghai–Nanjing Intercity High Speed Rail.

passengers waiting for high speed trains in the railway station waiting area on the second floor ( F2 )

Passengers waiting for high speed trains on the second floor ( F2 )

The construction of this huge station building follows the principle of “entering from the above and exiting from the below” Its main floors are simply listed below:

F3: Commercial floor for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge

F2: Departure floor as well as the station waiting area ( Also for ticketing offices )
F1: Platforms and tracks for outgoing and incoming bullet trains
B1: Arrival floor for train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.
B2: Platforms for subway lines (subway line 2 & 10)

B2 Floor
The B2 floor is designed for subway platforms – Subway Line 2 and 10 linking the railway station with the center of Shanghai. If you want to go to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station by subway, you are advised to use Line 2 and Line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Railway Station and take the escalator up to the B1 floor ( arrival floor ), or continue to  the second floor ( F2 ), the waiting room for departure.

B2 Floor  is the departure floor for Subway Line 2 and Line 10, where you take an escalator up to B1, and F2.

The arrival or departure floor for Subway Line 2 and Line 10, where you take an escalator up to B1, and F1.

 
The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2. 

The signboard to the service you are going to use when you arrive at Hongquao Railway Station by subway at B2.

After arriving at Hongqiao Railway Station, if you would like to use Shanghai subway, then you walk down the escalator from the F1 floor ( platform ) to the B1 floor (arrival floor), buying subway tickets on B1, again walk down to the B2 floor to connect Shanghai subway, either line 2 or line 10.

B1 Floor
The B1 is arrival floor for train passengers, a huge traffic transit hub for subway, train, flight, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. There are several ticket selling outlets on the B1 floor.

1.  To go to T1 of Hongqiao airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao airport.

2.  To go to to T2 of Hongqiao airport, you can easily take a moving sideway for 10 minutes to get to T2 of Hongqiao Airport.

3.  To get to the city center of Shanghai, you should take subway line 2

4.  To get to Pudong airport, you should take subway line 2 ( about 1.4 hours )

5.  To get to Shanghai Railway Station, you should first take subway line 2 and interchange for Subway line 1 at the stop of People’s Square and get off at the stop of Shanghai Railway Station.

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor or F1

Buying high speed train tickets on the B1 floor

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for train passengers at Hongqiao Railway Station. 

The B1 floor is mainly designed as the arrival floor for Hongqiao Railway Station.

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1 

Line up for the taxi in and starting form B1

F1 Floor

First floor (F1) has totally 16 platforms with 30 tracks for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

First floor (F1) is the platform for outgoing and incoming bullet trains.

F2 Floor
The second floor( F2 ) of covers 10,000 square meters, used as the waiting room for the high-speed trains. You first wait on the second floor and look for the signboard for your train number. When it approaches the departure time for your train, passengers will line up before the signboard.

When it is time for embarking, passengers will be guided to take the escalator down to the platform on the first floor (F1). So please wait on the second floor and look for your train number sign.

They are passengers waiting for high speed trains in the waiting lounge on the second floor ( F2 ) of the terminal building of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

If you need any help at Hongqiao Railway Station, please go to the Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” on the second floor.

Enquiry Counter with a question mark “?” e Enquiry

F3 Floor

The third floor is for restaurants and shops and Vip lounge. The McDonald’s or KFC at T2 of the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao Train Station and T2 of Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving sideway, 15-minute walk.

Restaurants on the third floor

Restaurants on the third floor.

Adjacent to the Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Adjacent to the Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Note: if you want to go to Terminal 1 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, you should take subway line 10 and get off at Hongqiao Airport Station.

Walking from B1 of Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport 

Walking from Hongqiao Railway Station to the Terminal 2 of Hongqiao Airport

Remarks:

1.  All the left luggage offices are closed and out of service. Instead, there are 12 self-service baggage deposit areas on the second floor. The signs overhead pointing to Left Luggage (小件寄存) are no longer used. The instructuons on how to use the self-service baggage storage are all in Chinese.

If you cannot handle the self-service left luggage lockers. If you may turn to “Enquiry Counter” for help, which is located in the center of the waiting hall on the second floor.

Deposit Time: between 06:00 – 21:00
Service Line: 1502659 0673
Complaint: 95105105

Baggage deposit service fees:

Large suitcase: RMB 20 (8 hours)
Small Suitcase: RMB 10 9 8 hours)

2. If you need “Red Cap service” (Hong Mao Zi Carrying) which assists seniors or people with too much luggage who need someone to take their luggage on to the train coach.

Please go to the Enquiry (information center) in the middle of the waiting hall. Wnen you arrival floor, you will see the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business.

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

the porters from Red Cap Service are waiting for business

Red Cap Service Fees
1) RMB 20 for large suitcase.
2) RMb 10 for samaller one.
Service Line: 021-51245660
Complaint: 95105105

3.  The McDonald’s or KFC at the Hongqiao airport offer 24 hours service.  Hongqiao train station and Hongqiao airport are connected by a moving sideway, 15-minute walk.

4. A Smoking Room is by the Gate 4 ( south) on the arrival Hall ( second floor)

Smoking Room

Smoking Room

Any questions, just drop a line.

Shanghai Hop On Hop Off

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
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Plan your Shanghai tour?  Shanghai has taken one step ahead of Beijing in introducing the western hop on hop off sighseeing bus into Shanghai Bus Tour market. 
Shanghai Spring Tour, a local tour company – Shanghai Spring Tour, now manages the “vernacular” hop on and hop off open double decker buses in Shanghai.

The open top decker city sightseeing tours have been carefully selected to give you a glimpse of Shanghai’s culture and city landscape. The whole loop trip takes you around two and half hours. If you are a newcomer to Shanghai, it is advisable to take a loop Shanghai Bus Tour.

It is in Shanghai!

Open top double decker buses operated by Spring Tour

Open top double decker buses operated by Spring Tour

Commentary – Digitally Recorded Multi-Lingual in 8 languages.

Commentary – Digitally Recorded Multi-Lingual in 8 languages.

The city sightseeing bus follows two routes: Line 1 through Pudong, and Line 2 through Puxi, with a total of 14 stops along the way. The bus links famous city attractions such as People’s Square, the Bund, Town God’s Temple, Huaihai Road and the Lujiazui Financial District. The city sightseeing bus operates 365 days a year with a system that allows passengers to embark and disembark as they please, at any number of shopping, entertainment or sightseeing locations.
The 24 hour ticket is valid for one person (with the option of an accompanying child under 1.4 metres in height), and includes one pair of earphones. The GPS-triggered audio tour comes with 8 language options: Chinese, English, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese.

Operation Periods:
Peak Season: May 1st to Oct 31st       Puxi: 09:00-20:30. Pudong: 09:00-19:30  Puxi: every 20 mins. Pudong: every 30mins Low Season: Nov. 1st to April 30 th          Puxi: every 30mins. Pudong: every 30mins Puxi: 09:00-18:00.  Pudong:09:00-17:30Booking Hotline: 86-21-6251 5777  Bus Price: RMB 27

Tour Route Line 1 (Red Line): 14 Stops
No. 1  Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (No.100 People’s Avenue close to Mid Xizang Rd.) No. 2  Shanghai Art Museum (Temporary Stop now) (No.325 West Nanjing Rd. close to North Huangpi Rd.) No. 3  Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street (Western stretch ) (Opposite to No.68 West Nanjing Rd.) No. 4  Century Square (The corner of Nanjing Rd.and Mid Zhejiang Rd. Wing On Department Store) No. 5  Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street (Eastern stretch) (Mid Henan Rd. Close to Metro line10 East Nanjing Rd.Station No.7 Exit) No. 6  The Bund – Garden Bridge of Shanghai (No.24 East Zhongshan No.1 Rd.) No. 7  Customs House on the Bund (No.13 East Zhongshan No.1 Rd.) No. 8  Huangpu River Cruise Dock Location (Xinkaihe Rd. Close to East Zhongshan No.2 Rd.) No.9  Shanghai Old Street (No.1 Renmin Rd Tonghanchuntang) No. 10  City God Temple and Yu Yuan Garden (No.269 Mid Fangbang Rd.) No. 11  Former Site Of the Korean Provisional Government (Opposite to No.322 Madang Rd.) No. 12  The Site of the First National Congresss of the Communist Party of China. Xin Tian Di (South Huangpi Rd.close to the Rolex in Hubin Rd.) No. 13  Huai Road (Middle ) Shopping Street (No.158 Mid Huaihai Rd.close to Huaihai Park.) No. 14  Shanghai Museum & Shanghai Concert Hall (Pu’an Rd.close to East Yan’an Rd.) No. 1  Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

LINE 2 (Green Line) : 4 Stops No. 1 Shanghai Museum (Pu’an Rd.close to East Yan’an Rd.) No. 2 Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (No.100 People’s Aveneu close to Mid Xizang Rd.) No.3  Oriental Pearl TV Tower Station (Close to No.1416 Lujiazui loop Rd.) No.4  Jin Mao Tower (Garden Stonebridge Rd. Huanyuanshiqiao Rd. Opposite to Gate 4 Jinmao Tower. No. 1  Shanghai Museum (Pu’an Rd.close to East Yan’an Rd.)
Interchange of Line 1 and Line 2Line 1: No. 1 Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall     No. 14 Shanghai Museum Line 2: No. 1 Shanghai Museum

Shanghai bus tour 
Shanghai Daily Bus Tours (A Local English Speaking Tour Guide Escorted the Entire Time)

Our daily group sightseeing tours of Shanghai are a great way of visiting the fascinating metropolis. These tours are available on daily basis all the year round.

All the bus tours include free hotel-to-hotel service. Each morning, you are picked up from your downtown hotel in Shanghai, then you will see the attractions together with other tourists. Groups are kept to around 10 passengers in a comfortable coach with a professional driver.
Our licensed English speaking tour guide stay with you the entire time and tells you the history and story behind each attraction or landmark. Our group tours have attracted people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.
» Shanghai Classic One Day Bus Tour
Shanghai Classic One Day Bus Tour Departure Date: Daily Attractions: City God Temple, Yu Garden, The Bund,   Old French Concession, Jade Buddha Temple, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 2010 Expo   Park and Old Residentail Long Tang Pick-up point and time: Your downtown hotel around   8:00am Drop off time: Your downtown hotel around   6:00pm Vehicle: Air-conditioned coach + shared English   seaking tour guide  Payment: Cash on the spot or pay upfront by paypal or   credit card Tour Code: SB-A Price: RMB420 per person Children (3-8 years old): Half Price Under 3 Years Old: Free of Charge

» Shanghai Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour
Shanghai Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour Departure Date: Daily Attractions: Yu Garden, Old French Concession,   Former Residences of Celebrities, Tianzifang Street, The Bund Night Stroll,   Huangpu River Evening Cruise, Xintiandi Bar Street Pick-up point and time: Your downtown hotel around 12:30pm   8:30pm Drop off time: Your downtown hotel around 8:30pm Vehicle: Air-conditioned coach + shared English seaking tour   guide  Payment: Cash on pick up or pay upfront by paypal or   credit card Tour Code: SB-E Price: RMB450 per   person Children (3-8 years old): Half Price Under 3 Years Old: Free   of Charge

» Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour Departure Date: Daily Attractions: Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Village, Shanghai Museum,   and People’s Square Pick-up point and time: Your downtown hotel around 8:30am Drop off time: Your downtown hotel around   6:00pm Vehicle: Air-conditioned coach + shared English seaking tour   guide  Payment: Cash on pick up or pay upfront by paypal or   credit card Tour Code: SB-F Price: RMB450 per person Children (3-8 years old): Half   Price Under 3 Years Old: Free of Charge

» Shanghai Suzhou Bus Day Tour
Shanghai Suzhou Bus Day Tour Departure Date: Tue. Thu. Sat Attractions: Lion Grove Garden, Master-of-Nets Garden, Suzhou   Museum, ShanTan Ancient Street  Tour Depart: Tue, Thu, Sat Pick-up point and time: Your downtown hotel around 7:30am Drop off time: Your downtown hotel around   6:00pm Vehicle: Air-conditioned coach + shared English seaking tour   guide  Payment: Cash on pick up or pay upfront by paypal or   credit card Tour Code: SB-C Price: RMB480 per person Children (3-8 years old): Half   Price Under 3 Years Old: Free of Charge

» Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang One Day Bus Tour
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang One Day Bus Tour Departure Date: Daily Attractions: Lingering Garden in Suzhou and Watertown   of Zhouzhuang Pick-up point and time: Your downtown hotel around   8:00am Drop off time: Your downtown hotel around   6:00pm Vehicle: Air-conditioned coach + shared English   seaking tour guide  Payment: Cash on the spot or pay upfront by paypal or credit   card Tour Code: SB-B Price: RMB550 per person Children (3-8 years old): Half Price Under 3 Years Old: Free of Charge

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Shanghai high speed rail

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
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Yesterday afternoon, nearly off work time around 6:00pm, I decided to go to Shanghai for urgent family matters the next day. The normal reaction was to book a flight from Beijing to Shanghai. But the high speed rail Beijing Shanghai changed my mind set. I would like to try the newly opened Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train.
 
I logged on to www.12306.cn for online ticket booking. After registration, then I got an email to reconfirm the registration, and began to book the train ticket I preferred. Everything went smoothly except the way of payment. I have credit cards and an paypal account, but all didn’t work. It requests me to have an online account at a bank, Bank of China etc. I was confused.
 
I had to give up online booking. At present, www.12306.cn is not very convenient for locals, even more difficult for foreigners. I had to go to the nearest train station – Beijing Railway Station. Though the high speed trains don’t start from Beijing Railway Station, it does have two windows selling high speed train tickets.
 
It was a long queue, taking me about 40 minutes to get a ticket, and I chose a second class seat ticket for G11 Beijing Shanghai starting the next day 8:00am, July 05, 2011 – that’s today.
 
Around 7:00am this morning, I take a taxi from my residental area to Beijing South Railway Station. The traffic is slim and I get to Departure Hall of Beijing South Railway Station shortly.   
 
Entering the east entrance and getting through the security check, I raise my head and look at the huge timetable board and get to know my check-in gate is Gate 15.
 

My check-in gate is Gate 15

 
Passengers are insertng their tickets into the slots and go down to the platform

Passengers are insertng their tickets into the slots and go down to the platform

 
Following the queue, I move on to the entrance. Inserting my computerized ticket into the slot, the door opened and I go down steps to the platform 15.

I go down steps to the platform 15.

 
The Coach 11 is my temporary home. 80 paasengers in one second class coach with 16 rows of 5 seats abreast ( 2 + 3 ). I’m lucky to have a 2 set window seat
 

The Coach 11 is my temporary home

Overhead Luggage rack
 

Overhead Luggage rack

A plug under the seats for powering laptops
 

A plug under the seats for powering laptops

Internet on Beijing Shanghai high speed trains is available, but its signal is too weak to be able to connect any laptops online. I have to give up and you are supposed to use your own wireless wan card.
 

Its signal is too weak to connect any laptops online

Lavatory at the end of each coach
 

Lavatory at the end of each coach

 
Luggage area both at the end and in the front of each coach
 

Luggage area both at the end and in the front of each coach

 
Trolley food cart
 

Trolley food cart

Box meals at the price RMB37 per set
 

Box meals at the price RMB37 per set

Hot drinking water
 

Hot drinking water

 
G11 Beijing Shanghai high speed train has three stops: Jinnan West 9:35am, Tengzhou 10:15am and 11:49am  Nanjing South and arriving at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station at 12:55.