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Public Transportation at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Friday, April 12th, 2019
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Shanghai Pudong International Airport also operates 8 airport shuttle bus lines

Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Pudong International Airport consists of two terminals – T1 and T2. T2 and T1 parallel from south to north and are connected by 700-meter long corridor.

Third Floor for Departure from Pudong Airport
The departure halls where you fly out from Shanghai are on the third floor.

Before you go to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, you are kindly reminded to check your air-ticket and get to know from which terminal you will check in. T2 and T1 are both used for domestic and international arrivals and departures.

Different air companies use different terminals.

Second Floor for Arrivals at Pudong Airport and also for Metro Line and Shanghai Maglev
The arrival halls where you meet and greet passengers are on the second floor both for T2 and T1.

Both Maglev and Metro are on the second floor linked to the middle of the 700-meter long corridor. So if you are going to take Maglev, you should go to the middle part of the long corridor connecting the two terminals.

Metro Line 2 connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the downtown and other parts of Shanghai. Taking Subway Line 2 from Pudong Airport to Hongqiao Airport Shanghai takes one and half hours at the ticket price of 15 Yuan.

Remark:  If you are going to take metro line 2 from Pudong airport to the downtown or vice versa, you have to get off at the station of Guanglan Road (广兰路) and interchange for Pudong airport or downtown direction.

First Subway Train leaves from Pudong Airport at 06:00am; First train arrives at Pudong airport at 06:35am
Last Subway Train leaves from Pudong Airport at 22:00; last trains arrives at Pudong Airport at 22:35

If you prefer to take Shanghai Maglev from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, your final stop is Longyang Road (龙阳路), from where you are able to interchange for Metro Line 2.

Ground Floor for Public Transport
The ground floor is for public transportation like taxi, public bus, and airport shuttle bus.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport also operates 8 airport shuttle bus lines. Taking the shuttle bus from Pudong Airport to Hongqiao Airport takes you one and half hours at the price of 8 yuan.

The taxi from Pudong airport to the downtown Shanghai: 48km, about RMB165 (taxi fare).

Pudong Airport Lond-distance Buses going to Nearby Cities
Hangzhou: 8:40、9:50、11:00、12:00、13:00、14:00、15:00、16:00、16:40、17:20、18:00、19:00、20:00、21:00 ( 3 Hours and 110 yuan)
Suzhou: 9:20、10:10、10:40、11:10、11:40、12:10、12:45、13:30、14:15、14:50、15:30、16:10、16:50、17:30、18:10、18:50、19:40、20:30、21:00 (3 hours and 84 yuan)
Yiwu: 9:00、11:30、14:10、17:10、18:40 (4 and 30 minutes, 180 yuan )
Kunshan: 9:00、10:30、11:30、12:30、13:30、14:30、15:30、16:20、17:10、18:10、19:00、20:00、20:45 ( 2 hours and 76 yuan)

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Further Readings

Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai 
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai 
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks

Thursday, December 27th, 2018
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Each city has its own iconic landmarks which have been lingering in people’s minds either due to their greatness or intriguing stories behind them. Shanghai is a fish-village-turned-metropolitan city dating back to China’s Spring and Autumn period (771 to 476 BC ).

Shanghai architectural landmarks mainly epitomize the colonial buildings set up in the early 1900s and the modern and futuristic architectures constructed in late 1900s and early 2000s, the two main periods for the massive city construction in Shanghai. My Top 10 List largely reflects the best architectural landmarks in these two periods. Hopefully it could serve as a simple guide to your Shanghai tour.

1. The Bund ( Mid-1800s – 1930s )
The word “Bund” comes from an old Hindi word which means “embankment” and was used by a British company which opened an office there in 1846.

The original buildings along the Bund were the warehouses first built by the opium traders who flocked to China in Mid-nineteenth century to make their money.

The original buildings along the Bund

From Mid-1800s to 1933s, about 50 various buildings of different architectural styles were successively constructed including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance between the Bund and the present East Zhong Shan Road.

The clock tower of the old waterfront Customs House, built in 1925, is modeled on Big Ben in London, striking the hour with Chairman Mao’s favorite tune.

2. Shanghai The Paramount 1933
Shanghai The Paramount was a three-story building designed by the architect architect S. J. Young ( 1899-1978) was completed in 1933. The building was once home to the most popular ballrooms for the wealthy elite in Shanghai.

The structure’s façade adopted America’s modern Avant-garde architectural style, and was regarded as the most trendy architectural design in China and around the world as well, and the “No.01 Oriental Musical Palace” in 1930s.

Shanghai The Paramount

Shanghai The Paramount

Today Shanghai The Paramount is besieged by contemporary high-rise buildings, but it still stands out a nostalgic reminder of Shanghai’ glamorous past. Its address: 218 Yuyuan Road in Jing’an, Shanghai (静安区愚园路218号).

3. Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower ( 1991 – 1994 )
Oriental Pear Tower is a TV Tower and an iconic landmark in Shanghai, and located by the side of the west bank of Huangpu River, opposite to the Bund.

It is one of the most photographed building on the Pudong Skyline, viewed from the Bund. The construction began in 1991, and the tower was completed in 1994.

Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower

With a height of 468 m, the tower has fifteen observatory levels. The lower level at 263 m is the Sightseeing Floor. There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m level. The tower also houses exhibition facilities, restaurants and a shopping mall.

4. Shanghai World Financial Center (2008)
The Shanghai World Financial Center is the second highest building in mainland China with a total height of 492 m (1,614 ft). The skyscraper is located in the Pudong district, an essential structure on the spectacular Pudong Skyline.

It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The tower’s foundation stone was laid on 27 August 1997 and it was declared complete on 17 July 2008.

Shanghai World Financial Center

The supertall building comprises offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. The tower features three separate observation decks -lowest at the 94th floor at 423 m ; the second, on the 97th floor at a height of 439 m ; and the highest, on the 100th floor at 474 m (1,555 ft) high.

5. Jin Mao Tower (1999)
The Jin Mao Tower is located next to Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Tower ( the highest ) in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district in Shanghai.

It is composed of offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel. It is one of the centerpieces of the Pudong skyline at the height of 420.5m. It was designed by the Chicago firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The tower was fully operational in 1999.

Jin Mao Tower

Jin Mao Building has four entrances, two for the offices, one for the lobby, the last one for the entrance to the 88-floor observation – the skywalk, a 1,520 m2 indoor observation deck with a capacity of over 1,000 people. It offers the panoramic views of Shanghai as well as a topside view below of the atrium of Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel inside Jin Mao Tower( occupying the floors from 53 to 87).

The 88-storey observation deck is open from 8:30am to 10:00pm. It’s better to have the tower tour on a bright clear day or one a fine evening. You will enjoy different views visiting Jin Mao Tower in the daytime or in the evening.

6. Shanghai Tower (2008 – 2015)
The Shanghai Tower is a megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is designed by Gensler and owned by a consortium of Chinese state-owned companies.

It is the tallest building in China accompanied by the other three supertall buildings in Pudong – the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The megatall structure is 632 metres high with128 stories.

The 632-meter high Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. However, Shenzhen’s 660-metre Ping An Finance Centre will beat the Shanghai Tower as China’s tallest building when it is completed in 2016.

7. China Pavilion at Expo 2010 ( 2010)
The magnificent building of the China Pavilion is the legacy of Expo 2010, officially the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, which was held on both banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, from 1 May to 31 October 2010.

Known as Oriental Crown, it was the largest national pavilion in the Shanghai Expo and largest on the history of the World Expo. Add: at Pudong New District ( take subway line 8 and get off at the station of China Art Museum (中华艺术宫) and exit from Exit 1 or 3.

China Pavilion

China Pavilion

After the end of the Expo 2010, the building was converted to a museum. Now it houses the China Art Museum, the largest art museum in Asia. The building features the dougong as well as the Chinese ding vessel.

The dougong is a traditional wooden bracket used to support large overhanging eaves dating as back as nearly 2,000 years. The ding is a vessel used by Chinese emperors to make offerings to the gods. It symbolizes the union between heaven and earth.

8. Shanghai Museum (1996)
The Shanghai Museum is located on the People’s Square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. The current building of Shanghai Museum was rebuilt in 1996 though Shanghai Museum’s history can be traced back to 1952 when it was established.

It known as one of China’s first world-class modern museums with a wide collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

The main building is designed by the local architect Xing Tonghe. It features the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel known as a ding. Ding is a vessel used by emperors, reflecting the idea of “round sky, square earth” as you can find the building has a round top and a square base, a union of Heaven and Earth.

9. Nanpu Bridge (1991)
The Nanpu Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge, a sister bridge to the Yangpu Bridge, which also spans over Huangpu River connecting Puxi and Pudong in Shanghai.

It was designed by Chinese architects. It has a main span of 846 meters with an extended bridge over 7500 meters.

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Shanghai Grand Theatre

The bridge has two towers with one on each side and each of them has 22 couple of iron cables to link the main bridge in the shape of a fan. A ship of 50000 tons can pass under the bridge. The bridge accommodates 7 drive lanes – 4 lanes from Puxi to Pudong and 3 lanes from Puxi to Pudong.

10. Shanghai Grand Theatre (1998)
Completed in 1998, the Shanghai Grand Theatre is listed as one of the largest and best-equipped automatic stages in the world.

The theatre stages the performances of operas, symphonies, chamber music concerts, musicals, ballets, spoken dramas and various Chinese operas. It is located in the northern part of the People’s Square in Huangpu District, Shanghai.

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre building is one of Shanghai’s iconic landmark with an area of 2.1 hectares and a total construction area of 70,000 sq. meters.

The building was designed by ARTE Charpentier, a famous architecture design company founded by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier. When the night falls, the lights around the building transforms its exterior into a crystal palace.

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Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199

Further Readings

Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Visit Shanghai in January

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
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Plan your Shanghai tour in December?  So for various reasons you choose to visit the international metropolis of Shanghai in January, the coldest month in a year.

Shanghai Pudong Skyline

Situated south of Yangtze River,  though its mercury drop is a bit higher than that in the northern China, it still feels very cold in January in Shanghai as its feeling temperature can be much lower due to its humid and windy weather  in winter, plus the absence of the central heating systems popular in the northern China.

The Weather in January in Shanghai

Situated south of Yangtze River and on the southeast coastal  area of China, Shanghai features a humid subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons.

In January, Shanghai’s average temperature falls between 1℃ (Night) and 8℃ (Day). There is a big temperature difference between day and night.  This month is  humid and windy and it feels much colder than what its mercury shows. Be ready for change of clothing and drink constantly on your day trip.

Historical Weather Data for January in Shanghai

We’ve summed up the following Shanghai’s historical daily weather data which may give you very useful weather information on Shanghai in terms of average daily lowest and highest temperature as well as extreme temperatures.

You can make use of the historical weather date to plan  your January trip to Shanghai, deciding on what to wear and what to pack.

Average High
Average Low
Extreme High Extreme Low
Jan 01 8℃ 2℃ 16℃(1953) -7℃(1966)
Jan 02 8℃ 1℃ 16℃(1968) -5℃(1952)
Jan 03 9℃ 2℃ 14℃(1975) -6℃(1952)
Jan 04 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1989) -5℃(1952)
Jan 05 7℃ 1℃ 19℃(1972) -8℃(1952)
Jan 06 8℃ 0℃ 16℃(1991) -8℃(1952)
Jan 07 8℃ 1℃ 17℃(1990) -6℃(1951)
Jan 08 9℃ 1℃ 17℃(1978) -7℃(1967)
Jan 09 9℃ 1℃ 19℃(1978) -7℃(1967)
Jan 10 9℃ 1℃ 20℃(1990) -8℃(1956)
Jan 11 8℃ 1℃ 21℃(1955) -8℃(1967)
Jan 12 8℃ 1℃ 15℃(1961) -8℃(1967)
Jan 13 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1951) -7℃(1954)
Jan  14 7℃ 1℃ 16℃(1955) -7℃(1969)
Jan 15 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1977) -7℃(1954)
Jan 16 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1996) -9℃(1967)
Jan 17 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1958) -8℃(1965)
Jan 18 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(1979) -7℃(1965)
Jan 19 7℃ 1℃ 15℃(1992) -7℃(1960)
Jan 20 8℃ 1℃ 15℃(1996) -7℃(1960)
Jan 21 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1951) -7℃(1967)
Jan 22 8℃ 1℃ 18℃(1998) -7℃(1967)
Jan 23 8℃ 1℃ 20℃(1963) -7℃(1973)
Jan 24 8℃ 0℃ 18℃(1987) -7℃(1953)
Jan 25 7℃ 0℃ 14℃(1987) -8℃(1965)
Jan 26 8℃ 0℃ 19℃(1962) -6℃(1973)
Jan 27 8℃ 1℃ 17℃(1987) -5℃(1966)
Jan 28 9℃ 1℃ 20℃(1987) -5℃(1991)
Jan 29 8℃ 1℃ 22℃(1987) -6℃(1967)
Jan 30 7℃ 0℃ 15℃(2000) -7℃(1967)
Jan 31  7℃ 0℃  16℃(2001)  -10℃(1954)

What to Wear

In January, Shanghai is cold, windy and humid with the average temperature between the highest 8℃ and the lowest 1 ℃ characterised by the big temperature drop between day and night.

Outdoor daytime wear: overcoat, thin down jackets, jeans, overcoat,  layers and knit wear;
Outdoor evening wear: down jackets, or overcoat, knit wear ,jeans, winter hat, gloves and caps.

Where to Stay

Shanghai is one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities. The huge city offers you plentiful hotel choices from luxury international brand hotels to budget hostel.

Your hotel selection is also affected by the location you are going to choose.  People prefer a convenient hotel in terms of its proximity to subways, shopping centers and attractions you are going to visit.

So first of all, you need to acquaint yourself with the basic knowledge of the district and neighbourhood you are going to stay and your hotel should be close to a metro line, shopping malls, etc.

Shanghai is mainly divided into 16 districts (8 urban districts and 8 suburban districts). Each district has its own core city. If you are on a leisure trip to Shanghai, you expect to stay in one of the 8 urban districts.

The 8 districts are all located in Puxi – to the west bank of Huangpu River while Pudong New District is located to the east bank of Huangpu River. The Pudong New Area is full of highrises, not suitable for leisure travelers.

8 Urban Districts
Jing’an District (静安区)
Huangpu District (黄浦区)
Xuhui District (徐汇区)
Changning District (长宁区)
Putuo District (普陀区)
Zhabei District (闸北区)
Hongkou District (虹口区)
Yangpu District (杨浦区)

8 Suburban Districts
Pudong New District (浦东新区)
Baoshan District (宝山区)
Minhang District (闵行区)
Jiading District (嘉定区)
Jinshan District (金山区)
Songjiang District (松江区)
Qingpu District (青浦区)
Fengxian District (奉贤区)

Basically people would arrange their hotels in one of the 8 Urban Districts. But for business travelers, Pudong New District is also a good option too.

For more information on each district and its hotel choices,  check out the link Where to Stay in Shanghai.

Where to See

As you know, Shanghai is cut into two parts by Huangpu River: Pudong ( to the east of  Huangpu River ) and Puxi ( to the west of the Huangpu River ). Most of the historical and scenic sites in shanghai are in Puxi while Pudong is the new development area peppered with numerous futuristic high-rise buildings.

If it is your first time to visit Shanghai, we are happy to present you our version of Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai for your reference. You are kindly advised to visit Shanghai per your personal taste. Hope our Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai will be helpful in planning your Shanghai trip. Check out the link – Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai.

Though winter is not the best season to visit Shanghai in terms of weather, it doesn’t make much difference to visit Shanghai in winter from other seasons due to its static city landscapes. Shanghai winter tour has its own advantage – less crowded, big discounts for admission fees, hotels and flights. Check out Top Things to do in Shanghai in winter.

What to Eat

Shanghai has a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, and boasts one of China’s most characteristic and distinctive cuisines.

You can appreciate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the local food culture as well during your Shanghai tour.

Shanghai cuisine, collecting the traditional of old Shanghai and the fad of new Shanghai, is a place gathering all kinds of snacks such as Nanxiang Xiaolongbao (Steamed Pork Dumplings), a must you should taste on your Shanghai trip.

Eat Steamed Pork Dumpings at Nanxiang Xiaolongbao

Nanxiang Xiaolongbao is a traditional snack of Nanxiang Town with a history of more than 100 years. It is deeply popular with the tourists both home and abroad for its thin skin, much stuffing, fresh flavour. You can find Nanxiang Xiaolongbao in many places in Shanghai.

We’ve rounded up the top 10 best restaurants in Shanghai, so  get ready to have a bite! Please check out Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai  and Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants  for more information.

January Events, Holidays & Festivals

Annual Events and Festivals

1. New Year Eve Ceremony
Each year Shanghai local tourism bureau will hold a fantastic “New Year Celebration” on the eve of the coming new year in a unique way. Turn to a local travel agency or visit Xian tourism bureau’s official website for the new year celebration.

3. Spring Festival
Spring Festival is the biggest and most celebrated festival in China as well as some countries of east and southeast Asia. People enjoy 3 day holiday. Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together. This is the Chinese government’s “holiday economy” policy. 2016 Chinese new year start January 28 through February 02, 2017.

Tip:  Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Highlight Day Tour from US$ 65
Afternoon Ambling & Evening Brilliant Cruise Day Tour from US$ 55
Historic Shanghai and Ancient Water Town Day Tour from US$ 59
Shanghai 2 Day Tour Package from US$ 145
Shanghai 3 Day Tour Pacakge from US$ 199

Further Readings

Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.