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How to Plan a Trip to Beijing

Friday, March 22nd, 2019
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If it is your first time to visit Beijing, we hope, this short travel guide will help you plan your long-expected Beijing tour.

We try to offer  advice on when to go and where to stay, how to allocate your time and choose the major attractions in Beijing.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

When to Go
Maybe”When to go” doesn’t seem a practical question since most of us are unable to match our visit time with the so-called the best time to visit Beijing or any other particular destination. But nevertheless getting ourselves well informed of “When to go” is very much useful preparing a coming trip.

Beijing has clearly cut four seasons with longer winters and shorter springs. Beijing’s winter lasts officially from November 15 to March 15 ( official winter indoor heating period) : dry and cold outside.  But visiting Beijing in winter is not a bad idea given the discounts offered by airlines, hotels and sites, plus numerous winter activities in Beijing.

Though Beijing’s official spring time starts from March 15 to May 15, its warmer springtime only lasts one month from early April to early May. Beijing’s March is very often chilly and sandstorm hits Beijing periodically in March. So traveling Beijing in early April through early May is relatively relaxing and comfortable. But try to avoid visiting Beijing during the 3-day public holiday May 01 to 03.

Beijing’s summer lasts from May 15 to September 15. The first two months ( May 15 – July 15) are a bit hot and dry with relatively comfortable weather, not a bad time to visit Beijing.

July and August are Beijing’s rainy season, hot and humid. July and August are also the school summer vacation season with lots of domestic tourists flocking major attractions in Beijing.

Autumn (September 05 to November 15) is oft-lauded as the best time to visit Beijing, blue and clear sky and mild temperature. October 01-07 period should be avoided to keep from the hordes of domestic tourists on China’s National Holiday.

The major attractions in Beijing are open all year around and basically you are able to visit Beijing at any time of a year. Choosing your own best time per your own time, budget and personal taste.

Fore information on Beijing Climate, please check out the link: Beijing Climate; for Beijing’s daily weather photos, past and present, please check out the link: Beijing timely weather photos.

What to See
It takes time to enjoy everything that Beijing City has to offer. If you only have a few days to spare, you can highlight your Beijing trip by visiting the major attractions in Beijing.

Check out the Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing based on our past 20 years’ internet tourism experience, only for your reference.

Where to Stay
Where to stay in Beijing? That’s a common question when you are planning your Beijing, considering that Beijing has hundreds of star-rated hotels, plus numerous hostels, courtyard hotels, B&B hotels and boutique hotels.

Generally, Beijing is divided into 6 areas – 1. Central Beijing; 2. Houhai & North Beijing; 3. South Beijing; 4. Northeast Beijing; 5. West Beijing and 6. Northwest Beijing, where you can find where and in which hotel you want to stay per your personal taste and budget.

Five Suggested Steps to finalize Your Hotel booking in Beijing
1. Choose the area where you want to stay
2. Compare the hotels and prices in the same area
3. Use google to map the exact address of the hotel
4. Use google and hotel review websites to assess the hotel
5. Book your hotel directly or use the hotel booking engines.

Check out the link: Where to Stay in Beijing for more hotel information in Beijing.

How to Get from Beijing Airport to Your Beijing Hotel

1) Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus
Taking airport shuttle buses is the cheapest way to enter the city from Beijing capital airport. Beijing capital airport’s shuttle buses cost around RMB 25 per person, which is related to the distance traveled.

You may take the airport shuttle bus if you do not have much luggage or you may already know the bus routes and where you are going to get off, then walk, or connect a taxi or subway for your hotel in Beijing. Check out the link for more information on Beijing airport shuttles:
Beijing airport shuttle buses.

2) Beijing Airport Express Train
There is also a fast Airport Express Rail links the airport to Beijing’s subway line. The airport express rail costs RMB 25 per person. For more information on the airport express train, check out the link: Beijing Airport Express Train.

3) Beijing Airport Taxis
Taking a taxi to the city center from Beijing Capital airport is most convenient. When you exit from the arrival hall, it may happen that some so-called taxi drivers or touts may approach you offering you a taxi ride. Just ignore them since these taxi rides will be unmetered, illegal or overcharged. It is preferable to follow the taxi stand sign to queue up for a legal taxi. Check out Beijing Taxi for more information.

4) Pre-arranged Private Transfer
Many hotels arrange airport pick-up service. There are quite some private airport transfer operators in Beijing. They offer airport to hotel door to door transfer service, which cost more than a taxi, but avoid the risk of being overcharged. For private airport transfers, check out the link: Beijing Airport Transfer.

How to Get Around
Generally speaking, getting around or out of town, is quite easy in Beijing. In the past 30 years, Beijing transportation has been improved greatly – widened roads, lengthened subway lines, much cleaner buses, more environmentally friendly taxis etc.

But like any other metropolitan cities worldwide, you will hit a traffic snag in a peak hour. So try to avoid rush hours and well plan your airport transfer to keep from possible delay.

Check out the following links for more information on Beijing city transportation:
How to take subway in Beijing
Beijing Public Buses
Beijing Taxis
Badaling Great Wall by train
Badaling Great Wall by Bus
Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus

How to Visit Beijing
We put together 4 options ranging from one day tour to four day tours which can generally meet the travel needs of the first time visitors to Beijing.

1) Beijing in One Day:
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and  Mutianyu Great Wall  ( Or Badaling Great Wall )
Check out the link: How to Visit Beijing in One Day.

2) Beijing in Two Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, Beijing Opera
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
Check out the link: How to Visit Beijing in Two Days.

3) Beijing in Three Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall ( or Mutianyu Great Wall )
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple and Olympic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
Check out the link: How to Visit Beijing in Three Days.

4) Beijing in Four Days:
Day 01: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Day 02: Ming Tombs and Badaling Great Wall
Day 03: Hutongs, Lama Temple, Olympic Sites, Silk Market, Beijing Opera
Day 04: Beijing Capital Museum, Panda House, CCTV headquarters Building, Grand National Theatre, 798 Space
Check out the link: How to visit Beijing in Four Days.

Where to Eat
The big difference between Chinese and Western eating manner is that in the West, everyone has their own plate of food, while in China people share the dishes placed on the table.

A typical Chinese meal starts with cold dishes. These are followed by the main courses, hot meat and vegetable dishes. Finally a soup is brought out, which is followed by principal food, usually including rice or noodles or sometimes dumplings.

Check out the link Beijing Dining for more information on where to eat in Beijing.

Beijing Nightlife
Beijing nightlife is very colorful. Beijing nightlife has more to offer! If you travel with your kids, then enjoying Kung Fu show in the evening is a must.

If you are young and energetic, you may go to disco or live jazz. If you like to know more about old Beijing and enjoy Chinese tea, you can go to tea houses.

Check out the link: Beijing Nightlife for more information.

How to Visit the Great Wall
Visiting the Great Wall is a delightful must for the first-time visitors to Beijing China. The Great Wall was built in different times and dynasties, largely constructed in the three dynasties – Qin Dynasty (221 B.C to 206 B.C); Han Dynasty (206 B.C.– 220 A.D ) and Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D – 1644 A.D).

The most powerful Yuan Dynasty (1271 A.D – 1368 A.D) and the last Qing Dynasty (1644 A.D – 1911 A.D) did nothing about the building of the Great Wall since they were “barbarians” against whom the Great Wall of China had been built.

For historical and geographical reasons, the Great Wall of China doesn’t form a continuous line and in fact exits in different sections. The official survey shows the Great Wall now totals 21196 km long with the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty ( 1368A.D – 1644 A.D ) as long as 8851 km.

Check out the link: How to Visit the Great Wall of China.

114 Hour Visa Free Transit in Beijing
For Beijing airport transit passengers, basically you need a Chinese visa to enter Beijing if you want to exit from Beijing Capital Airport for a few hour’s layover tour or 2 or 3 days short stay in Beijing. But currently, 51 countries are entitled to 114 hours free visa transit stay in Beijing. So Visa-free travel to Beijing is possible now!

1. Prerequisites for getting the 114 hours transit free visa
The Eligible 51 nationalities include:24 Schengen Countries in Europe:

A. 24 Schengen countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

B. 13 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.

C. 6 American countries:
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

D. 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

E. 6 Asian countries:
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

2.Travelers must have valid passports.

3. Travelers must have confirmed tickets to a third country or regions (Hong Kong and Macau).

Check out Beijing 114 Hours Free Visa Transit for more information.

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

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Plan a Trip to Shanghai

Monday, April 11th, 2016
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So you are going to visit the megacity of Shanghai. With some serious planning and research leading to it,  you can have a hassle free Shanghai tour seeing the major Shanghai sights and enjoying as much fun as possible.

Shanghai Pudong Skyline

Shanghai Pudong Skyline

There are a few things you should know when prepare for a smooth and rewording trip to Shanghai.  Of course, here I’m humbly eager to know any travel tips you will add to the list after your trip to Shanghai.

How to Get to Shanghai and Away

By Air
Shanghai is connected by numerous domestic and international flights from the major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Kunming and a plethora of the cities around the world.

Shanghai has two airports – Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) . Shanghai Pudong International Airport is located in Pudong new zone ( east of Huangpu River ), about 30 kilometres from the city centre while Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is located in Puxi ( west of Huangpu River ), in the western suburbs of Shanghai, only 13 kilometers away from the city center of Shanghai.

Most of the international flights arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport while Shanghai Hongqiao Airport mainly serves domestic flights. But Shanghai Hongqiao Airport also has several international flights to central Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and central Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport. So it is important to know from which airport you will depart or arrive in Shanghai.

Shanghai Pudong Airport is about 40km apart from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. The two airports are connected by subway line 2 and airport shuttle bus lines, which is very convenient if you need to transit between the two airports. Taking Subway Line 2 from Pudong Airport to Hongqiao Airport Shanghai takes one and half hours at the ticket price of 15 Yuan.

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  downtown direction or Pudong airport.

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 going to downtown Shanghai.

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.
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).

The Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub with a zero-distance transfer with Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Subway Line 2 easily takes you to the downtown Shanghai, plus the convenient shuttle service.

By Rail
Arriving at or leaving Shanghai by train is a popular way of transport for Shanghai trip. Of all the 6 railway stations in Shanghai, there are three major train stations – Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai South Railway Station, and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Mainly designed for bullet trains  high speed trains (G) between Shanghai and Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, Shanghai and Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Nanchang, Xiamen and some other cities in China.

It is billed as the largest railway station in Asia. It is a part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub. The station achieves a zero-distance transfer with the Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.

Shanghai Railway Station
Add: No. 303 of Moling Road in Zhabei District

The major destinations and trains starting from Shanghai Railway Station: Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, Chongqing  and Hong Kong.

Shanghai South Railway Station
Add: No. 289 of Old Humin Road in the south Xuhui District
The major destinations and trains starting from Shanghai South Railway Station: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Guilin and Kunming.

Overland Travel to Shanghai
Shanghai has a few long-distance bus stations. The most useful bus stations are Shanghai Hengfeng Road Bus Station, Shanghai South Bus Station, Shanghai Long-Distance General Bus Station and more.

Shanghai is a highway transportation hub connecting the major cities in China including Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Jiaxing, Changzhou, Zhengjiang, Hefei, Huangshan, Wuhan, Qingdao, Beijing…

Shanghai Hengfeng Road Bus Station
258 Hengfeng Road, Shangai Tel:63175757
Shanghai South Bus Station
666 Shilong Road, Xuhui Disrict Tel: 021-021-54362835
Shanghai Long-Distance General Bus Station
1666 Zhongxing Road, Zhabei, Shanghai Tel: 021-66050000

Arrival on Cruise Ship
Shanghai has two major cruise ports – Shanghai Wusongkou Cruise Port and Shanghai Port International Cruise Port. Shanghai Port International Cruise is located not far from the Bund, the city center of Shanghai while Wusongkou Cruise Port is about 22km north of the downtown Shanghai.

Check out the three links for more travel information on the cruise ports and service concerned:
Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
Shanghai Cruise Port Transfer Service

When to Visit Shanghai
The best time to visit Shanghai could be anytime during spring, summer and autumn, depending on the kind of traveling experience and sites you want to see. Coming from different corners of the world, people have their own favorite time or seasons to plan Shanghai Tours.

Most foreign visitors prefer spring and autumn to visit Shanghai due to the comfortable weather: neither too hot nor too cold. High season: March, April, May, Sept and October Shoulder season: June, July and August Lower season: Nov. 15 till Feb 28 next year

Shanghai Layout
The navigation of Shanghai is exhausting mainly due to the “random” city layout of Shanghai. Shanghai is quite different from Beijing and Xian whose city layouts are based on the former imperial grid patterns as ancient capitals in successive daynasties.But behind the seemingly irregular city pattern of Shanghai, people still can have a fairly clear picture of Shanghai orientation. The city proper of Shanghai is divided into two parts by Huangpu River – Puxi (West of Huangpu River) and Pudong (East of Huangpu River). Check out Shanghai Layout for more information.Get Around in Shanghai
Getting around in Shanghai is also very convenient with the most advanced transportation system including metro, maglev, taxi, and public buses. Check out How to Take a Bus In Shanghai.

Taking Shanghai metro is the most preferred mode of city transport in Shanghai since it is easily manageable. There are 11 metro lines (including the Shanghai Maglev Train), 223 stops and 368 km of tracks in operation, making it the longest metro tracks in Asia and the third-longest in the world.

Shanghai Taxis are plentiful. There are over 100 taxi companies in Shanghai. Of all the taxi companies, Dazhong, Qiangsheng and Jingjiang are most strongly recommended. Dazhong is sky blue: the largest taxi company in Shanghai. The drivers are very professional and all the cars are new and in good condition.

Shanghai Taxi Rates:
Comprehensive Price: price = base fare RMB 14 (first three kilometers) + RMB 2.5 for every succeeding km within 10 km and RMB 3.6 for every succeeding km after 15 km; Night drive ( 23 – 5 am ): 30 % up.

Taxi call or Enquiry in Shanghai:
Dazhong: 021-96822
Qiangsheng: 021-62580000
Jinjiang: 021-96961
Bashi: 021-96840
Haibo: 021-96965

Where to Stay in Shanghai
There are over 300 star-rated hotels in Shanghai. So you have a difficulty job to find an ideal hotel. You may look for the hotels through the online hotel booking travel websites such as expedia.com – travelocity.com – booking.com – priceonline.com and many more.

More recommended hotels in Shanghai below:

Shanghai Budget Hotels
If you don’t want to spend lots of money on luxury accommodation, you still can have a decent and comfy stay in Shanghai.

1. City Hotel Shanghai Add: No.5-7 South Shanxi Road Shanghai, Tel: 86 (21) 6255-1133
2. Anting Villa Hotel Add: No.5-7 South Shanxi Road Shanghai Tel: 86 (21) 6255-1133
3. Captain Hostel Add: 37 Fuzhou Road, near Sichuan Zhong Road, Shanghai
4. The Pujiang Hotel Add: 15 Huang Pu Road, near the Bund, Shanghai Tel 86 21 64246388
5. Old House Inn Add: No. 16, Lane 351, Hwa Shan Rd., Shanghai Tel: 86 21 62486118
6. Charms Hotel Shanghai No.619 Jiu Jiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 53594900
7. Hongqiao Kingtown Hotel Add: No. 1111 Tianshan Road Shanghai Tel: 86 21 61281111
8. JinJiang Inn (Expo) Shanghai No.300 Banquan Road Pudong District Shanghai Tel: 021-58321888
9. 7 Days Inn (Shanghai Hongqiao) Add: 1050 Wuzhong Road, Minhang District, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 544223683
10. Hanting Express (Yan’an Road) Add: No. 1066 Yan’an West Road, Changning District, Shanghai Tel: 86-4008106868

Shanghai Luxury Hotels
Shanghai is fast becoming a city of opulence. Five-star luxury hotels can be found everywhere in Shanghai. If you are going to pamper yourself while on business or leisure travel to Shanghai.

1. Pudong Shangri-La Add: 33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai Tel: (86 21) 6882 8888
2. The Grand Hyatt Add: Jin Mao Tower, Pudong, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 5049 1234
3. The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai Add: 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 23272888
4. JW Marriott Shanghai Add: 399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 5359 4969
5. The Portman Ritz-Carlton Add: 1376, Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 62798888
6. The Puli Hotel & Spa Add: 1 Chang De Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 32039999
7. The Four Seasons Add: 500 Weihai Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 (21) 6256-8888
8. Add: 1288 Lujiazui Ring Road, Shanghai Tel: (86) 21 3867 8888
9. The Westin Bund Center Add: Bund Center, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 63351888
10. The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai Add: 99 Madang Road, Shanghai, Tel: (+86) 21 2330 2288

Shanghai Boutique Hotels
In Shanghai, more and more boutique hotels are popping up and there are a few posh properties that the discerning traveler will enjoy taking advantage of.

1. JIA Shanghai Add: 931 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 6217 9000
2. Pudi Boutique Hotel Add: 99 Yandang Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 51016060
3. URBN Hotel Add: 183 Jiaozhou Lu, Shanghai, Tel: (8621) 5153 4600
4. Mansion Hotel Add: 82 Xinle Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 5403 9888
5. Sky Fortune Boutique Hotel Add: No.358 Hongxu Road, Shanghai,Tel: 86 21 3405 9898
6. Rhea Boutique Hotel Add: No.1388, JinQiao Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 50708666
7. Langham Yangtze Boutique Hotel Add: No.740 Hankou Road, Shanghai 86 21 6080 08008.
8. Hengshan Moller Villa Add: 30 Shanxi Road, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 62478881
9. 88 Xintiandi 380 Huang Pi Road South, Shanghai Tel: (86 21) 5383 8833
10. Casa Serena Boutique Hotel Add: 68, Taicang Rd Shanghai Tel: 86-21-53821600

What to See in Shanghai
The attractions in Shanghai are plentiful with numerous sites spreading in its vicinity such as Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi and Huangshan. For the metropolitan city of Shanghai, it is worth checking the top 10 things to do in Shanghai to meticulously plan your 2-4 day short visit.Please find below our suggested Shanghai travel schedule for your reference only:

1) Shanghai in One Day
Day 01: People’s Square, Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Jinmao Tower, Yuyuan Garden(Bazaar) , former French Concession, Xintiandi

2) Shanghai in Two Days
Day 01: People’s Square, Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Jinmao Tower, Yuyuan Garden(Bazaar) , former French Concession, Xintiandi
Day 02: Qibao Town and Zhujiajiao Water Town

3) Shanghai in Three Days
Day 01: People’s Square, Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Jinmao Tower, Yuyuan Garden(Bazaar) , former French Concession, Xintiandi
Day 02: Qibao Town and Zhujiajiao Water Town
Day 03: Shanghai – Suzhou – Zhouzhuang Water Town

Where to Dine in Shanghai
Shanghai cuisine, collecting the traditional of old Shanghai and the fad of new Shanghai, is a place gathering all kinds of snacks. Its taste is different from the pure sugary of Macao and Hongkong, and the peppery of Sichuan.

Shanghai Old Town Snack Street (by the Yuyuan Garden)
It collects all kinds of flavor snacks of Shanghai including: Characteristic Snack in Lubolang, Vegetable Stuffed Bun in Songyuelou, Pigeon-egg Dumpling in Sweet-scented osmanthus Hall, Eight-treasures rice pudding in Songyuelou, Nanxiang Xiaolongbao (Steamed Pork Dumplings), Ninbo Rice Ball, Wine Dumpling, Spiced Beans,etc.

It is highly boasted the Snack Kingdom. Check out:
Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai
Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants

What to Buy in Shanghai
When outsiders and foreigners come to Shanghai, they would invariably like to buy some of those commodities with special Shanghai flavor to be brought back home as souvenirs, keepsakes or gifts for their relatives and friends.Check out:
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai.

Clothes & Shoes
If you are interested in boutiques, especially Qipao (Chinese Cheongsam), Changle Road, the Chinese Cheongsam street is a nice destination. It contains about 20 Chinese Cheongsam shops and most of them provide tailoring services.

Silk
Shanghai is one of China’s most important regions for silk production and export. The variety of silk fabrics available is astounding including silk, damask, damask silk, brocade, crape, arrowroot, gauze etc.

Weaving and Embroidery
In Shanghai you will find excellent weaving embroidery in many different styles. Shanghai Weaving Clothes are more and more popular these days for its unique technique and mixed styles.

Porcelain
If you are a enthusiast of porcelain, you can go to Shanghai Museum where some of the best porcelain are on offer.  In some big department stores, you may find porcelain made in Jingdezhen.

How to Enjoy Nightlife in Shanghai
As a common understanding, Shanghai has the most colorful night life in China, but if you have ever participated, you may feel it is probably the most colorful one in the world!Check out How to enjoy Shanghai Nightlife?

The Bund
The Bund is a must see when watching in Shanghai at night. The Bund concentrates almost all of the beauty of the shades in Shanghai, attracting folks to enjoy the night. Many tourists are attracted by its illuminated night scene.

Shanghai Xin Tian Di
Xintiandi has many visitors. If you are visiting Shanghai for the first time, it is much safe to go Xin Tian Di for the nightlife. Xin Tian Di, the most fashionable area cultivated in the distinctive Shikumen Buildings. However, every building has a modern interior and its unique bares, shops and restaurants are more and more popular with the tourists.

Nanjing Road
As the most famous Pedestrian Street of Shanghai, Nanjing Road collects most hundreds of Modernize commercial Mansions, China’s time-honored shops and specialties stores, where it is possible to pick up a bargain or enjoy a tasty morsel to eat.

Acrobatics
Acrobatics is an interactive art. Every body, young or old, educated or not, can easily appreciate. Without language and culture barrier, you certainly feel the influx of adrenaline in your flood. Watch and experience the professional acrobatic group do really unforgettable show to your amazement and satisfaction.

Night Cruising on Huangpu River
The best way to see the perfect scenery of Shanghai and have a full view of Huangpu River is to take a boat trip. Cruising on the Huangpu River is a must for first time visitors.

Useful Travel Tips

1. Health & safety
1) Shanghai Huashan Hospital: This hospital is one of the best option if you need meidical service in Shanghai. Add: 12, Wulumuqi Zhonglu, Shanghai Tel: 021 – 52889999
2.Fast Facts
1) Shanghai Tourism Administration: 10th Floor, 10 Dagu RD, Shanghai Tel: 86 21 23111111
2) Bank of China in the downtown: 1988, Yan’an Xi Rd, Shanghai ( 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10.30am-3.30pm Sat & Sun) 021-62090090
3) Post Office: 1757 Beijing West Road, Jing’an, Shanghai – 021-62881608 (9am-6:00pm Mon-Fri)
4) PSB in Shanghai: 128 Wuning South Road, Jing’an, Shanghai – 021-62310110
For latest Shanghai travel information, please check out Shanghai Travel Blog.

 

 

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 package 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.