Shanghai

Shanghai, Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis and serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China.

Timezone

China Time Zone (UTC+08:00)

Getting around

By taxi

Shanghai has approximately 45,000 taxis, operated by over 150 taxi companies.

Cost: CNY13 for the first three kilometers (1.9 miles), an additional charge of CNY2.4 for every succeeding kilometer within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and CNY3.6 for every succeeding kilometer after 10 kilometers.

At night from 23:00 to 05:00 the next morning, the fare is CNY17 for the first three kilometers, an additional charge of CNY3.1 for every succeeding kilometer within 10 kilometers and CNY4.1 for every succeeding kilometer after 10 kilometers.

By bus

Public buses in Shanghai are a particularly convenient means of transport, with some 1,100 lines covering the length and breadth of the city. Shanghai Railway Station, People’s Square, Xujiahui, Zhongshan Park Wujiaochang, Shanghai Indoor Stadium and Dongchang Road serve as the main bus transfer stations in downtown.

Ticket prices vary depending on the category of the bus line:

  • Categories 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 charge CNY1 per person for journeys within 13 kilometers (approx. 8 miles), and CNY1.5 thereafter. Air-conditioned buses charge CNY2 per person
  • Categories 4 and 6 charge according to the distance with a minimum of CNY1. Air-conditioned buses charge a minimum of CNY2
  • Category 9 buses charge according to the running distance with a minimum charge of CNY1 for both normal and air-conditioned buses

By subway

At present, the city has 14 subway lines in operation, totaling 340.5 miles (548 km), excluding the Maglev Line and the sections shared by Line 3 and Line 4.

Click here for the English version of the Shanghai Subway Map.

Electricity

Shanghaiuses generally 220V, 50HZ, AC

Climate

Shanghai weather is generally mild and moist, with four distinct seasons – a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and an overcast cold winter.

The hottest time here comes in July and August, with more than 10 days at temperatures above 35 C (95 F). The coldest time is from the late January to early February.

Currency

Chinese Yuan (also known as Renminbi, rmb for short) is the official and legal currency in circulation. Use of foreign currencies is generally not allowed.

There are currency exchange services at Shanghai Pudongl International Airport and top-end (normally 4 stars to 5 stars) hotels. All branches of Bank of China and other large banks offers currency exchange services.

Tipping

You will almost never see tips left at a restaurant or on a bar top. Cab drivers aren’t tipped either, but if one has been particularly helpful, a few one RMB coins would be well received.

At hotels, on the other hand, tipping is more common and has come to be expected.

Language

In Shanghai and throughout Mainland China, Mandarin Chinese is the official language. Regional dialects are spoken in different areas across China, and in Shanghai, you’ll hear people speaking Shanghainese.

In Shanghai and all cities across China, street signs are in Simplified Chinese characters and in English (not pinyin, the romanization of Chinese characters).