Shanghai is one of the four municipalities in China. It covers a total area of 6,340 square kilometres. With an estimated population of 23 million, it ranks the most populous in China as well as one of the world's five populated metropolises. Located in the middle-east-coast of China, it plays an important role in China’s economy, culture, transport, industry, finance, trade and exhibition.
In this city, you can experience not only a modern trip including the Bund, Xintiandi, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and World Financial Center, but also enjoy an old and ancient journey by visiting the Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Nearby Suzhou and Hangzhou, you can easily visit some ancient water towns in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces from Shanghai.
Currency: RMB / CNY
ATM machines or BankAutomats are everywhere in China. They are easy to find at the Airport and Train Stations, so you can get your Chinese Yuan as soon as you land.
You will see the familiar networks like Visa, Master Card, Cirrus, Plus, etc. used by most international financial institutions. Instructions will be available in English which makes it easy, and the process is exactly the same as at home.
The amount that can be withdrawn depends on the network and your own bank limit, normally about the equivalent of US 400, ¥2,500. Banks will normally levy a service charge, it can be a fixed minimum like US$3 while some banks charge a percentage of the amount withdrawn. You can inquire at your bank. It is well worth not having to carry big quantities of cash on hand.
Credit Cards are widely accepted in Shanghai, other than at hotels and international restaurants, and the larger shopping centers. You will need cash for just about everything else: taxis, small shops and restaurants, ticket counters, etc.
If you plan on using your credit card, be sure to alert the bank that issued your card back home and let them know you will be traveling abroad and the dates of your trip to prevent them from blocking your account when they see any "foreign transactions" which could be suspicious or "outside of normal range of activity"
Shanghai is one of China’s most expensive cities and you can quickly wind up paying much the same as in the West, if not more. Local Chinese restaurants offer fantastic value if you can decipher a Chinese menu. The city’s set-lunch specials or department-store food courts also offer excellent value, where one person can dine for around ¥25. Meals at more expensive restaurants will cost anywhere from ¥50 to ¥400; aim for set meals rather than dining à la carte. Check the bill carefully; there’s no need to leave a tip if service is included. Cafés and bars are expensive so expect to pay up to ¥40 for a coffee or ¥30 for the smallest of beers. Travelling by metro and bus can keep transport costs down, while taxis are plentiful and inexpensive for short hops.
The best way to get around town is either by taxi or on the metro. The rapidly expanding metro and light railway system works like a dream; it’s fast, efficient and inexpensive. Rush hour on the metro operates at overcapacity, however, and you get to experience the full meaning of the big squeeze. Taxis are cheap, but flagging one down during rush hour or during a rainstorm requires staying power of a high order, downloading Taxi App like Uber will be strongly recommended. You could find the metro stations here: http://service.shmetro.com/en/.
Weather: With a humid subtropical climate, Shanghai is often grey and overcast. Due to the afterheat of summer, there will be few hot days in early September. The weather becomes cooller in mid and late September. Golden Osmanthus flowers are in full bloom. The comfortable breeze carrying the sweet fragrance of osmanthus is wonderful. The climate enables you to wear summer clothes, and bring coat, sweater and long trousers. Check the weather forecast before going out. Always take an umbrella with you in case of unexpected rains. If you are allergic to pollen, take allergy medications in advance. It is easy to catch a code due to the changeable weather, so bring some cold medicine with you.
Outlets for 220 Volts/50Hz are dominant in China. Most of the five star hotels will provide adapter for guests, but it is still recommended to bring your own adapter in case the hotel is out of supply.
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