Shanghai Travel Guide

" Everything you need to know before traveling to Shanghai"

Shanghai is known as the Paris of the East or the New York of the East because of its modernity. Speaking of Shanghai, the first things that you may think of are super tall skyscrapers. The city is the largest commercial city in mainland China with record-breaking sky scrappers as well as large and luxury shopping malls.

Architecture in Shanghai is definitely eye-catching. In different districts of the city, you can find a combination of Chinese and European styles in buildings. 

Shanghai is a paradise for food lovers. Countless world-class and local restaurants in the city provide customers with mouse-watering foods.

  • Local Name 上海
  • Country China
  • Population (2019) 24,281,400
  • Time Zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
  • Area Code 21
  • Website www.shanghai.gov.cn

Why Visiting Shanghai?

Shanghai is the richest city in China. In the other word, the city is the largest center of commercial and financial affairs in the country. Shanghai is a real dynamic city and you can always find something new in it. For instance, old restaurants and shops are constantly replacing with luxury and modern shopping malls as well as new food centers.

The most amazing things about Shanghai are skyscrapers, which are record-breaking on world scale. For instance, Shanghai Tower is the second-largest building in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa with 2,074 feet (632 meters). The tower has the second-fastest elevator in the world with 67 feet per second (20.5 meters per second) of speed.

Shanghai is a paradise for shopping lovers. Shopaholics can have a very enjoyable time in the malls and shopping centers of Shanghai. Shopping areas of the city offer a wide range of products; from inexpensive goods to high-end products that help visitors to buy their desired items depending on their budget.

The nightlife in Shanghai is fantastic. The city never sleeps and offers colorful nights for visitors. From bars and clubs to cinemas, opera, acrobatics, drama, dance, and puppets; all can make an unforgettable night for you. Shanghai is also a very convenient city for travelers as it has different and diverse means of transportation as well as various accommodation that can fit any budget.

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What to See in Shanghai

  • The Bund
  • 1933 Old Millfun Auto Museum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
  • Century Park
  • Changfeng Park
  • Chen Yun Memorial Hall
  • Chenshan Botanical Garden
  • China Art Museum
  • China Maritime Museum
  • China Tobacco Museum
  • Chinese Martial Arts Museum
  • Chongming Island
  • City God Temple
  • Confucius Temple
  • Dianshan Lake
  • Disney Resort
  • Disneyland Park
  • Dongping Forest Park
  • Fengjing Ancient Town
  • Film Museum
  • Fomer French Concession
  • Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen
  • Former Residence of Zhou Enlai
  • Fuxing Park
  • Grand View Garden
  • Guyi Garden
  • Happy Valley
  • Hengshan Road
  • Huaihai Road
  • Huangpu River
  • International Circuit
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Jewish Refugees Museum
  • Jin Mao Tower
  • Jinjiang Action Park
  • Legoland Theme Park
  • Longhua Pagoda /Longhua Temple
  • Lujiazui
  • Lupu Bridge
  • MadameTussauds
  • Marriage Market
  • Memorial Hall of Fushou Garden
  • Nanjing Road
  • Natural History Museum
  • Natural Wild Insect Kingdom
  • Ocean Aquarium
  • Old Street
  • Oriental Land
  • Oriental Pearl Tower
  • People’s Park
  • People’s Square

Best Time to Visit Shanghai

Visiting Shanghai in every season is possible and you will enjoy it at any time. However, autumn (September – October) is the best time for visiting Shangai.

Spring (April – May)

  • Temperature: 6 – 14  C (43 – 57  F)
  • Features: warm and humid with noticeable differences between day and night.
  • Recommendation: Dongping Forest Park, Shanghai Botanical Garden, Disneyland Park, and Tianzifang are great in spring.

What to wear?

Shirts, short sleeves, and skirts are recommended for this season.

Summer (June - August)

  • Temperature:  21 – 28 C (70 – 82  F)
  • Features: Hot, sultry, and rainy
  • Recommendation: The night view of the Bund, taking cruise on Huangpu River, Sheshan National Resort, and Guyi Garden are recommended in summer

What to wear?

Shirts, short sleeves, and skirts are suitable for summer

 

Autumn (September-October)

  • Temperature: 15° – 25°  C (59° – 77°  F)
  • Features: cool with huge temperature difference between day and night. Autumn is the peak season in Shanghai
  • Recommendation: Visiting Culture Street, Sunqiao Happy Harvest Festival, and Jinshanzui Fishing Village are recommended in Autumn

What to wear?

Wind coats, thin jackets, and thin sweaters are recommended for autumn

Winter (November - March)

  • Temperature: -1° – 8°  C (30° – 46°  F)
  • Features: cold and humid
  • Recommendation: Visiting Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Zoo, Guanfu Classical Art Museum, and Shanghai Changfeng Ocean World in winter are highly recommended.

What to wear?

 Down jackets, sweaters, and overcoats are recommended for the winter.

How Long To Stay?

Although Shanghai has countless attractions and must-sees, three full days is enough for visiting it. You can spend 2 full days for Shanghai itself and 1 more day for nearby towns such as Suzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Explore The Bund

The number one choice for taking a long walk and enjoying the sight of colonial architecture and skyscrapers is The Bund. This area includes the boulevard on the western side of the Huangpu River providing a beautiful waterfront for those who want to walk around during day or night. These unique buildings of the district also have an old and classical European sensation because of the small number of buildings that are left by the Englishmen or the French. If you had a busy day, it is a great place to stroll around, explore, and try some street stall snacks and drinks. While sightseeing in the Bund, keep a lookout for Peace Hotel and Valentine’s wall.

Enjoy The Beauty of Yuyuan Garden

One of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Shanghai is the Yuyuan Garden, also known as the Yu Garden. Left behind by the Ming Dynasty, this amazing site enjoys a number of wooden pagodas and decorated bridges. Once a perfectly quiet and peaceful place for royalty, it is now one of the top attractions of the beautiful city of Shanghai.

This ancient heritage site has seen some rough days, but the renovations have preserved it to resemble its original glory. To make the most of this place, make sure to plan your trip in the low seasons or arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds.

Look At the City from Above in Oriental Pearl TV Tower

If you are not afraid of heights, one of the top things to do is looking down at the city from one of the sightseeing floors of the Oriental Pearl Tower. Just on the opposite side of the Bund and the eastern bank of the River, this tallest TV Tower of Asia stands. Make sure to check it out from both the outside and the inside. You may also visit the museum and restaurant inside the tower. The recommended time for visiting the Oriental Pearl Tower is at night to see the lights from outside and then, head up to the highest observatory level at 350 meters above the ground.

Observe The City From Shanghai Tower (Bird’s-eye view)

The Oriental Pearl Tower has amazing without a doubt, but if you look for a higher view of the city, head to The Shanghai Tower, which has the Highest Observation deck in the world. This building is the tallest tower in China and the second-largest in the world. As you enter the building, you might want to head to the exhibition hall B1 to see the tallest towers of the world. You can then head toward the world’s fastest elevator, which can take you all the way up to the 119th level of the tower. We hope you enjoy the 360-degree view of the magnificent city of Shanghai.

Enjoy Shopping along Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road, which is divided into two streets on the east and west of People’s Square, is a great place to go shopping and walking in the city. You can go early in the morning to enjoy its quiet hours or visit during the night and fall in love with the lights of Nanjing Road. Some traditional shops and businesses were handed down from generation after generation right next to malls and shopping centers of the contemporary era. Whether you go for purchasing souvenirs or visiting the Cafés and restaurants, this part of the city is not a place you want to miss!

Get Relaxed in Water towns of Zhujiajiao & Zhouzhuang

After having long walks and seeing the modern city of Shanghai, going for a boat ride around the water towns of Zhujiajiao & Zhouzhuang is a good idea for having some peace. But wait, riding ancient boats called ‘Gondola’ is not all. These towns are not just relaxing experience, they also have very beautiful traditional architecture as well as their old alleyways and shops. If “Beauty” is what you are looking for, visit either or both these towns and even try their local foods and snacks as you enjoy your day.

Learn About History in Shanghai Museum

Housed under the same roof, you can indulge yourself in art and history right at the Shanghai Museum. If you love learning about their past and look at their stunning creations, you certainly must visit this place right at the heart of Shanghai. There are over 120000 artifacts from the past, inside this beautiful place constructed and opened in 1952. Check the architecture from the outside and then walk through centuries of Chines history and culture with no worries as most descriptions have English translations for visitors.

Experience Traditional Atmosphere in Tianzifang & Xintiandi

Shanghai, like many other cities of Asian countries, has its own ancient quarters, known as Tianzifang & Xintiandi. Both of these areas are well-preserved streets with labyrinthian-like alleys and traditional shops and restaurants. Again, both of them were parts of the former French Concession, which means they also have a European architecture that is preserved as parts of their history. Whatever you want, you can find it in these two areas, you just have to spend some time exploring to find your favorite activity. They look similar in many ways; therefore, you may not need to see them both, but you certainly should not miss this aspect of the city!

Have a Great Time With Your Kids in Disneyland Park

The fun never ends in the famous Disneyland Park of Shanghai. The perfect place to go with friends and family members is a Disney Theme Park that is so large and so good you might want to stay at the hotel inside the park. It will take at least a day to try all the fantastic activities of the park, but even if you cannot try them all, be sure to visit this attraction of the city. But know that it can get very crowded as many other travelers may have the same idea and want to join in on the magical experience of Disneyland Park.

Have a Great Shopping in Shanghai Old Street

You may think that Shanghai Old Street may sound like any other old or traditional place in the city, but it’s not. It is more like time traveling, or walking in a movie! Different areas of the street have preserved their looks as best as possible, which have their Ming or Qing styles. Some areas have European architecture as well. You can even find restaurants and shops that match the architecture and their dress code to the same old history of the place, making this visit one of the top activities of the city.

Try Shanghai’s Cuisine

There are many reasons to spend several days in Shanghai, one of them is Shanghai Cuisine. There is Chinese Cuisine, and then there is the food found in this city, which comes in better tastes and more reasonable prices. There are several local dishes found in the old quarters or the water towns to try. One of the best things to do in China is to try the food, and the perfect place for it is Shanghai. Whether it’s the Shanghai local food or the Chinese Cuisine in general, be sure not to miss out.

Appreciate Shanghai Circus World

Another fun activity in Shanghai is watching one or all of the Shanghai Circus World performances. You can see the daredevils perform stunts with motorcycles or acrobats, and other performers give you some amazing shows. There are dances and singing as well, all as parts of international and national shows that attract tourists from all corners of the world. Even if you do not consider it as an attraction, it is nonetheless one of the top activities of the city that you must see.

Have an Enjoyable Meal in the World Financial Center

World Financial Center is the second tallest building in Shanghai with a magnificent skyline along with restaurants and bars. The building offers two amazing views, one at the Huangpu River and the other at the rest of the tall towers of Shanghai. It may not offer the highest viewpoint, but it does provide great drinks and food right next to the view. The best time to catch both is when the sun is going down as you relax and have your drink.

Cruise Along the Huangpu River

Having read about all the nice places to see along the River, now it is time to get a Cruise Along the Huangpu River. The Cruise ride is not, however, just for seeing the beauty of the city. It is also a very good way to travel along the River and enjoy your time in the waters of the River. The cruises have a variety on the amount of time spent on the water as well as the type of the ship you choose, but whatever you decide, don’t miss out.

Experience peace and tranquility in Longhua Temple

Experience peace and tranquility in the oldest and largest places of worship called the Longhua Temple. The spiritual scenes and the historical value of this Buddhist temple cannot be compared with any other place in Shanghai. The complex has several ancient pagodas and statues as well as large halls that are still used. It is always a good time to visit, but you may want to go there on New Year’s Eve to hear the copper bell ringing as pilgrims come to pray.

Jade Buddha Temple

The Jade Buddha Temple, originally built in 1882 and rebuilt in 1918 after being destroyed, is another magnificent Temple housing two Jade Buddhas. This activity is a spiritual visit that also comes with a vegetarian restaurant. Having your food at a peaceful temple is among the top activities of Shanghai. This experience is especially unique when you plan your visit during one of the Chinese Festivals.

French Concession

There are many places in town where you can see European style buildings or shops, but none of them are quite the same as the French Concession. The streets and alleys of French Concession have their unique vibe as well. There are many places to go exploring in Shanghai, and this part of the city is one of them. The neighborhoods have developed much since the French left, but the feeling stays the same as it is very well preserved in the same manners as 100 years ago.

People’s Square

The people’s Square is not so much about history, but rather the development and Chines culture over time. It is near many of the top attractions and is, therefore, the best place to spend some time as you decide on where to go next. It is near the Shanghai Museum, Nanjing Road, and all the other attractions of the city. A great part of People’s Square is perhaps the ‘Marriage Market’ which used to be a spot for parents to find suitable spouses for their children. It is probably the busiest part of the city but look at it as the beating heart of Shanghai, providing access to all the best places and definitely a must-see.

Contemporary Art

If you ever feel tired of ancient history and art, try the Contemporary Art of Shanghai in one of the many museums and galleries of the city. These locations can be found all over town like the southern parts of The Bund, but the top place you absolutely have to see is the Moganshan Road Art District. The locals may also call it M50, which has some historical elements but the specialty is the modern works that attract countless visitors.

Shanghai Maglev Train

The Shanghai Maglev Train, known as the fastest Train in the Guinness Book of World Records, is not something you get to try every day. This Train can take you from the airport to the center of Shanghai, which is about 30 kilometers, in just a few minutes. The top speed is 431 km/h, but it ordinarily runs at 300 km/h, which is more than enough. This extremely fast transport is also known to be the smoothest ride of your life, and therefore you must try it. The is also the Maglev Museum, which is worth a try if you love learning how the Train works.

Where to Stay in Shanghai

Xujiahui

If you are a backpacker or first-time traveler, the best neighborhood for you to stay is the Xujiahui district. You can reach major attractions of Shanghai from this neighborhood thanks to the great transportation system. Also, famous shopping malls in Shanghai are located in this area offering local and international brand stores.

Jing’an

Jing’an is the best choice if you want to avoid expensive accommodation. The name of this neighborhood is driven from an iconic temple located in this area. Jing’an has a western atmosphere surrounded by skyscrapers and shopping malls. The area also has many restaurants and bars.

People’s Square

If you are a night-life lover, then People’s Square is the best neighborhood for you to stay. The square is located close to many famous attractions of the city such as The Bund Pudong’s skyscrapers and it is filled with bars, night clubs, and restaurants.

Former French Concession

Former French Concession is the coolest place to stay in Shanghai. The area used to be the colonial district. The Former French Concession has still its European style with many stores, restaurants, and bars.

Pudong

Located in the eastern side of Huangpu River, Pudong district is surrounded by skyscrapers and river scenery. The skyscrapers located in this neighborhood are Jin Mao Tower, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower (which is the second tallest in the world), the Shanghai World Financial Center, etc.

How to Get to Shanghai

Transportation system in Shanghai is very convenient. There are many ways for reaching the city and getting around it, which make the travel more enjoyable for tourists.

By Plane

There are two main airports in Shanghai including Pudong Airport and Hongqiao Airport

Pudong Airport (PVG)

Pudong Airport offers 250 domestic and international destination flights. The airport is one of the main Chinese and even Asian international air traffic hubs.

Address: No.6000, Yingbin Avenue, Pudong New Area; 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the downtown area and 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Hongqiao Airport.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is mostly dedicated to domestic flights; however, there are some international airlines with direct flight to this airport.

Address:  No.2550, Hongqiao Road, Changning District

  • Aeoflot-Russian Ailines (SU),
  • Aero Mexico (AM),
  • Air Asia (D7),
  • Air Canada (AC),
  • Air France (AF), 
  • Air India (AI),
  • Air Macau (NX),
  • Air New Zealand (NZ),
  • AirAsia Philippines (Z2),
  • All Nippon Airways (NH),
  • American Airlines (AA),
  • American Delta Airlines (DL),
  • Asiana Airlines (OZ),
  • British Airways (BA),
  • Cambodia
  • Angkor Air (K6),
  • Cebu Pacific Air (5J),
  • China Airlines (CI),
  • Dragon Air (KA),Air
  • Mauritius (MK)
  • Easter Jet (ZE),
  • Emirates Airlines (EK),
  • Etihad Airways (EY),
  • Eva Air (BR),
  • Finnair (AY),
  • Garuda-Indonesia Airline (GA),
  • Hong Kong Airlines (HX),
  • Japan Airlines (JL),
  • Jin Air (LJ),
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL),
  • Korean Air (KE),
  • Lufthansa German Airlines (LH),
  • Mahan Air (W5),
  • Malaysia Airlines (MH),
  • Mega Maldives Airline (LV),
  • Pech Aviation (MM),
  • Philippine Airlines (PR),
  • Qantas (QF),
  • Qatar Airways (QR),
  • Russian Airlines (SU),
  • Scandinavian Airlines (SK),
  • Singapore Airlines (SQ),
  • South East Asian Airlines (DG),
  • Sri Lankan Airlines (UL),
  • Swiss International Airlines (LX),
  • Thai Airways (TG),
  • Turkish Airlines (TK),
  • T-Way Airlines (TW),
  • T-Way Airlines (TW),
  • Uni Air (B7),
  • United Airlines (UA)
  • Virgin Atlantic (VS),

By Long-Distance Buses

There are over 40 long-distance bus stations in Shanghai offering great and relatively cheap services for passengers. Tickets for destinations are available usually 7-10 days in advance. Children between 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) can have a 50% discount and children under 1.2 m (4ft) can have a free ride if accompanied by an adult. These long-distance buses offer tickets for Zhouzhuang Water Town, Tongli Ancient Town, Wuzhen Water Town, Xitang Water Town, Yellow Mountain, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Beijing, Yiwu, Nanjing, Suzhou, Guangzhou, and Xi’an

 Intercity Bus Terminal (长途汽车客运总站 – cháng tú kè yùn zǒng zhàn)
Destinations Tongli Water Town – Zhouzhuang Water Town – Yellow Mountain – Suzhou, Jiangsu – Hangzhou, Zhejiang – Yiwu, Zhejiang – Ningbo, Zhejiang – Wuxi, Jiangsu – Beijing – Guangzhou, Guangdong – Xi’an, Shaanxi
Location No. 1666, Zhongxing Road, Zhabei District
Call +86 021 – 66050000
 Pudong Airport Long-distance Bus Station (浦东机场长途客运站 – pǔ dōng jī chǎng cháng tú kè yùn zhàn)
Destinations zhou, Zhejiang – Suzhou, Jiangsu – Yiwu, Zhejiang – Jiaxing, Zhejiang – Wuxi, Jiangsu – Keqiao, Zhejiang
Location east of the parking lot, B1 floor, T1
Call +86 021-68345743
 South Long-distance Bus Station (长途客运南站 – cháng tú kè yùn nán zhàn)
Destinations Yellow Mountain – Wuzhen Water Town – Xitang Water Town – Hangzhou, Zhejiang – Wuxi, Jiangsu – Huangshan / Tunxi, Anhui – Ningbo, Zhejiang – Yiwu, Zhejiang – Putuo, Zhejiang – Kunshan, Jiangsu – Shaoxing, Zhejiang – Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu
Location No. 666, Shilong Road, Xuhui District
Opening Hours 06:00 – 22:00
Call +86 021 – 962168
 Hongqiao West Long-distance Bus Station (虹桥长途客运西站 – hóng qiáo cháng tú kè yùn xī zhàn)
Destinations Wuxi, Jiangsu – Nanjing, Jiangsu – Yangzhou, Jiangsu – Ningbo, Zhejiang – Qingdao, Shandong – Zhengzhou, Henan – Nantong, Jiangsu – Wenzhou, Zhejiang
Location No. 298, Shenhong Road, Minhang District
Call +86 021- 34661821
 East Long-distance Bus Station  (长途客运东站 cháng tú kè yùn dōng zhàn)
Destinations Hangzhou, Zhejiang – Yangzhou, Jiangsu – Suzhou, Jiangsu – Ningbo, Zhejiang – Hefei, Anhui – Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu – Huzhou, Zhejiang – Qingdao, Shandong – Linyi, Shandong
Location No. 3843, South Pudong Road, Pudong New Area
Opening Hours 05:00 – 19:00
Call +86 021 – 58836764

Cruise

Traveling by cruise is a very convenient way in Shanghai as the city is located at the estuary of the Yangtze River and the middle of the north-south coastline in China. Both domestic and international cruises are available in Shanghai. Two terminals including Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal and Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal offer services to many destinations including South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Wusong Passenger Transport Center, on the other hand, offers domestic cruise destinations.

Train

Shanghai train network offers high-speed rail services to major destinations in China including Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin, Huangshan,  and Shenzhen. There are four main railway stations in Shanghai.

 Shanghai Railway Station
Location No 303, Moling Road in Zhabei District
Major DestinationsBeijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Harbin as well as services such as trains to Hong Kong, overnight trains to Beijing and overnight service to Xi’an.
 South Railway Station
Location No. 289 of Old Humin Road in Xuhui District
Major Destinations Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou East, Chengdu, Chongqing North, Zhangjiajie, Changsha
 Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Location Shenhong Road, Minhang District
Major destinations Beijing South, Hong Kong, Xi’an North, Guangzhou South, Shenzhen North, Nanjing South, Hangzhou East, Huangshan North, Xiamen North, Chengdu, Chongqing North
 Shanghai West Railway Station
Location No. 22 of Taopu Road in Putuo District
Major Destinations Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Hefei South, Nanjing, Kunshan South

Get Around In Shanghai

Shanghai Metro

Shanghai metro network offers a very convenient service for getting around in the city. Major attractions of the city are included in the metro network service in Shanghai.

LinesRoutes
Line 2 East Xujing ↔ Guanglan Rd. ↔ Pudong Airport
Line 3 South Railway Station ↔ North Jiangyang Rd.
Line 4 Yishan Rd. ↔ Century Avenue ↔ Shanghai Railway Station ↔ Zhongshan Park (↔ Yishan Rd.)
Line 5 Main line = Xinzhuang – Fengxian Xincheng; Branch Line = Dongchuan Rd. – Minhang Development Zone
Line 6 Gangcheng Rd. ↔ Oriental Sports Center
Line 7 Huamu Rd. ↔ Meilan Lake
Line 8 Shiguang Rd. ↔ Shendu Highway
Line 9 Caolu ↔ Songjiang South Railway Station
Line 10 Xinjiangwancheng ↔ Hangzhong Rd., Zoo ↔ Hongqiao Railway Station
Line 11 Disneyland Park ↔ North Jiading/Huaqiao
Line 12 Jinhai Rd. ↔ Qixin Rd.
Line 13 Jinyun Rd. ↔ Zhangjiang Rd.
Line 16 Longyang Rd. ↔  Dishui Lake
Line 17 Hongqiao Railway Station ↔ Oriental Land
Pujiang Line Shendu Highway ↔ Huizhen Road
Line 14 (Under Construction) Fengbang – Guiqiao Road
Line 15 (Under Construction) Gucun Park – Zizhu High-tech Zone
Line 18 (Under Construction) Kangning Road – Hangtou

City Bus

There are over 1,400 city buses in Shanghai from over 10 companies offering routes to almost all parts of the city. The lines can be identified through numbers or Chinese characters. Also, bus stops are announced by the Mandarin automatic reporter.

Shanghai Maglev Train

There is a one-line Shanghai Maglev Train service in Shanghai from Longyang Rd. to Pudong International Airport (PVG). The route is 30 km (19 miles) and the train helps you to reach the destination in only 8 minutes with 430km/h  (267 mi/h) of speed.

Sightseeing buses

Sightseeing buses are great for tourists who are willing to have one-day or two-day city tours offering 24-hour and 48-hour tickets, which allows unlimited rides during the validated period of the ticket. The bus services offer audio guides in Shanghai with many languages including Chinese, English, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Japanese.

Ferry

Shanghai is divided into two sections by the Huangpu River; Pudong New District (east of the river) and Puxi Area (west of the river). Also, Chongming, Changxing, and Hengsha islands are in Shanghai and separated by the Yangtze River. Ferry plays an important role in the transportation of Shanghai with about 19 lines and 40 stations.

Taxi

Over 50000 taxis are operating in Shanghai. These cabs can be identified by their colors including sky blue, orange and green, white, and dark blue. The fee is higher than other cities of China.

Flight to Shanghai (SHA)

Shanghai Food

China in general has a wide variety of local cuisine, but when it comes to food tourism and trying the best of all the dishes, you need to head to Shanghai! Their local dishes are rich with flavors, and each city has its own local signature dishes, but it seems like the chefs in this city have done an amazing job in gaining popularity. Food tour or not, we have drawn up this list of Top 10 Food and Snacks of Shanghai that you cannot miss during your visit to this city.

Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)

Xiao Long Bao or Soup Dumplings are the first things you need to try, and are recommended by almost all of the travelers to China. Especially since they are claimed to have originated in this province. Xiao Long Bao has thin and translucent buns with pork and sometimes extra minced crab meat that goes with vegetables and spice. The filling will turn into hot soup when cooked and then served on cute little bamboo baskets. This dish is tasty enough on its own, but to make it even better, you can have it with a little soy sauce or vinegar.

Steamed Crab

One dish that is a favorite of both locals and many travelers is the Da Zha Xie or Steamed Crab. If you have not tried the famous Hairy Crabs of China, now is the best chance to try it. There are several ways to prepare this food and many varieties of ingredients that can be added to the mix. In any case, the most recommendable place to try this amazing food is Huanghe Road. The Steamed Crab of Shanghai is a must-try, but on a general note, the seafood of Shanghai is just amazing, so give them all a try if you can.

Braised Pork

Hong Shao Rou or Braised Pork is another food you do not want to miss in Shanghai. It is easy to find since everyone loves it, but the perfect place to have them is at Old Jesse Restaurant in the Tianping Road. This dish is a sweet and caramelized pork belly meat with a special brown sauce. This brown sauce is a mix of soy sauce, dark soy, sugar, and Shaoxing sauce. This delicious mix will melt in your mouth and release its rich flavor. In many restaurants in Shanghai, Hong Shao Rou is served with one or two boiled eggs.

Sheng Jian Bao

Another kind of tasty dumpling is the Sheng Jian Bao, which is very similar to the Xiao Long Bao. The filling is very much the same, which is usually pork and soup. The main difference is the dough that has less yeast, is thicker and softer than Xiao Long Bao. When the filling is done and the bun is sealed, it is dipped in oil and fried in a pan instead of being steamed. Many of the restaurants may not serve this meal, but that does not mean it is not a top recommendation. If you find a stall with Sheng Jian Bao and walk past it, you have just missed a delicious attraction of Shanghai!

Eel Noodles (Shansi Leng Mian)

A Unique dish found at many of the stalls in the streets is the Eel Noodles or Shansi Leng Mian. Aside from the amazing mixture of flavors, what makes this food different, is the fact that the Noodled is served cold and the Eel is served hot. They are served differently with their own ingredients and sauces, which you can eat separately or mixed. You can find this tasty meal in Huanghe Road like the Da Zha Xie and give both of them a try.

Ci Fan Tuan

If you are looking for a sweet or a savoury breakfast, the perfect option is the Ci Fan Tuan. This amazing type of food is a roll of sticky rice that has youtiao, salted duck egg, and chopped pickles among other ingredients in the middle. The sweet version also has white sugar added to the mix, making a light and wonderful crispy breakfast. Since this meal is not an original Shanghainese creation, the locals may use other names for it, but the ingredients and the taste are the same. You can also try it as a snack at street-side vendors.

Jianbing

Another amazing breakfast you need to try in Shanghai is the Jianbing. The main ingredients are Jian, which means egg, and Bing, meaning dough. They are something like crispy and spicy pancakes that have a variety of ingredients. They mostly have eggs, crackers, pickled vegetables, and hoisin sauce. This breakfast is a must-try and can only be found before 11 a.m. at both restaurants and street vendors.

Zongzi

The Zongzi is not found everywhere because it takes a lot of skill and may only be seen in summer. It is a rice dish that comes with pork and red beans, wrapped in bamboo leaves. The trick is in the pyramid shape and wrapping the mix inside the leaves without falling out. Besides the delicious taste and the rarity that makes this food a must-try, it also has historical value. Because of this, people usually eat Zongzi during the Dragon Boat Festival. During the festival, they can be found in many parts of China, but in the other times of the year, you have your work cut out for you as you search the streets to find them.

Beggar’s Chicken

Beggar’s Chicken originated in Hangzhou and during the Qing Dynasty with very interesting folklore. You can ask to hear the story as you enjoy this local cuisine of China. The name may suggest that it is cheap, but it is not. It is a stuffed and marinated chicken that needs to be cooked very slowly. The taste and the aroma are so perfect that you need to try it.

Six hours of cooking may sound too long, but this stuffed Chicken is worth it. Traditionally it was wrapped in lotus leaves and clay before cooking, but nowadays, it is made in special ovens.

Shaokao

Shaokao literally translates into Barbecue. You can find these Chines barbecues anywhere in the country, but you have to try them in Shanghai where they are most delicious. They are one of the most important street foods of the entire country, added with a beer, they make a great meal and perfect experience. They look like kebabs and are prepared in skewers. The various types of meat are spiced and prepared and then cooked and served before your eyes. The roots of this delicious cuisine are rather unknown, but it is very old and very tasty.

Recommended Restaurants

Naming some of the best foods makes you wonder if there are any good places to try them. The quality of food in Shanghai is rather good, which makes it deserve its own recommended list, as was mentioned. Now it is time to name two of the popular places to have some of these recommended dishes. Other than the streets that were named above, the Jia Jia Tang Bao and Yang’s Dumpling are the tourists’ favorite places to try these foods.

Shopping in Shanghai

Shanghai Markets

Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (亚太新阳服饰礼品市场)

Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market, known as APAC Plaza, is a very popular market in Shanghai located at the underground of Science and Technology Museum metro station offering a wide range of bags, fashion products, cheap souvenirs, and jewelry. Bargaining is very crucial in this market and it helps you to buy your desired items at very reasonable prices.

Address:  2002 Century Ave, Pudong, Shanghai

South Bund Soft-Spinning Material Market (南外滩轻纺面料市场)

South Bund Soft-Spinning Material Market, also known as Fabric Market, is a must-visit market in Shanghai. The market offers a great range of different and various fabrics you ever want to buy!

Address: No. 399, Lu Jia Bang Road, Huangpu District.   地址: 南外滩轻纺面料市场 – 黄浦区陆家浜路399号

Qipu Road Clothing Market (七浦路服装批发市场 )

Qipu Road, also known as Seven Pu Road or 7p market, is the largest wholesale clothing market in Shanghai. Shopping here is not expensive and you can find very high-quality products at reasonable prices.

Address: Numb 303, 7 Pu Road, Zhabei District. 地址:七浦路服装批发市场 – 闸北区七浦路303号

Shanghai Hongqiao International Pearl City ( 虹桥国际珍珠城 )

Shanghai Hongqiao International Pearl City is the pearl hub in Shanghai; however, you can also find crystals, jade, antiques, and other commodities as well as accessories, clothing, and bags, and handicrafts. Besides, crafts, gifts, costumes, bags, Chinese painting, silk, embroidery, ceramics, golf products, art lamps, etc. are also sold in this market.

Address: 3721 Hongmei Lu, Shanghai 虹梅路3721号(近延安西路)

Shanghai Shiliupu Fabric Mall (十六铺面料城)

Shanghai Shiliupu Fabric Mall, aka Shiliupu Material Shopping Market, contains over 100 stalls selling all kinds of material, fabrics, haberdashery as well as custom wedding dresses, suits, coats, etc.

Address: 168 Dongmen Road, Huangpu District 上海市黄浦区东门路168号

Wanshang Flower and Fish Market (万商花鸟市场-西藏南路店)

Wanshang Flower and Fish Market is the best place in Shanghai for buying flower, fish, bird, and insect as well as rabbits, chinchillas, crickets, turtles, puppies, etc.

Address: 417 Tibet Sth Road (Xizang South Road), near Dongtai Lu, Huangpu District 西藏南路417号(近东台路)

Tianshan Tea Market (天山茶城)

As a tourist to China, you have definitely heard about the popularity of Chinese tea. Tianshan Tea Market is the best place for finding various kinds of tea. Flower teas as well as different kinds of green and red teas are sold here.

Address: 518 Zhongshan Xi Road 中山西路518号(玉屏南路口)

Malls and Shopping Districts

Shanghai IFC Mall (上海国金中心商场)

Shanghai IFC Mall is a world-class shopping mall in Shanghai located in Pudong Lujiazui international financial zone. The mall is known as an expensive and high-end market. The design is fantastic and famous brands including Ermenegildo  Zegna, Dunhill, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Tiffany,  and Dolce & Gabbana, etc. work here. Besides the brands, there are many restaurants and entertaining centers are operating here.

Address: No. 8, Century Avenue, Pudong District. 地址:浦东新区世纪大道8号

IAPM Shanghai

If you are into a high-end shopping and world-class brands, then the IAPM Shanghai is the best shopping mall for you. This shopping center is located in the business district of South Shaanxi Road offering world-popular brands including Bulgari, Versace, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada, etc.

Address: 999 Huaihai Middle Road, Xuhui District. 徐汇区淮海中路999号

Global Harbor Shanghai(环球港)

Global Harbor is a huge complex with a total area of 480,000 square meters containing shopping centers, A-level office, exhibition, entertainment, catering, leisure, and fitness centers. Some believe that the Global Harber is the largest shopping mall in Asia with an eye-catching European architectural style. Over 400 brand stores are working here such as Under Armour, Lego Kidsland, Watsons,  Apple Store, H&M, GAP, Guess, Muji, Adidas, Hollister, Pandora, Uniqlo, Dior, Nike, Sephora, Coach, etc.

Address: Jinshajiang Road, Putuo District (near Zhongshan North Road) 普陀区金沙江路(近中山北路)

Orient Shopping Centre (东方商厦 – 徐汇店)

Orient Shopping Centre, like many other shopping malls in Shanghai, is a high-end center located Xujiahui shopping center offering high-quality products including watches, accessories, gold jewelry, glasses, fashion, and Home Appliances. Chanel, Derain, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Dunhill, Lancome, Mont Blanc, Elizabeth, Remy Martin, Audemars Piguet, Guerlain, Arden, Zippo, Ama, Bvlgari, Lancel, Aquascutum, Tissot, etc. are among the best brands in this mall.

Address:  8 Xuhui District, Cao Xi Bei Road.  地址:徐汇区漕溪北路8号

Super Brand Mall (正大广场)

Super Brand Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Asia offering different kinds of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Restaurants and food centers in this mall offer different locals and international brands. The stores of high-end brands including H&M, Zara, Uniqlo, C&A, Honey’s, Sinequanone, Folli Follie, La Mia, Rosendahl, Lacoste, Esprit, Timberland, Hilfiger Denim, Calvin Klein, Novo,  Belano, Bossini, Nike 360, Addidas Classic, Tissot, Unisex, etc. are located here.

Address: No. 168, Lujiazui West Road, Pudong.  地址:浦东新区陆家嘴西路168号

HKRI Taikoo Hui (兴业太古汇)

In West Nanjing Road, you can find HKRI Taikoo Hui complex, which contains a retail shopping mall, office towers, and three hotels. The main highlight of this complex is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which is the largest in China and the first of its kind in Asia. Also, over 250 brand stores are working here.

Address: 兴业太古汇 – 789 Nanjing Xi Lu (near Shimen Yi Lu) 南京西路789号 (近石门一路)

K11 Art Mall Shanghai (K11购物艺术中心)

K11 Mall focuses on three main concepts including art, humanity, and nature located in the Huaihai Road shopping area. The mall offers different kinds of fashion stores as well as eateries such as luxury restaurants and cafes.

Address:  300 Huaihai Middle Road, Huangpu District  上海市黄浦区淮海中路300号

Grand Gateway (港汇广场)

Located in the bustling Xujiahui shopping district, Grand Gateway has twin towers with over 400 brand stores including clothing, jewelry, children’s products, and furniture. There is a pedestrian street called Lan Kwai Fong on the first floor offering an exotic atmosphere for having tea or dinner.

Address: No. 1 Hongqiao Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai (Huashan Road) 上海市徐汇区虹桥路1号(华山路口)

Shanghai Joy City (上海大悦城)

Shanghai Joy City is located in the Jing’an commercial area offering luxury waterfront apartments, pedestrian streets, great office buildings, etc. You can find famous brands such as Muji, New Balance, Adidas, Levis, Paul Frank, Swarovski, etc. here. Also, different kinds of eateries can be found in Shanghai Joy City.

Address: 166 Xizang North Road, Jing’an District 上海市静安区西藏北路166号
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Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road is one of the main highlights of modern Shanghai. It’s classified as one of the longest shopping districts on a global scale with hundreds of shops inside. The street is about 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles) long with over one million visitors every day. This famous shopping street has one end in The Bund and the other in Jing’an District.

The street is divided into two main sections, which are Nanjing East Road and Nanjing West Road. Nanjing East Road has more of a historical environment which unfortunately has gone a little downmarket these days. Nanjing West Road, on the other hand, is bold and modern representing a more luxurious theme attached to it.

Middle Huaihai Road Commercial Zone

In Middle Huaihai Road Commercial Zone you will see many designer stores as well as great fashion shops. The area is known as one of the most prosperous districts in Shanghai. Many famous shopping malls such as Huaihai Road include iapm, Parkson Department Store, Lippo Plaza, Shui On Plaza, Central Plaza, Shanghai Square, Shanghai Times Square, Hong Kong Plaza, and K11 Art Mall are located in this neighborhood. Besides, Versace and Hugo Boss flagship store,  Dolce & Gabbana flagship store, Valentino flagship store, Gucci flagship store, Prada and Miu Miu flagship store,etc. are working here.

Xujiahui Commercial Zone

Many shopping malls such as Grand Gateway, Metro City, Pacific Department Store, TaipingYang Suma Plaza, and Huijin Department Store are stationed in Xujiahui Commercial Zone. This area is also good for buying electronics, cameras, gadgets, mobile phones, etc.

Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone

Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone is where Cloud Nine, one of the famous shopping malls of Shanghai located with mid-range brands such as H&M, Esprit, Nike, Adidas, etc.

Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone

In this area, some of the most famous iconic buildings in Shanghai including Oriental Pearl Tower, Jinmao Tower, World Financial Center, and International Convention Center. As for shopping, the Shanghai IFC Mall, Thumb Plaza, Plaza 96, Printemps, Life Hub Jinqiao, Nextage Department Store, Super Brand Mall, and Asia Pacific Plaza are located in this neighborhood.

Xintiandi

Xintiandi is a new shopping area in Shanghai with Shikumen style architecture. The area is relaxing and you can experience good shopping along with wining and dining.

Qibao Old Street

Qibao Old Street is a relaxing district for escaping from busy and modern Shanghai. The area has a beautiful Hui architecture. Here, you can find snacks, gifts, traditional crafts, calligraphy, and paintings.

What to buy in Shanghai

Traditional Medicine

In ancient times, Chinese Medicines were highly used to treat different kinds of illnesses. Among them, Ginseng is very popular for regulating blood sugar levels and balancing metabolism. Ginger root and Gingko Biloba are other famous Chinese Medicines, which you can find in Shanghai.

Tea

Tea is a very crucial part of Chinese culture and you can find the best kinds of it in Shanghai. Longjing tea, Tie Guan Yin tea, Chinese red tea, and flower tea are among the best teas you can find in Shanghai tea markets.

Jade

It’s said that having jade can be good for your health and legends say that it can remove the evil spirits and bring luck in your life. Jades can be found anywhere in Shanghai with different shapes and colors as well as different qualities. It can be a very special gift for your loved ones. Also, you can use them as a decorative item.

Silk

China is the main hub of silk production in the world and Shanghai is one of its heavens ilk in China. There are many famous silk factories in Shanghai in which, you can see the procedure of producing silk cloths and buying them. Also, these products can be found in the shops of the city. 

Sweets

Shanghai is famous for its sweets candy, which can be found in beautiful candy shops around the city. Also, you can try high-quality mooncakes, a famous Chinese pie, in Shanghai. There are fantastic packing for candies and sweets in the stores around the city, which makes it a great choice for gift giving.

Handicrafts

About 56 minority groups live in China with their own traditions, cultures, costumes, handicrafts, etc. The good news is that if you just have time for visiting Shanghai, you can find different kinds of handicrafts from all over China in this city. 

Embroidery

Embroidery art has a long history in China dating back to the Neolithic age. Gu embroidery is the most famous one in the city originated in the eponymous family during the Ming Dynasty. Painting and calligraphy-based designs are the special features of Gu style.

Fresh Water Pearl

China is the largest producer of pearls in the world offering different kinds of it for visitors. In Shanghai, you can buy them from street shops around the city and specialized shops.

Porcelain & ceramics

Ceramics and porcelains are among the best products you can buy in China and especially Shanghai. Ceramic products in Shanghai are usually handmade and fantastic. These objects are great for gifts and decoration.

Shanghai Travel Tips

  • Business Hours

Busines hours in Shanghasi contain five days of work in a week from Monday to Friday. The usual working hour is from 9:30 to 18:00. There is also a break from 12:00 to 14:00.

  • Medical Help

If you need Medical Help, you can easily call international hospitals in Shanghai, which are modern offering great service to customers and patients. The information of some of the international hospitals in Shanghai are listed below

 CanAM Int’l Medical Center, Shanghai Pu Xi Clinic
Address  20F, 966 Huaihai Zhong Road (by Shanxi Nan Lu)
Tel  54039133
Fax  54038978
 Parkway Health
Address  Shanghai Centre, 2/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
Tel  4008196622
Hours  8am-7pm
American-Sino OB/GYN(24 Hour Emergency Service)
Address  14F, Complex Building, 800 Huashan Hospital, 12 Middle Urumqi Road (near Changle Road)
Tel  62493246
Hours  8am–8pm
 World Link Medical Center Hongqiao Clinic
Address  Unit 30, Mandarin City, 788 Hongxu Road
Tel  6405 5788
Fax  6405 3587
 Shanghai International SOS
Address  Units 2907-2901, 2 Grand Gateway, 3 Hongqiao Road, Xuhui District
Tel  52989538
Fax  52989539
 Shanghai United Family Hospital and Clinics
Address  1139 Xianxia Road (General and Cosmetic Dental Center)
Tel  51331900
Emergency call  5133 1999
Fax  51331919
 Sino-United Health American International Center at Shanghai Center
Address  Room 1376, Nanjing Road West
Tel  62798920
Fax  62798921
 International Medical & Dental Center (IMDC)
Address  1111 Xian Xia Road (near Bei Hong Road), Changning District
Tel  62909558

  • Tipping

Tipping is nor popular in Shanghai with the exception of special cases like private guiding services.

  • Public Toilets

Squat toilets are normal in China and Shanghai. Although airports and hotels have western toilets and even in public ones, you can find both types, be prepared for using squat toilets. Also, never forget to have tissue as public toilets in China don’t provide them.

  • Wi-Fi

You can access Wi-Fi almost everywhere in Shanghai. From restaurants and bars to almost all hotels in the city; so, don’t worry about the internet 

Foreign Embassies & Consulates in Shanghai

General Consulate of the Republic Argentina
Address Suite 1202, Golden Finance Tower, No.58 Yan’an Road East, 200002, Shanghai, P.R.China
Tel (86-21)63390322
Fax (86-21)53500058
Australian Consulate General in Shanghai, China
Address Level 22, CITIC Square, 1168 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai 200041, China
Phone (021) 2215 5200
Fax (021) 2215 5252
 Consulate General of Austria in Shanghai, China
Address Qi Hua Tower 3A, 1375 Huai Hai Zhong Lu, 200031, Shanghai, China
Phone (+86) (21) 64740268
Fax (+86) (21) 647 11 554
   Embassy of the Republic of Belarus
Address 1702F, 2299 Yan’an Rd (W), Shanghai, China 200 336
Phone + (86 10) 65 32 16 91
Fax + (86 10) 65 32 64 17
  Consulate General of Belgium
Address Wu Yi Road 127 200050, Shanghai, China
Phone +86-21-64376579 / 64376772 / 64376628
Fax +86-21-64377041
  British Consulate-General
Address Suite 301, Shanghai Centre 1376 Nan Jing Xi Lu Shanghai 200040 China
Phone (+86) (21) 3279 2000 General
Fax (+86) (21) 6279 7651 General
   Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria
Address 7K, Hongqiao Business Center No.2272 Hongqiao Road Shanghai, China
Phone 86-21-62376183 / 62376187
Fax 86-21-62376189
   Consulate General of Cambodia
Address Huasheng Commercial Building 9th Floor, Hankou Road 400 Shanghai, China
Phone (8621) 63616681, 63600949
Fax (8621) 63611437
The Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, China
Address 604, West Tower 1376 Nanjing Road (West) Shanghai, 200040, China
Phone (+86-21) 6279-8400
Fax (+86-21) 6279-8401
  General Consulate of Chile in Shanghai
Address Room 1712, Office Tower Shanghaimart Bldg., 2299 Yanan Rd, Shanghai 200036 China
Phone 86(21) 62360770
Fax 86(21) 62361318
   Consulate General of the Czech Republic
Address 808 New Town Center, 83 Loushan Guan Road83 Loushan Guan Road, Shanghai 200336, China
Phone 8621-62369925
Fax 8621-62369920
   Royal Danish Consulate General
Address Room 701, Shanghai International Trade Centre, No. 2201, Yan’an Xi Lu, 200336 Shanghai China
Phone +86 (21) 62090500
Fax +86 (21) 62090504
   Ecuadorian Consulate in Shanghai, China
Address 317 Xianxia Lu, Torre B, Piso 17, Oficina 1701 Shanghai 200051, China
Phone (+86 21) 62350532 62350536
Fax (+86 21) 62350539
   Consulate General of Egypt in China
Address 1375 HUAI ZHONG ROAD, QIHUA BUILDING – 19th Floor, A&B, Shanghai, China
Phone (8621) 64331020 / 64330622 / 64330502
Fax (8621) 64330049
   Consulate General of Finland
Address CITIC Square 2501-2505, 25 th floor 1168 Nanjing Xi Lu 200041 Shanghai China
Phone +86 21 52929900
Fax +86 21 52929880
   Consulate General of France
Address Hai Tong Securities Building 2F 689 Guangdong Lu – 20 0001 Shanghai China
Phone 8621 61032200
Fax 8621 61352089
   Consulate General of Germany
Address 181, Yongfu Road, Shanghai 200031, Shanghai, China
Phone (8621) 34010106
Fax (8621) 64714448
   Consulate General of Greece in Shanghai
Address The Center, Suite 3501, No 989 Changle Road, Shanghai, 200031, China
Phone (8621) 54670505
Fax (8621)54670202
 Consulate General of India
Address 1008, Shanghai International Trade Centre 2201 Yan An West Road, Shanghai 200336 China
Phone 86-21-62758885
Fax 86-21-62758881
  Consulate General of Ireland
Address Suite 700A, Shanghai Centre 1376 Nanjing Road West 200040 Shanghai China
Phone 86 21 62798729
Fax 86 21 62798739
  Consulate General of Israel
Address 7th Floor, New Town Mansion, No.55 Lou Shan Guan Road, Shanghai 200336 China
Phone 86-21-62098008
 General Consulate of Italy
Address The Center – 19 Floor – 989 Changle Road – 200031 Shanghai China
Phone 8621 54075588
Fax 8621 64716977
 Consulate General of Japan
Address 8 Wan Shan Road, Shanghai, China
Phone (86-21) 5257-4766
Fax (86-21) 6278-8988
   Consulate General of Luxembourg
Address 12, ZhongShanDongYi Road 200002 Shanghai China
Phone 86 21 5353 0295
Fax 86 21 5353 0296
   Consulate General of Malaysia
Address Units 01, Block B – 9th Floor Dawning Centre, No. 500 Hongbaoshi Road Changning District, Shanghai 201103 China
Phone (8621) 52925424 / 5425
Fax (8621) 5292 5951
  Honorary Consulate of Monaco
Address Thomson Commercial Building 710 Dong Fang Road, 2F Pudong New Areal, Shanghai China
Phone 8621 58314008
  Consulate of Netherlands
Address 10/F East Tower, Dawning Center No. 500 Hongbaoshi Road, Changning District Shanghai 201103, China
Phone 021 2208 7288
Fax 021 2208 7300
 Consulate General of New Zealand
Address Room 1605-1607A, The Centre 989 Chang Le Road, 200031 Shanghai China
Phone 8621-5407-5858
Fax 8621-5407-5068
   Royal Norwegian Consulate General
Address Room 321, 12 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Lu 200002 Shanghai China
Phone 86-21-6323-9988
Fax 86-21-6323-3938
   Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Address Room 1111, Tower A, SOHO Zhongshan Plaza, 1055 West Zhongshan Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China
Phone 86 21 6237 7000
Fax 86 21 6237 7066
  Consulate of the Republic of Peru
Address Kerry Centre, 1515 Nanjing west road, ofi. 2705 200040 Shanghai China
Phone (86-21) 52985900
Fax (86-21) 52985905
  Consulate General of Philippines
Address Suite 301, Metrobank Plaza Building No. 1160 Yaan West Road (corner Fanyu Road) Changning District, Shanghai China
Phone 8621 6281-8020
Fax 8621 6281-8023
 Consulate of Poland
Address Jianguo Xilu 618 200031 Shanghai China
Phone (86-21) 64339288
Fax (86-21) 64330417
   Consulate of Serbia
Address Rm, 302, No.1, Lane 60, Lyon Garden, Ronghua East Road, Gu Bei New Area 201103 Shanghai China
Phone 86-21-62081388 / 62081899
Fax 86-21-62087412
  General Consulate of Singapore
Address 89 Wan Shan Road Shanghai 200336 China
Phone 8621-62785566
Fax 8621-6295-6038
 Consulate of Slovakia
Address Qi Hua Tower 4A 1375 Huaihai Central Road Shanghai 200031 China
Phone (86-21) 6431-4205
Fax (+86-21) 6471-3604
  South Africa Consulate
Address 222 Yan An Road East, 27th Floor, Room 2705/6 Shanghai 200002 China
Phone 86-21-53594977
Fax 86-21-63352980
Consulate of the Republic of Korea
Address No.60, Wanshang Road Shanghai, China
Phone 86-21-62955000,62952639
Fax 86-21-62955191,62952629
Consulate General of Sweden
Address 1521-1541 Shanghai Central Plaza 381 Huaihai Road (Middle) Shanghai 200020 China
Phone 8621 5359 9610
Fax 8621 5359 9633
  Consulate of Switzerland
Address22F, Building A, Far East International Plaza, 319 Xianxia Road, Shanghai, China
Phone (86-21) 62700519, 62700520
Fax (86-21) 62700522
  Royal Thai Consulate General
Address Crystal Century Mansion 15 Floor No. 567 Weihai Road, Shanghai China
Phone (86-21) 62883030
Fax (86-21) 62889072
  Consulate of Turkey
Address 13th floor of Qihua Building, Huahai Zhong Lu
Phone 86-21 6474-6838
Fax 86-21 6471-9896
  Consulate of Ukraine
Address W502, Sun Plaza, 88, Xian Xia Rd. Shanghai China
Phone 86-21-62953195
Fax 86-21-62953171
  Consulate General of United States
Address 1469 Huai Hai Zhong Road (Near Wulumuqi Nan Lu) 200031 Shanghai China
Phone 8621-6433-6880
Fax 8621-6433-4122
  Consulate of Uruguay
Address 300 Huai Hai Zhong RD, Unit 2403 Hong Kong New World Tower, Shanghai, China
Phone (8621) 63353521, 63353927
Fax(8621) 63353741

Exchanging Money

You can exchange your money in Great Britain Pound, Euro, U.S. Dollar, Swiss Franc, Singapore Dollar, Swedish Crown, Danish Crown, Norwegian Crown, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Philippine Peso, Thai Baht to Yuan in many banks in Shanghai such as the banks listed below.

 Bank of China’s branch
Address 69 Luhe Rd, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
Phone +86 216 360 9372
Opening hours Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
 China Merchants Bank’s branch
Address 100 Nanjing W Rd, NanJing XiLu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
Phone +86 216 375 0060
Opening hours Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Bank of China
Address 23 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
Phone +86 216 375 0060
Opening hours Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
ICBC’s branch
Address 23 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
Phone +86 216 321 1820
Opening hours Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
 Bank of Shanghai’s branch
Address 100 Dagu R, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
Phone +86 216 326 5572
Opening hours Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
 China Merchants Bank’s branch
Address 700 Yan’an East Road, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
Phone +86 215 385 0050
Opening hours Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00

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