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Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China. With a population of more than 24 million, it is the largest and traditionally the most developed urban area in China. Shanghai is a global financial, innovation and technology, and transportation hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Eastern China coast. Shanghai has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China. The city is renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, museums, and historic buildings—including the City God Temple, the Yu Garden, the China pavilion, and those along the Bund—and for its sugary cuisine and unique dialect, Shanghainese. Every year, Shanghai hosts numerous national and international events, including Shanghai Fashion Week, the Chinese Grand Prix, and ChinaJoy.

By Air

Shanghai-Hongqiao International Airport (IATA: SHA) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG) are two major airports in Shanghai. They have both direct international routes and domestic flights. The Hongqiao International Airport is 13 km (8 mi) west from central Shanghai and Pudong International Airport is 30 km (17 mi) east from central Shanghai.

Intra-city Transportation


Taxis in Shanghai are abundant. Shanghai taxi drivers almost always use the meter as required by law. During daytime, taxi in downtown charges CNY14 for the first 3km, CNY2.5/km from 3 -15km, and CNY3.6/km over 15km. At night, it charges CNY18 for the first 3km and CNY3.1/km from 3 -15km.

Do not accept solicitations for rides to the city. Sometimes, people will stand at the arrival area and ask if you need a taxi. These are illegally operated and use unmarked vehicles. They usually cost a lot more than licensed taxis since many travelers do not know the cost of airport transportation.

Overall, not many of the city’s taxi drivers speak English. It is therefore important that you present the driver with the name of the destination (in written Mandarin), present them with a printed taxi card from your hotel (see your hotel's website for further details), or be able to point out your destination on a map.


Opened in 1993, the Shanghai Metro is a rapid transit rail network in Shanghai, operating urban and suburban transit services to 14 of its 16 municipal districts and to Huaqiao Town, Kunshan, Jiangsu Province. The Shanghai Metro system is the world's largest rapid transit system by route length. The fare ranges from ¥3 to ¥14. Most of the signs and announcements are in Mandarin and English. There are currently 20 lines in operation. Metro schedules are available online or at the stations, or apps on your smartphone can help you to navigate the subway system.

Shanghai Metro is the largest component of the Shanghai metropolitan rail transit network, together with the Shanghai maglev train, the Zhangjiang Tram, the Songjiang Tram and the China Railway-operated commuter rail services to Jinshan. The metro system is also integrated with other forms of public transport in Shanghai.


Shanghai is hot and rainy weather over the month of July. Summer also brings occasional torrential rain and typhoons. Seasonal clothing such as shorts, shirts, and skirts is advised. Ultraviolet radiation is quite strong in July. Wear a hat and sunglasses, if you venture outside, and remember to apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

References and Recommended Reading

Travel & Tourist Information

Shanghai Airport

Shanghai Taxi

Shanghai Metro