The city of Shanghai is divided into two parts, Pudong and Puxi, by the Huangpu River.
Pudong International Airport:
Pudong International Airport (PVG) is located about 18 miles outside of the downtown Shanghai area. Taxis, trains and buses are available to take visitors to the city. Taxis are plentiful; just find the taxi line and wave one down, and it will cost between $25-30. The high-speed Maglev Train will travel the 18 miles to Longyang Road Station in approximately seven minutes and twenty-one seconds. The world’s first magnet train runs between 6:45 a.m. and 9:32 p.m. at 15, 20 or 30-minute intervals and costs about $8—though with a current day flight ticket you will receive a 20% discount. Visit Shanghai’s tourism website for more information. With eight lines running from the city to the airport, Airport Bus Line is a good option. Depending upon your destination, a bus ride will cost between $2-5. Additionally, more than 30 hotels participate in a free shuttle bus service. There is also Shanghai’s Metro Line 2. The metro will take a little over an hour to get to the heart of downtown Shanghai, People’s Square Stop, and will cost about $1.
Unless you have a Chinese driver’s license, don’t plan on getting behind the wheel in Shanghai – it’s prohibited! Fortunately, the city has an extensive public transportation system of bus and Metro lines. The Metro system has lines that extend into core urban areas of Shanghai and is an easy option for transportation and avoiding traffic. If you can’t get to your destination via Metro, there’s sure to be a bus line to take you where you need to go though it can be confusing for the average traveler. If you prefer a more private method of transportation, your best option is to hire a taxi or a chauffeur from the hotel for the duration of your trip. No matter which option you choose, remember to always have your hotel and destination written on a slip of paper in Chinese (preferably by a practiced hand). Most people in China don’t speak English, including taxi drivers, so it’s better to be safe than totally lost.
Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration
Tourist Information Service Centers
Zhongshan Xi Lu 2525, Room 410
24-hour Shanghai Call Center: 86-21962288
Tourism Hot Line: 86-21-64398947, 86-21-962020
Geography and Climate:
Shanghai is on the west shore of the Pacific Ocean and is divided into two parts by the Huangpu River. West of the river is Puxi, the older part of Shanghai where you can find the majority of shops, restaurants and museums. The eastern side of the river is Pudong, which is the modern part of the city recognizable by its unique high-rise buildings such as the Shanghai International Financial Center and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The city has a growing population of 18 million people.
Shanghai has a four-season climate, of which fall and spring are relatively short. The coldest months of the year are January and February when the temperature is between 34-46 degrees Fahrenheit. July and August are the warmest months with temperatures between 73-90 degrees. In the spring and fall, temperatures range from 40-80 degrees. If you plan on traveling to Shanghai between May and September, be sure to bring an umbrella as the three rainy periods fall during this time.
In Case of Emergency:
Parkway Health Medical Center
Parkway has five medical facilities in Shanghai staffed by expatriate doctors, see website for more details on locations.
24-hour line: 81-21-64455999
Shanghai United Family Hospital
1139 Xian Xia Lu, Changing District, 200336
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1469 Middle Huaihai Road, 200031
1038 West Nanjing Road, Westgate Mall, 8th Floor
After-hours emergency: 86-21-64333936
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.; Su.-M 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., W-Sa. 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.