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Shanghai Pudong International Airport & Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport & Shanghai Hongqiao Airport February 28, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Shanghai has two main airports. For international traffic, the Shanghai Pudong International Airport is your likely arrival and departure port. For nationwide and Asia international traffic, the Hongqiao Airport is your likely arrival and departure port. The Pudong airport is located to the east of the...

How to Get a Visa for China

How to Get a Visa for China February 24, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
It doesn’t matter where you are from, chances are unless you are a Chinese native you need a visa. A visa is a document that goes into your passport and allows you to enter a foreign country. Anytime you travel outside your home country (or outside the European Union if you hail from that region)...

Shanghai Time Zone, Calling Codes and Zip Codes

February 17, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Shanghai time zone is: GMT+8. All of China is on one time zone. Thus, anywhere in the country will be GMT+8. Visit Greenwich Meantime Clock to see the current time in Shanghai. Shanghai’s calling code is: 21. China’s calling code is: 86. When dialing out of your home country there is an...

Jing’An District- Live like a local in West Shanghai

Jing’An District- Live like a local in West Shanghai February 10, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Jing’An District is a lively and exciting place. You are close to the epicenter of Shanghai but not so central that you are constantly in the middle of a mob. Many expats live in Jing’An due to the amazing transportation hubs, the quiet neighborhoods and the relaxed feeling that the tree-lined...

Shanghai Then and Now

Shanghai Then and Now January 27, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Shanghai has changed a great deal in a very short period of time.  This image shows Shanghai in 1990 (top) and Shanghai in 2010 (bottom). The image depicts how quickly Pudong (the island area across the Huangpu River) has sprung up. The 1990 image was a ‘blue sky day’ meaning there is very...

Shanghai History Made Simple

Shanghai History Made Simple January 6, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Shanghai is the most populated city in China– but this wasn’t always the case. It is a great modern success story, especially given the fact that it was an unimportant fishing town at one point. It grew from a small town hardly on the map to the country’s biggest city and a one-time...

Shanghai Preps for Winter

Shanghai Preps for Winter December 17, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Shanghai’s weather is turning foul, and while not as depressing as the frigid temperatures in northern China, it isn’t that pleasant in the Pearl of the Orient this time of year. It doesn’t snow often in Shanghai, but when it does the city screetches to a halt as the driver’s...

Shanghai’s Neighborhoods, a Brief Guide

Shanghai’s Neighborhoods, a Brief Guide December 9, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Shanghai was not a planned city. This is immediately apparent as soon as you arrive. Getting to know the city isn’t an easy task as there is no large area, as in Beijing, where most things of interest to expats and tourists would be. No, everything in Shanghai is scattered. True there are a few ways...

Combat Pollution with These Solutions in Shanghai

Combat Pollution with These Solutions in Shanghai December 2, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
On some weekends during the Shanghai World Expo there were over a million people visiting the area in a single day. Imagine the plants needed to clean the air above the expo? Imagine the amount of work needed to clean the Huangpu after the night sweepers dutifully sweep remaining residue into the river....

Christmas Shopping Done Right in Shanghai

Christmas Shopping Done Right in Shanghai November 25, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
If you’ve made it to the Middle Kingdom than chances are high you already know about the amazing shopping in Shanghai. If you want souvenirs, we know where you need to head to avoid the cheese and come back home a gift-giving hero. A note on bargaining. If you are at a touristy place like Yu Gardens,...