Planning Your Trip To Shanghai Pudong Airport has opened its Terminal Two, which was servicing Shanghai Airlines, British Airways, Northwest...
Planning Your Trip To Shanghai Pudong Airport has opened its Terminal Two, which was servicing Shanghai Airlines, British Airways, Northwest Airlines, Qantas Airways, and Virgin Atlantic Airways when this guide was published. To be sure, check with your airline to find out which terminal it uses. There are now Shanghai-Beijing express shuttle flights that depart practically every half-hour from Hongqiao Airport that promise a maximum 3-hour turnaround from check-in to baggage claim. One of the coolest things to do is try the Maglev, a beautifully fast train from Pudong International Airport directly to the Shanghai metro system, it is in fact the fastest train on earth.
Shanghai's subway system now has 11 functional lines. For visitors, Metro Line 4 is another way to get to Pudong; Metro Line 8 will be useful to access World Expo sites; and Metro Line 9 now connects directly with outlying areas like Qibao ancient town and Sheshan. With many newly paved roads and a more efficient metro and road network, transportation in Shanghai is at its peak.
Where to Stay Topping the list of new luxury hotels is the high-flying Park Hyatt, the tallest hotel in the world, located in the Shanghai World Financial Center in Pudong. A sister property, the elegant Hyatt on the Bund, part of the Grand Hyatt line, is located nearby just north of the Bund in Hongkou. Le Royal Meridien, ideally located at the start of the Nanjing Lu Pedestrian Mall, is now the tallest hotel in Puxi and the newly opened Swissotel Shanghai is well situated right next to the City Air Terminal Building and the Jing An subway station. The Renaissance Yuyuan Hotel is the first top-caliber hotel right in the old Chinese city, minutes from Yu Garden. Finally, The Conrad and the Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi hotels located next to Xintiandi have generated quite a buzz since their 2008 debut.
In the last few years, boutique hotels have become all the rage in Shanghai. Leading the way are the design-centered JIA Shanghai, in a renovated mansion on Nanjing Lu; the Mansion Hotel, evoking 1930s Shanghai in the French Concession; the ultra-luxurious Pudi Hotel also in the French Concession; and Shanghai's first carbon-neutral hotel, URBN Hotel. Meanwhile,Shanghai's famous Peace Hotel was renovated last year and is now ready for its close up. Also undergoing a total refurbishment is the 1934 Art Deco Yangtze Hotel, which remained moderately priced despite the face lift. The River Wing of the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel was also renovated and has some of the city's most sought-after Bund view rooms. On the budget scene, Chinese business motels continue to proliferate, and make for adequate inexpensive stays if you're just looking to crash somewhere for a night or two. A Motel 168, located right above the Maglev station, is now the closest hotel to Pudong Airport, while the Australian-managed Argyle International Airport Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Hongqiao Airport. Where to Dine We're happy to report that many of our restaurant recommendations from the previous edition are still around and thriving, even as restaurant openings and closings continue at a dizzying rate. Headlining the list of must-try new restaurants is Jade on 36, where Chef Paul Pairet delivers a nonpareil avant garde dining experience that alone is worth a trip to Shanghai. We've also introduced some wine bars in this edition, including Enotecca, Just Grapes, and Otto Gourmet Cafe, which all serve tasty vittles with their vino. What to See and Do in Shanghai The Bund still stands in all its glory, but plans to build a vehicle tunnel underneath the main street to Hongkou will likely create some traffic snarls. Shanghai's most famous Art Deco landmark, the Peace Hotel, has also closed for renovations until mid-2010. The world-class Shanghai Museum now offers affordable admission, but the downside is the additional crowds you'll have to contend with as a result. As the city explodes with World Expo fervor, you can now climb to the top of the Lupu Bridge for a bird's eye view of the Expo grounds on the shores of the Huangpu River. For art and sculpture lovers, the Shanghai Sculpture Space, formerly a steel plant, and the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Pudong, are just two of the many new spaces to view the works of contemporary Chinese artists. Last, but certainly not least, the tallest building in China, the Shanghai World Financial Center, boasts a 100th-floor all-glass observation deck that will surely be the tallest, and likely the biggest attraction in town. Shopping Two years after the closing of the Xiangyang Clothing Market, sellers of knockoff designer goods have largely relocated to two other main areas: the Qipu Lu Market in Zhabei District, and the A.P. Plaza at the Science and Technology Museum (Shanghai Keji Guan) stop on Metro Line 2 in Pudong, though the vendors actually selling brand-name goods are more scattered and don't tend to advertise their wares quite so openly or brazenly anymore. The Friendship Store, still as overpriced as ever, has moved to Changshou Lu in Jing An district. One of the latest trends in Shanghai is to convert former factories and warehouses to high-end shopping and entertainment complexes, such as the High Street Loft in the French Concession, a favorite with the trendy set. Meanwhile, Taikang Lu 210 in the French Concession continues to expand and draw ever greater crowds to its charming boutiques, galleries, and cafes. Shanghai After Dark Nightlife continues to flourish despite (or perhaps because of) the large turnover of bars and clubs. Tongren Lu is Shanghai's main bar and clubbing street, but will likely be replaced by another bar street during the life of this guide. Hot new nightclubs include Attica, located in the Bund with some of the best views of Shanghai; the consistently popular bonbon off Hengshan Lu; The Shelter, in a former bomb shelter in the French Concession, and a favorite for alternative indie music; the gigantic Muse, all the way out in the New Factories in Jing An district; the ultra-hip Philippe Starck-designed Volar just outside Fuxing Park; and the Pudong-based The Wall, on the Riverside Promenade with great views of the Bund, and filling the club void left by the closing of Pu-J's Entertainment Centre in the Jin Mao Tower. The bar scene gets ever more crowded and sophisticated, with David Laris' The Vault and its popular Thursday martini nights a top draw, as is Jean Georges' JG Bar at the same Three on the Bund address. Just up the street, Bar Rouge at Bund 18 recently underwent renovations and is still the destination for the hip set; three floors below it is the more elegant Lounge 18. Other newer bars of note include Mao and Mural, which offer affordable drinks and endlessly amusing people watching. As far as hotel bars go, Vue Bar at the Hyatt on the Bund boasts the best of both worlds by showcasing views of both Pudong and the Bund.
Interesting Facts About Shanghai:
2. Interesting fact: Shanghai is now the largest city in China and the eighth largest in the world.
3. Weird fact: the Huangpu River that divides Shanghai in half never freezes and is ice free.
4. Fact: Shanghai is also known as the Pearl of the Orient and Paris of the East.
5. Progress fact: the majority of buildings going up in Shanghai are high-rise apartments.
6. Random fact: Shanghai cooking is sweeter than other areas in China and they consume more sugar than any other part of China.
7. Fact: The Shanghai World Expo was the biggest in history of world fairs.
8. Political fact: The Shanghai city flower is the white magnolia.
9. Trivia fact: Shanghai means 'on top of the sea'
10. Transportation fact: Shanghai has the world's most extensive bus system, but with an extensive subway network as well, transportation networks are not overly congested.
11. Shopping fact: Shanghai has more commercial shopping than anywhere in mainland China, proving that people in the pearl enjoy their capitalism.
12. Fun fact: Shanghai is the world's busiest sea port, and is an up-and-coming cruise destination.
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