Shanghai is not the capital of China, but it is the largest city in China. At the mouth of the Yangtze River, this city is home to ultra-modern districts and historic jewels. Along the Huangpu stands the futuristic district of Pudong, the business district, a major international financial centre, with its Shanghai tower (632 m high) and the famous Pearl of the East television tower with pink spheres, the World Financial Center nearly 500 m high and 100 floors, etc. On the other side is the Bund, a famous walk to discover the buildings of the colonial era. The vast Yuyuan garden will plunge you into the time of the Ming and Qing with its traditional pavilions, bridges and ponds. Shanghai, the city of finance and industry, a busy and polluted city, alternates atmospheres from one district to another, day or night. Leaving the glittering skyscrapers and the crowd in a hurry, we discover the Temple of the Jade Buddha under the scent of incense, the Old Chinese City and the thousand-year-old temple of Longhua. Visit the four floors of the Museum with its rich collections of furniture, jade objects, calligraphy, sculptures, ceramics and Chinese seals. Essential: the rue de Nankin, a 5 km long artery in the historic centre that attracts people. To the east, it is the pedestrian street with the city's four department stores, a temple of consumption with two million visitors on weekends. To the west, it is the chic artery, a temple of chic with its luxury boutiques totalling 1,200 major brands!

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When to go to Shanghai 上海?

You can go to Shanghai in any season. However, the high tourist season is during the summer, from May to September, when the weather is mild while being hot and humid. It is interesting to be in Shanghai at the time of the Chinese New Year, at the end of January, beginning of February. A real show and a lot of backfires! Chinese people usually take a week off for the Chinese New Year to visit their families. Travelling out of Shanghai at this time of year is very complicated! In terms of climate, the best seasons to travel to Shanghai are spring and autumn. This will help you avoid the winter cold and the heat and rain of summer. It rains the least in December (4 days on average) and the most in June (10 days). However, it is in June that the tourist season in Shanghai is in full swing for both foreign and local tourists

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It is the safest and most economical way to stay in Shanghai, especially if you don't have much time. A weekend in Shanghai when everything is well organized allows you to discover the city in an efficient, pleasant and yet, as much as you know, exhausting way. This is generally the case for organized tourists who have a tour that passes through Shanghai. An 8-day stay on site will be much better to acclimatize and really enjoy the city and its surrounding area.

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There are many air-only flights to Shanghai. Going to Shanghai alone is not a particular problem. You even gain some benefits such as reducing your budget by sleeping in a dormitory and negotiating rates directly. And you don't have the language problem like in the remote regions of China. Here you can easily find English-speaking and sometimes even French-speaking contacts. However, beware of friendly solicitation scams to attend a tea ceremony that will cost you a fortune.

Shanghai has several types of public transport: bus, metro, ferry and Maglev (fast train). Purchase the Shanghai Jiaotong Card, a rechargeable card that allows you to use all these means of transport. China does not recognize the international permit. Impossible to drive. Taxis are numerous and very affordable. Prefer official taxis. No motorcycle for rent. You can fall back on the bike. Hitchhiking is not recommended.

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When to travel?

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Budget

The currency is the yuan, or renminbi (RMB), literally "people's currency". The yuan is divided into 10 jiao (or mao)...
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Formalities

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Health

No vaccinations are required to travel to Shanghai. However, you will have to respect a few rules of hygiene. Wash yo...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are many air-only flights to Shanghai. Going to Shanghai alone is not a particular problem. You even gain some...
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How to get organized?

It is the safest and most economical way to stay in Shanghai, especially if you don't have much time. A weekend in Sh...
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Getting around

Shanghai has several types of public transport: bus, metro, ferry and Maglev (fast train). Purchase the Shanghai Jiao...
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