China’s largest city, Shanghai, has something to offer to every kind of traveler. As China’ most westernized city, Shanghai has a vibrant nightlife, trendy restaurants, and busy business centers. With relics of ancient Chinese dynasties on one hand and a thriving modern metropolis on the other, this international metropolis is drawing attention from all over the world. You can take a walk through the parks filled with local people doing Tai Chi (a gentle way to fight stress) or enjoy a bird's eye view of the city from the World Financial Center. Do not forget to visit the Shanghai's Promenade ? The Bund. The old French and English buildings now serve as boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. From here, you can also take a sightseeing boat tour around the port and the confluence of the Yangtze and Huangpujiang rivers. For a break from the city, take a leisurely stroll around Zhujiajiao ? the water town with canals and bridges.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Shanghai
Shopping in Shanghai
There are many shopping centers and shopping streets all over the city. From latest brands to pop-up stores, shopping is a big part of anyone’s holiday in China. The shops at Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road feature a surplus of international brand names. You can also explore one of the many flea markets beneath the shopping malls, stores, and boutiques. At the outdoor bazaar at Yuyuan Garden, you’ll find various arts, crafts, and souvenirs. Other traditional open-air Chinese markets are the clothing street market on Shimen Road and the Cultural Street Market on Fuzhou Road.
From high-end dining to bustling food streets, Shanghai is a foodie’s paradise. Da Zha Xie is a dish you must try. It’s Chinese mitten crab that is usually consumed during the winter. Other popular seafood dishes include Cheese Butter Lobster and Smoked Fish Slices. Savor the duck dishes namely the pepper duck and roast duck. Famous street eats are Xiao long bao (soup dumplings filled with seasoned pork), Shansi Leng Mian (eel noodles), and Ci Fan Tuan (sticky rice balls). Some of the restaurants to visit are Mr & Mrs Bund, UNICO (which is the largest tapas bar in Asia), and Xindalu.
Useful Shanghainese phrases
While the official language is Mandarin, the locals in Shanghai speak a different version of Wu Chinese, that’s commonly called Shanghainese. Here are some useful phrases that might come in handy.
• Thank You:
• I don't know:
ngú ba shede
• Excuse me:
• How much is this?:
Dos and Don’ts
• While eating with chopsticks, make sure they are never standing upright as this is considered a bad omen. Place the chopsticks on top of the bowl when you’re not using them.
• Before entering a local’s home, notice if they remove their shoes outside and do the same.
• It is recommended to use taxis over buses as the stops and routes will be in Chinese and it can be confusing.
Emergency contact numbers
• Fire: 119
• Police: 110
• First-aid Ambulance: 120
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Shanghai?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Shanghai is Air Asia
• What is the time zone used in Shanghai?
The time zone of Shanghai is GMT+8.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from Bangkok to Shanghai?
From Bangkok to Shanghai, the most popular airlines
are China Southern Airlines, Bangkok Airways
, and China Eastern.
• What is the shortest time for a Bangkok to Shanghai flight?
The shortest time for a direct Bangkok to Shanghai flight is 3 hours and 40 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Shanghai?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Shanghai are The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Monastery, and Xintiandi.
• What is the currency of China?
The currency of China is Renminbi (RMB or CNY).
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