Described as the ‘showpiece’ of China’s booming economy, Shanghai is a true representation of modern China. Despite the modernization, you’ll find a perfect blend of cultures here. You will be amazed at how the old Chinese traditions are still followed with ample respect along with the Western customs. There are shiny skyscrapers which stand beside the old temples. You can spend your day visiting museums, take a stroll through Yuyuan Garden - the last surviving Ming Dynasty garden, or dine in a revolving restaurant at The Oriental Pearl TV Tower. At night, explore the numerous bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, or simply walk through the city and admire its brightly lit skyline. The city is like the New York of Asia and has something for everyone. It’s no wonder that it is one of the most attractive cities in the country for expats. The energy, food, attractions, and culture of Shanghai keep people coming back for more.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Shanghai
Shopping in Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s shopping paradise. Though there are various modern shopping centers and malls, the locals still prefer to shop at the markets around the city. From clothes to electronics, you’ll find it all in the winding streets of a shopping market. Yuyuan Bazaar is a wonderful place to start. There are hundreds of stores offering items like silk umbrellas, furniture, walking sticks, and more. The fashion conscious can head to Qipu Road Clothing Market – the largest retail and wholesale clothing market in the city.
The cuisine in Shanghai comes from complex cooking styles from the nearby provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. The food is all about aroma, color, and taste. One of the favorite dishes of the locals is the Xiaolongbao – a soup dumpling. The wrapper keeps the soup hot and fresh. So, you get a great hit of the taste when you eat it. Another popular delicacy here is the hanging roasted duck that can be found in any market of the city. You can have this duck with rice, soup, or noodles. If you like seafood, do try the You Bao He Xia, a shrimp dish where after deep frying the shrimps, they are tossed in a special sauce made of sugar, ginger, yellow wine, shallot juice, and soybean sauce. As for places to eat, Xiaoyang Shengjian is a popular eatery in Wujiang Lu. The famous restaurant, Din Tai Fung is a must-visit and can be found in most shopping malls. Taste the dishes like ‘Deep Fried Handmade Tofu with Water Chestnuts & Mushrooms’ and ‘Soy Marinated Shanghainese Smoked Fish’.
The people of Shanghai speak in their version of Chinese called Shanghainese, also known as the Shanghai dialect, Hu language, or Hu dialect. Here are some phrases and words that might be useful during your visit to Shanghai.
• Thank You:
• I don't understand that:
Wú fé dong
• Excuse me:
• Does anyone here speak English?
Gé de yóu e níng gang ying ven?
Dos and Don’ts
• Always carry tissue with you as not all the toilets in the city are western.
• While using a taxi, try to get someone at your hotel to write down the name of your destination in Chinese and show it to the driver.
• The traffic in Shanghai is very hectic. So, always leave ahead of time.
Emergency contact numbers
• Fire: 119
• Police: 110
• Ambulance: 120
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