LOCAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR SHANGHAI

 

Visa for China

It is advised to apply for visa as early as possible, ensuring that you will get acceptance of visa in time before traveling to China. Please click on the link below to find out more information:
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/

 

Electricity & power

China uses generally 220V, 50HZ, AC. You can use your electric appliances in China, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220V - 240V (as in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asian and African countries). 

 

Transport/Communication  

Shanghai Pudong International Airport is one of two international airports of Shanghai and a major aviation hub of China. Pudong Airport mainly serves international flights, while the city's other major airport Hongqiao International Airport mainly serves domestic and regional flights. Pudong Airport is located about 30 kilometers(19 mi) east of the city center and has two main passenger terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. A third passenger terminal has been planned since 2015.

 

Shanghai Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) Train links Pudong International Airport with Longyang Road Metro Station in the city center, where transfer other Metro Lines is possible (Line 2, 7 and 16). The 30km ride from Longyang Road Metro Station to Pudong International Airport typically takes less than 10 minutes, with the maximum speed reaching more than 400 km/h. Trains operate every 15 minutes, therefore passengers can expectto arrive in less than 25 minutes in the city, waiting time included.

 

Shanghai Metro Line 2, also provides service between Pudong International Airport and all the main points of the city, Longyang Road, Lujiazui, People’s Square and Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai's primary domestic airport. Line2 is part of the Shanghai Metro system, therefore unlike the Maglev Train, free in-system transfers to other lines are possible. Prices are substantially lower than the Maglev Train. Acasual ride to People’s Square, the city center, typically takes just over an hour. It is wise to allow more than five hours for a safe flight transfer at Hongqiao International Airport using public transportation.

 

Eight airport bus lines serve the airport, providing rapid links to various destinations in and out of the city.

 

Climate

The city’s name means “Upon the Sea”. It has a humid subtropical climate and experiences four distinct seasons. Winters can be chilly and damp while summers are hot and humid. The most pleasant seasons are spring, although changeable and somewhat rainy, and autumn, which is generally sunny and dry. 

 

Currency, Money & Banks

The official Chinese currency is the yuan (¥) ordifferently called the Renminbi (RMB). One yuan is divided into 10 jiao, and there are 10 fen in one jiao. Bank notes are printed in denominations from 1, 2, and 5 jiao, and ¥1, ¥2, ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50, and ¥100 yuan.

 

One of the easiest and most convenient places to change money is at the airport upon arrival. Rates are the same at all banks but the charge for exchanging is different which is nominal. Exchange counters at the airport should take both cash and travelers' checks. Please keep your exchange receipts if you plan to change any Chinese currency into another currency at the end of your trip as this is a prerequi site from the bank.

 

Many areas in China will not accept credit cards ordebit cards, so you always need to have some cash. Cash is widely accepted inmarkets, small restaurants and for transportation. Credit cards are mainly accepted in hotels and larger stores and restaurants.

 

Banks open daily from 9:00 till 17:00. During weekends and public holidays, their business hours are shortened by one or two hours. One can find self-service banks and ATM machine soperate any time.

 

Health & Safety

No vaccinations are required for entry to China. Hygiene standards in Shanghai are some of the highest in China, but despite this, the standards in some places are still not up to thosein other developed nations. Do take precautions but travelers should not beunduly worried. To minimize this risk of stomach upsets wash your hands frequently; eat freshly cooked hot food and only drink boiled or bottled water bought in supermarkets, larger shops, and convenience stores. If you begin to feel unwell, contact your hotel reception first. The top hotels have in-house doctors or doctors on call who may be able to treat minor ailments and direct you to the best places should further treatment be required.

 

China is one of Asia's safest destinations, and Shanghai is one of the safest cities in the world for foreign travelers. Most likely the biggest potential threat you'll encounter will be the pickpockets who tend to congregate in crowded places like subway stations, popular tourist sights and crowded markets. As always, the standard precautions apply: leave as many of your valuables as you can in hotel safes; any other valuables should be distributed around your person, and not kept inside your purse or backpack,which can be easily picked. 

 

 

 

 

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U-merge

Co-organized by:
Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine

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