Getting Around In Shanghai
Here’ some info on how you can explore Shanghai with just a map as your companion.
Shanghai Maglev Train operates between Pudong International Airport and Longyang Road. The train departs from Pudong Airport Subway Station on all days between 06:45 to 21:40 at every 15 to 20 minutes interval. The whole journey takes only 8 minutes.
Subways are the cheapest way to commute from one part of the city to another. The Subways in Shanghai have a well-connected network, thus making it the most convenient mode of transport within the city.
To travel westward, on reaching Longyang Road Station by the Maglev Train, you can transfer to the Subway Line 2, running between Pudong International Airport (Pudong) and Hongqiao Railway Station (Puxi).
The Subway Line 2 passes through the popular localities including Longyang Road, Century Park, East Nanjing Road, People’s Square and Hongqiao International Airport.
Do extensive research over the internet on what spots you would like to visit in Shanghai. Try to locate them on Google Map and note the nearest Subway Station as well as the Subway Line (1, 2, 5…). Then walk to your destination by following the English sign boards. Here’s an interactive Subway Map of Shanghai. Click link to view. http://www.exploreshanghai.com/metro/
Hop On Hop Off Buses
There are two options available if you are planning to tour Shanghai on the hop n hop off sightseeing bus. The cheaper option is the City Sightseeing Bus Tour operated by the China Spring Tour. Click for more details.
The other and more popular option is the Big Bus Tour. For more details follow the link here. Both of these buses cover all major tourist spots in Shanghai including YuYuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Pedestrian Street, People’s Square, Oriental Pearl Tower, and Jade Buddha among others.
This is definitely an expensive way to see the city. If you choose to hire a Taxi here, you’ve got to have the address written in Chinese for the driver to understand. Talking in English (or in sign language) just won’t help because each location, including few hotels has a different Chinese name! The driver will most likely not understand the Western internet names. So either you produce a paper with the address written in Chinese or you can show him the location on your GPS device (but that again has to have Chinese language maps!) Taxis are metered so frauds are not likely. But make sure you get on a Taxi that LOOKS like a Taxi (with a “TAXI” sign) and not a private car driver shouting “taxi.”
Choosing your Hotel
Like most metros, the hotel option in Shanghai suits all tourists – the backpackers, the family with a budget as well as the luxury seeking globetrotter. However, it is important for every traveller to choose the right hotel. Choosing a hotel in Shanghai should depend on your purpose to visit the city. For those on a business trip, the Pudong side is the best suitable location as it is far away from the hustle and bustle of the more tourist-crowded Puxi side. If however, you are a tourist, out to explore Shanghai and get a real taste of the city, The Bund or the East Nanjing Road is the place to be. The Bund faces the Pudong Business District with the Huang Pu River flowing in the middle. There are plenty of hotels on the Bund area that offer rooms with a good view of the river and the Oriental Pearl Tower visible on the eastern bank. The East Nanjing Road lies slightly inward from The Bund and is a tourist place in itself. Hundreds of tourists, both local and foreign, can be seen walking along the pedestrian road of East Nanjing Road throughout the day. There are many hotels lining the East Nanjing Road as well.
Popular Tourist Spots
- YuYuan Garden
- City God Temple
- The Bund
- Huang Pu River Cruise
- Nanjing Pedestrian Street
- Jade Buddha
- Oriental Pearl Tower
- People’s Square
- Xiatiandi – a car free shopping and eating street
- Shanghai Zoo – Giant Panda!
- HSBC Building, The Bund