Please note that all international visitors to Shanghai will need a current and valid passport with more than six months remaining on it. Some countries may require a Visa, please check with your local authorities before departing. You will also need to passport photos, you can now get these passport photos online and selecting your country.
Like all megacities, Shanghai can be overwhelming at times. As modern China’s ground zero, the city exudes a style that is unlike anywhere else in the country will stop its often portrayed as a blend of East meets West, with its vigourous appetites the new styles and trends. It has bustling markets, pop up boutiques and is full of young aspiring designers creating new brands and styles.
The easiest way to get around Shanghai is by Metro or taxi. Walking can also be incredibly satisfying. The transport card or travel path is useful for avoiding ticket queues at Metro stations.
Shanghai’s most famous landmark is the bund. This magnificent stretch of colonial era buildings line the Western bank of the river. It’s commonly the first stop for visitors and the area is full of exclusive restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. Near the bund is People’s Square, a rare open space ringed by skyscrapers. Here you will find museums, entertaining venues, shopping mauls, parks and the City Hall. To really take in the bund it would be recommended to take a river cruise. These cruises depart from the docks throughout most days.
The Shanghai acrobatics are among the best in the world and spending a night watching them spinning plates on poles, riding bicycles and an amazing show of motorcycle skill in the wheel of death will be an unforgettable night. There are many other things you can do in Shanghai to entertain yourself such as karaoke, music and the Opera. Please keep in mind that if you go see a Chinese opera there will be no English translation and performances can be quite lengthy. But following along can sometimes be easy and it will reward you with a very entertaining evening.
Many souvenir shopping can be found in the bazaars of Shanghai. You can find fantastic antiques and shop specialising in things such as fans, walking sticks and chopsticks. You can buy great quality fabrics or even have a dress or shirt tailor-made.
The French concession is one of the city’s best parts. It’s known as the hippest, coolest and most elegant part of the city. You will find French influenced architecture and beautiful tree-lined avenues.
Shanghai is rapidly becoming a world Metropolitan’s. It’s a shining example of modern China, whilst still being unlike anywhere else in the country. It has a huge economic energy as much of the country’s business is done here. Many come to this city seeking jobs and opportunities. It seems to be the place to be. However, for all of its modern glamour, Shanghai is still very much the People’s Republic of China. In just a few centuries Shanghai went from being an insignificant town of China to becoming China’s leading and wealthiest city. With a huge business and trade influence Shanghai will continue to have a unique future ahead.