Enormous Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises Pudong’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yuyuan Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.
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The official language in China is Mandarin but distinct dialects are spoken throughout the country. Shanghainese speak Mandarin or Shanghaihua, however most tourist hotels have staff who are fluent in foreign languages.
Chinese currency is called Renminbi (literally people’s currency), often abbreviated as RMB.
Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 cycles.
The country code of China is 86 and the city code of Shanghai is 021.
|Local and Overseas IDD Enquiries||114|
|Tourism Council||6439 3615|
|Pudong Airport Flight Information||9608 1388 / 3848 4500|
|Hongqiao Airport Flight Information||6268 3659 / 6268 8918|
|Shanghai||8:00 (0) (Monday)|
|New York||19:00 (-13) (Sunday)|
|London (Paris)||0:00 (-8) (Monday)|
|Tokyo||9:00 (+1) (Monday)|
|Sydney||10:00 (+2) (Monday)|
The highest temperature is in July and August. For ten days or so in these two months, the temperature can reach 35 degrees centigrade. The coldest period is from the end of January to early February – usually during the Chinese Spring Festival. This awfully cold period will last for about three days but it seldom snows. From March to May, the conditions are pleasant so this is the best season for traveling. The ‘Plum Rain Season’ is from mid-June to early July. From late August to the first twenty days of September, the city is also susceptible to typhoons, none of which in recent years has caused considerable damage. Generally you will need a light coat and sweater in spring and short- sleeved shirts in summer. In autumn, long-sleeved shirts, sweater and coat are necessary, while sweater and overcoat are appropriate in winter.