Shanghai is the economic wonder of China, and this whole huge city is characterized by optimism and change. Here, shopping, nightlife, fashion and food apply. Not different from what you experience in the biggest big cities in the West.
Shanghai lives up to the fact that dear children have many names. The city is called “East Paris” and “cement forest”. Shanghai means freely translated something like “over the sea”. However, the origin of the name is unclear.
Shanghai is a really big city, even being in China, with more than 23 million inhabitants if we include suburbs, and close to 10 million people living in “downtown”. And the awakened of us will then understand that the center is extensive.
In Shanghai, you will find everything to expect in a modern city: spectacular buildings, trendy nightlife, great restaurants and plenty of shopping. In many ways, Shanghai’s stunning skyline is reminiscent of Dubai.
Shanghai has a completely different temperature than e.g. Beijing and summer can get really hot in the city. On the other hand, you don’t have to be afraid of having to freeze half the rest of the year as you can farther north in China. In other words, Shanghai appears to be a year-round destination. You won’t find the major cultural sights in Shanghai, but you will surely feel the big city pulse beating. Shanghai also offers exciting architecture mixed with great future optimism.
Get to know Shanghai
Shanghai is China’s largest city and is naturally big enough to get to know in a few days. Shanghai has long been an international trading site. The British established themselves here as early as 1842. The French and Japanese came close, and in 1930 Shanghai had more than 60,000 foreigners. In recent years, the city has been developing rapidly, both in appearance and financial terms. In many areas, Shanghai has taken over for Hong Kong in terms of business and business development.
Shanghai covers a large area. The city center itself consists of two areas – Puxi and Pudong. Puxi is located west of the Huangpu River, while Pudong is on the east side of Huangpu.
Puxi area The Puxi area consists of nine districts. In the area you will find shopping streets, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and not least the Bund. The Bund is the historic core of Shanghai. Here you will find Nanjing Donglu, which is China’s busiest shopping street. Renmin Square symbolizes cultural Shanghai. Here you will find the Grand Theater and Shanghai Museum. The Huangpu and Jing’an districts are the most relevant for you as a tourist in Shanghai and the Puxi area.
Southeast of Puxi you will find Old Town or Chinatown, where the poorest Chinese live. Chinatown is an experience of seething life and great trading, and you must visit the district when you are first in Shanghai. A little north of Chinatown you will find the French Concession district, where Nanjing Xilu Street is worth a visit. Here are many of the best shopping centers, good hotels and great office buildings.
Pudong in Shanghai
Pudong is larger than the center of Shanghai itself and the Puxi area. It is quite incredible considering that the development of the Pudong area started only in 1990. Skyscrapers extend to the sky, and the area does not stand back for New York, rather the contrary. The biggest landmarks are probably the Oriental Pearl tower (468 meters TV tower) and Jinmao tower (420.5 meters).
Nightlife in Shanghai is diverse and good. If you want international clubs and bars, you should also consider paying international prices. The price of drinks and snacks costs the same as in Norway, but beer prices are still lower. Many of the bars have live music, and the music varies from jazz via pop to hip hop and house.
Shanghai has several “bar streets”, and as the city develops, new streets come with trendy night spots. Our tip is that you get one last update at reception at the larger hotels in the city. The street Maoming Nanlu has long been, and still is, a good bargate. Hubini Lu, not far from Old Town and Huaihai Park, also has many bars and night spots and a pleasant nightlife. An alternative could be the Hengshan Lu Street in the French Concession. There are many music bars here.
If you are used to traveling outside Europe, you can arrange all the sightseeing and excursions on your own. But be prepared that it can take a lot of time, that very few speak English, and that almost all information is in Chinese. Maybe you will stand in line for half an hour, just to be told that you were in line in the neighborhood week and have to sit back in the back. You will probably want to scream out of frustration on a daily basis, but try to keep calm, it is important for the Chinese not to lose face, and they will have less respect for someone who is excited. You can avoid the frustration and save a lot of time by booking your desired events in advance with a skilled tour operator. In Norway, the specialist is Kinareiser, which can help you with everything from visas, airport transfers and sightseeing tours in Shanghai to week-long tours throughout the country.
Facts about Shanghai
Shanghai is in many ways the symbol of modern China. In addition, Shanghai is the largest and (officially) most populous city in the country. Although it is said to be many populous cities in China.
|Population||about 9.8 million|
|Official languages||Wu (Shanghai), plain Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan.|
|Religion||China is officially atheistic, but Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism stand strong|
|Time Difference||Shanghai is 7 hours ahead of Norway, summertime 6 hours before|
|Currency||Yuan. 100 yuan is about NOK 85. Credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Diners and AmEx are accepted in most major locations such as hotels and restaurants. There are plenty of ATMs available.|
|Tips||Has become more common, although it was actually banned until recently. 5-10% if you are satisfied with the service is still okay, although 10-15% service charge is often included in the bill. Also taxi drivers, luggage carriers and others who provide you with a service expect to get a rant. Guides and drivers you should tip with 100 and 50 yuan per day respectively. They often receive very low wages and depend on the tips.|
|Embassy||Norway has a Consulate General at 12 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, CN-Shanghai 200002. Tel: +86 21 6323 9988|
|Tourist||Over 20 scattered around the city. Blue. in W3-B3 2345 Longyang Rd and in 1st F1 (W) Zhengda Square, 168 Lujiazui Rd, W. in Pudong.|
|Emergency||Police 110. Fire 119. Ambulance 120. Emergency telephone to the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing +86 (0) 1391 086 9659|
|Electricity||220 volts, and most hotels have the same plugs as in Norway. Adapters are normally available in stores|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1, May 1 (Labor Day, one week holiday), May 4 (Youth Day), June 1 (Children’s Day), July 1, August 1, October 1 (National Day, One Week Holiday). Also Chinese New Year at the end of the month Jan / Feb.|
|Visa||Norwegian citizens need a visa before entering China. Contact the Chinese Embassy in Tuengen Alle 2b in Oslo (tel. 2249 2052) at least one week before departure. You pay a certain amount for a one-time visa (usually costs more than NOK 500) + that you must have a passport photo. The passport must be valid for at least six months and have at least two blank pages.|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required, but it is recommended to vaccinate against Hepatitis A and B, polio, havrix, tuberculosis and diphtheria / tetanus.|
|Water||Do not drink from the tap.|
|Nearest major cities||Ningbo, Nanjing, Hangzhou.|
|Safety||Violent crime and robbery are very rare, pocket theft can happen. Road traffic can seem chaotic and risky.|