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About Shanghai

Shanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China, with a total population of near 24 million as of 2013. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world’s busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea. Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China.

Top Travel Attractions
  • Huxingting Teahouse

  • Take a Stroll along Shanghai’s Promenade: The Bund

  • The Priceless Statues of the Jade Buddha Temple

  • Oldest Green Space: Yu Garden

  • Huangpu River Cruise

  • Historic Longhua Temple and Pagoda

  • Xujiahui Cathedral and the Sheshan Basilica

  • Shop ‘Til You Drop on Nanjing Road

  • See the Views from the Oriental Pearl Tower

  • The China Art Museum

  • Shanghai Disney Resort

Two international airports:

Shanghai has two international airports which are about 40 km apart: Pudong International Airport(PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport(SHA). The nearest airport to Shanghai is Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) Airport which is 11.1 km away. Other nearby airports include Shanghai Pudong (PVG) (34.1 km). 

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG, ICAO: ZSPD) is one of two international airports serving Shanghai and a major aviation hub of East Asia. Pudong Airport serves both international flights and a smaller number of domestic flights, while the city’s other major airport, Shanghai–Hongqiao, mainly serves domestic and regional flights in East Asia.

Located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of the city center, Pudong Airport occupies a 40-square-kilometre (10,000-acre) site adjacent to the coastline in eastern Pudong. The airport is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, and a major international hub for Air China, as well as a secondary hub for China Southern Airlines.


Public Transportation - Taxi

The quickest way to get from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) to Shanghai Downtown is to taxi which costs €8-10(CNY 65 CNY 80)and takes 10 min. Taking a Taxi from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Shanghai City Center Center, the average rates are around €26 (CNY 185) during the day and €33 (CNY 240) at night (23:00 to 05:00), but these are subject to change significantly if you’re stuck in traffic.