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5 nights in shanghai

by emilia1977 Online Now Feb 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Hello VT people

we are travelling to shanghai at end of march and begining of april, what i would like to know is the weather. Will we need to bring warm clothes? also is it going to be humid? we are travelling with our 8 month old daughter too at the time. We have booked our accommodation at the grand central hotel. I believe its quite good and close to many shopping outlets etc..... from our hotel how far is it to pudong new international expo centre? is it better to catch a train or taxi there?

from the airport how shall we go to the hotel, taxi or train??? im thinking taxi as we have a baby with us and there will be a lot to carry.

apart from shopping what else can we do there?

can anyone suggest really good shopping places near where we are staying?

how do we book ticket fares for trains. is it best to do it here (adelaide) or in shanghai? do we need to pre book?

is there anything that we should respect in china, eg clothing, photos etc... we dont want to offend china's culture.


thanks guys :)))))))

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    Re: 5 nights in shanghai

    by xymmot Online Now Feb 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Cool like the beginning of spring. It is unpredictable as the global warming so bet bet is have a jacket or sweater. Most other simple items can be bought over there. have a good trip

    cheers tommy x

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    Re: 5 nights in shanghai

    by xian_48 Online Now Feb 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Cooler and humid in raining days.but it's warm in sunshine days. suggest you to take the taxi or private car for your family tour in Shanghai.

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    Re: 5 nights in shanghai

    by cal6060 Online Now Feb 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Like you mentioned you have a 8 month old daughter traveling with you, so it is wiser to take the taxi instead of public metro or trains. Shanghai metro is very crowded especially in rush hours.

    You said you want to book train tickets. Where do you go after Shanghai? If you mean city metro train, you don't need to book them in advance. If you mean you are traveling to Suzhou, Hangzhou, or Nanjing, you can buy the train ticket few days in advance either directly from the train station (better) or agent or your local train ticket agent. You don't need to book them in advance online, it will cost you double or triple the actual price. Unless you are traveling far or during peak season, then you might have not choice but book them in advance online.

    Visit Lujiazui, you will find many fancy to luxury shopping malls, but don't expect much bargain price in the neighborhood. I enjoyed shopping at Super Brand Mall (, and IFC (the famous bunk beds. East Nanjing Road & Huihai Middle Road are lined with shopping malls.

    Shanghai is a very modern city. I think most people adopt westren culture like the rest of the World. So, nothing that i can think of you will do that the Chinese would be oftended. A polite courtesy will give you a wonderful trip to Shanghai. Be prepared to have bit of culture shock, Shanghainese speak loud and impatience sometimes. It is a fast pace city!

    Enjoy your trip!

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  • Re: 5 nights in shanghai

    by jamesmenado Online Now Mar 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    To visit Pu dung area is easy by Metro train, but is very crowded, with baby on board will be difficult, Taxi is good option but you need the adders written in Chinese for the taxi driver to under stand. Ask your hotel to write it down the addresses that you want to go to, and also the address of your hotel. Beside window shopping in Nanjing road (you can walk all the way to the Bund the old collonial buildings), visit Yu Yuan garden.
    Go overnight visit to Hangjou and Sujou (avoid weekend as all Shanghainese will go there).

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