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    Shanghai – a brief overview

    Ultra futuristic metropolis? Or a city steeped in colonial and local history? Shanghai is a heady blend of both. The ultimate expression of rapid change in China, this is a town that feels as if it’s in perpetual motion. Stroll along the majestic Bund and you’ll be wowed by the traditional buildings on one side of the Huangpu River and the ever-evolving cluster of towers on the other.

    Wander through the French Concession for a taste of the city as it once was, and be sure to dine on arguably the best food this massive country has to offer.

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    The Bund

    Zhongshan East 1st Road, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
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    The centre of the one-time ‘International Settlement’. Western traders first set up businesses in the city here and the area, on the banks of the Huangpu, is stunning. Fin de siècle banks and merchant houses provide a stunning contrast to nearby Pudong’s skyscrapers.

    Public Security Museum

    518 Ruijin South Road, Xuhui
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 6472 0256
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1600

    This out-of-the-way spot provides a fascinating insight into how Shanghai was policed, from the times of the first international traders through to the modern day. Some gory scenes, but a great alternative to the major sights.

    Yuyuan Gardens

    218 Anren Street, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 6326 0830
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1700

    Next to the Old City God Temple, these pretty traditional gardens date back to the late 16th century. Traditional pavilions, fish ponds and walkways make it utterly different from the modern city growing around it.

    Shanghai World Financial Centre

    100 Century Avenue, Pudong
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 3867 2008
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2200

    This unique tower is one of the world’s tallest buildings. Its ‘bottle opener’ design makes it stand out boldly on the Pudong skyline. The observation deck is 474m (1,555ft) high, offering endless views of the city and its ever-growing sprawl.

    Shanghai Museum

    201 Renmin Avenue, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 6372 3500
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    One of China’s, let alone Shanghai’s, best museums, this huge space is dedicated to Ancient Chinese art. History buffs can lose themselves in rooms of beautiful calligraphy, carefully crafted furniture and dazzling jade and bronze.

    Jing’an Temple

    1686 Nanjing West Road (near Huashan Road), Jing'an
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 6256 6366
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0730-1700

    Nestled in the heart of urban Shanghai, the Jing’an Temple originated in 274AD and has been in its current location since the 13th century. Today, it features huge Buddhas, a majestic great hall and a new pagoda which was completed in 2010.

    Old City God Temple

    249 Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 6328 4494
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1630

    This old temple near Yuyuan Gardens is a Shanghai institution dedicated to a trio of city gods. As well as being an important holy site, it also houses dozens of small shops.

    Duolun Road Cultural Street

    Duolun Road, Hongkou
    Shanghai
    China
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    Think of this strip, once known as Darroch Road, as an extension of the Bund. Its early 20th-century buildings were built and run by the foreigners who controlled the Shanghai International Settlement.

    Rockbund Art Museum

    20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 3310 9985
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    This Bund-based contemporary art gallery is one of the most cutting-edge places in Shanghai. It’s a great chance to see new, modern Chinese art without hopping on the bullet train to Beijing.

    Jade Buddha Temple

    170 Anyuan Road, Jing'an
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel: +86 (021) 6266 3668
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1630

    This venerable Buddhist institution is home to two jade Buddhas, brought all the way to Shanghai from Burma via a perilous sea route.

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    Country overview

    Colossal, dizzying and fiercely, endlessly foreign, China is a destination not easily compared to anywhere else on the planet. Home to approximately one fifth of the human race, China variously dazzles, befuddles, frustrates and thrills. The key visitor attractions are renowned around the globe – think the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Warriors –

    but on the ground it’s the sheer scale and off-kilter energy of the place that leave the most lasting impression. China’s landscapes unfurl dramatically across the map, its customs are as fascinating as they are numerous, and its sights, sounds and infinite oddities altogether amount to one of the world’s truly great travel experiences.

    Geography

    China is bordered to the north by Russia and Mongolia; to the east by Korea (Dem Rep), the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea; to the south by Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan and Nepal; and to the west by India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. China has a varied terrain ranging from high plateaux in the west to flatlands in the east; mountains take up almost one-third of the land.

    The most notable high mountain ranges are the Himalayas, the Altai Mountains, the Tian Shan Mountains and the Kunlun Mountains.

    On the border with Nepal is the 8,848m (29,198ft) Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest). In the west is the Qinghai/Tibet Plateau, with an average elevation of 4,000m (13,200ft), known as ‘the Roof of the World’. At the base of the Tian Shan Mountains is the Turpan Depression or Basin, China’s lowest area, 154m (508ft) below sea level at the lowest point. China has many great river systems, notably the Yellow (Huang He) and Yangtze River (Chang Jiang, also Yangtze Kiang). Only 10% of all China is suitable for agriculture.

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    Key facts

    Population: 1349585838

    Population Density (per sq km): 140

    Capital: Beijing.

    Language

    The official language is Mandarin Chinese. Among the enormous number of local dialects, large groups speak Cantonese, Shanghaiese (also known as Shanghainese), Fuzhou, Hokkien-Taiwanese, Xiang, Gan and Hakka dialects in the south. Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Xinjiang, which are autonomous regions, have their own languages. Translation and interpreter services are good. English is spoken by many guides and in hotels. Many taxi drivers do not speak English, even in big cities.

    Currency

    1 Renminbi Yuan (CNY; symbol ¥) = 10 jiao/mao or 100 fen. Notes are in denominations of ¥100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 5 jiao and 1 jiao. Coins are in denominations of ¥1, 5 jiao and 1 jiao. Counterfeit ¥50 and ¥100 notes are commonplace. The Yuan is often referred to as the ‘guai’ in street slang.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin and three-pin sockets are generally in use. However, most 4- to 5-star hotels are also wired for 110-volt appliances.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1800, midday break of one hour.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: In addition to the Public Holidays listed, other holidays may be observed locally and certain groups have official Public Holidays on the following dates:

    8 Mar
    International Women’s Day.
    4 May National Youth Day.
    23 May Tibet Liberation Day.
    1 Jun International Children’s Day.
    1 Aug Army Day.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Spring Festival (Chinese New Year): 30. January 2014
    Qingming Festival: 04. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Dragon Boat Festival: 02. June 2014
    Mid-Autumn Festival: 08. September 2014
    National Day: 01. October 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Spring Festival (Chinese New Year): 19. February 2015
    Qingming Festival: 05. April 2015
    Labour Day: 29. April 2015
    Dragon Boat Festival: 20. June 2015
    Mid-Autumn Festival: 27. September 2015
    National Day: 01. October 2015

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    Nightlife in Shanghai
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    Shanghai’s nightlife ranges from low key, cosy bars to swanky cocktail lounges, with the odd, slightly louder music venue thrown in for good measure.

    If you want to party, options are plentiful and cater for all tastes.

    Captain’s Bar

    Fifth Floor, Captain's Hostel, 37 Fuzhou Lu, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
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    Want a rooftop bar with a Bund view, but can’t face the price tag? Captain’s is where it’s at.

    Senator’s Saloon

    98 Wuyuan Lu, Xuhui
    Shanghai
    China
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    A classy, American-owned speakeasy serving up excellent, affordable cocktails.

    MAO Livehouse

    308 Chongqing South Road, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
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    Party lovers will be at home here, with Chinese and international DJs spinning the tunes.

    Richbaby

    138 Huaihai Middle Road, Luwan
    Shanghai
    China
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    Popular with young Chinese looking for the latest hip hop and R’n’B.

    Salud

    Bole Plaza, 15 Nanxiatong Jie, Jiading
    Shanghai
    China
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    A gorgeous rum bar in a 300-year-old building, Salud is one of Shanghai’s hottest bars.

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    Shanghai is inundated with excellent restaurants serving all kinds of Chinese cuisine.

    Thanks to its international heritage, though, it’s easy to dine out on different foods if you’ve had one too many dumplings.

    Ultraviolet

    meeting point is disclosed after reservation, often near 18 Zhongshan East 1st Road, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
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    Price: Expensive

    10 seats and 20 courses, this science-led restaurant serves its meals with video projections. Original and brilliant.

    Mercato

    6F, Three on the Bund, No. 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road
    Shanghai
    China
    Tel.: + 86 (021) 6321 9922
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    Price: Expensive

    Superb Italian food on the Bund from renowned chef Jean Georges Vongerichten.

    Southern Barbarian

    56 Maoming South Road
    Shanghai
    China
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    Price: Moderate

    This highly rated place serves Yunnan homestyle cuisine. Barbecued pork and mint salad are a must.

    Vespertine

    505 Zhongshan Nan Road (Ecke Maojiayuan Road), Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
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    Price: Moderate

    Scallops, lobster and duck are all on the menu of this Californian-influenced spot.

    Shanghai Grandmother

    70 Fuzhou Road
    Shanghai
    China
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    Price: Cheap

    A cheap city centre winner serving classic Shanghai dishes.

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    Shanghai International Arts Festival

    17 October – 16 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    A month of live music, dance, theatre, magic and exhibitions culminating in the Shanghai Biennale.

    Shanghai Biennale

    22 November 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The Shanghai Biennale is a series of talks, lectures, exhibitions and installations in various venues throughout Shanghai. Each biennale tackles a particular theme through a series of innovative and challenging displays and exhibitions.

    Chinese New Year

    10 February 2015

    Venue: Throughout Shanghai especially in temples and parks.

    Chinese New Year is best recognised for having one of the grandest fireworks displays on earth, which almost everyone in Shanghai contributes to. The dates vary every year but it’s usually in February and lasts for 15 days. Apart from the fireworks, visitors won’t notice too much in the way of celebrations – it’s very much a family occasion. However, it’s worth visiting Yu Yuan Gardens on the final day, known as Lantern Festival.

    Shanghai Literary Festival

    28 February – 18 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: M on the Bund, Shanghai.

    Writers from across China, Asia and the world attend what is China’s largest annual literary festival.

    Longhua Temple Fair

    21 April 2015

    Venue: Longhua Temple.

    This fair, held in Shanghai during the third lunar month (late March, April or early May), is eastern China’s largest and oldest folk gathering, with all kinds of snacks, stalls, jugglers and stilt walkers.

    Shanghai International Film Festival

    1 – 30 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Shanghai.

    With a screening programme of close to 1,000 films by filmmakers and directors from all over the world, this is one of the biggest events of its kind in China. The festival, first held in 1993, is a juried competition with prizes awarded in four main areas of competition.

    Chinese Grand Prix

    18 – 20 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Shanghai International Circuit.

    The Chinese leg of the Formula One World Championship is held at the Shanghai International Circuit.

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    Hotels in Shanghai
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    Shanghai’s burgeoning reputation as a commercial and cultural powerhouse means its hotel scene is buzzing with new luxury and boutique properties.

    Business rooms are also readily available, although decent budget accommodation can be tricky to find.

    The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai

    99 Madang Road, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
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    Category: Expensive

    Luxury accommodation in the hip Xintiandi district, with excellent rooms and great restaurants.

    Waldorf Astoria Shanghai

    2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Huangpu
    Shanghai
    China
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    A lavish hotel right on The Bund. Beautiful rooms with historical touches.

    Town

    15 Huangpu Road, Hongkou
    Shanghai
    China
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    Category: Moderate

    An elegent hotel with a long-standing tradition and rooms full of charming nostalgia.

    Seine Taste

    Xangai 608, 4 F, Xikang Road, Jing'an
    Shanghai
    China

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    Category: Moderate

    Eccentric rooms with a cool, kooky look, this central hotel is a steal for the style conscious.

    Jian Gong Jin Jiang Hotel

    691 Jianguo West Road
    Shanghai
    China
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    Category: Cheap

    This business hotel offers superb budget rates, big rooms and a spa to boot.

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    Climate & best time to visit China

    China’s extreme size means it has a great diversity of climates, but being located entirely in the northern hemisphere means its seasonal timings are broadly comparable to those in Europe and the US.

    The northeast experiences hot and dry summers and bitterly cold harsh winters, with temperatures known to reach as low as -20°C (-4°F). The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, temperate summers reaching 26°C (79°F) and cool winters when temperatures reach 0C (32°F). The southeast region has substantial rainfall, and can be humid, with semi-tropical summer. Temperatures have been known to reach over 40°C (104°F) although this is highly unusual, but during summer temperatures over 30°C (86°F) are the norm. Winters are mild, with lows of around 10°C (50°F) in January and February.

    Central, southern and western China are also susceptible to flooding, and the country is also periodically subject to seismic activity.

    Early autumn around September and October, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low, is generally seen as an optimum time to visit. Spring is also popular, for similar reasons, and the many tourists visit in March or April.

    Be aware that if visiting during Chinese New Year a large number of businesses will be closed and public transport, in particular rail routes, can be enormously busy.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +86

    Telephone

    Public telephones are becoming harder to locate – your best bets are in post offices and at roadside kiosks. There is a three-minute minimum charge for international calls. The cheapest way to call internationally is to buy a pre-paid calling card, available from most convenience stores and in hotels in units of ¥20, 50, 100 and 200. Skype is a further option.

    Mobile Telephone

    China has the most mobile phone users in the world, backed by a very sophisticated mobile communications system that now covers the entire country. Roaming agreements exist with most major international mobile phone companies. Alternatively, you can buy a prepaid GSM SIM card (from China Mobile Ltd stores) that allows you to use your mobile like a local phone with a new number. You’ll need your passport to register.

    Internet

    Internet cafés can be found in most towns and cities, and Wi-Fi is increasingly available at hotels and cafés in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hangzhou and other major cities. Access is cheap and usually reliable. The state routinely blocks access to sites run by the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, rights groups, Western social networking sites and some foreign news organisations. Postings by bloggers are closely monitored.

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    Key Areas

    China’s obsession with shopping is embodied in Shanghai. Luxury and high-end shops abound in Xintiandi, a fashionable historical district. The French Concession has a wide array of excellent boutiques selling local designers. Fuxing West Road is also well worth checking out, if only for some window shopping.

    Markets

    Shanghai is full of amazing markets, especially if you’re after jewellery. Pearl’s Circles is renowned for offering affordable, design-your-own pieces. Dong Tai Road antique market is a great place to pick up off kilter souvenirs, while the Tianshen Tea Market is a must for tea lovers.

    Shopping Centres

    Malls are easy to come across in the city. The Shanghai IFC Mall specialises in luxury goods in a supremely fancy building. The Super Brand Mall serves up exactly what you’d expect, while the K11 Art Mall is a great place to pick up local artwork.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Cultural differences may create misunderstandings between local people and visitors. The Chinese do not usually volunteer information and the visitor is advised to ask questions. Hotels, train dining cars and restaurants often ask for criticisms and suggestions, which are considered seriously. Do not be offended if you are followed by a crowd; this is merely an open interest in visitors who are rare in the remoter provinces. The Chinese are generally reserved in manner, courtesy rather than familiarity being preferred.

    The full title of the country is ‘The People’s Republic of China’, and this should be used in all formal communications. ‘China’ can be used informally, but there should never be any implication that another China exists. Although handshaking may be sufficient, a visitor will frequently be greeted by applause as a sign of welcome. The customary response is to applaud back. Anger, if felt, is expected to be concealed and arguments in public may attract hostile attention.

    In China, the family name is always mentioned first. It is customary to arrive a little early if invited out socially. When dining, guests should wait until their seat is allocated and not begin eating until indicated to do so.

    If using chopsticks, do not position them upright in your rice bowl as the gesture symbolises death. Toasting at a meal is very common, as is the custom of taking a treat when visiting someone’s home, such as fruit, confectionery or a souvenir from a home country. If it is the home of friends or relatives, money may be left for the children.

    If visiting a school or a factory, a gift from the visitor’s home country, particularly something which would be unavailable in China (a text book if visiting a school, for example), would be much appreciated. Stamps are also very popular as gifts, as stamp-collecting is a popular hobby in China. A good gift for an official guide is a Western reference book on China.

    Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere and revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence. Visitors should avoid expressing political or religious opinions.

    Photography

    Places of historic and scenic interest may be photographed, but permission should be sought before photographing military installations, government buildings or other possibly sensitive subjects.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 110

    Food & Drink

    All water used for drinking, brushing teeth or freezing should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water, widely and cheaply available, is the most advisable way of getting around this. Be especially careful when eating at small street-side stalls or restaurants where standards of hygiene may not be high. Pork, salad, scallops, snails and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and Japanese encephalitis are sometimes advised. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic in the central Yangtze river basin. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Hepatitis E is prevalent in northeastern and northwestern China and hepatitis B is highly endemic. Sporadic outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) have resulted in a small number of human deaths. Rabies is present. If bitten, medical advice should be sought immediately. There are occasional outbreaks of dengue fever. In 2010 China lifted its restrictions preventing HIV-infected visitors from travelling there.

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