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Getting Around in SHANGHAI

Shanghai has a good public transport system in the form of a Metro that covers almost all the major areas of the city. The bus service is even more extensive, while the taxis offer an affordable mode of transport too. For people staying for longer durations, it is convenient to make use of the Shanghai Jiaotong Card that allows commuters to switch between buses, metros and even taxis. Another option is the Shanghai Public transportation card that can be used on buses, subway and on ferries.

Metro - The Metro consists of 12 lines and 7 more under construction and is fast, inexpensive and fairly user friendly. Signboards exist in both Mandarin and English at all stations making it easy for commuters to board and alight from the trains. The trains can however get quite crowded during the peak hours.

Bus - Shanghai’s Bus service is more extensive than the Metro in addition to also being cheaper. Quite a few buses also operate beyond the working hours of the Metro. However they are also a slower means of commute. Also most information at bus stops is in Chinese, but once inside a bus, there are also announcements in English.

Taxi - Taxis are a good option for transport in the city during the off-peak hours. It is generally affordable and fast but communicating with the drivers might be a problem since most drivers do not speak English. The taxis run on meters and most taxi drivers are honest and will take you by the right route.

Ferry - A useful Ferry service exists that allows commuters to cross the river for a cheap price. It is the preferred alternative to the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.

How to Reach SHANGHAI

By Air

Shanghai is serviced by two airports. Pudong Airport serves most of the main international flights while domestic flights are mostly catered by the Hongqiao Airport. There are frequent bus shuttles between the two airports, and any transfer takes around 1 hour by taxi. Shanghai is extremely well-connected with almost all the major cities of the world. Pudong has two huge terminals that operate flights of every imaginable airline. 

By Road

With many new highways under construction or already built, Shanghai is also well-connected by roads and a great number of bus routes exist that connect the metropolis with other locations in China. It is also possible to drive into the city by car on these highways. 

By Rail

Shanghai has excellent connectivity by trains, and high-speed trains frequently ply between Shanghai and other major cities like Hong Kong, Beijing and even remote places like Lhasa in Tibet. 

By Water

A ferry service also exists, that connects Shanghai with Kobe and Osaka in Japan.

Visa Requirements for CHINA

UAE passport holders travelling to China can enjoy a visa-free stay for a period of 30 days. The same applies to the citizens of Seychelles, Serbia, Barbados and Ecuador. However, Indian, Pakistani, Filipinos, Egyptian, Bangladeshi and Iranian expats living in UAE must apply for the Chinese tourist visa.

The general requirements of Chinese Tourist Visa are:

• Valid Passport
• A duly filled in and signed visa application form.
• Passport-sized Photog...

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