Hanting Express (Shanghai South Railway Station)

No.400 Tiandeng Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, Shanghai Region, 200237, China
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first ever time here. What should I definitely have seen before returning back home?

by limeboy

this is my first ever trip to China. Was in Beijing, where I was ripped off at the airport (500 RMB taxi fare to the hotel downtown), and in a tea house (4000 RMB for tea for 3, that's quite hefty, even if the tea ceremony was impressive - don't think that's a normal price. I was approached by two young women as I was leaving from visiting the Forbidden City; they seemed quite nice, one siad to be a nurse, one a teacher, both willing to practice their English; they showede me a bit around, and being grateful I offered to buy them a drink; so they took me to a tea house, where - my mistake - I did not ask any menu or whatever, so had no view on the price).
Want to avoid the same in Shanghai, so anyone with a good idea ?
I will be here until Sunday morning, so only Saturday for some visiting.
Thanks

Yves

RE: first ever time here. What should I definitely have seen before returning back home?

by blue_sky04

I think you should check the travel pages of Shanghai.

The story that you write about 2 young women approaching you to "practice English" is a trick used by the locals to "force" you into buying something.
One VTer wrote in his Beijing page about that kind of experience in which he was finally offered to buy a painting.

So, it will be useful for you to check the travel pages especially the warning tips.

RE: RE: first ever time here. What should I definitely have seen before returning back home?

by limeboy

thank you Hellen!

Cha Cha Cha!

by Confucius

4000 RMB for tea? And you actually PAID that bill? I hope you got A LOT more than just tea from those two young women!

The airport shuttle bus from Beijing airport to the city center is only 16 RMB.

As for Shanghai, I suggest you stay away from teahouses and taxi drivers and take a bus tour of the city that includes free bottled water.

How do you write "SUCKER" in Chinese characters?

by Confucius

No, but it might be the translation of the Chinese tattoo he got on his back!

RE: first ever time here. What should I definitely have seen before returning back home?

by lucincia

Like they say in X-Files, Trust No One :)

Trust me, I'm Confucius!

by Confucius

At least he didn't tip the taxi driver.

RE: RE: first ever time here. What should I definitely have seen before returning back home?

by lucincia

Confucious - ouch :)

RE: first ever time here. What should I definitely have seen before returning back home?

by SangAji

if it's any consolation, wisdom comes with age and experience. and china has a 5,000 years headstart!!!

when are you planning to visit kay eel? being shanghai'd in kay eel is a better experience, you come out actually feeling pleased with yourself.

RE: first ever time here. What should I definitely have seen before returning back home?

by ftho

I come on a bit late to hear your story, the replies and comments given. I salute you for the openness and courage to share your bad experience. You are one of the fallen heroes that has prevented a lot more tourist being trapped in similiar manner especially in Beijing. I have gained much from your experience. Good Luck. Cheers! May you have a better time in Shanghai.

Travel Tips for Shanghai

Exciting Chinese Acrobatics / Drum music / Kung Fu

by ThomasWolff

Go to the KungFu Performance "The verve of Zen Dance" in Yuyuan Stage in Yuyuan Garden. Only problem to find it - in Yuyuan garden no body knows that there is a stage / theatre or KungFu show. Stunningly not even the Tourist information counter on the central place knew it when I looked for it. But if you found the Tourist information counter, you are very near, it is just diagonally over this square in a tea house in the 4th floor (including is free tea, free mini-snacks, and a wonderful view over Shanghai with the magnificent roofs of Y Garden area in the foreground). The show is very exciting and has very different elements - not only the martial things to be expected from KungFu show, but also very nice acrobatics and music parts (including very crazy drumming). The Artists/Monks also show the preparation to the most difficult parts very impressively including meditation. It is over 1 hour, really worth the money, you will not forget this so easily. The contact to the artists is very prompt, as the tea house is not very big - you are sitting around tables, the room has a wonderful Chinese athmosphere, not only the decoration, but also the roof construction and the furniture.

Train between Shanghai and Hangzhou

by cheezecake_deli

Shanghai is two hours away from Hangzhou, a popular tourist destination in its own right in nearby Zhejiang province. Travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou is very easy by train or bus. There are frequent trains between the two cities. Most trains to Hangzhou depart from the ultra sleek Shanghai South train station, which is, incidentally, the largest circular glass building in the world (and arrive at Hangzhou Main train station). Journey time for the non-stop service is just over 2 hours, and a single ticket on soft seat should cost no more than RMB50. If you plan to travel during peak times, it is best to book ahead as trains are often full.

Yufo Si.

by Guantanamera

Shanghai's most famous Buddhist temple is cramped in between a row of otherwise rather undistinguished buildings, and is itself, not especially attractively designed... But it does have one saving grace that makes it a definite must see: a 2 meter high, 1000 kg, shimmering white jade Buddha...! This Buddha statue is so great that I'm glad I didn't take a photo because it's better that you see it in person... The Buddha that you see in this photo is not the white jade Buddha, but a reclining Buddha from another part of the temple...

Cruising on the Huangpu River

by sunnywong

Huangpu River is the symbol of Shanghai. Cruising on the Huangpu River is a must on the tourist itinerary in Shanghai. The Huangpu River offers some remarkable views of the Bund and river front activity. Huangpu tour boats depart from the dock on the Bund, slightly north of the Peace hotel. The total tour distance is 60 kilometers from the Bund to Wusong Kou, and the tour takes 3 hours. On the boat tourists can have a pleasant view of the scenes on both sides of the river, the new Nanpu Bridge, the new Yangpu Bridge, the Bund, the docks and the site of the ancient Wusong Fort at the mouth of the Huangpu River.

SHANGHAI

by sunnywong

"Introduction"

"Yuyuan Bazaar"

Yuyuan Bazaar (Yuyuan Shangchang)

Yuyuan Bazaar found beside Yuyuan Garden is a bazaar of stores that sells traditional Chinese arts and crafts and souvenirs. The stores sell a mish-mash of items including chopsticks, Chinese medicine, walking sticks, fans, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, pottery, plus much more. Part of the bazaar has also been transformed into an indoor mall.

Food is also a great temptation in Yuyuan Bazaar with local delicacies such as xiao long bao, pigeon egg dumplings and spicy cold noodles from the street stalls or numerous restaurants.

"Song Qingling Residence"

Former Residence of Song Qingling (song qingling guju)

Soong Ching Ling was Dr. Sun Yatsen’s wife. She was the honorary chairwoman of the People’s Republic of China. Her former residence, a Western-style garden villa, is located at 1843 Huaihai Road. Since 1948, Soong Ching Ling and been living and working in her shanghai residence here. She passed away in Beijing on May 29, 1981 at the age of 90.

All the interior furnishings in Song's former home are as they were in her lifetime. Visitors can visit the living room where Song held meetings with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai. In the front annex, you can read her correspondence with famous leaders as Jawaharlal Nehru and Joseph Stalin, as well as personal family letters.


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