Definately take as many deodorants as you need with you to China in general. Once there, it's practically impossible to get them. Chinese people don't seem to have problems with sweat, so they just have some weird cologne water combination stuff, and that won't help you out too much :)
The taxi drivers I had were all pretty honest. They typically don't speak English so brush up on your Mandarin/Shanghainese. Tipping is not required. And evening rides cost a bit more (they're not ripping you off).
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Visitors travel up and down the tower in double-decker elevators. Once you reach your destination, you will be amazed at the variety of activities available as the various spheres and columns actually house places of interest, commerce, and recreation. The inner tower is a recreational palace, while the Shanghai Municipal History Museum is located in the tower's pedestal. The large lower sphere has a futuristic space city and a fabulous sightseeing hall. From here, on a clear day a visitor can see all the way to the Yangtze River. The base of the tower is home to a science fantasy city. The five smaller spheres are a hotel that contains twenty-five elegant rooms and lounges. The pearl at the very top of the tower contains shops, restaurants, (including a rotating restaurant) and a sightseeing floor. The view of Shanghai from this height fills you with wonder at the beauty that surrounds you. When viewed from the Bund at night, the tower's three-dimensional lighting makes it a delight of brilliant color.
Admission Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 21:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: Four and a half hours
Shanghai is a 'shopping...
Shanghai is a 'shopping paradise'! One of the first things you will notice about Shanghai is how trendy the young people are. Shanghai is famous for its clothing and fashions. The local fashion and garment industry has been the trendsetter in China for many years. Products are of great quality and come for a good price. Nevertheless, in high class boutiques, you will not find bargains on high fashions and imports.
Crew in Shanghai
As an airline crew member, we tend to see any destination in short "chunks". The normal procedure is to gather after a flight, have a beverage, and decide what we should explore the following day in the time available before departure (normally layovers are only 24 hours). The following day, we are up early (due to the time difference), have a quick workout, and are out the door to explore our objective.
There are few cities to compare to Shanghai for variation in architecture, people, and commerce. Every trip is an adventure and I could spend months exploring. The people are friendly, understanding to our obvious linguistic limitations, and patient. The city provides an opportunity to look past, AND look forward to the path being followed by the evolution taking place in this dynamic country.
Excitement, beauty, history, culture. What more could a traveller and tourist want?