maz5555, I would look into the travel VISA to travel inside Mainland , China and
confirm that you can travel into the city and back. I have a USA passport that
when i was on a layover, I was told that I needed a VISA to enter the Mainland
even though I had a transit VISA on arrival which you only stay in the airport terminal
for 48 hours. You can not go outside the airport. Just happen I had multientry
CHINA VISA from a past trip there that I got to play around town for a few hours
before I re-board my plane on to USA. Here is a link for the VISA requirements.
see if you fit into a free travel VISA into the city? As it notes that you can only
go and stay in transit lounge with a valid transit VISA. I interpet that no body can
leave the airport area with out a entry VISA...but I could be wrong. Good luck
cheers tommy x
Fondest memory: Question that always pops up with a long layover in China....can I go into the city of Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou? Most of what I looked up and know through experience is that the transit VISA only allows you to stay in the respected city that you are traveling through for 48 hours in the AIRPORT and lounge, but can not enter the Mainland. If you have a muti-entry VISA or any unused Visa to enter the country, you can, but they are expensive and I usually get my entry Visa before I land in China on a long layover or staying in the Mainland of China.
Re: Pudong Airport ShanghaiPosted: Mon October 15, 2012 04:18 PM EDT I cliped and paste this from the site about VISA requirements., goes as follow:::::
There are a very few situations where no visa is required or you can obtain a visa on arrival. The following paragraphs explain the main exemptions. You should also be familiar with airline regulations.
2. Visa Exemption for Direct Transit
The truly transit passengers by international flight who hold onward tickets do not require a visa provided that they stay in the airport transit area and depart within 24 hours.
Citizens of the following 30 countries are permitted to transit Shanghai for up to 48 hours without a visa (They are allowed to leave the Pudong Airport/Hongqiao Airport to enter the city): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.
3. Visa Exemption for Nationals of Singapore, Brunei and Japan
Ordinary passport holders of Singapore, Brunei and Japan are allowed to enter China without visas for up to 15 days for tourism, including visiting family or friends, or minor business purposes provided they enter through nominated international ports.
In most Chinese cities that we visited, the signs of modernity and fast growth are recent. Not in Shanghai; there, it is easy to notice that development and growth are a sustainable and continuous process, with successive cultures and people leaving their marks.
That's why it becomes very important to preserve the good ancient signs from being swallowed by the concrete fever. This is visible in Shanghai, and I hope they keep on taking it seriously.
Shanghai is very modern in many ways and the bathrooms are no exception!
Fondest memory: But.....omg............Squat toilets are every where including some at the larger shopping malls. A tip for all is to roll off your required amount of paper before getting your balance and doing the bis, because most of them have the paper on entry so before you lock the door behind you, make sure your ready.........lmao!!!!!!! And always make sure you have some in your back pocket as well because if your caught short at one of the metro stations there will probably be no paper left and what will you do then ??
Next time we will be spending the month of May-June in Shanghai as Shirley reckons this is the spring time. We have been in October-November which is the Autumn, really nice weather with a couple of hot days along with a couple of really cold ones and some light drizzle. We have been in September which is the end of summer and so very hot with some great tropical storms to cool things down.....thank you, thank you!! I can now report that June is so so very Hot with fantastic electrical storms and it is not even summer! Lucky me, managed to leave a week before Shanghai went over 40degrees with high humidity.....wtf..???
You may find a Restaurant or two to check out on my pages, but what ever you do, GO explore this magical city and have a great time!!...!!!
I found it relatively easy to get free wi-fi but it does depend on where you travel. In China, the law requires the government to know the identity of everyone connected to the internet. This is ignored by many Chinese places like food cafes with free wi-fi. They just post the password for everyone to use.
However, in foreign places such as McDonalds and Starbucks, you must register using your mobile phone to use the free internet. Passport info is required to get a local SIM card for your phone.
The only foreign places I found in China that does not enforce the ID law are Apple stores. The one in Shanghai is in a main tourist area and I just walk in and connect my iPod to the Apple internet.
Many of the hotels / hostels also have wi-fi. It is usually free at hostels and less expensive hotels. You uesally have to pay extra at more expensive hotels. Some Chinese hotels may only have wired Internet in your room which can connect to your computer.
Favorite thing: Shanghai is such a fantastic city but do be careful of the tap water which is not always good for drinking, that is why you will find water coolers everywhere and all the local stores sell an assortment of bottled water!
Catching a cab in Shanghai's not difficult, just get to the side of the road and start waving your arm. If you have more than four people you'll probably be out of luck. I'm not sure if there's a law prohibiting taking more than four people but we had a hell of a time trying to get a cab to take all five of us. One cab driver did it then looked very unhappy after he counted five as we got out.
Anyway, if you speak Chinese be sure to tell them what part of town you're going to along with the address, that helped a lot. If you don't speak Chinese, be sure that you have your destination marked on the map and be sure you can pronounce the street it's on.
Cab fares from the south side of Pudong to somewhere in the Huang Pu district cost about 40 RMB, from the south side of Pudong to the Airport (Pudong) will be about 130 RMB. For the most part it's pretty cheap to get around Shanghai by taxi.
Be aware that they don't seem to obey any traffic rules at all so if you're not in an adventurous mood you may want to sit in the back and close your eyes. If you are in the right mood and have had a couple drinks siting in the front can be pretty exciting. Despite the crazy driving I still felt pretty safe, just remember, they're not trying to kill themselves.
Shanghai is quite a nice and very large city. Be sure to visit the hutongs or lilongs or small villages within the city where people still live more traditionally. Easy to do. Just go to the "Old Town" and take nice walks toward the river.
The historical visits UNDER the Oriental Pearl tower are quite nice and teach of old Shanghai. As in any city (London) use your head to be safe.
Now that the Shanghai Expo is on between May 1st and October 31st --- I was there on 18 to 20 May.
My travel blog details some of my experiences, which may be useful to other Virtual Tourists.
Fondest memory: "Mind-boggling" Shanghai Expo 2010
Mobile phones everywhere, everyone has one and they are all using them, as unlike NZ they are affordable to use for private use locally. My Nokia 6300 was purchased over two years ago in Shanghai, has MP3 for free music off the net and although i had to dowload some free programs for NZ use, this has been a great phone!
For some reason making a toll call from China is very expensive, so the most economical way to stay in touch with family and freinds back home is for them to phone you from a landline, we have NZ rates 17-19 cents per minute...lucky!
Shirley now tells me all local landline calls are pay as you use, not a monthly rental...ok this is why!
Fondest memory: We also use Skype webcam which is a great way to talk and really is best value!
Or Google gmail has a free webcam option if you are taking your laptop and into gmail?
Talking of computers, "facebook" is only available if you go through a proxy server "shush" lol..!!
What ever you do have a great time! Pudong is very bubbly side of Shanghai, although you will find Puxi has a lot to offer and if anyone is there for Expo stay close to your work and or hotel as Shanghai will double or Shirley say's even triple in population??...OMG!
As the best advice for anyone is to avoid downtown traffic and especially the #1 metro line at peak times!!!!!!...Enjoy....!!
Favorite thing: Coming from the construction industry, i could not beleive that this 24/7 operation is getting the job done! Concrete mixers never stop and by the look of them never get washed, the local contractors using bamboo scaffolding ( osh NZ would throw the book at them! ) But what progress!
Favorite thing: assorted views of the Shanghai Skyline. The high-rise towers of Shanghai stretched as far as the eye could see, a great forest of soaring shapes punctuated here and there by huge construction cranes. Puxi remains the heart of this bustling city of 20 million souls (pudong skyline is a seprate tip for me). Even in this far older part of Shanghai town, there's lots and lots of construction going on. The area near the river is studded with fairly recent high-rise additions, among them the pineapple-topped eccentricity that houses the Westin Hotel. With Shanghai in the throes of preparation for Expo 2010, drills resounded around the Bund, the iconic embankment of Puxi. It was once the Wall Street of the city and is still partly lined with stately buildings of neoclassical grandeur the is in it's elegant grandeur at night, seen from a cruise along Huangpu river.
like in Beijing, Shanghai has lots of Condominiums of different shapes and sizes. Condominiums can be classified as public and private wherein the less wealthy are given condo units by the state wherein they pay minimal rates and the affluent buying private condominiums since land ownership is limited in china hence you see see that many local shanghai hutongs were demolished and replaced by these high rises as living quarters for Shanghai's 18 million plus burgeoning population.
Fondest memory: for private condominiums, prices range from 6,000 RMB a square meter to 20,000 RMB a square meter to prime areas. Foreigners can own condos but never can own land here.
Shanghai is the host of the 2010 world expo. the world exposition is held every 2 years with different host cities around the world, I only attendred once in 1985 in tsukuba in japan. The main attractions at World's Fairs are the national pavilions, created by participating countries. The site of the event is the Nanpu Bridge-Lupu Bridge region in the center of Shanghai along both sides of the Huangpu River. The theme of the exposition will be "Better City – Better Life" and signifies Shanghai's new status in the 21st century as a major economic and cultural center.
May 1 to Oct 31, 2010
Fondest memory: There are 9 types of tickets for the 2010 expo:
Peak Day Single Day Admission
Peak Day Special Admission
Standard Day Single Day Admission
Standard Day Special Admission
3 Day Admission
7 Day Admission
Student Group Admission
Peak Day means first 3 days after opening, which also is the holiday of Labour's Day (May 1–May 3, 2010), China's national day (Oct 1, 2010–Oct 7, 2010) and the last 7 days of the expo 2010 (Oct 25–Oct 31, 2010). There are 19 Peak Days total. Peak Day ticket holders can enter the expo zone at any time (Peak Days and Standard Days).
Standard Day means the whole expo time (May 1–Oct 31, 2010), excluding Peak Days. There are 168 Standard Days in total. Standard Day ticket holders can enter the expo zone on any standard day, but not on Peak Days.
3 Day and 7 Day Day Admission tickets are the equivalent of 3/7 Standard Day Admission tickets.
Evening Admission tickets are only valid after 17:00, and are only available in Standard Day.
Group Admission is for no less than 15 people; Student Group Admission is for no less than 30 students. Both ticket types require reservations in advance.
Special Admission is for the following people:
People born in or before 1950
Students with valid IDs
Children under 1.2m
Chinese military personnel on active duty
For Special Admission, valid IDs are required upon ticket purchase and entry, and can enter on any day, Peak or Standard.
All tickets only can enter once in the entry day.
Children shorter than 1.2m can enter for free.
The basic price is Standard Day in expo session (RMB 160 Yuan, about $20). The price will be less if paid in advance.
the expo website is: www.en.expo2010.cn/
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