Shanghai What to Pack

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    Large Luggage & Extra Carry On Bag is Handy

    by machomikemd Written Oct 25, 2014

    Luggage and bags: So if you are a shopaholic like me, you pack light on your travels so that you can have many space in your luggage to fill up with goodies since here in Shanghai ,you can shop till your drop at the various Stores along Nanjing Lu Street, various Shopping Areas around Old Town Area of Shanghai and Xin Tian Di and the various souvenir stall along the many attractions of Shanghai.

    Also carry a spare bag with a trolley so that you can have additional space to fill your extra bag with goodies that you can hand carry since you are allowed to hand carry another bag besides your small personal bag and it helps if that extra bag you're carrying has wheels too so that you are not hard pressed to carry two bags when you check in at the airport for departure.

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    Use a Powerful Optical Zoom Camera + Powerbank

    by machomikemd Written Oct 25, 2014

    Photo Equipment: etc that you would spend lots of time taking pictures and vidoes around the many things to do in Shanghai like the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, City God Tempe, Oriental Pear TV Tower! and if you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away. Also have the new large capacity SDXC cards, which are better than the regular SDHC cards which can hold only up to 32 gigabytes of memory as compared to the SDXC cards which now have up to 256 Gigabytes of memories. perfect for shooting full hd videos and taking pictures at the same time.

    Miscellaneous: Also Bring USB powerbank storage device (preferably the 8,400 mAH up to 10,000 mAH variety so that you can do multiple recharges on camera battery before recharging your USB powerbank), which can easily recharge your camera battery plus smart phone and tablet devices

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    You can get most anything

    by SAMShanghai Written Mar 28, 2013

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    Luggage and bags: If you plan to take the metro to your hotel, pack fairly lightly so you can easily maneuver your bags. You can easily pick up an extra bag/suitcase here if you buy lots:-)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes/closed-toe shoes. If you don't bring an umbrella, no worries--they'll be all over the streets for cheap. You can get almost anything here, even lots of familiar Western brands (H&M, Zara, Marks & Spencer) though larger sizes can be more challenging.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Ladies: if you use tampons, this is the one major thing I'd rec. bringing. Mostly unavailable...you will only be able to find them in import grocery stores often with a very hefty price tag and limited variety. Always carry packs of tissues (restaurants don't always give napkins, bathrooms may not have tissue), though you can buy these at any convenience store here. Always good to bring your basic/preferred toiletries and meds. so you don't have to spend time trying to find them, translate etc.

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    It Gets Sooo Cold!

    by purplefeet Written Nov 7, 2010

    Luggage and bags: body bags/backpacks to bring your essentials.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: if you're going to Shanghai or Beijing in Oct-Nov, a thermal jacket is a must! or you can layer your clothes though this will entail a larger/bulkier luggage!boots come cheap in bazaars but it's safe to go around in rubber shoes or sneakers. thick socks and gloves also a necessity.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: petroleum jelly, lip balm, insect repellants, lotions to prevent dry lips and skin

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    Bring what you would have at home!

    by rabbit06 Updated Jan 14, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: You can always purchase extra luggage at good prices.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes, the rest you can purchase if you have a good hunt around....enjoy!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Well i took what i would normally have in the bathroom at home and pleased i did. Woke up one morning requiring the aid of diastop..lol..(blush, blush), but you try and purchase this from a local pharmacy whilst clenching your cheeks and the girl behind the counter only speaks Shanghainese or Mandarin, BIG BIG problems for you!!!! So be a little cautious and be prepared for anything that may arrise!...Have a good time!!

    Photo Equipment: Take extra memory cards, although you can purchase them cheaper than at home if you speak Mandarin? We brought a 8GB for 188rmb, a lot cheaper than home and it is the latest HC version!

    Miscellaneous: I had a hepatitis and typhoid injection prior to leaving on the instruction of my GP and was happy i did, so not to worry about where and what i was eating or drinking!!! But be careful of the tap water, not all is suitable for drinking!! This is why you will find water coolers every where!

    SD card. Thankyou.....omg  Thankyou!!!!
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  • Things you should bring to Shanghai!

    by thescene Written Apr 25, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nice comfortable shoes and a nice jacket or sweater depending on the weather is needed.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's always good to bring some medicines to a foreign land especially in a place where language can be a barrier to getting what you really need. Just basic medicines for an upset stomach, fever, cough and colds.

    Photo Equipment: Shanghai is a beautiful city and you will be tempted to film/take pictures of all the sites and sounds of the city. You will need to bring extra camera batteries, film and memory card.

    Miscellaneous: Be sure to bring the name and location of your hotel as well as the names of the siteseeing spots in Chinese. This will help your cab driver get to where you want to go. Al

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    bird bath

    by athena10x Written Sep 24, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Bring something with wheels and another bag that expands

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes with a little bit of fashion in them. Don't be fooled by the chinese girls that wear heels all day. They are tiny and lightweight on their feet compared to most Americans

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your bug repellent for the warm weather. Also a package of travel baby wipes for cleanup when no water is available. A small bottle of hand sanitizer is also a feel good relief.
    Meds over the counter. Sleep aid for adjusting to change of time. Imodium and or Pepto Bismol for tummy problems. Tylenol PM for general walking and hard beds.

    Miscellaneous: A small portable umbrella is good for the sunshine as well as the rain. The chinese women use them when walking and it really helps when it's muggy and you need a break from the heat.

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    Cigarette - SALEM's Smoker

    by Azri_Azmi Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: The brand of cigarette that I smoke is Salem Lights. Cigarette that related to Salem is also acceptable for myself. But in Shanghai, looking for a Salem is a very tough task to do. Although in Shanghai they do have lots of shops selling cigarette but Salem and other international brand are hard to find. On the 3rd day, we manage to locate a shop selling Salem, but after bought it for RMB12, the original taste is not there. I think its the old stock and taste like a cigarette that had been opened for more than a month, tasteless. As an alternative, we managed to find a cigarette that taste similar like Salem. The brand name is Sobraine.

    For those smokers especially Salems brand, please do buy this cigarrete before you enter the city. I bought a carton at the Pudong International Airport before depart back to Kuala Lumpur. The price is RMB128.00 per carton.

    Salem Lights - Hard to find in Shanghai City
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    Deodorants!

    by dbrener Written Dec 11, 2005

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 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 :)

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    bring a guide book

    by marora99 Written Aug 24, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Bring a guide book. I took the frommers guide to shanghai and it was a life saver. We used it to guide us through the subway system because everything was in chinese. We used the translation section in the back to get us to our hotel and help us find restaurants. It is important to have a translation book with phrases and words in english, chinese, and pin yin the form of chinese using english alphabets. Language barrier is a huge problem. Almost 99% of the people we encountered didnt know how to speak english

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    Tiny Swiss Army knife+cigarette lighter...

    by ZenLady34 Updated Aug 23, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Certain materials like silk or leather react in a unique way when subjected to something like flame. Anything else will react differently. With a lighter one can test the authenticity of a material and the tweezers prevents your fingers from burning.

    Tiny Swiss Army knife has scissors and pair of tweezers in it. If travelling by airplane, pack it in your suitcase which you will check in as baggage. A lighter will go onboard in your handbag or in your pockets.

    Cut a piece of the cloth which you are buying, hold it with tweezers and light it up with a lighter. Many times a dealer convinces the cloth being 100% pure silk and it turns out not to be... as a result of this test. Or sometimes its enough even when I pull the lighter out of my pocket and they see it. Then they will tell that it is not genuine leather/silk.

    Please consult someone to teach this trick to you in practise before trying it. Normally I use this trick on markets.

    Be careful and do not ruin any items in a shop or burn it down!

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    Packing List

    by imstress Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: travel light because you can buy cheap luggages or suitcase for about US$3-10.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: in winter, bring at least a jacket that can block off the chilly wind.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bring your medications from home. you may not be able to buy the exact medication or they maybe fake. most medication are written in chinese and you wont know if your stomach can take it.

    Photo Equipment: bring a digital camera that can take good night pictures. I was using Sony P32, Pentax Optio and Sony DV camera for all my photos. Bring lots of storage capacity. We had an external drive so our cameras were clicking non stop;p

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    Chopsticks rule!

    by SangAji Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: forks n spoons, for those who can't get to grips with chopsticks.
    most restaurants only have chopsticks n soup spoon, n the waiters are very insistent that one uses them n will make all efforts to show how!

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    Cabin suitcase

    by rugro Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Just bring a cabin case that will fit in the overhead compartment on the plane. Buy a big bag in the Xiangyang Market. Costs around RMB 150 for a big North Face sports bag with wheels.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were there during winter. Bring a warm jacket and clothes for a couple of days. Buy everything else in the Xiangyang Market or depertment stores on Nanjing Road

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual stuff

    Photo Equipment: Camera

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    Moving to Shanghai ?!?!?!

    by MaosRedArmy Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Another VT member recently asked me about online resources for people relocating to Shanghai. Here is my short list:

    www.expatsh.com
    www.shanghaiexpat.com
    www.shanghai-ed.com
    www.thatsshanghai.com (local expat mag)
    www.cityweekend.com.cn (local expat mag)
    http://shanghai.asiaxpat.com

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