Luggage and bags: You are limited to the number of bags and their weight so check the airlines rules and pack acordingley.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shanghai has a climate similar to Vancouver, that's why I like it so. In the winter, it is relativly cool and a good chance of rain and fog. While we were there it actually snowed. So I recommend you have light rain gear and some warm sweaters if winter is the time you are there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Out of all the cities in China, I found that Shanghaihad stores with more worldly suplies than anywhere we had traveled.
But I must make two recomendations:
Most of the medication you buy over the counter in China is FAKE. I was told that if you really need medication in China get it from a hospital, not a despensary. So, in other words, if you require perscription drugs bring them from home.In cities like Shanghai and Beijing, there are Watson drug stores. This is a Hong Kong chain and is pretty reliable. It's also about the only place in China you'll find deodorant and dental floss. Expect to pay western prices. Most toiletries, includign Crest, Colgate, Tampons, etc. can be bought in China, so don't weigh down your bags bringing extra.
Most restaurants do not have clean hot water to wash your hands so we brought sterile napkins, like Wet Ones, Handiwipes, PDI nice clean towelett to name a few brands. These are great to keep your hands clean during the day when you are away from your hotel, and before meals.
Luggage and bags: I packed 4 days of clothes into a small rolling suitcase, because I don't like to check luggage. The Shangri-La has everything that you could want- hair dryer, toothpaste, you name it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It was high 60s when I went (May). I didn't see anyone in shorts, but I don't know if that is taboo or not.
Photo Equipment: You probably want to get a converter if you have a 110V charger.
Miscellaneous: It's really hard to get Coke over there- they love Pepsi.
Luggage and bags: Depending on how long you are staying it would be easiest to take one large piece of luggage. This makes it easier to move around, especially if you have to switch hotels. Also, I would bring a universal adapter and plugs for things like your computer, shaver, etc.
Luggage and bags: Actually, you needn't bring anything except money. The goods' prices in Shanghai are multi-hiberarchy, so that you can find what you want with any prices. Don't worry, just bring enough money. However it is not so convient as other big cities to exchange money, therefore exchange enought money when you have a chance to get to bank.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel
Luggage and bags: If you are staying in a five star hotel and they provide you with tooth brush, paste, combs etc, bundle them and give to the poor around the city - you will see lots of beggars in the street - they come in handy for them!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is very hot and humid in July and August so if you're not used to high humidity, I'd suggest bringing very light breathable clothing. CoolMax Alta fabric would be ideal.
Shanghai is also prone to rain showers in July and August so I'd recommend bring a light wind breaker or poncho.
Luggage and bags: The next time I go to Shanghai ( which I will definitely look forward to ) I will pack very few clothes and buy clothes when I get there. Clothing can be had very inexpensively. Here was a store that had pants for 25 Yuan ( $3US) dress jacket 150 Yuan ($18US) and belts and ties for 10Yuan ($1.20US) There are nicer clothing stores and more expensive prices but you can outfit yourself very nicely and have some nice souveniirs as well as easy packing.I bought 3 very comfortable shirts here and 2 nice belts with a very interesting buckle sytem .
Luggage and bags: Not necessary since you can buy them (unlimited choices!) here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Awesome shopping experience! One of the very best in this world!!! & trust me, I've been to many!
Photo Equipment: Lots of films though one can get them here as well. But, look at the number of photos I took, they are never enough of them!
If you use digital camera, bring as many cards as you can. I use a Sony, so it's memory sticks. They are v. expensive in Shanghai.
Miscellaneous: Lots of RMB or US$. Credit cards are acceptable in most major departmental stores.
This city is a shoppers' paradise :)
Luggage and bags: Simple. Don't pack anything and splurge in Shanghai. Bags, clothing, toothpaste...all except Western sized shoes and bras can be found here. And it hardly cost a thing. Yepyep, fake indeed, but who cares. Quality is ok and it adds a bit of exotism to your wardrobe (this is the shirt I bought in Shanghai)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring your own shoes. Anything above a 38 is difficult to find
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Watson's drugstore (Shanghai Centre on Nanjing Road)sells most Western medication at again, a lot less of what you would pay at home (depending where you come from of course).
Western stomachs seem to be quite compatible with Shanghai food. Immodium might come in handy though. Just in case.
Photo Equipment: Film and having photos developed (Kodak) -same old same old, I know- is very cheap in Shanghai. And fast. Most stores will have your film developed the same day or at the latest, the next day.
Kodak stores can be found all over town.
Voltage is 220 and batteries are not a problem either. Does cheap ring a bell
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Leave all of that back home. Beaches as we know them cannot be found in Shanghai.
Miscellaneous: An English-Chinese phrasebook comes in handy and so does lots of cash.
More and more department stores accept credit cards, but market shopping is still cash based. USD is still your best bet, although all major currencies can be changed in the Bank of China (some branches are open over the weekend.)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Packing ----------------------------------------------
Although the Chinese have become more fashion conscious in the past few years, informal attire is still appropriate for most occasions. The streets are dirty, so you may prefer to bring older clothes and shoes. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Summers are very hot and winters very cold in most of China, so pack accordingly. Avoid bringing clothes that need dry cleaning. You will find it much easier to get around if you travel light, with no more than two or three changes of clothes. Most hotels have reliable overnight laundry and pressing services.
Eyeglasses, film, pantyhose, sundries, and over-the-counter medicines are hard to find in China. Be sure to pack the following essentials: alarm clock, contraceptives, dental floss, deodorant, mosquito repellant, shampoo, shaving cream and razors, sunglasses, sunscreen, tampons, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
If you're planning a longer trip, or will be using local tour guides, bring a few inexpensive items from America as gifts. American cigarettes are popular in China, but if you don't wish to promote smoking, bring candy, T-shirts, or small cosmetic items, such as lipstick and nail polish. Do not give American magazines and books as gifts, as this could be considered propaganda and get your Chinese friends into trouble.
Other useful items to have in China are a flashlight with extra batteries, English-language books and magazines, and a money belt. Bring a pen knife to peel fruit and, if you're going to smaller cities and rural areas, water purification tablets.
To use your U.S.-purchased electric-powered equipment, bring a converter and adapter. The electrical current in China is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC); wall outlets take American-style plugs, with two flat parallel prongs; however they may not take the converter's one oversized prong, used for grounding, now in general use in the United States.
If your appliances are dual-voltage, you'll need only an adapter. Don't use 110-volt outlets, marked 'For Shavers Only,' for high-wattage appliances such as blow-dryers. Most laptops operate equally well on 110 and 220 volts and so require only an adapter.
Be aware of pollution
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In April, the weather is warm and damp.
Be covered to prevent the allergy because of the polluted air.
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