Although I think (or hope) most Shanghai taxi drivers are relatively honest. Be wary, some tend to take the scenic route with foreigners, that is anyone that doesn't speak Shanghaiese. Although, this happens even to the locals.
To quote GI Joe, 'knowing is half the battle' so know or ask what the local rate should be, especially from the airports.
Taxi from Pudong Int'l to the city center is about 150 RMB. Taxi to Hongqiao Airport about 40 RMB. And never go with the touts offering their services at the airports...they'll quote you 2-4x the going rate. Instead wait at the taxi quene.
Unique Suggestions: If you do get trapped, insist on an electronic ticketed receipt from the meter (not a hand written receipt). That way you can trace the taxi, fare paid, time, etc.
If the taxi driver refuses, you have the right to NOT PAY the fare.
Fun Alternatives: Shuttle bus to Pudong Int`l ?E30 RMB from most city center hotels. If not sure, go to a large reputable hotel and ask about shuttle bus services.
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To me it seemed like things were much more expensive in this area as it was very popular for locals to visit. It may not be a true tourist trap but a cup of tea will be more expensive than the average shop.
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Walking around the old part of...
Walking around the old part of the city, me and Max, my aussie friend, got to know an old man. He spoke english very well, because he was an english teacher when not retired. So he took us to know the temple, the tea house, etc... And then i needed to pee, and he invited us to go and try a chinese tea. OK let's go.
He took us to a pearl shop, we got our teas on a table while this two cute girls tried to sell us the pearls. I don't know if these were real pearls or not, but i was there to take tea. Well, we managed not to buy nothing, but we had to pay 15 yuan for the lowsy tea!
When you get to any large...
When you get to any large Market area such as the Yu Yuan in the Old Town area or any other large shopping area beware of young people asking you to take a look at their art exhibit. This business was in a few areas in Shanghai . The young people ask you to view their works of art at an exhibit. There they show you their Teachers work, their headmasters work and their own work. Little buy little you are encoraged to buy some artwork. Prices were modest , in the 200-300 Yuan range ($25-$35US approx) Some of the pieces are very lovely and would make a nice souvenir for someone but realize what you're getting propositioned for.
When you are in the clothes...
When you are in the clothes markets,don't forget to bargain with them. That's very important,especially for tourists. Sometimes,even in the hotel,you can have a bargain,maybe you can have 30 percent or even 40 percent discount..before you pay the money,try to bargain even though the result will be failed,but it's not a big deal to have a try, isn't it? :)
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Be carefull that you eat (sell in the street) because is not hygienic
Unique Suggestions: Be carefull with bicycles . All the streets are full of them and you are in danger.
Sticky Rice is not the new Sushi!
There is a local food called sticky rice. It is wrapped in banana leaves. Do not mistake this for a Chinese type of Sushi and attempt to eat the leaves. They are not tasty...or so I heard.
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I was surprised at this charactor.
Because this is a different from in Japanese!
May be only Japanese can understand!
The shops in the Old Town...
The shops in the Old Town section of Shanghai were the typical 'tourist trap', selling lots of junky trinkets.
there are so many clothing...
there are so many clothing shops in shanghai ,you can't judge which shop should be honest,so you have to try and try ,then you could see who wouldn't trap u.
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