There are 3 main cruise terminals at Port of Shanghai – the world’s busiest port.
The Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal is the older and bigger cruise terminal, handling cruise ships of 70,000 tons and less. It comprises of administration buildings, shops and restaurants and a riverside park. It overlooks the Bund, the waterfront promenade of Central Shanghai. Getting to central Shanghai by public transport is possible, but not easy. There can be quite a bit of walking involved between stations, as there isn’t a direct link, and the traffic and high levels of pollution may make it difficult to walk. The best bet would be pre-organised transfer.
Wusongkou Cruise International Terminal is the newest and most modern of the three, handling large cruise ships with tonnage over 87,000 tons. It’s located in Paotaiwan Bay, at the Yangtze River delta and can handle up to 3 large cruise ships at the same time. There is a four-storey customer services building for ticketing and customs, offices, shops, hotels, even arts centres. The terminal is 54 km from Pudong International Airport. There is a free shuttle service, provided by the port, that drops passengers off at Huangpu Park, at the northern end of the Bund, taking about 50 min, depending on traffic. There is a public transport link, the nearest station is Baoyang Road station, about 5 min walking from the cruise terminal, and you need to change trains twice.
The third and now rarely used cruise terminal, is the Waigaoqiao Port terminal.
The official currency is the renminbi, with its basic unit called yuan – CNY. At markets US dollars are widely accepted. Travellers often confirm that although there are ATMs on every corner, the best exchange rates are from local banks – do watch out for fees though. You must bring your passport when exchanging money at any bank.
Opening hours and bank holidays. Most shopping malls, markets and shops are open until late, even on Sunday they could be open until as late as 9pm. Traditionally the weekend is the favourite time for locals to shop, as well as tourists, so do expect crowds. Most malls are open throughout the year, including at national holidays, however the small independent shops might be closed for up to a week around Chinese New Year. Do familiarise yourself with the local bank holidays, especially if you are looking to shop at markets.
Tipping is traditionally not expected in China. Tour guides and hotel staff are sometimes exceptions, so the best thing to do is rely on your instinct. Anywhere else your tip would be likely turned down.
The local time in Shanghai is GMT+8 hours and the internaitonal dialling code is + 86 21.
Things To Do
The Bund – the most iconic image of Shanghai, also called Wai Tan (Outer Beach), is the East-1 section of Zhongshan Road in central waterside Shanghai. The most popular part of it are the 52 mixed Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque and renaissance buildings on the West side, symbols of Shanghai’s colonial history. Starting with the Broadway Mansions and finishing with the ‘Lovers wall’, the Bund is best explored just before sunset when all the locals come out to enjoy the views if Huangpu River and the skyline of Pudong and Lujiazui District.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is another must-see in Shanghai. At 468 metres of hight, it’s the sixth tallest tower in the world, and second tallest TV tower in China. There are numerous attractions at the tower, including the History Museum at the base, but the most popular part of it is the observation deck with glass floor at 259 metres, providing the best photo opportunity.
If you are after some peace and quiet in the mega city of Shanghai, then don’t miss the Yuyuan Garden in the Old City – the Garden of Happiness. Built more than 400 years ago, and despite it’s small size (only 20,000 square metres), it’s a beautiful classic garden with lovely and relaxing greenery, mixed with magnificent pieces of old and classic Chinese architecture.
The Jade Buddha Temple, in the Western part of Shanghai, is a relatively new temple, constructed in 1882, when a monk brought two jade statues of Buddha from Burma. The 2 statues are extremely rare and skilfully carved out of single blocks of white jade. The Sitting Buddha is 190cm high and encrusted with gemstones, and the Recumbent Buddha is 96 cm long and represents his death. There is also a third statue, another Recumbent Buddha, brought from Singapore.
There are many more tourist attractions worth seeing, if you have the time, we would recommend taking a ride on the world’s fastest train – Maglev train, travelling at up to 267mi/h, taking a stroll around People’s Square, having a look at the Shanghai Museum, seeing Zhujiajao – the water town, cruising along Huangpu River, and stroll around the French Concession.
Beijing & Shanghai - March 2018
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