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Shanghai Sightseeing? Any suggestions?

by John the Wanderer
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Shanghai Sightseeing

I am headed back to Shanghai next week.

China is one of those places where many people need to obtain a visa prior to travel. Sometimes it can be challenging obtaining one if you do not live in a city with a Chinese Embassy or Consulate. For me that was the case, so I found a company that helped with obtaining a 10-year visa for China – Allied Passport – they provided efficient service and were easy to work with. I received my passport with visa using their standard service and it was returned in less than one week. Allied Passport is offering a discount of $5 off their service when applying using my link.

I previously wrote about my last trip in the Shanghai Trip Report.

Shanghai Sightseeing

Last time I walked around near the Bund as well as checked out the skyline views at night from the top floor at the Hyatt on the Bund. I wrote about my sightseeing in the following post: Sightseeing in Shanghai

Sightseeing in Shanghai Shanghai Sightseeing

I will have one full day while I am in Shanghai this time. I was wondering if any of you have suggestions on that I should check out on this trip?

I’ve heard that the best way to travel from the airport is via the MagLev Train connecting to the local subway. I took the local subway to the airport last time and it had way too many stops. For a few dollars more, the MagLev Train is a much better option and I plan on taking that this time.

I am a foodie so I love trying great restaurants or even some good street food. Last time I had some pretty good local food at an upscale restaurant as well as lounge food at the Hyatt on the Bund.

There have been a lot of sale fares to Shanghai and Beijing lately so I know a lot of you may be traveling there soon or have recently been there.

I went to Beijing a month or two ago and then have this Shanghai trip booked. I know a lot of people were able to book multiple ones in order to re-qualify for American Airlines Executive Platinum prior to the program changing over to the revenue model this summer.

Internet in China can be annoying as most US webpages get blocked.

I use Astrill as a VPN for when I travel in China as well. Have you used it? It seems to work pretty well most days.

What did you do while you were there?

Shanghai Sightseeing



jerrymandel April 11, 2016 - 1:46 pm

MagLev train stops way too short from where you need to go.

John The Wanderer April 11, 2016 - 3:14 pm

So you would use a different method for going from the airport?

Mary E. April 11, 2016 - 7:31 pm

Hi, I live in Shanghai. I just took the Maglev and do not recommend it for your purposes. Maglev is 50RMB, that will get you quite a distance towards your destination. Go out of the airport, get into a taxi line, tell the taxi leader where you want to go. It’s best to have either the Shangahi Taxi app, or print out in large letters name and address of where you need to go. It will cost you about $25.00 USD, door to door service. Once downtown, walk to the subways and the subways cost from 2-5 RMB. Follow me on twitter. I’ll try to write more about places you can visit in a day.

John The Wanderer April 11, 2016 - 9:28 pm

Thanks for this. I normally like uber but it never seems to work if you only have wifi. I took a taxi from the airport last time. It seemed more expensive though. I can give it another shot. I looked at your profile to search for your Twitter. Are you from DC? Nothing exactly came up with tallmarye. My Twitter is jperri – feel free to follow and I’ll follow back.


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