上海 • 中国
Built on the banks of the river, the city boasts a unique charm. Enjoy a stroll along the Bund, “Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu” in Mandarin, to see for yourself. At one end of the promenade, boats travel along the Huangpu overlooked by the towers of Pudong. The pride of the locals for many years, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, designed by Jia Huan Cheng, blushes shyly next to the 492 metres of the “bottle opener”, home to the World Financial Center, and Jin Mao Tower, designed by American architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Soon the 632 metre tall Shanghai Tower will tower over them all. These modern-day cathedrals flirt with the clouds and almost disappear. From their rooftops, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view encompassing the two hectares of Yu Garden, fiercely resisting the overwhelming urbanisation of the landscape. So, while the cricket market lives on, the bulldozers have just reduced Dongtai Road and its flea and antiques market to dust. The 16 million or so inhabitants of Shanghai seem to embrace this metamorphosis, more than happy, for example, to travel on the 14 unusually clean metro lines studded with shops.
Shanghai is a great city to visit throughout the year due to its subtropical maritime monsoon climate at its four seasons. However, the flood season is during the summer and the temperatures can exceed 35°C in July and August. January is a cold month but it rarely snows. The best time to visit Shanghai is from March to May when the temperatures are mild.
New Year Fireworks, January 1, 2016
Chinese New Year, February 8, 2016
Peach Festival of Flowers of Shanghai , March 27 to April 25, 2016
Marathon of the Great Wall of China, May 21, 2016
Shanghai World Travel Fair , show dedicated to travel , 19 to 22 May 2016
International Festival of the Shanghai Film, 11 to 19 June 2016
Summer Music in the Air , music festival , July-August 2016
International Competition of Shanghai Ballet , 3 to 11 August 2016
Tourism Festival Shanghai, September 9 to 13, 20166
Masters Rolex Shanghai ATP Tennis Tournament , 8 to 16 October 2016
International Marathon Shanghai, beginning November 2016
Market and Christmas in Shanghai, December 2016
Taxi is the best option to get around Shanghai. There are approximately 45,000 taxis, operated by over 150 taxi companies. You can hail them in the street, find them in one of the taxi ranks or book one through one of the Shanghai taxi firms. The fare is RMB14 for the first 3 km, then RMB2.4 per km up to 10 km, and RMB3.5 per km after. Some additional charges may apply. The fare starts at RMB18 after 11PM. Keep in mind though that the majority of drivers do not speak English, so try to provide the address of your destination written in Chinese for the taxi driver.