Grocery Shopping in Shanghai
Sep27

Grocery Shopping in Shanghai

Where to find the widest selection of food products, including those imported foods you’ve been longing for! Includes a map with addresses/phone numbers.

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Shanghai Metro Guide
Sep26

Shanghai Metro Guide

I ride the Shanghai Metro just about every day.  It’s a modern and massive system that rivals New York, London, Paris….  And at just CNY3-4 per ride, why on earth would you not want to take the Metro?  It cuts through traffic on the streets above with an average of 3 minutes between each stop. And the Metro is a great way to see all sorts of interesting people.  Just take a look at the very first post on this site, about the Shanghai Metro Makeup Girl.  As one friend said, she was just about falling out of that dress.  And the guy sitting next to her just couldn’t keep his eyes off. So how does it work?   You can buy a single ride ticket each time you ride, but that’s the hard way to do it.  Instead, buy yourself a Metro Card (the Shanghai Transport Smart Card).  Just go up to the service counter they have in each station, and hand over CNY100 or CNY200.  They’ll deduct CNY20 as a deposit, and put rest on the card for you to use. Then each time you ride, simply place the card on top of the turnstile and when you see the remaining balance on the little screen, walk on through.  At the end of your ride you do the same thing.  And if you run low on funds, you can easily refill the card at any of those service counters. Obviously this is great for people living in Shanghai, but what about for tourists? It’s fantastic for tourists!  You can use the Metro card to pay for a ride in any of the 50,000 or so taxis that roam around Shanghai.  [Be sure to read our Shanghai Taxi Guide for lots of tips.]  So if you don’t feel like riding with the crowds during rush hour, you can sit inside an air conditioned taxi during a rush hour watching people walk past you on their way to ride the Metro. At the end of your trip, you can either return the card and get your deposit (and any remaining balance back), or use the card to pay for a ride on the high speed Maglev train to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (the fare is CNY40 with the card, CNY50 without).Not only can you get the CNY20 deposit back (along with any remaining balance) but you .  So don’t stand there in front of the ticket machine each time you ride the Metro.  Just get a reusable Metro card! Returning the Metro Card? If you’re planing to return the card, keep these things in mind a few things:...

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Shanghai Taxi Guide
Sep23

Shanghai Taxi Guide

Taxi’s in Shanghai are great.  They are plentiful and easy to get.  They are relatively quick, although you need to allow for a little extra time during morning and evening rush hours (not really any different from any other place in the world).  And paying for them is extremely easy to do if you have a Metro card (the stored value card you buy and keep reloading to ride the Shanghai Metro). Oh, and they are cheap.  By international standards compared to other modern, mega-cities (Shanghai has over 20 million people) they are very cheap. ¥14 gets you the first 3 kilometers, with another ¥2.4 for each extra km (up to 10km).  Compared to the US, UK, and Europe, that’s cheap. A few tips about taking taxis: Pay with your Shanghai Metro card – Much easier than dealing with cash.  At the end of the ride just hand the driver your card.  They’ll put it on top of the taxi meter and your balance on the card will show on their screen.  They’ll hit a button and you’ll see the deduction of your fare and your new balance. Taxi Cards – a lot of places will provide you with a small card with their name, address, and phone number (sometimes a little map too).  These are great for giving to your taxi driver.  Be sure to get one for your hotel so it’s easy to get back! Or use maps on your phone.  I use both Google Maps (you can download areas for offline use, since you may not have – or want to use – data roaming) and Open Street Maps.  I use OsmAnd Maps & Navigation on my Android Phone, and have downloaded the entire country of China.  All offline, no cellular data needed!  Just load up your destination and show your phone to the taxi driver.  Most can figure out where you want to go this way. Get in the Taxi BEFORE you tell the driver where you want to go.  Sometimes a taxi driver will refuse to take you’re standing outside the taxi and your tell them a destination they don’t want to go to.  Refusing this way is actually against the taxi regulations, but if you’re outside the cab they can lock the door and drive off.  Once you’re in the cab, they don’t really have much choice.  [Official Shanghai Taxi Regulations] BEWARE THE DARK BLUE TAXI’S!!!  The dark red taxis too.  Almost every ride I’ve had in a red or blue taxi has been bad, and unless it’s raining or there just aren’t any other taxis around, I’ll let them pass on by empty. ...

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