Flights to Shanghai, China
Shanghai is served by 2 international air facilities, Shanghai Pudong Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Most international flights will touch down at the larger of the 2, Shanghai Pudong Airport, as Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is mainly reserved for domestic flights (with only a few short-haul international connections to nearby North Asian cities).
- Shanghai Pudong Airport is situated around 40 kilometres from Shanghai. A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre would take about one hour and cost around CNY 200 (SGD 41.70).
- Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is about 19 kilometres from the city centre. A taxi ride to the city should cost only around CNY 70 (SGD 14.59) and take 20-30 minutes.
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Best Time to Visit Shanghai
Though summer is the official peak period for Shanghai’s tourism, it may not necessarily be the most pleasant time to visit. Instead, the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn may present a more satisfying experience what with its cooler, drier climates, diminished crowds and cheaper hotel room rates. In spring, travellers have the added advantage of being able to enjoy flowers in bloom, whilst autumn brings stunning fall foliage and cascading golden leaves.
Things to do in Shanghai
No trip to Shanghai is complete without a visit to the city’s icon and cultural landmark - the sparkling Oriental Pearl Tower. The Tower stands over 400 metres tall and is accented by 2 spheres, one located at the base and the other at the peak. Once the tallest structure in China, the Pearl Tower is of special significance to the Chinese people and presents a truly spectacular sight at night when lit up with LED lights.
After the Tower, make your way over to Shanghai’s next most iconic site: The Bund (pronounced wai tan in Mandarin). Called the Avenue des Champs-Élysées of China, The Bund is a beautiful waterfront boardwalk along the Huangpu River along which luxury retail stores sit, much like its counterpart in Paris. Inspired by a myriad of different architectural styles both modern and classic, walking along The Bund will make you feel like you were plucked out of China and placed in Europe.
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