Shanghai is a frontier city of China with the latest fads, fashions and technology. Tucked between the shopping malls and the modern architecture is the old Shanghai with historic houses that blend the styles of Chinese houses with European design flair, and it has one of the richest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world.
Climate in Shanghai is usually humid with temperatures hitting 35–36°C. During the months of July – September, there may be some risk of typhoons but this is not a common sight.
During winter, temperature is usually 10 °C during the day and fall below 0 °C at night. Transportation networks may get disrupted due to sudden snowstorm.
Commuting in Shanghai:
The Shanghai Jiaotong Card (上海公共交通卡) enables you to use it on bus, metro and taxi which save the hassle of purchasing ticket at each metro station. This card can be purchased at any subway stations and convenience stores such as Alldays and KeDi Marts.
Bus system in Shanghai is extensive with night buses operating past 11PM (for route number beginning with 3). All route information at bus stops is in Chinese with a handy list of routes and stops name in English.
During off-peak hours, Taxi will be a good alternative transportation due to the affordable pricing (¥12 for the first 3km, ¥2.4/km up to 10km, and ¥3.5/km after)
Most drivers do not speak English or any other foreign languages, do ensure to have your destination, addresses and nearest intersection written in Chinese. Alternatively, you may dial the number provided at the back seat window of the taxi and the telephone agent will assists to translate your destination to the driver in Chinese
The native language of locals is Shanghainese which is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin, Cantonese and other forms of Chinese. Due to the fast progression of Shanghai being the main commercial center, most locals are able to converse in Mandarin and Shanghainese.
Consumption of tap water is not advisable unless it is boiled or goes through a reverse-osmosis filter. This is due to the tap water may contain high amounts of heavy metals.