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What To Do When You Arrive


What To Do When You First Arrive in Shanghai

Shanghai has two major international airports, HongQiao and Pudong. Pudong in the new international 

airport located 45km to the east of the city beside the East China Sea, while HongQiao, 

located 15km west of the city, is much smaller and older. HongQiao is mostly used for 

domestic flights.Pudong is also the base and HQ of China Eastern Airline. Over 40 world-wide 

airlines use the airport, with an annual average passenger capacity of over 80 million.


If you are in hurry, when you land in Shanghai, the taxi will your best choice. It is very convenient 

and cheap.The minimum faire is 14 RMB (USD$2.26), which covers the first three 

kilometers, and then 2.4 RMB is charged for every additional kilometer. After ten kilometers, the 

fare jumps 50% to 3.6 RMB for every additional kilometer.


Compared to the low prices of the taxi, the metro in Shanghai is a bit more expensive. However, it is still 

 recommended to take the metro while in Shanghai, not only because you won't run into a traffic jam 

but because the metro station is one of the best things to experience in city. Shanghai has 

one of China's largest metro systems with 11 metro lines running across the city. 

Ticket prices range between 3RMB to 11RMB depending on the length of your journey. The metro 

starts operation at 5:30am or 6:30, depending on which line, with last trans from each terminus 

leaving between 10:20p.m and 11:00pm.


Food is one of the biggest reasons to travel to Shanghai. Shanghai, being a relatively new city in China, does not really have a cuisine of its own, 

but successfully refines all the work of the surrounding provinces such as Zhejiang and Jiangsu. 

Through years of culinary practice and the assimilation of the art in other styles of cuisine, Shanghai 

chefs have also created a style of cuisine peculiar to the region. Shanghai dishes are usually 

characterized by the use of heavy and highly flavorful sauces.The use of sugar is another uniqueness 

found in Shanghainese cuisine and, especially when used proportionally with soy sauce, the taste 

created is not so much sweet but rather savory. Households in Shanghai typically consume as much 

soy source as sugar. Visitors are often surprised by the unique and delicious taste When you Travel in Shanghai, t

he following traditional dishes are recommended:


Da ZhaXie

Da ZhaXie is a special type of crab found in rivers, and is normally consumed in the winter. The crabs 

are tied with ropes or strings, placed in bamboo containers, steamed and served. There few other artificial 

ingredients added to the dish yet it tastes fantastically good. Da ZhaXie is usually consumed with vinegar. 

Locals are also quite fussy about when to consume male crabs and when to consume female crabs.

Smoked Fish Slices

An ideal menu for those who like highly spiced food. The Smoked Fish Slices (fresh fish marinated and 

spiced to taste like smoked fish) make a delicious, unusual hors oeuvres, while the strong-tasting Stewed 

Pork Flavored with Dried Squid dish is offset by the vegetable rice to make a substantial meal.

Shanghai Pepper Duck

(half or whole) fresh duck steamed with szechwan peppers, ginger and scallions until tender, 

lightly fried and served with plum sauce and steamed bread 10.00/19.00

Beggars Chicken

Seasoned chicken wrapped in lotus leaves and baked in a dough pastry.

Red-Cooked Chicken

Red cooking is a popular cooking technique in eastern China.

Pi Dan (Preserved Eggs)

Deep flied duck, then covered with braised with the fresh Lotus leaf, together with some meat, 

shrimp, mushroom, preserved ham.

Xiao Long Bao (Little Dragon Bun)

Unlike the buns in northern China, these buns are very small and easy to swallow. The buns 

are usually steamed in containers made of bamboo. The skin of the buns is very thin and the 

bun is very juicy. The dish has been popularized and consumed widely throughout China as a Dim Sum.


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