Shanghai (China)

Shanghai is China's largest city, located in East China at the East China Sea. The city's most famous attractions (in addition to the easily recognizable skyline) are the artificial beach terraces area Bund, the Old Town with the Shanghai City God Temple in its center and the adjoining Yun Chinese Garden, as well as the numerous modern skyscrapers of the downtown area. The city's main shopping area is the Nanjing Road, which is like a kilometer long journey through hundreds of small shops, that sell almost anything.

Population: 24,151,500
Beach : No
Mountain : No
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: Standard Mandarin
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 110 (poliisi), 120 (ambulanssi), 119 (palokunta)
Currency: Renminbi (CNY)
Electric plugs: A, I, C
Voltage: 220 V
Tipping in a restaurant: There is no tipping in China.
Time in destination: Sep 17, 2019, 12:29:37 PM

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Weather Forecast

Tue
17.09

Partly cloudy

81°F

Wed
18.09

Fair

81°F

Thu
19.09

Partly cloudy

77°F

Fri
20.09

Partly cloudy

79°F

Sat
21.09

Partly cloudy

77°F

Sun
22.09

Cloudy

75°F

Mon
23.09

Partly cloudy

75°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

The best time to visit Shanghai is from October to November. This short autumn season boasts comfortable temperatures and lacks the crowds and rain showers of summer - the peak tourism season. Winter travelers can encounter chilly weather, making urban exploration less enjoyable. 

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 38.7 45.9 32.9 6
February 40.3 47.5 34.7 7
March 47.3 54.9 41.2 9
April 57.6 65.5 51.1 10
May 66.6 74.3 60.3 9
June 74.1 81.0 68.5 10
July 82.0 88.9 76.6 8
August 81.9 88.7 76.5 7
September 74.5 81.0 68.9 9
October 64.9 72.1 58.5 5
November 54.3 62.1 47.5 5
December 43.0 51.1 36.3 4

More information: Shanghai forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Shanghai is quite a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $35.75, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $118.89, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $39.89
  • Hotel (3 stars): $39.87
  • Hotel (4 stars): $84.50
  • Hotel (5 stars): $155.69
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.43
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.03
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $0.98
  • Meal, McDonalds: $4.64
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.52

More information: Shanghai price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Shanghai destination map

Safety

Shanghai has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 59.8 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 71.1 (a little better than United states average 70.3)
  • Walking alone at night: 61.8 (better than United states average 41.2)

More information: Shanghai safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
  • Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
  • Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
  • Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.

More information: Car rental Asia