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.
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.
More information: Shanghai forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Shanghai is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $39.40, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $131.04, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $43.96
- Hotel (3 stars): $43.94
- Hotel (4 stars): $93.13
- Hotel (5 stars): $171.60
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.42
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.06
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.08
- Meal, McDonalds: $5.40
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.08
Shanghai has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 65.7 (better than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 74.5 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 65.1 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Shanghai safety
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.