Mandarin and distinct dialects are mostly spoken in Shanghai. As the International Finance Centre, English is widely used in Shanghai.
The RMB (Renminbi) is the official currency. The basic unit of RMB is the yuan (¥). Currency can be changed at banks or hotels.
Safety and Security
Shanghai government provides excellent security and support for locals and travellers.
The major index qualification rate of the tap water in Shanghai was as high as 99.95 percent, above the required 98 percent. Bottled water is however recommended for drinking rather than tap water, and is widely available for purchase.
The electric current used in China is 220V/50Hz. The hotel can provide 220V and 110V (shavers only) power outlets. Please note that plug adapters may be necessary.
The best times to visit Shanghai are in spring or autumn. The city has a subtropical maritime monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons. Generally, the warm spring and cool autumn are the more comfortable seasons. While summer and winter are far less pleasant. Overall, Shanghai enjoys a mild and moist climate.
Most hotels add a 15% service charge. Additional tipping is voluntary.
Shanghai boasts one of the best transportation systems in China. As a major port city and the largest city in Eastern China, this is the major hub for eastern region.
Time used in Shanghai and all over China is called Beijing standard time. It is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Public Holidays (2011)
| Name of Holiday
| New Year's Day
|| Jan 1 to 3
| Chinese New Year
|| Feb 2 to 8
| Qing Ming Festival
|| Apr 3 to 5
| Labor Day
|| Apr 30 to May 2
| Dragon Boat Festival
|| Jun 4 to 6
| Mid-Autumn Festival
|| Sep 10 to 12
| National Day
|| Oct 1 to 7