Local Guide

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Mandarin and distinct dialects are mostly spoken in Shanghai. As an international financial centre, English is widely used in Shanghai.


The renminbi (RMB) is the official currency. The basic unit of RMB is the yuan (¥). Currency can be changed at banks or hotels.

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Safety and Security

The 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 per cent, above the required 98 per cent. 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 provides 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, which are the most comfortable seasons. The city has a subtropical maritime monsoon climate, with four distinct seasons. 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, Shanghai is a major transportation hub for.



The time used in Shanghai and all over China is called Beijing standard time. It is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).



Name of Holidays
Name of Holidays

National Day

1-Oct to 7-Oct

Mid-Autumn Festival

6-Sep to 8-Sep

Dragon Boat Festival

31-May to 2-Jun

Labour Day Holiday

1-May to 3-May

Qing Ming Festival

5-Apr to 7-Apr

Chinese New Year

31-Jan to 6-Feb

New Year's Day


Emergency Contact

Police 110

Fire 119

Ambulance 120

Traffic Accident 122


Useful Links

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