Quick Facts

Know the city like locals do

Shanghai is a destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and the City God Temple. Its ancient past contrasts vividly with the modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline. The new Shanghai is fast developing a reputation for being a cosmopolitan centre of culture and design. 

Today, Shanghai is the largest commercial and financial centre in mainland China. The city is considered to be one of the world’s fastest-growing major economies.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The unit of money in China is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls. 

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
10.08 Indian Rupee (INR)
19.17 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants include their own service charge that varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged. 


Business Hours

Bank Hours 

9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday 

Office Hours 

9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours 

10am - 10pm daily


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.

Kerry Hotel, Pudong, recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Shanghai. Bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Shanghai except on important social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.

Winter requires coats, hats, and gloves as temperatures can drop to near freezing. Light clothing is appropriate for the spring and summer months.


Weather

Shanghai has a temperate, seasonal climate ranging from very warm during the summer – 21°C to 37°C (70°F to 104°F) – to moderately cool to cold during the winter, with temperatures of -2°C to 7°C (28°F to 45°F).

Today

Partly Sunny

Partly sunny and pleasant

High: 20°C / 68°F
Low: 13°C / 55°F

Tomorrow

Showers

Cloudy with a few showers this afternoon

High: 17°C / 62°F
Low: 13°C / 55°F
Sunday:
Showers High: 18°C / 64°F Low: 16°C / 60°F
Monday:
Rain High: 18°C / 64°F Low: 6°C / 42°F
Tuesday:
Partly Sunny High: 9°C / 48°F Low: 1°C / 33°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 8ºC 2ºC
Feb 10ºC 4ºC
Mar 13ºC 7ºC
Apr 20ºC 12ºC
May 24ºC 17ºC
Jun 28ºC 22ºC
Jul 32ºC 26ºC
Aug 31ºC 26ºC
Sep 28ºC 22ºC
Oct 22ºC 17ºC
Nov 17ºC 11ºC
Dec 11ºC 5ºC

Facts

Population
16 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900