Shanghai’s famous skyline on the Pudong side of Huangpu river showing the Oriental Pearl Tower (left) and Shanghai World Financial Center (right) (Fotoquelle und Text: Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China (CCST) - TU Berlin)
About Shanghai .
Shanghai is the largest city in the People’s Republic of China with a population of around 23 million. Shanghai is also one of the most developed cities in China. It was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in the 1990s, the central government started developing this area and since it has turned into the well-known booming metropolis. Shanghai is split in two centers by the Huangpu River. On the west bank is Puxi, the older city center, while the new development on the east side is called Pudong.
Travel & Traffic .
Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) in western Shanghai, about 15 kilo¬meters from the city center, handles domestic and international flights. By taxi, the trip from the airport will take you about 30 min. to an hour to the city center. Shanghai Pudong Interna¬tional Airport (PVG) in eastern Pudong handles most international flights.
After arrival in PVG, please pass the customs on the arrivals floor (1F) you can follow the sign “Maglev Train” (in case you want to take this opportunity first). The train connects Pudong Airport and Longyang Station, which is at the center of Pudong district and close to the city center. There are no other stops or destinations. You can purchase a one-way ticket for 50 yuan. If you show your same-day flight e-ticket you get a 10 yuan discount.
Taking a Taxi (to Tongji University)
The taxi rate starts from 14 yuan for the first 3 Km (after 11:00 p.m. from 18 Yuan). In all taxis there is a taximeter which you can believe, cheating almost never happens. A taxi from the Shanghai Pudong Interna¬tional Airport (PVG) to Tongji University takes around 60-90 mins. (Coast around 150 RMB).
Taxi drivers do not speak any English and will NOT understand even most common locations or sightseeing spots. The best strategy is to search your destination online, write down the street and the crossing street of an intersection nearby (in Chinese characters) and show it to the driver. Shanghai drivers know virtually all street names in the city - if you can only show the Chinese characters. If you have time, wait for a VW Touran taxi, those drivers are better qualified and the price is the same.
Taking a subway (to Tongji University)
The subway rate starts from 3 Yuan (city short-trip) to 6 Yuan (suburbs). You can either buy tickets at counters or at the vending machine. The subway from Shanghai Pudong Interna¬tional Airport (PVG) to Tongji University takes around 90 minutes. Only in major stations there is a one-day pass available for 18 Yuan.
Things to see .
Situated alongside Huangpu River, the Bund once was the financial center of the Far East. It is considered the city’s symbol since the 1920s. Now there are still banks one beside another. The Bund is one of the most famous tourist destina¬tions in Shanghai. From 2008, a major reconfiguration of traffic flow along the Bund has been carried out. You can also enjoy the Bund from the opposite side of the Huangpu River, on the Pudong side.
Pudong has become an Economic Development Zone and has emerged as China’s financial and commercial hub. It is home to the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and a skyline that includes the symbolic Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) and soon-to-be-completed Shanghai Tower, which reflects Shanghai’s and China’s rapid economic development.
This complex is located in the center of the Old City with clas¬sical Chinese architecture. There is not only a lot of history in this little garden and temples, but also over a hundred stores and shops in this area, and most of these store buildings are nearly a century old. You can also get various delicious Chinese teas and traditional Shanghai deli-catessen here. Yuyuan Garden is, however, one of the most crowded places in Shanghai.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
This museum displays Shang¬hai’s urban planning and development. Exhibitions include models of planned and recent developments, as well as Shanghai’s history. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a huge scale model of the city of Shanghai, showing all existing and future buildings. The model is intended to represent the entire city, including all planned developments.