In addition for anyone interested, you can find more details, pictures & several short videos on our travel blog: travelpod.com/travel-blog/mjoeroy/2/tpod.html The Shanghai part of our trip starts at entry #13 on the blog. I apologize in advance, some of the info on the blog & on this TR overlaps. But I'm putting a shorter version here so that if future travelers do a search for certain things on the forum they can find answers here.
A few or our observations:
- We were there for 6 full days but we felt we barely scratched the surface of what is to see/do in Shanghai. Same in Beijing.
- The Subway is very clean, easy to use, & only 3-4rmb (about $0.45-$0.60) depending where you are going. Instructions are in Chinese & English. Orient yourself the same way you do in any other cities. Find what the last stop is on the line your destination is. That's the train you want.
- Taxis are cheap & really easy to find in Shanghai. Maybe I was just lucky. Beijing was a whole different story. Drivers drive crazy here even more so than in Beijing but I never saw any accident.
- There are no Laundromat in Shanghai. Laundry service are outrageously expensive. If doing your laundry is important to you & you don't want to pay a fortune plan to stay at a service apartment that has a washing machine. I hear some Hostels have them too. Not sure which though. I guess you can also bring some soap & use the sink in your room.
-I haven't gone to all shopping areas in either Beijing or Shanghai but, from my experience, the shopping was better in Shanghai than in Beijing.
- Shanghai is like New York on steroids. High rises & high prices (food & drinks) but also lots of excitement.