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Airport 
Hongqiao International Airport in western Shanghai, about 15 kilometers from the city center, handles all international flights. By taxi, the trip from the airport will take you about 30 min. to an hour.
The new Shanghai Pudong International Airport is about 1 hour taxi away from the downtown Puxi area. 

Visas 
Consult the Chinese embassy or consulate in your home country to arrange for a visa. A tourist visa is valid for 90 days but can be extended for 30 days. For business visa extensions, you'll need to bring your passport and registration of temporary residency from your hotel, plus a letter from the business that invited you, to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Division for Aliens at No.1500 Minsheng Road, Pudong District, (tel: 28951900) on weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.. 

Currency 
The RMB (Renminbi) is the official currency. The basic unit of RMB is the yuan ( also known as "kuai," divided into 10 jiao, which is again divided into 10 fen. Yuan notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, and 100. Now RMB value is seeing a rising trend against US dollar. In the second half of 2007, RMB's exchange rate is about 6.2 RMB/USD. 

Credit Cards 
Most major credit cards -- including American Express, Diner's Club, Federal Card, JCB, MasterCard and Visa -- are accepted at hotels and certain restaurants and shops. 

Tipping 
Tipping is generally not expected in mainland China. However in some high-class hotels & restaurants, tipping is expected by servants. 

Useful Numbers 
Police: 110 
Fire Department: 119 
Visa Card Hotline: 10-800-110-2911 
MasterCard Hotline: 10-800-11-0-7309 (only in certain provinces)

Electricity 
The voltage is 220 volts, 50 cycles. Most luxury hotels have built-in converters in bathrooms for shavers, hair dryers, etc. Otherwise, come equipped, because a wide variety of plug types are used. 

Health Risks
Pneumonia and influenza are common, although there is a limited risk -- according to the government -- of hepatitis A and B, typhoid, polio, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue fever, tetanus and rabies particularly in rural areas. In areas where dengue or malaria is found, use mosquito nets or bug spray and wear clothing that covers your entire body. Consider taking anti-malarial pills. 

Time Zone 
GMT + 8 hours, same as Singapore. The whole of China, including Hong Kong, is set to Beijing time. 
 

Banking Hours 
Banks: Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although all foreign banks have slightly different hours (Japanese banks tend to close at 4:30 p.m. and American ones at 6 p.m.). Half days are the rule on Saturdays. 

Climate 
Shanghai summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. The rainy season begins in June. Fall is mostly mild. In winter (January to February) temperatures can reach below freezing. Spring begins again in March. 

Clothing 
Shanghai was once famous for its stylishness, but has been overtaken by a more laid-back fashion sense over recent years. Recently, however, young executives are trying to recapture the bygone era, what with more disposable income and the arrival of brand-name fashion products. 
 
Metro
The Shanghai subway is one of the youngest in the world and is among the most rapidly expanding. After the first line opened in 1995 as a north-south axis from the downtown railway station to the southern suburb, other metro lines No. 2, No.3, No, 4 , etc. followed quickly several years later. Shanghai will have 11 Metro lines in 2010, totaling 400 kilometers, in which five lines, No. 4, 6, 7, 8 and 13, will have stops in the 5.28-square-kilometer World Expo site.
Major Exports 
Electrical machinery and equipment, machinery and mechanical appliances, woven apparel, knit apparel, footwear, toys and sporting goods 

Major Trading Partners 
Hong Kong, the United States, Japan, Germany, South Korea, the Russian Federation, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands 

Major Industries 
Manufacture of textiles, garments, footwear, toys, crude oil, household electrical appliances, sports goods, telecommunication equipment, pharmaceuticals, steel products, general metalwares and coal 


Geography 
China is the fourth largest country after Russia, Canada and the United States. It is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam. 
Land area: 9,326,410 sq. km. 
Shanghai occupies 6,200 sq. km. and lies in central-eastern China, facing the East China Sea. 

Population
China: 1.28 billion 
Shanghai: 13.4 million 

Ethnic Groups 
Han Chinese make up the majority of China's population (91.9%). Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities make up only 8.1%. 

Language 
The official language in China is Mandarin but distinct dialects are spoken throughout the country. Shanghainese speak Mandarin or Shanghaihua, however most tourist hotels have staff who are fluent in foreign languages. 

Religion 
China is officially atheist, but traditionally pragmatic and eclectic. Some 2% to 3% of the population practice Daoism (Taoism), Buddhism and Islam. An estimated 1% are Christians.

Major Holidays
In China, there are three most important holidays: May Holiday (May 1 to May 7), National Holiday (October 1 to October 7), and Spring Festival (Date varies, but normally be late Jan or early Feb, and lasting for 7 days).
The public holiday is actually only 3 days for each of the three holidays, but the common practice is for people to work the weekend before the one week holiday so that they can enjoy a week long holiday in the week of the May/National/Spring Festival Holiday. Spring Festival falls on the 1st day of the first month to the Lunar calendar.

New Years Day
Besides the 9 days, the New Year's Day is also public holiday - one day off.

Others

There are other public holidays but only for some people.
March 8th is international women's day. All women take half day off (afternoon).
May 4th is the Youth Day, and young people (middle school) take half day off.
June 1st is the International Children's Day. Chidren take 1 day off.

Carrefour in Shanghai
Gubei Branch
Add: 268 Shuicheng Nan Lu (水城南路268号)
Tel: 6209 8899
Humin Branch (In Southern Friendship Store)
Add: 7388 Humin Lu (沪闵路7388号)
Tel: 3412 4688
Jinqiao Branch
Add: 279 Biyun Lu, Jinqiao (金桥碧云路279号)
Tel: 5899 1899
Quyang Branch
Add: 560 Quyang Lu (曲阳路560号)
Tel: 6555 8078
Wuning Branch
Add: 20 Wuning Branch (武宁路20号)
Tel: 6227 7788
Changshou Branch
Add: 834 Changshou Lu (长寿路834号)
Tel: 6231 7788

 

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