Entry Requirements: U.S. citizens need a valid passport and visa to enter China. Time: Shanghai is 12 hours ahead of U.S. eastern standard time. All of China tours China is in the same time zone. Security: Closely guard your wallet, purse, and other valuables. Watch for thieves and pickpockets.
Money: China’s currency is Renminbi (RMB or simply yuan for short). For current conversion rates go to OANDA Currency Converter. www.oanda.com/convert/classic Phone Calls: To make international calls, dial “00” to be connected to an international (English-speaking) operator. Within China, dial 11-digit mobile numbers directly. For local calls in Shanghai, just dial the 8-digit number Yangtze River cruises without the city code (21). For domestic long distance calls from Shanghai, dial the city code first.
When to Go:
Shanghai's climate is characterized by cold winters and humid, rainy summers, where temperatures can exceed 90°F (32°C) degrees. The best times to visit are spring and fall. Seafood lovers flock here during October and Shanghai tours November—peak of the hairy crab season.
Shanghai’s two airports, Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport, are both served by numerous international carriers and direct flights from Shanghai tours New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The city is at work to extend the metro to the airports; in the meantime, taxis are plentiful and inexpensive.