Foreign visitors have to obtain a visa before entering Shanghai. You can apply for the visa in the Consulate of P. R. China in your country. Alternatively, you can obtain the visa through a travel agency. Special fast applications can be generally completed with 24 hours.
Health and Hygiene
Before entry and departure, all tourists have to fill in the Health Declaration Card. Upon entry, all tourists have to accept the body temperature scanning.
Currency in mainland China is RMB (Ren Min Bi), namely CNY. So is in Shanghai.
Bank: Shanghai Branch of Bank of China is located in Zhongyin Building, No. 200, Yincheng Middle Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. It has dozens of sub-branches. Foreign exchange service is provided in these branches.
Most banks in Shanghai open from Monday to Saturday.
Office Hours : 9:00 - 17:00, From Monday to Friday
9:00 - 13:00, Saturday
Postcode : 200000
Dialing Code : 0086-21
International long-distance telephone : Please dial 00 + country code + city code + telephone number
Telephone : Phone booth is easily found in the street. CNY 0.5 every three minutes and CNY 1 every five minutes at coin call.
Time Zone : GMT + 8
Voltage : 220 V, 50Hz alternating current
Tip : 0 - 15% in restaurants and hotels
Dining : Reservation is necessary. Make a reservation 24 hours beforehand when planning to dine in a well known restaurant. KFC, McDonald's, Yonghe Soybean Milk and Xinya Da Bao provide food delivery.
Toilet facilities : big shopping malls, fast food restaurants, subway station and main scenic spots have clean and sanitary toilets. Some have to be paid. The price is no more than CNY 1.
Fire : 119
Police : 110
Ambulance : 120
Useful Numbers :
Consumer Complaint: 12315
Tourists Complaint: 64393615
Telephone Trouble: 122Local Telephone Number and Long-distance City Code Inquiry: 114
International City Code Inquiry: 116
Weather Forecast: 121, 221
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Customer Service Center of Post Office: 185
Train Ticket Reservation: 63171880, 8008207890
Coach Ticket Reservation: 56630230
Hongqiao International Airport Consultation: 62688918
Pudong International Airport Consultation: 38484500