On this page, you will find the information you need to easily make your way through Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to your destination.
Arrival and departure terminal maps and other information for navigating through Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Flights operated by ANA group will arrive at Terminal 1.
Please present your passport and Immigration card.
Business Class travelers are eligible for Fast Track Security Screening. Look for F-Class, C-Class or VIP signs.
Please use the shuttle bus or subway line 10.
Subway Line 10
On December 19th, 2019 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.
Generally no visa is required for Japanese visitors staying 15 days or less. A visa is required to stay longer than 15 days or if traveling for special purposes. Note that the type of visa varies with the travel purpose. For tourism, obtain a thirty-day tourist visa (L visa).
Your passport should be valid for at least six months. It should also have at least two unused visa pages.
When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into China.
These cards are on a single form, but are often found separated into halves.
The scope of tax exemption is up to the equivalent of 400 cigarettes of smoking tobacco and an external device worth up to 5,000 yuan.
Japan is 1 hour ahead of Shanghai.
Possessing land that is approximately 25 times the size of japan. Shanghai is located in a more central latitude in China (roughly the same as Kagoshima), but please note that it is relatively cold in winter.
Temperatures in Shanghai and Tokyo
Precipitation in Shanghai and Tokyo
The unit of currency is the Renminyuan (人民元), and is referred to as yuan in Chinese or simply kuai in spoken language. The abbreviation RMB comes from the word Renminbi, which is the same as Renminyuan. The fractional currency units are the jiao (jiao, or mao in spoken language) and the fen. However, the fen is rarely used these days. 1 yuan is 10 jiao, 100 fen, approx. JPY15.36 (as of December 5, 2019). There are 24 denominations of old and new banknotes as well as 10 denominations of coins are in circulation.Primarily distributed banknote denominations are 1 CNY, 10 CNY, 20 CNY, and 100 CNY. 1 CNY coins are also distributed.
Most of the banknotes in distribution are part of a series with Mao Zedong on all notes. From November 2015, new 100-yuan notes printed with forgery prevention technology were issued. The coins in distribution are mostly 1 yuan, 5 jiao, and 1 jiao coins, but these are less common than in the south.
In China, although taxes (service tax, city maintenance and construction tax, etc.) may be charged when lodging at hotels (not uniform rates). Under the value-added tax (VAT) refund system, you can receive a refund on the VAT when leaving China for purchases of 500 yuan or more at designated stores if you complete the required procedure.
Tipping is generally not required as there is no custom for tipping in China.（When receiving assistance from a porter, tip about 10 yuan） Service charges are added onto lodging fees at many middle and high class hotels, and tipping is unnecessary in those cases.
Voltage in China is 220V with a cycle of 50Hz. For this reason, using electronic products from Japan often requires the use of a transformer. There are roughly 7 types of plugs used locally, with type B, C and O being the most common. Transformers and converter plugs can be purchased in Japan at stores selling travel goods as well as large electronic stores, or internet stores selling travel goods.
A multi-nation converter plug is convenient
When purchasing video software such as DVD, BD or VCD, take note of both the broadcasting system and the region code. The broadcasting system in Japan is NTSC and China is PAL. To play PAL in Japan, a PAL compatible VCR, video player and TV, or a video player that can convert PAL into NTSC is required (BD is compatible with both). The DVD region code for China is 6 and Japan is 2, and the BD code for China is C and Japan is A (does not apply to VHS and VCD). Although the code for the video software and video player must match in order to be played, it can still be played if either is all-region compatible.
The color of the postal service in China is dark green, so the mailboxes are in dark green, not red. For airmails to Japan, postcards are 5 yuan and sealed letters are 6 yuan (up to 20g) and above.
When calling (03) 1234-5678 or (090) 1234-5678:
China's national holidays are a combination of the western calendar and the lunar calendar (Chinese calendar), and it should be noted that they include movable holidays that are observed on different dates each year. There are also national holidays and memorial days that fall on specific dates. Additionally, China is a multiethnic nation and there are unique festivals for each ethnic group that are not official holidays but many of which are very interesting to see.
The official language of China is Standard Chinese, a language that was created based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin which is spoken by China's most dominant majority ethnic group, the Han race. Different ethnic groups have their own official languages. Additionally, even Mandarin which is spoken by multiple ethnic groups is divided into the Northern dialect, Wu (around Shanghai), Min, Yue and Hakka dialects as a result of the large territory of China. Each of these dialects differs so greatly that speakers of differing dialects cannot converse with each other. English is often not understood on the streets.
Shops and restaurants may differ in hours, but holidays and business hours for public institutions are also not regulated. Below are general guidelines for business hours.
9:00 to 12:00, 13:30 to 17:00.Closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
10:00 to 20:00. Open everyday.
11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00. Many stores are closed during Spring Festival.
The legal age to obtain a driver's license in China is 18. The law does not restrict the age for drinking and smoking. As of now, there are no rental car systems that can be easily used by travelers.
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