Shanghai Pudong International Airport is the primary international airport that serves Shanghai, China, and is a major aviation hub for Asia. It is situated approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of the city centre and occupies a 40-square-kilometre (9,900-acre) site adjacent to the coastline in eastern Pudong. It is operated by Shanghai Airport Authority and is the main hub for China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, a major international hub for Air China, a hub for privately owned Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines, and an Asian-Pacific cargo hub for UPS and DHL, the latter said to be the biggest express hub in Asia. As of 2011, the airport hosted 87 airlines serving 194 destinations. It is the busiest international hub in mainland China, while Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport mainly serves domestic flights.
Where to go
Beijing is the capital of China and is the second-largest city after Shanghai in terms of population, having 21.5 million people inhabitants. It is the political, educational, and cultural centre of the country. As such, Beijing is home to several of China’s most important historical and cultural landmarks. One of them is Tiananmen Square in Dongcheng District, located at the city centre. It is the largest public square in the world. There are also the National Stadium, also known as "Bird's Nest" – a lasting symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games; the medieval city’s Ming Dynasty City Wall Site Park, the only remains of the city wall, in Chongwen District; the Drum and Bell Towers in Dongcheng District; Qianmen in Chongwen District; the Forbidden City, Beijing’s most important palace, which served as home to the Imperial Court during the Ming and Qing Dynasties; the Palace Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the National Museum; Military Museum; Capital Museum; and art districts like Dashanzi Art District in Chaoyang District, Caochangdi in Chaoyang District, Dashilar near Qianmen, and Songzhuan Artist's Village in Tongzhou District.
Manila, Philippines is roughly around four hours away from Shanghai by plane. Manila is the nation’s capital and is also the centre of education, business, and transportation. Tourists will find themselves enthralled equally by the sights and the culture that is unique to this city. The best place to start is along Manila Bay, where most of the main attractions are located. See the city’s famous sunset along the Baywalk; wander around Chinatown, one of the largest in the world; Coconut Palace, commissioned and built along the waterfront by former first lady Imelda Marcos for Pope John Paul II's visit in 1981; Intramuros, the ‘walled city’, where the remnants of the old walled Spanish settlement of Manila still stand; the beautiful and historic Manila Hotel; and museums like National Museum of the Filipino People and the Ayala Museum (in nearby Makati City), Bahay Chinoy (Chinese House), Casa Manila, San Agustin Museum the Museum of Filipino Political History, and the "Museo Pambata" – a children's museum.
The city of Seattle in Washington, USA is around eight hours away from Shanghai by plane. It is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. It is situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington in King County. Its nickname, The Emerald City, is aptly given to it, with its abundant evergreen trees, with views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west. Perhaps one of the best ways to explore Seattle is to sign up on tours like Taste Seattle Food Tours, known as one of the most fun, unique, not to mention, delicious, ways to experience the city. Some of its landmarks include Pike Place Market, the largest tourist area in Seattle and is the oldest continually operating farmers' market in the United States; the city’s most iconic landmark, the Space Needle, which is open all-year round; visit museums such as the renowned Seattle Art Museum downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum in Central District, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Chinatown/International District, and the nearby Frye Art Museum.
How to get out
Some of the passenger airlines that operate at Shanghai Pudong International Airport include Aeroflot, AirAsia X, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air Koryo, Air Macau, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Dragonair, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Transasia Airways, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic, with flights to London, Taipei, Manila, Singapore, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Zurich, Doha, Sydney, Copenhagen, Tehran, Seoul, Hong Kong, and many more.