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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Cheap Flights to Shanghai Pudong

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Shanghai is the financial centre of China, and as such is well connected to the rest of the world. The city has two airports, the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). Most flights from Australia will be directed to the newer, and larger Pudong Airport. This excellent facility has foreign exchange, ATMs, information desks, a business centre, and mobile charging.

Around 40km away from the centre of town, the airport is directly linked to the downtown area via the incredibly fast Maglev train, the bus, the metro, or by taking a taxi. A journey in a taxi should cost about 150CNY ($31).

Operating carriers along this route are Air New Zealand, Air China, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, British Airways, Delta, AirAsia, Air Canada, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Emirates.

Why visit Shanghai?

The glittering city of Shanghai is frequently cited as China’s most cosmopolitan, and it’s easy to see why: with cuisine from all over the world, a mix of modern and colonial architecture, an old soul and a contemporary spirit, this is a city that draws people to it like moths to a shining flame.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shanghai is often dismissed for its historical attractions, but that is not fair. Shanghai has a wonderful range of sites for newly minted visitors to explore, not least of which is the Longhua Temple and Pagoda, built in the 10th century and set in a beautiful park adorned with peach blossom trees, or the gorgeous Yuyuan Garden, a Ming Dynasty garden cultivated over 400 years. There are also wonderful monasteries, like the Jade Buddha Monastery, which features intricately carved jade statues of both a seated and reclining Buddha.

Or for a look at the colonial imprint on Shanghai, head to the French Concession Region, and stroll through the atmospheric streets, and past old European buildings that now house contemporary boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

For a taste of that famed shopping scene in Shanghai, you need look no further than Nanjing Road. Likened to Fifth Avenue in New York or Oxford Street in London, this is the place to splash some cash on holiday. Then, when you’re done with your retail therapy, find your way to Yunnan Nan Lu, the city’s most famous food street, where Chinese cuisine is front and centre, and you will be spoiled for choice.

And when the sun starts to set, head to the Bund, a promenade on the bank of the Huangpu River, where the architecture tells a story of the city’s history, blending the modern with buildings after Baroque, Classical and even Gothic styles. In the evening the Bund lights up, and you can see these spectacular buildings reflected in the water below, and truly see why so many people rank Shanghai as their favourite city.

Best time to visit Shanghai

· The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are usually the most temperate times of year to visit Shanghai. Of the two seasons, the city’s autumn season (from September to October) is the drier and warmer of the two, with days swinging between 15-25°C.

· Summer is very hot, and sees a fair amount of humidity. Expect the days to hit the 30s frequently, and bring a waterproof, as July is the wettest month of the year.

· Winter in the city averages a chilly 2-3°C, but with Chinese New Year falling in this season, it is still a great time of year to go.

Arriving in Shanghai by plane

· There are direct flights from both Sydney (SYD) and Melbourne (MEL) out to Shanghai’s Pudong Airport.

Currency

· Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY).

Visa requirements

· If you hold an Australian passport, you will need to apply for a visa before travelling to China. Check the Chinese Embassy website, for more information, application forms, and instructions on how to apply.

 

Please note that information is correct as of June 2016

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