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Currency & Banks
Currency in mainland China is RMB (Ren Min Bi), also referred to as CNY.Tourists are able to exchange currencies at any bank in Shanghai if they present their passport and fill out all relevant forms. Exchange rates may vary. Currency exchange is also available at the Front Desk for select major currencies. Many establishments accept major International credit cards but it's always recommended to carry cash for use with taxis and local restaurants.

Language
The language used in Shanghai is mainly Mandarin (Chinese), but Shanghai Dialect is widely used among locals. Hotel waiters and most waiters at Western restaurants speak basic English. For those without Chinese speaking ability, a translation or Chinese dictionary smartphone app would prove useful in everyday life in the city.

Weather
Shanghai's weather changes vastly according to season as it features a wet spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter. The hottest period is July and August and coldest period is from late January to early February. The best time to visit Shanghai is autumn and spring (May, September, October and November) when the temperature is mild and moderate.

Transportation
Standing tall as an International metropolis, Shanghai is one of China’s main travel hub which boasts one of the best transportation systems in Asia. It is easy to access to every corner of the city via bus, metro or taxi. There are two International airports in Shanghai (Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao Airport), which accommodate hundreds of air routes to all major cities in China and a host of International cities. Shanghai Port, the largest seaport in China, connected with over 100 ports globally. Numerous highways and railway stations offer transportation via car and high-speed train respectively.

Power Supply
Power outlets in China are generally 220v with a 3-prong standard and a 2-prong standard. It's recommended you bring a portable electrical adapter while in the country. Contact our Front Desk if you'd like to borrow one during your stay.
 
Passport & Visa requirements
A passport is required for all visitors to China. Acquiring a visa before you arrive in China is required. Check with your embassy for specific requirements on how to apply for a Chinese visa before you land. Recently the government has allowed in-transit customers to apply for a visa upon landing at certain airports. See if you qualify for this special visa by clicking here. Hong Kong and Taiwan residents can use their special China Return Entry Visa card to enter the country.
Useful Numbers
Fire: 119
Police: 110
Ambulance: 120
Local Telephone Number and Long-distance City Code Inquiry: 114
Weather Forecast: 12121
Train Ticket Reservation: 63171880, 8008207890
Hongqiao International Airport Consultation: 62688918
Pudong International Airport Consultation: 38484500