Shanghai is situated on the bank of the Yangtze River Delta, with East Sea in the east and Hangzhou delta in the south. Housing a population of over 16 million at present, it was once a small town supported by fishing and weaving before the first Opium War. Late in 1990, the central government started developing the area, and has since become the well-known booming metropolis city. Huangpu River, the biggest river in Shanghai, divides Shanghai in Puxi Area and Pudong Area.
The RMB (Renminbi) is the official currency. The basic unit of RMB is the yuan (¥), also known as "kuai," divided into 10 jiao, which is again divided into 10 fen. Yuan notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, and 100.
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The voltage is 220 volts. Most luxury hotels have built-in converters in bathrooms for shavers, hair dryers, etc. Otherwise, come equipped, because a wide variety of plug types are used.
Emergency Call Numbers
Fire Services 119
GMT + 8
The official language in China is Mandarin but distinct dialects are spoken throughout the country. Shanghainese speak Mandarin or Shanghaihua, however most tourist hotels have staff who are fluent in foreign languages.
Network accepted in Shanghai is China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.
Shops are usually open from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. everyday.
Commercial offices are open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.
Taxes are included in the price.
It is not a custom to tip and not necessary to do so. The service charge if any, should be indicated.