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9 Sep

Tanya ventures to Shanghai!

Flight Auckland to Shanghai fully booked in all classes, interesting to note on talking to a number of business travellers the flight was wide open a couple of weeks ago, suggesting last minute bookings. Arrival through customs and immigration easy, lines relatively light and no baggage searches! Tip for travellers - get an APEC card separate processing line - free flowing. Arrival hall wasn't busy, could have been time of day with no caos!

27 degrees at 7.30am, would recommend organising a transfer as our driver was waiting with a vehicle outside which you appreciate in the intense heat, Water and face wipes were provided and the air conditioning was fab. Note driving to city takes approximately 40 minutes or you can take the mag train travelleing at 430km per hour which takes 7 minutes and costs $50 CYT for economy and $100 for first class. If you produce a copy of your electronic ticket you can obtain a 20% discount. No washroom on train and facilities are limited as journey so short. ps: You risk your life by car!

Other interesting facts:-
International Airport 50kms from city.
International and Domestic airports separate, domestic only 15kms from city.
Great tube system which operates all over Shanghai, fast and efficient recommended by business traveller we met. Day passes are approximately $18 CYT.
Avoid travelling first week of May, first week of October as Chinese on holiday and more people than normal.
Rainy months, May and June.
Extremely hot July and August.
Recommended time to travel, March and April, Sep, Oct and Nov.

First impressions of city:-
Clean, orderly, nice green spaces and gardens, well dressed people.
Sky scrapers everywhere and city goes for miles and miles.
Humidity is high but cooler at night.
River divides the city with the Bund on one side and Pudong on the other.
City at night lights up providing a breathtaking view from one of the many outdoor terraces, restaurants and bars.

Hyatt on Bund

Located at the far end of the Bund across a bridge takes around 15mins to stroll into the Bund itself. Hotel, massive lobby with two separate accommodation towers. Central atrium with ground floor fitness centre, spa and gym taking an entire floor, best we have seen. Well appointed rooms with fantastic view of the river and city. Restaurants, private dining rooms and cocktail bar area well appointed. Vue bar on top of building with outside bar and jacuzzi spectacular with 360 degree views. Sorry boys no girls in bikinis although we have been told it happens!