Cheap flights to Shanghai, China
Shanghai is the most populated city in the People’s Republic of China. It is situated right at the delta of Yangtze River. As one of the major trading hubs and attractive tourist destinations in China, Shanghai welcomes more than 300 million visitors every year. The city is served by two airports: Shanghai Pu Dong International Airport (PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
Flights to Shanghai Pu Dong International Airport (PVG)
Shanghai Pu Dong International Airport is the primary international airport in China. It mostly serves international flights to Shanghai and operates as the main hub for Air China, China Eastern Airlines, and Shanghai Airlines. It has two passenger terminals and operates four parallel runways.
The airport is located around 47 kilometres from the centre of Shanghai. The journey would take 45 minutes by road. Apart from taxis, you can opt for the maglev train, airport bus, or the Shanghai Metro Line 2 to get to the city centre. Alternatively, arrange an airport transfer through Skyscanner for a fuss-free ride.
Flights to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport handles most of the domestic and regional flights to Shanghai. Some of the international airlines that fly to the airport are All Nippon Airways, Cathay Dragon, and Korean Air.
The airport is only 19 kilometres away from the city centre and can be reached within 30 minutes by car. There are high-speed railways connecting the airport to other major cities in China.
Travelling to Shanghai
Best time to visit Shanghai
Shanghai has four seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered the best time to visit the city as the weather is pleasant – not too hot and not too cold.
In spring, there could be light rains, but it should not keep you from exploring the city. You will need to bring a coat to keep you warm, especially in March when the temperature ranges between 6 to 13 degree Celsius. The weather in autumn tends to be warmer and drier. The views of the autumn foliage is also another reason to visit Shanghai during this season.
Things to do in Shanghai
A major tourist destination in China, Shanghai is a metropolitan city with a full throttle on modernisation. However, in the midst of the modern sights, shopping malls, and nightlife scene, you can still find interesting historical spots.
Visit the Shanghai Museum which is home to more than 120,000 pieces of ancient relics. The ceramics, statues, and sculptures in this museum will offer you a glimpse of China’s rich history and culture. Also, step into the Jade Buddha Temple. Located in Anyuan Lu district, this Buddhist temple which was built in 1882 has amazing statues covered in jade. Don’t forget Longhua Temple. Known as the oldest temple in China, it is an important praying site for Buddhists in China. There are ancient manuscripts stored safely within a library in the temple, as well as 500 gold Buddha statues that will amaze you.
Shanghai travel budget
Shanghai uses the Yuan (CNY) as its currency. As of 25 April 2019, CNY100 = RM61.50.
Shanghai caters to budget backpackers to high-end travellers, so you’ll find a wide range of prices for food and accommodation. A comfortable daily budget for travellers would be RM250.
A budget meal will cost you around RM20 per person, while the price of a standard three-star hotel room in Shanghai starts from as low as RM100. Browse through the list of hotels in Shanghai to find one that meets your budget and preferences.
Shanghai, China visa information for Malaysians
Malaysian passport holders are required to apply for a visa before entering Mainland China, including Shanghai. There are two places where you can apply for this: the Chinese Visa Application Centre in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. It would take around 4 to 6 days for the visa to be issued. For a regular application, the cost for a single-entry visa would be around RM30 for a single entry. The price may be higher depending on the length of the visit and whether you need an expedited visa.
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Information is accurate as of 24 April 2019.
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