The Shanghai Pudong International Airport is the main international airport serving Shanghai, and one of the major aviation hubs for Asia. Located about 30km east of the city centre of Shanghai, the airport occupies a 40-square kilometre site adjacent to the coastline in Eastern Pudong, a region in China. The airport is the 20th busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and is the third world's busiest in terms of cargo traffic. It is also the busiest international hub in Mainland China, ranking 22nd in terms of international traffic, owing to the fact that half of its total passenger count is international.
Open 24 hours a day, the airport has two main terminals with plans of adding another passenger terminal by 2015, in addition to a satellite terminal and two additional runways. Currently, the capacity of the airport stands at the whooping 60 million level, and the addition will raise the bar even higher to 80 million, along with six million tonnes of freight. The airport replaced the Hongqiao International Airport as the primary airport of Shanghai, which was caused by the halted expansion of the Hongqiao as a result of the growing surrounding urban community in the area. Construction of Shanghai Pudong International Airport began in 1997, and was officially opened in 1999 with only one runway. The airport is managed and operated by the Shanghai Airport Authority.
What to see & do
With just its name, Shanghai rings a bell to all the world's nations; the city being a superpower of the Red Dragon. Shanghai captures so much history, indulgence, glamour, mystique, and exotic promise all at the same time – encapsulated within a sprawling metropolitan which is almost at par with Beijing. The city holds at least 23 million people – with nine million migrants, and is the largest and most developed metropolis in mainland China. It is the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East in 1930, and in the past 20 years, it has enchanted tourists from all around the world. And while the city oozes with modernity and power, it never forgets its tradition, like all the other cities in China.
Shanghai Tower – The Shanghai Tower is China's tallest building which dramatically twists skywards from Lujiazul. The 121-storey 632-metre tall Gensler-designed Shanghai tower is one of China's pride, housing office space, entertainment venues, retail outlets, a conference centre, a luxury hotel, and 'sky lobbies'. At the time, it is the second tallest building in the world, next to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and right before the Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel in Makkah.
Jade Buddha Temple – One of Shanghai's few active Buddhist monasteries, the Jade Buddha temple was built in 1918 and 1928, with a transcendent Buddha crafted from pure jade as its centrepiece. The Buddha statue is a marvel on its own, but the temple is another thing – withstanding the test of time with its red lanterns and roofs designed as ancient as time can tell.
M50 – Shanghai's art scene differs from Beijing's dominating one – as the M50 says so. Shanghai's swanky gallery street features modern art, although most of them mass-produced commercial prints. Travellers may find and get luck with some challenging and innovative galleries, most of them in the space of converted warehouses. The ShanghART is the most established gallery here, with a big, dramatic space to show the work of some of the 40 artists it represents.
Food in Shanghai – The Shanghai food scene is superb as ever. A mix of traditional Chinese cuisine and influences from European countries and other Asian countries, travellers can get to know contemporary Shanghai through trips in the area. Get some authentic roasted duck, broccoli beef, and sweet and sour fish here, and taste the terrific dim sum treats.
How to get around within Shanghai
The main and efficient way to get around the city is through the metro, with its extensive network of rails. The bus network is also reliable and is relatively cheaper than the metro, and taxis are good if travelling during off-peak hours. Sightseeing buses are also good for travellers, while walking and biking is great in the older parts of the city. Scooters, e-bikes, sidecars, and cars can also be rented to go around the city – but make sure to know where to get them and how much the price will be.
How to get there
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