- Jun 19, 2014
- AFL Club
- St Kilda
Sorry, I should have said. I pre-booked my tickets before I left but did all the other travel arrangements myself and didn't have any need for the other sightseeing things that the organised tours were offering. If you are a confident traveller you can get around with little difficulty. The Metro ticket machines have English and Chinese options. The taxis, in general are good. Keep clear of the old red ones or if the driver wants to quote a price rather than use the meter. Most wont speak English so you need the address in Chinese to show them. Either from your guide book or the internet. The hotel will help you get a cab and tell the driver where you want to go but you'll need to have the address of the next place if you need to hail one yourself ... or use the Metro!!! Apple maps works really well and Google maps does bot work at all. Nothing Google works. I usually get a local sim (so my wife and I can go our separate ways but keep in contact to meet up when we are ready). We get the sims from China Unicom and a plan with 500 mins talk, 80 SMS messages and 3GB of data cost about A$20. The plans are always changing and they have lots of stores in downtown Shanghai and I always found at least one member of staff who speaks enough English to get the job done.Thanks for this.
Question for you, would you recommend going next year for others, like me, that are contemplating it? I was really close to pulling the trigger but had a late family commitment that stopped me (obviously I'm glad I didn't now...).
Any tips I should know about? Is it just a matter of booking a ticket to Shanghai and rocking up and getting a ticket at the ground or are there things I should know about in advance?
Would really appreciate a rundown if you have time as it will influence whether or not I go next year (and I'm sure there are others in the same boat as me that would like to know as well).