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Shanghai is a city of many firsts. Sample this; it is the largest city proper in the world, it is also the largest city in China by population (24 million), and it is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. Thus said, shanghai is one of the busiest cities in the world and thus getting around can be a nightmare for the first timer. Below are ways you can get around in the city.

Best ways to get around in Shanghai

Shanghai is a city of many firsts. Sample this; it is the largest city proper in the world, it is also the largest city in China by population (24 million), and it is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. Thus said, shanghai is one of the busiest cities in the world and thus getting around can be a nightmare for the first timer. Below are ways you can get around in the city.

1. Air

Travellers from China can use the domestic aircrafts to land at Shanghai Airport. Unfortunately, the city is not connected to the airport by rail. Taxis are your best option of leaving the airport. However, at the base fare of US$1.35 per kilometer, they are a very expensive means of getting around and you need to ditch them the moment you get to the city.

2. Car

If you are 'well-oiled', then this might be a good way to get around. If you are new to the city you will quickly learn that you need a local driver. Like in all world major cities, the drivers on the roads of Shanghai belong to the 'loonybin'.

3. Buses

Air-conditioned buses' fare averages at US$0.5 and thus a very cheap means of getting around. You need to be warned though that the roads are mostly ion a gridlock especially during the rush hours. If you are in a hurry, then you will probably be late for wherever you were travelling to.

4. Metro

Shanghai has an intricate metro subway infrastructure that can get you to almost any location. The base fare is US$0.35 and thus very cheap. Amazingly, someone thought top label the exits in Chinese and English and thus it is highly unlikely that you will get lost.

5. Rail

Shanghai boasts two rails that connect it to other parts of China. With different classes at different rates, tourists can travel in comfort depending on their budget.

If you are ever in Shanghai and never in a hurry, use the buses. That way, you will see most of the city. If in a hurry, then the metro subway is your best bet. If your budget allows, hire a car and a driver. To connect to other parts of China from Shanghai, the rails are the best. You will be able to see the scenic country\side as you move away from the city.

 

 

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