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Traffic Information

Shanghai has a convenient transportation network leading to other parts of the country. The railways, highways, ports and airports of Shanghai connect it with different countries and regions in the world, really becoming a tie and a bridge of friendship.


Shanghai is the only city in China with two civilian airports - Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. You can fly direct from Shanghai to many of the major cities in the world. It is most important to check your ticket to be sure from which airport your flight departs.

Pudong International Airport (PVG)
Pudong airport is the new and the bigger airport in Shanghai. It's an international hub, but also handles many domestic flights. The airport has only one terminal building, but a second is under construction and further expansion has also been planned.
Pudong airport is about 30 kilometers southeast of the downtown - about an hour by car to People's Square.

Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)
Hongqiao airport is the domestic hub for Shanghai, via which you can fly to most Chinese cities.
Although handling mainly domestic flights, Hongqiao functions as a standby airport for international flights, in case dense fog or other unexpected situations close Pudong airport. Hongqiao has two terminal buildings. Building B is a special terminal of China Eastern Airlines.
Hongqiao airport is about 10 kilometers west of the downtown. One of the airport's advantages is it is much closer to the city center than Pudong airport.

Railway & Metro

The Hu-Ning (between Shanghai and Nanjing) and the Hu - Hang (between Shanghai and Hangzhou) railways lead Shanghai to the other places of China. there are Shanghai station (locally called the new station), Shanghai west station in Shanghai (the former Zhen ru station) and Shanghai south station(the former New Long Hua station) among which Shanghai station to be the main station with 70 couples of trains coming from and going to the big and middle cities in China.

The Shanghai Metro rapid-transit system and elevated light rail has eight lines (lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9) at present and extends to every core urban district as well as neighbouring suburban districts such as Songjiang and Minhang. According to the development schedule of the municipal government, by the year 2010, another 4 lines (numbers 7, 10, 11 and 13) will be built, while extensions are also underway for lines 2, 6, 8, 9. It is one of the fastest-growing metro systems in the world - the first line opened in 1995, and as of 2009, the Shanghai Metro is the 11th busiest system worldwide.

Highway & Bus

The main highways in Shanghai are as follows:

The three national roads line 312 (from Shanghai to Yi ning, Xinjiang), line 318 (from Shanghai to Zhangmu, Tibet) and line 320 (from Shanghai to Ruili, Yunnan) lead to the western part of China. The national road 204 (Tongjiang, Hei Longjiang - Sanya, Hainan) which passing Shanghai goes through most of the beautiful cities along the coastline of eastern China.

The Hu-Ning (A11 road), Hu-Hang (A8 road), Hu-Jialiu (A12 road), Hu - Qingping (A9 road) connected the main cities around Shanghai.

Shanghai has the world's most extensive bus system with nearly one thousand bus lines, operated by numerous transportation companies. Not all of Shanghai's bus routes are numbered - some have names exclusively in Chinese. Bus fares are usually ¥1, ¥1.5 or ¥2, sometimes higher.


Located in the center of the north and south coast line of China, Shanghai is the biggest port city in China and the third largest port in the world. The steamers there are connected with more than 400 ports in the world. because of the speed, the steamer business is not quite brilliant with only some of them running like the steamer to Dalian, Shenyang at the interval of 4 days from the fair road dock while the other long distance shipping along the coastline have been stopped. There are scheduled steamers to near places like Nantong, Dinghai and Putuo at sixteenth Pu wharf. If you want to go to Zhoushan islands, you should first take a bus at sixteenth Pu and to Luchao port or gold mountain port to board a steamer. Travelers going to Chang Xing island and Hengsha island should board the steamer at Wusong dock. Make the boarding place clear before going to Chongming island. Besides, travelers who want to Inchon and Pusan in Korea or Osaka and Kobe in Japan would board the interdomestic steamer at the out rainbow wharf.

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