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In this town your concierge is your best friend, keep their di­rect num­ber on your mo­bile’s speed-dial The best times to visit weather-wise are Apr-may and late Sep to mid Nov. Jun is rainy, Jul and Aug roast, and Dec-mar are parky The cur­rency is Ren­minbi/yuan (RMB/¥). US$1 ≈ ¥6.1 If you stray from the guide, have your ho­tel write your des­ti­na­tions in Chi­nese for your driver/taxi Pudong air­port to town: 50 mins / RMB160-170 by cab, at least RMB230 af­ter 11pm, skip the queue by go­ing up a level to hail one from the 2/F; or take the su­per-fast Ma­glev (RMB50 one-way) to the end and change onto metro or cab (RMB60 into town) The metro is easy but taxis are eas­ier, cheap and plen­ti­ful, though dis­ap­pear in peak hour or rain Driv­ers don’t speak English and don’t need tip­ping Check the dash­board info card of your taxi, four stars is good. If your driver’s ID starts with ‘30’, he’s newly minted, and you’re en route to Ti­bet. Bon voy­age Lu is the generic term mean­ing road In Shang­hai stores the G/F is the 1/F Many smaller busi­nesses do not take credit cards The hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor has come a long way quickly, but ser­vice can be patchy even at top es­tab­lish­ments Tip­ping is not ex­pected, though some places add a ser­vice charge, or al­low it on your charge docket You will be pushed, shoved and el­bowed out of the way, sim­ply take a deep breath and smile po­litely Spit­ting is still a keen hobby here Try to take a tour of the at­mo­spheric but fast di­min­ish­ing old ar­eas be­fore it’s all too late (see Very Use­ful) The in­ter­na­tional code for Shang­hai is +86 21 IDD call 108; for the po­lice call 6357 6666 and for the am­bu­lance call 120

Th­ese Man­darin (Pu­tonghua) phrases will come in handy...

Nee how / Zai je-an : Shang-hi / Shang-bye Shyeah-shyeah : Thanks, Tiger Lily Wo Boo Yao : Hit the road, Jackie! Save the faux Rolexes for Tonya tourist and friends Lai, lai, lai! : Ex­cuse me, gar­lic breath, be­fore I anger and fling you so far, you land in the Ming Dy­nasty

...’kay let’s party

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