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Student guide (mar 2012)

  1. 1. The Canadian Student Guide to ShanghaiThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai • La Chambre de commerce canadienne à Shanghai • 上海加拿大商会
  2. 2. WELCOME TO SHANGHAI! Created by Canadians living and working in this great city, Our objective has been to provide you with Canadian favourites. Every listing in this book comes personally recommended by at least one of us. It’s the best of Shanghai as we know and live it. Of course, in a city changing this fast, there are new gems to discover every day. The best of Shanghai often reveals itself just when you think you’ve had it with the traffic, the heat, or crowding. Be ready for these moments!2
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS GETTING AROUND 4 MONEY 10 MAPS 5 CAREER 11 HOUSING 5 LINKS 11 SHOPPING 5 GOVERNMENT STUFF 11 FOOD 6 VISAS 11 PHONES 8 USEFUL NUMBERS 12 HEALTH 8 GET INVOLVED 12 SIGHTS 9 CONTACT US 12 LEARNING CHINESE 10CONTRIBUTORSAriane Lelarge Emiroglou • Ashleigh Au • Breck Denny • Genevieve PépinMalik Yusuf • Kim-Tien Huynh • Sarah Cheng • Timothy Singh • Victoria Yan 3
  4. 4. are ~ 6 am-11 pm . Shorter lines usually close earli- 10 km and 3.2 RMB/km after 10 km. GETTING AROUND est. 3-6 RMB each way, depending on distance. Nighttime Fees (11 pm-5 am): 18 RMB for first 3 km, additional 3.1 RMB/km within 10 km and 4.1 RMB/Riding the metro in Tickets can be purchased at English-language km after 10 km.Shanghai is not for cry vending machines inside stations.babies or claustropho- Bikingbics. Be sure to assert Buses A fun and inter-yourself like the locals, One of the best and cheapest ways to explore the esting way to seeif you’re not careful you city. 2 RMB each way. the city.could be carried off bythe amorphous hoard of Bus routes in english: If another vehiclecommuters. is bigger or faster than yours, al-The metro is also very Find the best bus route by starting point and des- ways yield to it.reasonably priced at 4 tination (Chinese) : Pedestrians willRMB for most rides; it sure beats taxis which start not expect you toat 14 RMB. However, even if you’re riding in a taxi stop for sure to keep your transit card on you, you can In China, there are approximatelyuse it to pay for taxis as well. Taxis 200 road accident fatalities per day . Shanghai’s taxis are relatively cheap. Available cars Buy: Get oneA great app for smart phone users is Smart Shang- have their roof light on. Flag one down by holding from Carrefour for ~ 300 RMB. Consider buying ahai, it has most popular destinations and a feature your arm out into the street with your palm fac- cheaper and less attractive bike as bike theft is athat translates the addresses into Chinese charac- ing down. Give the driver the intersection of your very, very, very common occurrence in Shanghai.ters (useful before you’re fluent in Mandarin). destination as well as the address. Most drivers are willing to call restaurants, hotels, etc. to ask direc- Rent: China Cycle Tours can pick up and drop offShanghai Public Transportation Card //Jiaotong- tions if you provide the phone number. Tips are bikes at your place, 80 RMB+ / day, depending onka //上海公共交通卡 not expected. Always the quality of the bicycle.Bypass long metro ticket line-ups and avoid take your receipt, as +86 1376 111 5050change in buses and taxis with this swipe card. any disputes or lost at metro station service counters /con- items cannot be re- Fun Fact aspvenience stores /newsstands / banks. 20RMB de- ported to head office A mall in China featuresposit + desired credit. without it. extra wide parking spaces Note: for women who have a “dif- Do not assume that the traffic rules you are used toThe Shanghai Metro Daytime Fees: 14 RMB ferent sense of distance”. back home apply here as well. For example, relyingThe most efficient way to get around Shanghai. for first 3 km, addition- on traffic signals to tell you when it’s safe to crossDifferent hours for each station but general hours al 2.4 RMB/km within the street will probably get you hurt. As someone4
  5. 5. once said, “don’t trust the little green man!”. 475 CAD. GENERAL INFO Shops are generally open from 10 am to 10 pm. MAPS Paying the bills Most bills such as the water, electricity and inter- BARGAININGGoogle Maps net bill can be paid at the local convenience stores When bargaining, start at 25-30% of the askingFind out how to walk/drive/bus/subway to your such as Lawson’s or Kedi. Remember to keep your price in the markets especially the more touristydestination. Recognizes addresses in pinyin. bills just in case there are disputes with the land- ones. The best times to bargain is during lord when you leave. times such as weekday afternoons. (a.k.a. Chinese e-bay) is a goodBaidu Maps place to see how much you got ripped off an itemPretty much a Chinese version of Google maps. would cost.Not as flexible as Google maps when it comes torecognizing addresses in pinyin. Good for finding BOOKS & MAGAZINESbus routes by inputting starting point and desti-nation. Bicycle bootleg Usually found in expat heavy areas during lunch- time and the evenings, these vendors sell EnglishExplore Shanghai Metro Map bestsellers from the back of bicycles.Not only does this website outline Shanghai’s met- 10 RMB for thin books, 15 RMB for medium books,ro lines, it can also tell the suggested route and 25 RMB + for thick bookstime between any 2 stations. Also useful, is the Remember to choose your roommates wiselysite’s “Metropedia” which gives you informationabout every line and SHOPPING If you want it, you got it, go get it, custom fit at a 1/5 of the price. In Shanghai, everything is ne- HOUSING gotiable, never accept the first offer. On your first time out, try to go with someone who has beenWhether you want to a roommate, a studio, or a there before so you can see how bargaining works.penthouse, Shanghai has a clean and affordable You’ll be glad you did and when your suitcase is(relatively) place for you. A good place to start overflowing, just hit the fake market where Sam-your search is, a great sonite knockoffs go for 100 RMB.resource for all things Shanghai. A shared apart- Fuzhou Lument in downtown puxi costs about 3000 RMB or Street filled with bookstores. Also great for statio- 5
  6. 6. nery addicts. Book City, which is one of the biggest Liu Jia Bang Fabric Market the quality.bookstores in Shanghai is located on this street. Shanghai’s largest and busiest tailoring destina-456 Fuzhou Lu,福州路465号 tion where you can replicate the suits and dresses Science & Technology Underground market celebrities are wearing at a fraction of the price. One stop shop for almost anything including sou-Shanghai Foreign Language Book Store We recommend visiting on a weekday, as week- venirs, scarves, fake everything and small house-A large bookstore on Fuzhou Lu that provides a ends are packed with tourists and prices often rise wares. Be prepared to bargain hard.large selection of English language books. accordingly. Line 2 – Shanghai Museum of Science & Technology390 Fuzhou Lu, 黄浦区福州路390号 // Line 1 – Peo- 399 Lujiabang Lu, 黄浦区 陆家浜路399号 // Line 4 – // 10 pm-7 pm.ple’s Square // 10 pm-6 pm // 6322 - 3200. Nanpu Bridge // 10 am-6 pm // Suits 500 RMB, Shirts 90 RMB, Dresses 400 RMB. ELECTRONICS TAILORMADE CLOTHES Shiliupu Road Fabric Market Metro City A slightly less touristy al- This place has those hard to find batteries you’ve ternative to the Lujiabang been looking for. All kinds of electronics and elec- Road fabric market. Con- tronic repair shops. veniently located near Yu 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu, 肇嘉浜路1111号 Gardens and the Bund. Stall 美罗城// 6426-8888 // 234 has an excellent repu- tation for quality cashmere Xinguang Photography Equipment Center coats made to order within The first two floors sell the big brand names, the a week or so. other floors are good for second hand cameras. 168 Dongmen Lu, 黄浦区 288 Luban Lu 鲁班路288号// 5301-9836. 东门路168号 // 10 am-6 pm // ~400-450 RMB for a midlength jacket.It’s not your imagination. Clothing sizes really aresmaller here. But you can no worries because you CLOTHES FOODcan have clothes custom tailored for a reasonable North American sized clothes & shoes can be If you’ve heard anything about the food in Chinaprice in Shanghai. found in places such as Marks & Spencer’s located you’ve heard it’s great. There are a wide variety of at the Nanjing Xi Lu metro station. exciting flavors and textures to try. Shanghai offersShanghai’s custom tailors work best when they its own unique dish – xiaolongbao or soup dump-have an original garment (or, at the very least, a “AUTHENTIC” GOODS lings, a must have and great way to become morephoto) to work from. You may have to make two or dexterous with your kuazi (chopsticks). But, if youmore trips for fittings. DVDs start to miss your poutine, hold on to your tuque One of the greatest perks of living in Shanghai are because Shanghai’s got all the bases covered. Oh, the DVD stalls/stores scattered throughout the did I mention it’s cheap? city. Prices range from 5-15 RMB depending on6
  7. 7. Carrefour: food/ City Shop: To find many of the edible goods you may find at home, City Shop may have what you are looking Warning: for but expect to pay a little bit more. They even Beware of the “la have Reese’s Pieces and Smarties! du zis”so eat at your own risk. Fun Fact Avacado Lady China invented You won’t find fortune cookies in China. In fact, fortune The go to place for reasonably priced expat favou- toilet paper. cookies were invented in the US. rites such as avacados, fresh herbs and CHEESE! 274 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (near Wuyuan lu) // Line 7 – GENERAL INFO Changshu Lu // 10 am-6 pm // 6437-7262.• Most restaurants are generally open until 10 pm or later. SOME CANADIAN &• Tipping is not expected in China. CANADIAN OWNED RESTAURANTS GROCERIES Big BambooIf you are looking for a wide range of groceries Canadian-owned sports bar with 3 locations. Goodincluding imported products check out Carrefour, happy hour deals. They also have poutine on theirCity Shop, Metro or Tesco. Of these stores, Carre- menu.four is probably the most convenient as there are 123 Nanyang Lu, 南阳路123号 // 6256- 2265 STREET FOODmany locations and it sells almost anything from Wherever you go in Shanghai you will come acrossfood, electric bikes, kitchenware, personal care various street food vendors offering a large vari-products, etc… It’s a bit like the Chinese version Osteria ety of food for really low prices (usually under 10of Superstore . Italian restaurant. Best bloody Caesars and raw RMB). oysters in town. Great lunch and brunch deals.For fresh fruits and vegetables, the wet markets 226 Jinxian Lu, 进贤路226号//6256-8998 For more info:scattered about Shanghai are also an affordable for students. Locals recommend going food-breakfast-11738.htmlearlier to take advantage of a better selection and DELIVERYoccasionally even lower prices. street-education-018509 McDonald’s 7
  8. 8. One of the perks of living in Shanghai is that Mc- in China Mobile or China Unicom shops. local hospitals it is a good idea to bring a transla-donald’s delivers 24 hours! English service is avail- tor. That said, some local hospitals have VIP/for-able. To order : 4008-517-517. For making calls within China, instead of purchas- eigner clinics which take appointments. ing a phone plan, many people purchase prepaid cards. These cards are also available at most con- Local Hospitals venience stores or newstands. Ruijin Hospital 197 Ruijin Er Rd. Skype Tel : 6466-4483 It’s possible to make callls from your computer as well. Check out: Huadong Hospital Your new best friend 221 Yan An Xi Lu Foreigners Section, 2nd floor Sherpa’s Tel : 6248-3180 ext. 3106Sherpa’s is also a popular delivery service that de-livers from many of Shanghai’s favourite restau- HEALTH Huashan Hospitalrants // 6209-6209 // HEALTHCARE 13/F, Foreigners Guests Building Good healthcare is available in Shanghai but bear 12 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu MORE INFO in mind that it may be a bit more expensive, espe- Tel : 6248-9999For restaurant listings and reviews check out: cially if you opt for the hospitals geared towards expats. Expat For more information on healthcare in Shanghai: Shanghai East International Medical Centerrestaurants 551 South Pudong Lu Tel: system-china.htm Shanghai United Family Hospital Tel: 6291-1635 PHONES patientserv/0/0/134.html archives/20070123_living_cost_in_shanghai_-_ CELL PHONES medicine.htmSIM cards can be pur- Fun Fact Parkway Healthchased from news- There are over 800 million Tel: 6445-5999stands, stalls in the cell phone subscribers today www.parkwayhealth.cnsubway stations, in China alone. Local Hostpitalsselect convenience More affordable but you must speak Chinese and EMERGENCIESstores and of course expect long waits. In order to have access to the For emergencies you may want to keep with you8
  9. 9. the address of a well established hospital such as Line 2 – East Nanjing Road.Shanghai East International Hospital or Shanghai For listings of sports clubs and teams check out People’s Square • Renmin Guang ChangUnited Family Hospital so that you can show the Cityweekend’s or That’s Shanghai’s driver. Do not bother calling an ambulancebecause a taxi driver can get you to the hospital MENTAL HEALTHfaster. LifeLine ShanghaiFor more information on dealing with emergen- Anonymous telephone hotline for english-speak-cies in Shanghai check out: ers who need confidential www.lifelineshanghai.comdling-medical-emergency-shanghai-972.html SIMHA: Shanghai International Mental Health As-Show Me the Money sociation SIMHA’s website provides a listing of therapists who provide mental health services to the interna- Fun Fact tional communities in Shanghai. People’s Square and the adjacent People’s Park In 2007 Yunnan First People’s Provincial Hospital opened is home to the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art China’s 1st drunk tank for foreigners. Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, with anHospitals will probably not treat you unless you SIGHTS enormous underground shopping mall below. Metro: Lines 1, 2, and 8 – People’s payment first. If you don’t have wads of cash The Bund • Wai Tanwith you, word has it that showing a credit card A newly-expanded pedestrian promenade alongcan sometimes (emphasis on ‘sometimes’) suffice. the bank of the HuangPu River, featuring European Fun Fact architecture from the early 20th century. Home to FITNESS China’s currently has a significant gender imbalance in some of Shanghai’s most glamorous restaurants,Cheap transportation and deliciously affordable which here are currently 32 million more boys than girls bars, and shopping.Chinese food prob- in China. Check out People’s Park on Sundays where Line 2 – East Nanjing Road. Nanjing Road East Pedes-ably won’t give you parents meet in the hopes of hooking up their single trian Street.a six-pack or help fit into your cus- Nanjing Road East Pedestrian Street • Nanjingtom made dress but Dong Lu Bu Xing Jie Yu Gardens • Yuyuanno worries because Shanghai’s shopping landmark stretching from Xi- A classical Chinese garden made up of six scenicShanghai’s sports zang Road to Henan Road, past numerous depart- areas, as well as shopping streets with some of theclubs are varied and ment stores and international chains. Lights up city’s most affordable souvenirs – but be preparedactive. with enormous neon signs at night. to bargain hard! 9
  10. 10. Anren Jie 137, 黄浦区 安仁街137号 // Line 2 – East alleyways is home to galleries, boutiques, cafés Fudan.Nanjing Road (plus 5-minute taxi ride or 20-minute and restaurants.walk south) // 8:30 am-5 pm, shopping street open Taikang Lu, 卢湾区 泰康路. For more information on learning Chinese inuntil about 9 pm // 40 RMB. Shanghai check out: Oriental Pearl Tower • Dongfang Mingzhu Dian- of the Town Gods • Cheng Huang shi Ta talk-mandarin-language-schools-in-shanghai.htmlMiao Best viewed at night, this tower,Right near Yu Gardens, this temple was completely with three tapering levels of pinkrebuilt and restored in the 1990s, having been spheres (pearls) is Asia’s tallest TVnearly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.249 Fangbang Zhong Lu // Line 2 – East Nanjing tower and the third-tallest in the world. MONEYRoad // 8:30 am-4:30 pm // 10 RMB. 1 Century Avenue, 浦东新区 世纪 Although an increasing amount of stores and res- 大道1号 // Line 2 – Lujiazui, Exit 1 // taurants are accepting credit cards, cash is still kingShanghai Museum 50-150 RMB (depending on how high in China.Frequently named the best museum in China, with you choose to go) // 8 am-9:30 pm //11 state-of-the-art galleries, three exhibition halls 5879 1888. BANKING IN CHINAon four floors, and an airy, naturally lit central atri- Unless you plan to store your money in your cerealum. Excellent and affordable gift shop. boxes, you might want to look into a convenient201 Ren Min Da Dao, 黄浦区 人民大道201号 // Lines Century Park • Shi Ji Gongyuan way to manage your money while in China.1, 2, 8 – People’s Square // 9 am-5 pm // Free // 6372 Shanghai’s largest park, with open green space,3500. boats, and walking paths. It is possible to open a personal account as a for- 1 Century Avenue, 浦东新区 世纪大道 // Line 2 – Cen- eigner in China. Stick with a reputable bank suchFrench Concession •FaGuo ZuJie tury Park // 9 am-6 pm // 10 RMB. as ICBC or the Bank of China as they are more likelyA residential, retail, restaurant and bar district with able to receive international SWIFT transfers. Mostatmospheric tree-lined streets in south Shanghai. banks have an English speaking tellerPerfect for a long stroll when the weather is good. LEARNING CHINESEXin Tian Di Learning Chinese will make your life in ShanghaiA trendy complex of restored traditional shiku- much more convenient and interesting. It will alsomen (stone gate) buildings now occupied by the make communicating with your DVD vendor, taxicity’s most stylish restaurants, cafés, bars and bou- driver, etc...much more easier too. Plus it’s an assettiques. when job hunting.Xintiandi, 卢湾区 地餐饮 // Line 10 – Xintiandi. Many people who come here opt to learn ChineseTaikang Road Art Centre • Taikang Lu through one of the local universities such as Jiao- We think this might be a fake.This network of old Shanghainese shikumen and tong University, East China Normal University or10
  11. 11. What you need: A free Shanghai living magazine with very compre- 静安区南京西路1376号上海商城西峰604室 // Mon-Fri • Choose a bank conveniently located near hensive listings of events, restaurants and stores. 8 am-12 pm; 1 pm-4:30 pm // 3279-2800 // Emergen- you cy#: +86 10 5139 4000. • Bring: Passport, 30 RMB and a filled form • Patience City Weekend Another great resource for those wanting to ex- es-bureaux/shanghai/index.aspx?lang=eng perience the best of Shanghai’s dining, events and CAREERS night life. Stolen/Lost Passport? The Consulate can assist you with this but beforeWhether it is to make some extra cash or to gain going to the Consulate you will have to go to themore job experience, it is not uncommon for stu- Time Out Shanghai nearest police station to get an official statementdents to take on part time jobs in Shanghai or stay In addition to great articles about living in Shang- and fill out a form. Bring these forms to the con-on longer after their studies to explore the career hai, Time Out also features extensive listings of sulate.opportunities in China. events, restaurants and stores. For information on the Consulate’s passport ser-Here are a few websites to check out if you’re look- vices:ing for a job: BEAN Shanghai Looking for a way to give back to the community? consular_services_consulaires/shanghai/ BEAN Shanghai is an non-profit organization of passeport.aspx?lang=eng& young volunteers from all over the world. VISAS LINKS GOVERNMENT STUFF Visa OfficeSmart Shanghai For all VISAS, passport, or legal needs be sure to For visa questions and extending your visa.Dining and nightlife directory + extensive event contact the Canadian Consulate. Be sure to obey 1500 Minsheng Lu, Pudonglistings. Has a extremely useful map feature. Chinese law and be respectful during your time in Tel : China. For more information on visas:Shanghai Expat Consular & VISA Services expat online community with tips about all Canadian Consulate General, Shanghai php/2008/04/25/guide_to_getting_your_z_visa_aspects of local life and tourism. The Consular section of the Embassy of Canada in work_aamp_r? China serves Canadian citizens and offers 24 hour emergency service to Canadians in distress.That’s Shanghai Suite 604, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, 上海 11
  12. 12. USEFUL NUMBERS GET INVOLVED! CONTACT USEmergency Young Professionals of 28 years of age and young- If you have any questions please feel free to dropPolice (Emergency): 110 er by our office or call us!(English-speaking Hotline): 6357-6666Fire Department (Emergency): 119 The Young Professionals membership is created AddressAmbulance (Emergency): 120 for individuals 28 and under who wish to grow Suite 2805International Medical Care (Emergency): 6295- their knowledge of Canadian and Chinese busi- 172 Yuyuan Road, Jing An District0099 ness, interact with leaders from the Canadian busi- Shanghai, P.R. China 200040 ness community in China and expand their socialFlight Information and professional networks. Telephone: 021 6075-8797/98/99Hong Qiao Airport: 6268-8918Hong Qiao Arrivals/Departures: 6268-3695 For only 500 RMB per year, Young Professional Email: info@cancham.asiaPudong Airport: 3848-4500 members gain:Pudong Arrivals/Departures: 3834-4500 Telephone: • Preferential membership rates at allIf all else fails call this magic number 962288 CanCham events • Invitations to member-restricted Can-This is a hotline for foreigners in Shanghai. If you Cham Business and Young Professionalare lost or looking for a specific place or service Eventsyou can call this number and the operators can • Participation in CanCham’s Access pro-give you the info. If you ever have trouble com- gram which provides complimentarymunication to your taxi driver, you can use this margaritas, beer, bloody marys, des-number too. serts and health checks as well as fan- tastic discounts from member restau-Remember: 962288 rants, hotels and service providers • Ability to develop professionally through participation on CanCham committees12