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The Canadian Student Guide to Shanghai 2011

  1. 1. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in China
  2. 2. WELCOME TO SHANGHAI! Created by Canadians living and working in this great city, Our objective has been to provide you of 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
  4. 4. Find the best bus route by starting point and des- sider buying a cheaper and less attractive bike as GETTING AROUND tination (Chinese) : bike theft is a very, very, very common occurrence in Shanghai.Shanghai Public Transportation Card //Jiaotong-ka //上海公共交通卡 Rent: China Cycle Tours can pick up and drop offBypass long metro ticket line-ups and avoid Taxis bikes at your place, 80 RMB+ / day, depending onchange in buses and taxis with this swipe card. Shanghai’s taxis are relatively cheap. Available cars the quality of the bicycle.Recharge at metro station service counters /con- have their roof light on. Flag one down by holdingvenience stores /newsstands / banks. 20RMB de- your arm out into the street with your palm fac- +86 1376 111 5050posit + desired credit. ing down. Give the driver the intersection of your destination as well as the address. Most drivers aspThe Shanghai Metro are willing to call restaurants, hotels, etc. to askThe most efficient way to get around Shanghai. directions if you provide the phone number. Tips Note:Different hours for each station but general hours are not expected. Always take your receipt, as any Do not assume that the traffic rules you are used toare ~ 6 am-11 pm . Shorter lines usually close earli- disputes or lost items cannot be reported to head back home apply here as well. For example, relyingest. 3-6 RMB each way, depending on distance. office without it. on traffic signals to tell you when it’s safe to cross Daytime Fees: 14 RMB the street will probably get you hurt. As someoneTickets can be purchased at English-language for first 3 km, addi- once said, “don’t trust the little green man!”.vending machines inside stations. tional 2.4 RMB/km Fun Fact within 10 km and A mall in China featuresBuses 3.2 RMB/km after extra wide parking spacesOne of the best and cheapest ways to explore the 10 km. for women who have a “differ-city. 2 RMB each way. Nighttime Fees (11 pm-5 am): 18 RMB ent sense of distance”. for first 3 km, ad- ditional 3.1 RMB/km within 10 km and 4.1 RMB/ km after 10 km. Biking A fun and interesting way to see the city. If another vehicle is bigger or faster than yours, al- ways yield to it. Pedestrians will not expect you to In China, there are approximately 200 stop for them. road accident fatalities per day .Bus routes in Buy: Get one from Carrefour for ~ 300 RMB. Con-4
  5. 5. net bill can be paid at the local convenience stores would cost. MAPS such as Lawson’s or Kedi. Remember to keep your bills just in case there are disputes with the land- BOOKS & MAGAZINESGoogle Maps lord when you leave.Find out how to walk/drive/bus/subway to your Bicycle bootleg booksdestination. Recognizes addresses in pinyin. Usually found in expat heavy areas during time and the evenings, these vendors sell English bestsellers from the back of bicycles.Baidu Maps 10 RMB for thin books, 15 RMB for medium books,Pretty much a Chinese version of Google maps. 25 RMB + for thick booksNot as flexible as Google maps when it comes torecognizing addresses in pinyin. Good for finding Fuzhou Lubus routes by inputting starting point and desti- Street filled with bookstores. Also great for statio-nation. nery addicts. Book City, which is one of the bookstores in Shanghai is located on this street. 456 Fuzhou Lu,福州路465号Explore Shanghai Metro MapNot only does this website outline Shanghai’s met- Shanghai Foreign Language Book Storero lines, it can also tell the suggested route and A large bookstore on Fuzhou Lu that provides atime between any 2 stations. Also useful, is the large selection of English language’s “Metropedia” which gives you information Remember to choose your roommates wisely. 390 Fuzhou Lu, 黄浦区福州路390号 // Line 1 – Peo-about every line and station. ple’s Square // 10 pm-6 pm // 6322 - TAILORMADE CLOTHES SHOPPING It’s not your imagination. Clothing sizes really are smaller here. But you can no worries because you HOUSING GENERAL INFO Shops are generally open from 10 am to 10 pm. can have clothes custom tailored for a reasonable price in Shanghai.A popular site for finding apartments as well as BARGAINING Shanghai’s custom tailors work best when theyroommates is When bargaining, start at 25-30% of the asking have an original garment (or, at the very least, aIf shared with other roommates, the average price price in the markets especially the more touristy photo) to work from. You may have to make two orfor a decent apartment in the downtown Puxi area ones. The best times to bargain is during non-busy more trips for around 3000 RMB. times such as weekday afternoons. (a.k.a. Chinese e-bay) is a good Liu Jia Bang Fabric MarketPaying the bills place to see how much you got ripped off an item Shanghai’s largest and busiest tailoring destina-Most bills such as the water, electricity and inter- 5
  6. 6. tion where you can replicate the suits and dresses AUTHENTIC(ISH) GOODS Xinguang Photography Equipment Centercelebrities are wearing at a fraction of the price. The first two floors sell the big brand names, theWe recommend visiting on a weekday, as week- DVDs other floors are good for second hand cameras.ends are packed with tourists and prices often rise One of the greatest perks are the DVD stalls/stores 288 Luban Lu 鲁班路288号// 5301-9836.accordingly. scattered throughout the city. Prices range from399 Lujiabang Lu, 黄浦区 陆家浜路399号 // Line 4 – 5-15 RMB depending on the quality.Nanpu Bridge // 10 am-6 pm // Suits 500 RMB, Shirts90 RMB, Dresses 400 RMB. FOOD GENERAL INFOShiliupu Road Fabric Market • Most restaurants are generally open until 10A slightly less touristy alternative to the Lujiabang pm or later.Road fabric market. Conveniently located near Yu • Tipping is not expected in China.Gardens and the Bund. Stall 234 has an excellentreputation for quality cashmere coats made to or- GROCERIESder within a week or so. If you are looking for a wide range of groceries168 Dongmen Lu, 黄浦区东门路168号 // 10 am-6 pm including imported products check out Carrefour,// ~400-450 RMB for a midlength jacket. City Shop, Metro or Tesco. Of these stores, Carre- four is probably the most convenient as there are many locations and it sells almost anything from food, electric bikes, kitchenware, personal care Science & Technology Underground market products, etc… It’s a bit like the Chinese version One stop shop for almost anything including sou- of Superstore . venirs, scarves, fake everything and small house- wares. Be prepared to bargain hard. Line 2 – Shanghai Museum of Science & Technology // 10 pm-7 pm. ELECTRONICS Metro City This place has those hard to find batteries you’ve been looking for. All kinds of electronics and elec- CLOTHES tronic repair shops.North American sized clothes & shoes can be 1111 Zhaojiabang Lu, 肇嘉浜路1111号found in places such as Marks & Spencer’s located 美罗城// 6426-8888 // You won’t find fortune cookies in China. Inat the Nanjing Xi Lu metro station. fact, fortune cookies were invented in the US.6
  7. 7. For fresh fruits and vegetables, the wet markets 123 Nanyang Lu, 南阳路123号 // 6256- 2265scattered about Shanghai are also an affordable street-education-018509 www.bigbamboo.cnalternative for students. Locals recommend goingearlier to take advantage of a better selection and Osteriaoccasionally even lower prices. food/ Italian restaurant. Best bloody Caesars and raw oysters in town. Great lunch and brunch deals.Carrefour: Warning: Be ware of the “la du zis”so eat at your 226 Jinxian Lu, 进贤路226号// own risk. www.osteriaspirit.comCity Shop: Malone’sTo find many of the edible goods you may find at A favourite hangout for expats, Malone’s offers ahome, City Shop may have what you are looking good variety of burgers.for but expect to pay a little bit more. They even 255 Tongren Lu, near de Nanjing Xi Lu, 铜仁路255号,have Reese’s Pieces and Smarties! 近南京西路 DELIVERYAvacado Lady McDonald’sThe go to place for reasonably priced expat favou- One of the perks of living in Shanghai is that Mc-rites such as avacados, fresh herbs and CHEESE! donald’s delivers 24 hours! English service is avail-274 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu (near Wuyuan lu) // Line 7 – able. To order : 4008-517-517.Changshu Lu // 10 am-6 pm // 6437-7262. STREET FOOD SOME CANADIAN &Wherever you go in Shang- CANADIAN OWNED RESTAURANTShai you will come acrossvarious street food ven- Fun Fact Avalondors offering a large vari- China invented toilet Fancy restaurant to impress your date. Goodety of food for really low paper. steak and home of the surprisingly good baconprices (usually under 10 brownies.RMB). 2/F, Unit 19, 139 Changle Lu, 长乐路139号19室2楼. Your new best friendFor more info: Big Bamboo Sherpa’ Canadian-owned sports bar with 3 locations. Good Sherpa’s is also a popular delivery service that de-food-breakfast-11738.html happy hour deals. They also have poutine on their livers from many of Shanghai’s favourite restau- menu. rants // 6209-6209 // 7
  8. 8. Huashan Hospital MORE INFO For restaurant listings and reviews check out: HEALTH 13/F, Foreigners Guests Building 12 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu HEALTHCARE Tel : 6248-9999 restaurants Good healthcare is available in Shanghai but bear in mind that it may be a bit more expensive, espe- Expat Hospitals cially if you opt for the hospitals geared towards Shanghai East International Medical Center expats. 551 South Pudong Lu For more information on healthcare in Shanghai: Tel: 5879-9999 system-china.htm Shanghai United Family Hospital PHONES Tel: 6291-1635 CELL PHONES patientserv/0/0/134.html SIM cards can be purchased from newsstands, stalls in the subway stations, select archives/20070123_living_cost_in_shanghai_-_ Parkway Health convenience stores and of course medicine.htm Tel: 6445-5999 Fun in China Mobile or China Uni- Fact com shops. There are over 800 EMERGENCIES For making calls within Chi- Local Hostpitals For emergencies you may want to keep with you million cell phone More affordable but you must speak Chinese and the address of a well established hospital such as na, instead of purchasing asubscribers today in phone plan, many people expect long waits. That said, some local hospitals Shanghai East International Hospital or Shanghai China alone purchase prepaid cards. have VIP/foreigner clinics which take appoint- United Family Hospital so that you can show the These cards are also available ments. taxi driver. Do not bother calling an ambulance at most convenience stores or Local Hospitals because a taxi driver can get you to the hospital newstands. Ruijin Hospital faster. 197 Ruijin Er Rd. Skype Tel : 6466-4483 For more information on dealing with emergen- It’s possible to make callls from your computer as cies in Shanghai check out: well. Check out: Huadong Hospital 221 Yan An Xi Lu dling-medical-emergency-shanghai-972.html Foreigners Section, 2nd floor Tel : 6248-3180 ext. 3106 SHOW ME THE MONEY Hospitals will probably not treat you unless you 8
  9. 9. Fun Fact show payment first. If you don’t have wads of cash some of Shanghai’s most glamorous restaurants, Yu Gardens • with you, word has it that showing a credit card bars, and shopping. China’s currently has a Yuyuan can sometimes (emphasis on ‘sometimes’) suffice. Line 2 – East Nanjing Road. Nanjing Road East Pedes- A classical significant gender imbalance in trian Street. Chinese gar- which here are currently 32 million FITNESS den made up more boys than girls in China. Check Cheap transportation and deliciously affordable of six scenic Chinese food probably won’t give you a six-pack out People’s Park on Sundays where areas, as well or help you fit into your custom made dress but no as shopping parents meet in the hopes of hooking worries because Shanghai’s sports clubs are varied streets with up their single children. and active. some of the city’s most afford- For listings of sports able souvenirs – but clubs and teams be prepared to bargain Fun Fact check out City- hard! Believe it or not, ping- weekend’s or Anren Jie 137, 黄浦区 安仁街137号 // Line 2 – East That’s Shang- Nanjing Road (plus 5-minute taxi ride or 20-minute pong, one of the most popular hai’s website. walk south) // 8:30 am-5 pm, shopping street opengames in China, was not invented until about 9 pm // 40 China but in Britain, where it is called table tennis. Nanjing Road East Pedestrian Street • Nanjing Temple of the Town Gods • Cheng Huang Miao Dong Lu Bu Xing Jie Right near Yu Gardens, this temple was completely Shanghai’s shopping landmark stretching from Xi- rebuilt and restored in the 1990s, having been zang Road to Henan Road, past numerous depart- nearly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. ment stores and international chains. Lights up 249 Fangbang Zhong Lu // Line 2 – East Nanjing with enormous neon signs at night. Road // 8:30 am-4:30 pm // 10 RMB. MENTAL HEALTH Line 2 – East Nanjing Road. Shanghai Museum People’s Square • Renmin Guang Chang Frequently named the best museum in China, with People’s Square and the adjacent People’s Park 11 state-of-the-art galleries, three exhibition halls is home to the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art on four floors, and an airy, naturally lit central atri- SIGHTS Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, with an um. Excellent and affordable gift shop. 201 Ren Min Da Dao, 黄浦区 人民大道201号 // Lines The Bund • Wai Tan enormous underground shopping mall below. 1, 2, 8 – People’s Square // 9 am-5 pm // Free // 6372 A newly-expanded pedestrian promenade along Metro: Lines 1, 2, and 8 – People’s Square. 3500. the bank of the HuangPu River, featuring European architecture from the early 20th century. Home to 9
  10. 10. French Concession •FaGuo ZuJie Century Park • Shi Ji GongyuanA residential, retail, restaurant and bar district with Shanghai’s largest park, with open green space, MONEYatmospheric tree-lined streets in south Shanghai. boats, and walking paths. Although an increasing amount of stores and res-Perfect for a long stroll when the weather is good. 1 Century Avenue, 浦东新区 世纪大道 // Line 2 – Cen- taurants are accepting credit cards, cash is still king tury Park // 9 am-6 pm // 10 RMB. in China.Xin Tian DiA trendy complex of restored traditional shiku- BANKING IN CHINAmen (stone gate) buildings now occupied by thecity’s most stylish restaurants, cafés, bars and bou- LEARNING CHINESE Unless you plan to store your money in your cereal boxes, you might want to look into a convenienttiques. way to manage your money while in China.Xintiandi, 卢湾区 地餐饮 // Line 10 – Xintiandi. It is possible to open a personal account as a for-Taikang Road Art Centre • Taikang Lu eigner in China. Stick with a reputable bank suchThis network of old Shanghainese shikumen and as ICBC or the Bank of China as they are more likelyalleyways is home to galleries, boutiques, cafés able to receive international SWIFT transfers. Mostand restaurants. banks have an English speaking tellerTaikang Lu, 卢湾区 泰康路. Learning Chinese will make your life in Shanghai What you need:Oriental Pearl Tower • Dongfang Mingzhu Dian- much more convenient and interesting. It will also • Choose a bank conveniently located nearshi Ta make communicating with your DVD vendor, taxi youBest viewed at night, driver, etc...much more easier too. Plus it’s an asset • Bring: Passport, 30 RMB and a filled formthis tower, with three when job hunting. • Patiencetapering levels of pinkspheres (pearls) is Many people who come here opt to learn ChineseAsia’s tallest TV towerand the third-tallest in through one of the local universities such as Jiao- CAREERS tong University, East China Normal University orthe world. Fudan. Whether it is to make some extra cash or to gain1 Century Avenue, 浦东 more job experience, it is not uncommon for stu-新区 世纪大道1号 // For more information on learning Chinese in dents to take on part time jobs in Shanghai or stayLine 2 – Lujiazui, Exit 1 // Shanghai check out: on longer after their studies to explore the career50-150 RMB (depending opportunities in China.on how high you choose talk-mandarin-language-schools-in-shanghai.htmlto go) // 8 am-9:30 pm // Here are a few websites to check out if you’re look-5879 1888. ing for a job:
  11. 11. VISAS LINKS GOVERNMENT STUFF Visa Office For visa questions and extending your visa. Consular & VISA Services 1500 Minsheng Lu, PudongSmart Shanghai Tel : 2895-1900 Canadian Consulate General, ShanghaiDining and nightlife directory + extensive event The Consular section of the Embassy of Canada inlistings. Has a extremely useful map feature. For more information on visas: China serves Canadian citizens and offers 24 emergency service to Canadians in distress. Suite 604, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, 上海 php/2008/04/25/guide_to_getting_your_z_visa_Shanghai Expat work_aamp_r?blog=5 静安区南京西路1376号上海商城西峰604室 // Mon-FriLarge expat online community with tips about all 8 am-12 pm; 1 pm-4:30 pm // 3279-2800 // Emergen-aspects of local life and tourism. cy#: +86 10 5139 USEFUL NUMBERSThat’s Shanghai es-bureaux/shanghai/index.aspx?lang=engA free Shanghai living magazine with very compre- Emergencyhensive listings of events, restaurants and stores. Police (Emergency): (English-speaking Hotline): 6357-6666 Fire Department (Emergency): 119 Stolen/Lost Passport?City Weekend Ambulance (Emergency): 120 The Consulate can assist you with this but beforeAnother great resource for those wanting to ex- International Medical Care (Emergency): 6295- going to the Consulate you will have to go to theperience the best of Shanghai’s dining, events and 0099 nearest police station to get an official statementnight life. and fill out a form. Bring these forms to the Flight Information sulate. Hong Qiao Airport: 6268-8918Time Out Shanghai Hong Qiao Arrivals/Departures: 6268-3695 For information on the Consulate’s passport ser-In addition to great articles about living in Shang- Pudong Airport: 3848-4500 vices:hai, Time Out also features extensive listings of Pudong Arrivals/Departures: 3834-4500events, restaurants and stores. If all else fails call this magic number 962288 consular_services_consulaires/shanghai/passport- passeport.aspx?lang=eng&view=dBEAN Shanghai This is a hotline for foreigners in Shanghai. If youLooking for a way to give back to the community? are lost or looking for a specific place or serviceBEAN Shanghai is an non-profit organization of you can call this number and the operators canyoung volunteers from all over the world. give you the info. If you ever have trouble com- 11
  12. 12. munication to your taxi driver, you can use thisnumber too.Remember: 962288 CONTACT USGET INVOLVED WITH If you have any questions please feel free to dropCANCHAM by our office or call us!Young Professionals of 28 years of age and young-er Room 2805 172 Yuyuan Road, Jing An DistrictThe Young Professionals membership is created Shanghai, P.R. Chine 200040for individuals 28 and under who wish to growtheir knowledge of Canadian and Chinese busi-ness, interact with leaders from the Canadian busi- Tel: 021 6075-8797/98/99ness community in China and expand their social Email: info@cancham.asiaand professional networks. Web: www.cancham.asiaFor only 500 RMB per year, Young Professionalmembers gain: • Preferential membership rates at all CanCham events • Invitations to member-restricted Can- Cham Business and Young Professional Events • Participation in CanCham’s Access pro- gram which provides complimentary margaritas, beer, bloody marys, des- serts and health checks as well as fan- tastic discounts from member restau- rants, hotels and service providers • Ability to develop professionally through participation on CanCham committees12
  13. 13. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in China