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   Destination Shanghai


Shanghai literally means the city by the sea.

It is situated at 31° 14' north latitude and 121° 29'east longitude, on the west shore of the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered on the north and west by Jiangsu Province, on the south by Zhejiang Province, and on the east by the East China Sea. Right in the middle of China's east coastline, Shanghai is an excellent sea and river port, boasting easy access to the vast interland.

The city is divided into two parts by the Huangpu River: Puxi (west of the Huangpu River) and Pudong (east of the Huangpu River). Puxi is the older part of the city and hosts the majority of shops, restaurants and museums. Pudong is the modern part, and is recognized for its rather unusual yet extremely impressive high-rises such as Shanghai's tallest buildings, the Shanghai International Financial Center, Jinmao Building and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

Travel to the venue from Shanghai airports - information here

At the airports: there are signs in English and English-speaking staff at the Information Desk

You are advised to use the official taxis only at the signposted taxi rank outside the terminal. 
The addresses of the two main hotels used for this conference are below.
It may be useful to print out the details of your hotel and show it to your taxi driver.

Regal Shanghai



FX Hotel



Please check with your local Chinese Embassy regarding the requirements for a visa from your country.

If you require a ‘stamped’ letter of invitation for visa purposes, please email Lida DeSouza at and she will be able to assist you.  

Mandarin and distinct dialects are mostly spoken in Shanghai. As an international financial centre, English is widely used in Shanghai.
The renminbi (RMB) is the official currency. The basic unit of RMB is the yuan (¥). Currency can be changed at banks or hotels.
Safety and Security
The Shanghai government provides excellent security and support for locals and travellers.
The electric current used in China is 220V/50Hz. The hotel provides 220V and 110V (shavers only) power outlets. Please note that plug adapters may be necessary.
Most hotels add a 15% service charge. Additional tipping is voluntary.
The time used in Shanghai and all over China is called Beijing standard time. It is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


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