Shanghai Basic Information

As China's most Western city historically, there's a lot that's familiar about the huge metropolis, and there's also plenty of surprising spaces to explore within the urban jungle. Here's some travel tips to help smooth your way around Shanghai.

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for all visitors to China whether for tourism, business , employment or study purposes. If you are travelling to China, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of your intended stay and you must be able to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket. Be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of China.


The currency of Shanghai is the Renminbi with denominations in Yuan. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Chinese Yuan fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.


The local Shanghai chow is a blend of the best of the national styles; mainly fresh, sweet flavours of meat, seafood and vegetables. Some of the local must-sample dishes include steamed pork dumplings, hongshao rou and catfish hotpot. This cosmopolitan city also boasts a stunning selection of international restaurants serving modern cuisine from re-imagined French fare at Mr & Mrs Bund (on the Bund, obviously) to the Aussie seasonal degustation menu at the intimate 12 Chairs, a one-table venue in the French Concession. Fill up on cheap and cheerful sweet and savoury buns from bakeries for a quick brekky on the go.


From sky-high cocktails with a panoramic vista on the side to underground house beats, Shanghai has a well-deserved reputation as a bar and club destination. Drink in the cityscape views and classic cocktails at Vue Bar on the 32nd floor of the Hyatt on the Bund hotel, or check out massive No.88 in the French Concession where the classic Shanghai club night serves up pumping tunes, table service and other Chinese clubbing rituals. The in-crowd head to Bar Rouge and M1NT near the Bund - perfect for watching the people and the views.