Your business guide to Shanghai, China

Destinations 09 Feb 2018

The cosmopolitan Shanghai is the largest economic and trade centre of China. It is also the country’s first ‘free trade zone (FTZ)’. The hub for many international banks and financial institutions, Shanghai has been constantly recognised as the most ideal city in China for foreign investment because of its connectivity, business-friendly environment and vast human capital.



Flying to Shanghai

There are 2 airports in Shanghai - Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
As the busiest international aviation hub of China, Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) is located approximately 30km east of downtown Shanghai. It mainly serves international flights, and is the main hub for the national airlines – China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)
Located at about 13km west of downtown Shanghai, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) handles mainly domestic and regional flights.

Getting to the city centre

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Alternatively, you can consider the following options:

From Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Metro (Shanghai Metro Line 2)
Estimated cost: RMB 7
Estimated time: 70 minutes
Location: Airport station

Estimated cost: RMB 200 – RMB 250
Estimated time: 50 minutes
Location: Airport’s taxi ranks

Airport Shuttle Bus
Estimated cost: RMB 2 – RMB 30 (Depending on distance)
Estimated time: Varies
Location: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 shuttle bus terminal

From Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Metro (Metro Line 10 for T1, Metro Line 2 and 10 for T2)
Estimated cost: RMB 7 – RMB 10
Estimated time: 25 - 40 minutes
Location: Airport station

Estimated cost: RMB 40 – RMB 60
Estimated time: 20 – 60 minutes
Location: Airport’s taxi ranks

Airport Shuttle Bus
Estimated cost: RMB 1 – RMB 10 (Depending on distance)
Estimated time: Varies
Location: Terminal 1 and 2 Airport Shuttle Bus Station

Staying at the city centre

Pudong is China’s first Free Trade Zone, and is Shanghai’s main financial area, making it a perfect accommodation and business location for business travellers.

Separated by the Haungpu River, Puxi which is the historical centre of Shanghai offers you cultural and entertainment such as The Bund, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Shanghai Museum. Shopping and dining districts like East Nanjing Pedestrian Road and Central Huaihai Road can also be found on Puxi. 

The available transportation within the city are buses, metro rail system, taxi, ferry and Maglev Train (high speed rail).

Here are some of our recommended hotels in the city

Park Hyatt Shanghai
100 Century Avenue, Pudong Shanghai, China, 200120

Park Hyatt Shanghai is situated in the heart of the Lujiazui business district, occupying 79th through 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Its 174 guestrooms and suites offer the comforts of home and breath-taking views of the Bund, the Huangpu River and Pudong.

There are 2 Metro lines located near Park Hyatt – Lujiazui Station (Line 2) and Shangcheng Road Station (Line 9). These subway stations provide you access to many of Shanghai’s well-known places such as the Pearl Tower, The Bund, Shanghai IFC Mall and Tian Zi Fang.

Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai
Address: 88 Songshan Road, Shanghai, China, 200021

Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is the first Andaz property in Asia. Located in Xintiandi, you will find yourself right in the heart of Shanghai’s famous entertainment, shopping and commercial district.

Its 307 guestrooms and suites not only offer brilliant views of the city, each room also features a unique workspace with complimentary WiFi that cater to the needs of the business travellers. The hotel also connects you to other parts of the city conveniently with 2 subway stations just a few minutes’ walk away – Xintiandi Station (Line 10) and Huangpi Road Station (Line 1).

Intercontinental Shanghai Pudong
Address: No.777 Zhangyang Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China, 200120

Intercontinental Shanghai Pudong is in the centre of Pudong Finance & Trade Zone. The hotel is just 5 minutes away from the Century Avenue station - Metro Line 2, 4, 6 and 9. A 15-minute drive will get you to Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre as well as Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.

The guestrooms and suites are modernly furnished with spacious working station and complimentary WiFi. If you would like to spend some time relaxing in the city, Fuxing Tunnel which is right in front of the hotel will bring you to Xintiandi bar and entertainment area, and Yu Garden in just 10 minutes.

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Exploring the city

Take a cruise on Huangpu River

Take a cruise on Huangpu River and be mesmerised by Shanghai’s spectacular skyline. You will be treated to a great architectural aesthetic from European style buildings that lined up along The Bund to futuristic looking buildings that sprouted out on the other side of the river - Pudong.

Visit the Shanghai Museum

Situated on the People’s Square, the Shanghai Museum is a must visit for its outstanding architecture and diverse collection of artefacts such as ornate calligraphy, exquisite jade carvings, and thousand-year-old bronze works that detail the country’s history. The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm, with no admission fee, except for special exhibitions which may require a nominal fee.

Be at the top of Shanghai with Oriental Pearl TV Tower

As the most prominent landmark in Shanghai, Oriental Pearl TV Tower offers spectacular views of the city from its highest observation deck – the “Space Module”, which is 1,148 feet above ground. If being up at the highest does not frighten you, the tower offers a VR roller coaster that allows you to “fly” above the city skyline.

Have a ride on Shanghai Sidecar Tour

If you only have a couple of hours to spare but would like to see both the old and new part of the city, Shanghai Sidecar Tour might just be your solution. Lasting between 2 to 4 hours, you will be driven around by an English-speaking guide to some prominent parts of the city as well as areas where normal tour groups do not include.

Business lunch in the city

Most of the business entertaining is done over lunch in Shanghai. With the city's outstanding culinary scene that offers both local and international crusine, you will never find youself lacking of choices for either a good business lunch or a quick catch up. Famous for its skyline that features architecture of the past and present, dining at some of these restaurants in Shanghai will provide you both a phenomenal view of the city and a great culinary journey. 


Address: 3/F, 83 Changshu Road, Jing'An District, Shanghai, China
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-midnight, Sat-Sun: 5pm-midnight
Reservation Line: +86 21 5403 8330

What’s unique: Xibo’s interior is inspired by the ancient Silk Road with artefacts and traditional clothing items serving as decorations. The restaurant which specializes in modern Xinjiang cuisine, not only offers its guests with a splendid view of the architecture in Pudong, but also a glimpse of the surrounding older Shanghai houses.
What to order: Xibo’s lamb dishes are one of the prominent features and a must-try but do also check out their pan-fried bread, steamed Pumpkin Dumplings, Big Plate Chicken and meat skewered.

Lost Heaven

Address: No.17, east Yan’an Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 – 14:00, Dinner: 17:30 – 22:30
Reservation Line: +86 21 6330 0967

What’s unique: Dining at Lost Heaven is as though you are taken on a cultural journey. Not only does their menu feature Yunnan folk cuisine with rich South-Eastern Asian flavour, the interior is decorated with the original patterns, handiwork, and embroideries of Tibetan, Yi, Na Xi, Dai, Miao, and Yao tribes.
What to order: Do try their signature dishes such as cakes with edible wild vegetables, spiced chicken with spring onion sauce, sour and hot shrimps, silver codfish with salt black bean sauce. If you would like something more exotic, go for their Mountain Mekong specialties which include braised banana flowers, Dai Tribe pork lettuce wraps or spicy egg halves.

Mr & Mrs Bund

Address: Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Shanghai 200002, China
Opening Hours: Sun-Wed: 5.30pm-10.30pm, Thur-Sat: 5.30pm-11.00pm
Reservation Line: +86 6323 9898

What’s unique: The restaurant has a casual vibe amidst its interior which is dressed up by chandeliers, drapes and rococo chairs. The dishes are meant for sharing and you could be helping yourself to some wine out of a self-service wine machine. 
What to order: Mr & Mrs Bund serves more than 200 traditional French bistro dishes with a modern twist. You can expect the usual escargots, boeuf bourguignon and tarte tatin. Other dishes worth trying are the enormous teriyaki-glazed short ribs with an orange reduction, foie gras mousse topped with a raisin-hazelnut crumble.