There are 2 airports in Shanghai:
- Pudong (PVG)
- Hongqiao (SHA)
Pudong Airport is located about 90 minutes from Shanghai American School Puxi Campus, and Hongqiao Airportabout 20 minutes. Hongqiao is also the Hub for Speed Trains with the Hongqiao Railway Station. There are taxi lines right outside of each airport with an average wait of under 15 minutes. Both airports are also connected to the Public Transportation System.
We recommend to arrive at Hongqiao airport if you have the choice. Hongqiao Airport is only 2 Subway Stops away from the Conference Hotel.
Check the Local Transportation Tab for details on tranportation options.
The Chinese RMB (or Yuan, also known as CNY) is China’s currency. The exchange rate is approximately 6.9 RMB to the US Dollar, or 7.4 RMB to the Euro. China is relatively affordable for dining out or taking taxis in comparison to Western countries, but Shanghai’s prices can get pretty similar to big western cities.
Money exchange services are readily available upon arrival in the airport. Beyond that, there are plenty of exchange offices around Shanghai.
ATMs are generally fairly easy to find in most areas of Shanghai. At any given time, there should be an average of 3 ATMs within a 5 minute walking radius. There is also an ATM available in the administration building of Shanghai American School. Foreign credits are generally accepted, especially Visa and Mastercard. Cards like American Express are a little more risky.
Please be aware that certain internet restrictions apply within China.
If you need/want a SIM card, please purchase at the airport on arrival; HOWEVER, please note that this is not an easy process and you will need a passport and need to complete all sorts of paperwork.