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Shanghai - Useful Information

Inoculations

No inoculations are required when visiting Shanghai, but it is advisable to take precautions against dengue fever and malaria, which are transmitted by mosquitoes, if you’re travelling outside the city.

When visiting Shanghai, be sure not to drink any tap water, which can cause diarrhoea and varying degrees of sickness. Stick to bottled water and only drink tap water here if it has been boiled.

Useful Numbers

Dialling code: +86

Emergency Numbers

General: 110 (foreigner’s number: 6321 5380)
Fire: 119 (6321 5380)
Ambulance: 120 (6324 0898)

Tourist Information Centres (Luyou Zixun Fuwu Zhongxin)

Zhongshan Xi Lu 2525, Room 410, Changning District
Nanjing Xi Lu 1699, Jing An District
Nanjing Dong Lu 561, Huangpu District

British Embassy

British Consulate General
Suite 301, Shanghai Centre
1376 Nan Jing Xi Lu Shanghai
Tel: (+86) (21) 3279 2000

Currency

Renmimbi Yuan (RMB) "Renminbi" is the official name of the currency with "Yuan" the name of a unit of the renminbi currency. You’ll see prices marked with the Yuan/Yen sign¥; or the Chinese character, 元.

Banknote denominations range from one yuan to one hundred yuan, and vary both in size and colour.

Climate

Shanghai’s climate is described as ‘tropical monsoon’, and can safely be said to be mild and moist, with four distinct seasons. Summers can be hot and rainy, with autumns offering cooler days, with less rain. The hottest period is usually July to August, when the city can be uncomfortably muggy, with temperatures over 35 degrees Centigrade. Winters can be cool, with temperatures dropping to 10 or below. The pleasantest time to visit is springtime, between March and May, with temperatures a pleasant 20 degrees Centigrade on average.

Timezone

GMT + 8