SEE ALSO Shanghai shopping | Shanghai nightlife | Beijing business hotels | Beijing nightlife | Chengdu fun guide | Xian fun guide | Guangzhou | Sanya | Hangzhou guide | Shenzhen business hotels | Guilin | Inner Mongolia | Hong Kong business hotels | Hong Kong shopping | Tokyo fun guide | Seoul business hotels | China coast The bronze bull on the Bund is a favoured selfie spot in all weather and at all times of day/ photo: Vijay Verghese JUMP TO Pudong Airport | Around Shanghai | Puxi, Jing An, Xintiandi, French Concession | Business on the Bund | Hongqiao | Pudong | Hotel Contacts Five-star palaces, designer boutique pads, corporate and budget chains – Shanghai boasts one of the most impressive hotel portfolios in Asia.
Cashing in on the consumer passion of Chinese travellers, the airports have been steadily improving their duty free shopping experience. Three strategically placed pathways allow you to cross between the two terminals in just 15 minutes, with easy access to the Maglev high-speed train and Metro Line 2 in between, plus a bus station and well-managed taxi queues.
Airport prices in Shanghai may not be the cheapest but you can find pretty much all the major brands, plus a variety of Chinese cultural souvenirs, from loose-leaf teas to silk nighties and cuddly panda toys. For arriving visitors, don’t be waylaid by the official-looking suited attendants at the arrivals gate asking if you need a taxi.
The terminals are a long way apart – opt for the metro if you need to dash as it’s the easiest to locate and quicker than the bus or waiting for a cab.
In Terminal 2, opened in 2010, KFC and Taiwanese noodle shop Yonghe King, do a roaring trade and offer comfortable booth seating at either end of the arrival hall.
Travellers can look forward to Starbucks and Yogo Juice among the improved snacking options, plus there’s a Muslim restaurant beside Check-in on the third floor.
The high-profile Maglev (magnetic levitation) train makes an eight-minute, 431kph dash between Pudong Airport and Longyang Road Station (out in the Pudong suburbs).
Premium properties go to even greater extremes to distinguish themselves: Vertiginous lobbies, rooftop bars with Jacuzzis, bathtubs in living rooms, evening ‘unwind’ rituals, tai chi courtyards, feng shui architecture, sunset yacht cruises and decadent day spas are just a few examples.
The city beckons with top shopping and quaint Shanghai tea houses for a restorative break and seasonal Shanghai e-coupon discounts.
A one-litre bottle of 12-year-old Chivas will set you back Rmb220, and a one litre bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, Rmb192. Keep walking to the sign-posted exits where the official taxis are waiting.
On a good day you can pass through Immigration and baggage and be on your way within 15 minutes of stepping off the plane.
If you’re peckish, there’s a Burger King and Starbucks outside the arrival gate.