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Perched along China's central coast, Shanghai is the largest city in China and a global financial hub. The city features a wealth of attractions and activities, ranging from Ming Dynasty gardens to renowned restaurants in soaring skyscrapers. Given the city's magnitude and financial significance, Shanghai is home to a number of sprawling convention and exhibition venues perfect for large gatherings.
Visitors to Shanghai fly into either Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which serves as the city's main international airport and one of China's main travel hubs, or Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, which accommodates mostly domestic travel. Both airports feature direct access to Shanghai's vast public transportation network, including one of the world's most complex bus systems, an always-expanding Metro rail system, and a magnetic levitation train that runs at a maximum operation speed of 268 miles per hour. While much of Shanghai is fast-paced, it also features colonial charm that can be seen in such areas as The Bund, its iconic waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings and river cruises. The Bund is home to a number of hotels and restaurants frequented by meeting groups.
Shanghai's convention venues include the modern Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, which features four exhibition halls and 11 meeting rooms for exhibitions, conferences, sporting events, and more. The Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing, surrounded by greenery and sitting along Suzhou Creek, features a three-level exhibition hall. The Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center in southwest Shanghai features soaring east and west halls with a connecting "air corridor", while the renowned Shanghai New International Expo Centre boasts 17 exhibition halls, three entrance halls, and ample outdoor exhibition space.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Shanghai features a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be hot with occasional downpours and an average high of 90°F in July. Winters are damp and cold, with an average low of 36°F in January. The autumn season is usually sunny and dry, and considered one of the best times to visit Shanghai. The city receives about 45 inches of rain each year, with most falling from June through August.
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition And Convention Center
Meeting square feet: 183,000
Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing
Meeting square feet: 170,000
Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center
Meeting square feet: 323,000
Shanghai New International Expo Centre
Meeting square feet: 3,000,000
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)
Located about 12 miles west of central Shanghai, the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport serves as the area's main domestic airport. Passengers enjoy direct access to public Metro and bus service from the airport.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
Serving as Shanghai's main international airport and one of China's main travel hubs, Shanghai Pudong International Airport sits along the coast about 28 miles east of the city. Passengers can easily get to Shanghai from the airport, thanks to direct connections to public bus, Metro, and Maglev train service.
Shanghai is home to one of the world's most complex bus systems, with buses operated by a number of companies and more than 1,000 bus lines in total. Visitors can utilize a number of downtown and suburban bus systems to travel in and around Shanghai.
The always-expanding Shanghai Metro system provides urban and suburban rail service throughout the region. Fares are calculated by distance.
Opened in 2002, Shanghai's Maglev Train is a fast-speed, magnetic levitation service between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the Longyang Road Station. The Maglev Train runs at a normal maximum operation speed of 268 miles per hour.
Rental car companies represented at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport include Angel and Avis, while those represented at Shanghai Pudong International Airport include Avis and Shanghai Bashi.
Visitors traveling from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to the city should expect to pay approximately 65 CNY in taxi fare, while those traveling from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to the city should expect to pay approximately 100 CNY.
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