Shanghai for a day?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 7:51 PM Last Post By: channamasala
Nov 5, 2012 11:41 PM
Shanghai for a day?I apologize for yet another visa question, but after doing some research online I haven't found a clear answer to my question, so I'm hoping somebody here can help me. I might have a long layover this January in Shanghai. I would arrive in the morning and leave again late that same evening, so I would be in China for less than 24 hours. I'd like to actually do something rather than waste the whole day in the airport. I hold a US passport, which is valid for more than 6 months after January. The only information I could find is about tourist visas ranging from 3 months to a year. Is it possible to get a different visa for less than 24 hours that would allow me to leave the airport and explore the city a bit? Alternatively, if I don't leave the airport, will I still be required to have some sort of transit visa? Thank you for any advice you might have!
Nov 6, 2012 12:18 AM
1As an American with confirmed flights arriving and departing China within 48 hours of each other, you should be able to get landing permission to stay 48 hours in Shanghai on arrival. This isn't a transit visa and it's not something you arrange beforehand. You get it on arrival with a stamp in your passport. Search back posts here and look at the consulate webpage FAQs.
Hopefully, this will remain the situation in January.
Nov 6, 2012 9:24 AM
Nov 6, 2012 10:12 AM
3No need for a Chinese visa.
It's called Transit without Visa and you must be on a Country A - China - Country B international transit. Your US passport entitles you to no more than 48 hours in Shanghai (either or both airports PVG and SHA). 24 hours at other Chinese airports. Hours are counted from scheduled arrival to scheduled departure. You may leave the airport during your transit, after you get the TWOV stamp in your passport at incoming Immigration.
If you plan in the next year to go to China for a true visit, you might consider getting a visa anyway. US passport holders applying in the USA can get a 12-month, multiple entry visa with 30, 60, or 90 days each stay. For same price as a shorter term one. Otherwise, if this is a one-off situation for the following year, just use TWOV.
Nov 6, 2012 10:24 AM
4In addition, current legislation is pending to extend this to 72 hours for transiting International foreigners, but has yet to be enacted. The Chinese want the foreigners to shop and spend money, adding billions to tourism in major cities.
Just so you know, you can take the Meglev train from Pudong Airport, to the city, its goes about 380KPH and take a few minutes, where you switch to a Line 2 train and go on into the city, you have many options for sightseeing, a typical one would be going to East Nanjing Rd, then heading to Peoples Park, over to the Bund, which is beautiful at night, looking across the river to Pudong and cityscape. Or you can go to the French Concession areas and shop boutiques and enjoy wine bars, french bakeries and nice lanes of old historic home and residences.
January will be cold though, peak of winter there, so have a nice coat, gloves and hat for sure.
If you want shop for knocks offs and basic clothes, the Line 2 Science and Technology stop on way to/from Airport/Meglev is a great underground mall for shopping.
For up to date things to eat, shop and enjoy, check out, TimeOut.
Nov 9, 2012 5:11 AM
5Wow this is great information, and SoloHobo you've answered my next question: What to do for the day in Shanghai. Thank you both for all your help!
Nov 29, 2012 7:18 PM
6We'll be in Shanghai for one day (arriving Dec 16 evening and leaving Dec 18 morning) on the same sort of transit without visa. That means we have one full day.
Other than The Bund (yeah, got to do that, I think it's the law or something) and that whole tourist ghetto area, and going to the French Concession, is there anything else we should do? I'm not opposed to the super touristy river cruise.
I lived in China awhile back and now live in Taiwan with my husband - we don't need to go all "we're in the Far East! Whee!" because we already live in a similar cultural atmosphere (although not quite the same)...so we'd be interested in things of local interest that wouldn't have similar alternatives in Taipei. That's why Yuyuan Gardens is not on our list - we have the Lin Family Mansion, which is less touristy and really not that different. No need to shop - anything "Asian" you can get in Shanghai you can also get in Taipei. The only thing I'd be interested in shopping-wise that I can't get in Taipei is if Shanghai has a branch of Beijing's Shard Box Store. What a great little place that is - I'd love to go back and as far as I know, Taipei has nothing like it.
Thoughts? Or would breakfast-French Concession-lunch-Bund-dinner-bar basically fill up our day?
Nov 30, 2012 6:03 AM
7The only real tourist ghetto in Shanghai is the Peoples Park area, and that is a very nice area, just too much of the tourist thingy...
There is a lot to enjoy in the French Concession, you could hit Jing An Temple, then walk to Anfu Lu/Wukang Lu and Huashan Rd areas, and walk via Julu to other areas as well.
As for a dinner cruise, that could be fun, get one without the DJ though....blaring terrible music...
Of course Dec 18 is damn cold, so be prepared. With that in mind, the Art Museum may be a good call too...
Dec 4, 2012 7:51 PM
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