Replies: 31 - Last Post: Feb 12, 2013 7:33 AM Last Post By: AlBeamer
Jan 30, 2013 5:51 AM
Shanghai stopoverHi everyone!
On my way back from Yunnan, I have a stopover in Shanghai. My plane to France leaves from the Pudong airport at midnight, and I have several flight options for the Kunming -> Shanghai leg. Apparently, all planes from Kunming land at the Hongqiao airport so I'll be "crossing" Shanghai at the very least. Question is: which flight should I take?
Here are the different possibilities (landing): 10:55, 13:30, 15:20, 17:30 or 18:30.
I do not particularly enjoy modern, crowded cities and I'll be carrying my luggage around (unless there is some convenient place I can store it for the day?) so I hadn't thought about taking time to visit but I have never been to Shanghai (and probably won't return for sometime)... Would you recommend spending a few hours in the city or just pick up something to eat on my way to Pudong?
Jan 30, 2013 7:06 AM
Jan 30, 2013 7:20 AM
2Thanks for the tip! Not too sure about the Peruvian restaurant but a silk factory sounds interesting. I'll look it up. There is the problem of the luggage though...
Jan 30, 2013 7:58 AM
3Well taking your luggage along is no fun on the Metro, but you can take Line 2 from Hongqiao to the city, since it is evening, the Bund Area are very nice for the sights and the promenade along the river front looking at the vibrant and colorful Pudong skyscrapers, which is a sight to behold at night, has to be one the prettiest modern cityscapes at night in the world. From the Bund area, you can take boat across to Pudong them get the Line 2 again, and then catch the Meglev fast train to the airport.
Just so you know, there are shuttle busses between the two airports as well, a taxi would be about 60Y from Hongqiao to the Bund, and from the Bund to Pudong, about 120Y, maybe more.
The question is the luggage, maybe out them at the Peace Hotel for a few hours, this is one the most beautiful fully restored examples of Art Deco in the world, a gorgeous hotel interior, with a very storied history, not sure of the Bellman wil check bags or not for a non guest though.
If you Google "Shanghai Nighttime" you will see many great images of the city.
Place to eat-
The majority of places to eat on the Bund, especially with a great view from above, are not cheap, western prices, but this place has live music some nights and is very casual and also a menu for all type of good food. Though mostly ExPats and Tourist, its a good time none the less...
Jan 30, 2013 8:14 AM
4Some basic info:
From Hongqiao Airport to Pudong Airport: Direct subway line#2 (8rmb) takes over an hour, the bus#1 (30rmb) takes longer, especially if traffic jams.
Luggage storages at Pudong T1 and T2: rate for the largest piece (dimension?) is 45rmb for 4-10 hours. Perhaps you can find out if your airline would let you check-in early?
You can take the same subway#2 out of Pudong to town (for example: Jing’an 7rmb) or anywhere you fancy. Which domestic flight? It is your decision to play.
Please be aware of the last subway to Pudong probably is before 11pm.
Jan 30, 2013 8:22 AM
Jan 30, 2013 8:27 AM
6I don't go to or pass through Shanghai often but did so last November staying a couple of nights. In my opinion, the city is worth a stay over if only to appreciate a really modern city--even if you don't like modern cities. Explore it according to your own interests or the advice offered above.
Jan 30, 2013 8:59 AM
Jan 30, 2013 9:30 AM
8There are a few flights from KMG to PVG, and in your situation, those would be my first choice because of the luggage. Usually they are (departing KMG) 07:40, 08:25, 15:05, 18:55. I would not take the last one because of lack of recovery options if it gets cancelled/delayed. I'd take one of the morning ones, stick the luggage in Left Luggage and just take a daypack with my valuables, then head into the city. I think Shanghai's worth seeing even if you don't like big cities.
This way, your luggage is already at PVG and it's relatively easy to use subway, bus, or Maglev + subway to get into town once you're unencumbered. I'd do this in a heartbeat over trying to find a place in the city to park luggage, or have to put it in Hongqiao then backtrack to there after sightseeing, though this is an option. If you decide to fly to Hongqiao, just using left luggage there then getting back by about 20:00 to pick it up and take the Hongqiao-Pudong shuttle bus, would be my Plan B.
If you aren't seeing KMG-PVG flights for your travel dates (esp if flying after March), they may not be loaded into the system yet.
Jan 30, 2013 9:32 AM
Jan 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Jan 30, 2013 9:32 PM
11Try this airline:
They're cheap AND will be landing on PVG :)
Jan 30, 2013 9:36 PM
Jan 30, 2013 11:59 PM
13Take the advice of Jiejie, she is (as always) providing excellent information. In this case, there is a slight mistake, however, I can see one morning flight KMG - PVG, that is the 7.40 departure. The 08.25 is *1*8.25. Anyway, even though I am no big fan of Shanghai. I'd go for the morning flight to PVG, and then spend the day in the city center.
Jan 31, 2013 2:09 AM
14The 08:25 KMG-PVG flight operates Sundays and Wednesdays, at least for next few months. We don't know this OP's schedule so I have no idea if it works with his timing or not. If he happens to be flying on a different day and has only the 07:40 option, that would be my recommendation to take as well. There's enough to keep one occupied in Shanghai all day.
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