Shànghǎi’s traffic and the city’s overpasses and underpasses are the greatest challenges to travellers with disabilities. Many metro stations have lifts (elevators) to platforms but escalators may only go up from the ticket hall to the exit, and not down. Pavements on lesser roads may be cluttered with obstacles.

That said, an increasing number of modern buildings, museums, stadiums and most new hotels are wheelchair accessible. Try to take a lightweight chair for navigating around obstacles and for collapsing into the back of taxis. Top-end hotels have wheelchair-accessible rooms but budget hotels are less well prepared.

China’s sign language has regional variations, as well as some elements of American Sign Language (ASL), so foreign signers may have some problems communicating in sign language.

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