Shanghai is a renowned cultural and economic powerhouse, where Western and Eastern influences combined to establish a thriving metropolis. It’s not only the largest city in China; Shanghai is also the largest city in the world by population.
Shanghai’s skyline is instantly recognisable, with historic Shikumen nestled amongst the architectural marvels that house the city’s dynamic commercial, financial and communications industries.
The unique architecture goes part way to explaining Shanghai’s designation as the ‘Paris of the East’. But to completely appreciate the epithet, one must explore Shanghai’s many impressive museums and distinguished fashion, arts and cultural centres.
Located where the Yangtze River Delta meets the sea, this unique position for water-based trade has propelled Shanghai forward throughout history. Shanghai is now home to the largest cargo port in the world and a popular destination for cruise travellers coming from international destinations or down from the myriad of waterways in the Yangtze River.
Shiliupu Passenger Port is a stunning introduction to Shanghai, as travellers are ferried into the heart of the city on the Huangpu River. The unusual glass-bubble terminal is integrated into acres of pristine parkland; however, the renowned Bund precinct and other inner-city Shanghai sites are all within walking distance.
Some cruises terminate at Shanghai Cruise Terminal, an amalgamation of three major passenger terminals along Shanghai’s unrivalled cargo port. These terminals are further out of town and most travellers will be transferred to Shiliupu Passenger Port in the first instance.
Shiliupu Passenger Port is a purpose built facility that serves thousands of passengers on a daily basis. With its sheer scope, size and range of facilities, travellers can get a taste for everything Shanghai has to offer without stepping outside of the terminal.
- Air-conditioned passenger lounges and plazas
- Onsite five-star accommodation
- Retail shopping
- Musical and cultural performances
- Public transport terminals
How To Get Around
With its close proximity to the main centre of Shanghai, there are many options for travel to and from Shiliupu Passenger Port. Taxi is perhaps the most convenient method of travel throughout Shanghai; however, the bus network is also comprehensive and efficient.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 10 minute journey to Shanghai city centre
- It is a 20 minute journey to Hongqiao International Airport
- It is a 40 minute journey to Pudong International Airport.
- It is a 1 hour journey to Hongqiao International Airport (buses leave every 3 minutes)
- It is a 1 hour and 25 minute journey to Pudong International Airport (buses leave every 20 minutes).
The closest train station to Shiliupu Passenger Port is accessible via a short taxi journey or a 1.5 kilometre walk through town.
- It is a 8 minute journey to Shanghai Railway Station
- It is a 1 hour and 5 minute journey to Pudong International Airport.
Ferry services depart regularly from the Bund and stop at over 40 destinations along Huangpu River.
- Currency - The local currency in Shanghai is the renminbi, better known as the yuan and referred to by the locals as kuai. The yuan has three units – ten fen equal one jiao and ten jiao equal one yuan. Notes come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan, 1, 2 and 5 jiao and 1 fen. Coins are available in 1 yuan, 1 and 5 jiao and 1 fen.
- Time Zone - Shanghai uses the China Time Zone, which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Shanghai has a subtropical maritime monsoon climate, with wet, humid summers and cold, windy winters. Shanghai is coldest in January when temperatures reach as low as 1 degrees Celsius and hottest in August when temperatures soar to 35 degrees Celsius. Rain is a constant companion in Shanghai with rainfall occurring for one third of the year.
- The Bund - Also known as Zhongshan Dongyi Road, the Bund is a famous waterfront precinct that has been at the heart of Shanghai – both geographically and figuratively – for hundreds of years. The skyline is a showcase of Shanghai’s European connections with many historic buildings in Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance styles. There are a number of fantastic cafes and bars in the area, which is also a great destination from which to explore Huangpu River by ferry.
- Yuyuan Gardens - These beautiful gardens are over 400 years old, and a stunning demonstration of the traditional Chinese approach to horticulture. While only about 5 acres in size, the gardens boast many stunning settings including rockeries, ponds and cloisters. There are also 6 historic halls and chambers throughout the park that have been used for ceremonies and gatherings for centuries.
- Jing'an Temple - Situated in the flourishing downtown area of Shanghai, Jing'an Temple is one of the most stunning and famous historic temples in all of China. Built in the Three Kingdoms Period, the temple consists of 3 major halls, each with beautifully distinctive interior architecture - the Mahavira Hall, the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the Three Sage Hall. The nearly 4-metre tall sculpture of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Mahavira Hall is the biggest pure jade portrait in Mainland China.