From the space-inspired architecture of recent buildings such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to the city's unique 'shikumen' (stone gateway) communities and some of the world's finest remaining examples of Art Deco architecture, the physical city sets the tone for this amazing metropolis of contrasts.
Alongside centuries-old historic temples you'll find dazzling shopping malls with enormous wall-screen digital displays hawking the very latest in fashion and electronics.
Lining the western shore of the city's central watercourse, the
In the early part of the 20th century,
Today, it's as an economic powerhouse that
Currency & Banking Services
RMB is the only currency in circulation in
It’s acceptable for such credit cards as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and DinersClub at most of the hotels, restaurants and large shops. Visa, MasterCard can withdraw RMB on automatic teller machines in the commercial banks.
The office hour of the government department: 9:00-17:00 from Monday to Friday
The office hour of business sector such as supermarket and shopping mall: 10:00-22:00
Local Calls: RMB 0.3(about US$ 0.05)/ per min
Domestic Long-distant Calls: RMB 0.8(about US$ 0.14)/ per min
International Calls:RMB9.2(about US$1.5)/per min
(Note: The above price is for reference only.)
For the domestic long-distance calls, just dial the area code first, then the local telephone number.
For the international calls, dial the country code first, then the area code and the local telephone number.
Public Service Numbers
Public Directory: 114
Ban on smoking in many public places. There are smoking and smoking-free areas in most restaurants.
The voltage in
Taxi service is very handy in