Literally means “above sea” – no wonder it has so much to offer as it is the city that never sleeps – exhilarating for those who seek an active lifestyle. To facilitate its crucial function as a gateway to China , it's integrated logistic and transportation systems manifestly reflect this main heart of activities. Easy and excellent accessibility by all modes of transportation, namely road, air, sea and rails is crucial.
Not withstanding the fact that it has a super duper public transportation system, it also has clean streets and surprisingly little air pollution which is clearly in contrast to other major cities. The city is also linked with thousands of bus lines apart from the Shanghai Metro (subway) which has four lines at present. All these facilities are made available for them to fuel demand of a highly educated and modernized workforce. Such infrastructures are crucially required to facilitate the movement of the labour forces domestically as well as internationally.
Not surprisingly to note the world first of its kind, maglev railway was erected there, from Shanghai’s Long Yang Road subway station to Pudong International Airport. It takes only 7 minutes to travel a 30 km journey with its maximum speed of 431 km/h. Such an advanced and sophisticated transportation mode is necessary in view of its huge population coupled with its attraction as a favorite tourist destination.
This city also has two airports; namely Pudong International airport, caters for both domestic and international flights, served as one of the most important hubs in China. Whereas Hongqiao Airport is mainly used for domestic flight purposes.
To supplement its function as the gateway to China, numerous elevated roads are also added, apart from the three railways intersections in this grand city. You may find these elevated roads appear in expressway-like road conditions (direction separated lanes).
These bridges/multi level highways in the centre of this great city, featuring the Chinese character “well”, link up the flow of traffic from every direction. This zig-zag crossing afloat and under the elevated highways truly reflected the glory of their local architectural designs. If you were traveling at high speed, you may feel like traveling on a roller coaster. Tunnels and bridges cleverly creep in to link up certain areas such as Puxi to Pudong.
Everywhere you find big crowds of people, truly reflects its real success as a tourists destination. Normally you may also find parades of buses bring in and out thousands of visitors, local and foreign, to and fro this grand city. As such, parking problem becomes a norm here. To overcome this problem, the drivers (locally called “Shi fu” or master) of all these tourist coaches usually stopped their vehicles at the road side of the main destination to drop their valued passengers. Thereafter, they have to drive to a destined parking area, which is a walking distance away from these tourist spots. What will happen if more and more people, whom majority at present are still using bicycles and scooters as their main mean of transportation, upgrade to motor cars.
Although it has well equipped with all these sophisticated transportation infrastructure, ironically we find some of their traffic rules are not in harmony with the international traffic laws. Pedestrians who are used to normal traffic rules, usually have to ensure that both sides of the traffic where two lanes of flowing directly opposite to each other, are clear before crossing, they have to be extra cautious especially when crossing the road. Pedestrians are legally obliged to give way to the motorists as the latter are legally obliged to slow down their vehicle, but not obliged to stop even when approaching a zebra-crossing – contradictory to the normal traffic rules. I was told that the local authority is looking into the matter seriously. I guess it is due to their own uniqueness where pedestrians and cyclists at one time form the majority far beyond when compared to motorists. That may be the reason why they think it is more appropriate to shift the legal burden to pedestrians, rather than the motorists. With the present situation, the Zig-zag traffic flow has complicated the above problem especially to the pedestrians.
Being one of its tourists’ main attraction spots, Shanghai Bund, is the classic image of Shanghai. Here, you will find huge crowds of tourists flooding the area day and night. It is worthwhile to note the elegant colonial architectural buildings and the new futuristic buildings actually blend in easy harmony, separated by the famous Huangpu river, being the main attraction. Naturally it never failed to attract visitors, being individual or groups to snap their photos with such wonderful and rare background of its kind.
Taking a cruise along this famous river, which divide the majestic buildings dating back to Shanghai’s grandest days and the latest landmark area such as Oriental Pearl Towers and trade centre, you may find some fun and excitement.
Alternatively, taking such a cruise at night may prove romantic especially for young loving couples. The effect of the neon lights from those elegant buildings along the river, may be viewed as if it is candle lights from mighty candle stands. Just imagine you are at that scene, staring at the beauty of the lighting while you let other parts of body do the talking with your sweet and lovely partner – a real romantic and joyful sensation. The breeze blowing towards both of you, may add more sensation to their already intimate feeling. By snapping a photo with such a memorial and sweet moment is worth far beyond the effort.
For those who have already known of its port, being the largest in the world as of December 2004, will not find any surprise to see huge cargo ships frequently moving along this river. As such, taking a photo with such unplanned cargo ship as a background would become a norm here.
This never sleeping city brings in and out hundreds of thousands of visitors either domestic or foreign daily. Coaches forming beelines along the bund is a normal sight to the local people. Beggars; young and old, able and disable, are also seen trying to take advantages of the crowds.