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Shanghai travel

Before you leave Canada

Entry requirements
To enter China you will require a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry with at least 2 blank pages. A visa will need to be organized prior to your arrival. For this you will require a completed application form with one passport photo and your passport. Allow 5-10 working days for processing. It is your responsibility to ensure all visa and entry requirements are met prior to arrival in China. For all other nationalities, consult your consulate or tourist board for details. You can also visit www.voyage.gc.ca for up-to-date information.

Baggage
Please refer to aircanada.com for baggage information.

Airport check-in
It is recommended that you present yourself at the airport counter of the airline indicated on your voucher 3 hours prior to departure. Air Canada or Air Canada Vacations representatives will be available starting at 5 a.m.

During your stay

Money
The currency of China is the renminbi (RMB) or yuan (colloquially known as 'kwai' meaning “people’s money”) though you will probably see Hong Kong dollars floating around southern China.  ATMs are abundant in most areas of China, and credit cards are widely accepted in metropolitan areas like Shanghai.

Exchange rates are regulated, so rates are generally about the same anywhere. While ATMs have become increasingly common and are generally very convenient, traveller's checks remain a viable option in China.  They can be exchanged at airports, banks, some large department stores, and many hotels at a rate slightly better than cash.

Credit cards are becoming increasingly popular and are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants as well as in many supermarkets. Cash is king in China though, and cards are generally not accepted for minor expenses. Carrying a reasonable amount of cash to pay for drinks, snacks, buses, taxis and small souvenirs or other small purchases is a good idea.

Shopping
Shanghai is hailed as a “Shopping Paradise” and often referred to as “Oriental Paris.” So when in Shanghai, shopping should not be missed. Providing the very best of shopping has become an indispensable part of Shanghai's tourism industry. Shopping areas in Shanghai are sometimes referred to as the “Four Streets and Four Cities.”

Food & Water
Shanghai is China’s biggest port city. Since the Qing dynasty, it was thronged by traders from all over the world and was densely populated with both Chinese and foreigners. Restaurants feature dishes of various Chinese origins, including: Beijing, Yangzhou, Sichuan, Cantonese, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo and Shanghai’s local dishes.
 
One can also find dishes from many other countries, such as western cafés and American, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai food.

Vegetarian meals are available but can be harder to find. Drinking local tap water is not recommended. Bottled water is inexpensive and readily available throughout China.

Electricity
The electric current in China operates on 220 volts. Electric plug types come in at least four sizes and vary throughout the country, though the two narrow-pin type is usable in most parts of the country.

Health & Fitness
Travellers to China should take precautions as they would elsewhere in Asia. Western medical facilities are available in the major cities. In remote areas of China, medical facilities are basic. Some of the diseases known to exist in China include hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, rabies and HIV/AIDS. We recommend you take adequate preventative measures to minimize your risk of exposure to these health risks.

Tipping policy
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, drivers and tour leaders, a tip is appropriate. While it may not be customary for you, tipping inspires great service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across the country. As a general guide on small group or special group Journeys, please allow 2 USD to 3 USD per day, per traveller for each local guide, driver and tour leader. If your tour is private, please allow 3 USD to 5 USD per day, per traveller for each local guide and driver. You are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip.

Post & Communication
International mail generally takes 10 to 14 days to reach its destination and prices are a little less than western postal charges. Parcels must be inspected by a customs official at the post office before being sealed and boxes are usually available at the post office. Reverse charge (collect) calls are available in many cities. International phone and fax facilities are widely available however they are expensive (20-30 RMB per minute). International direct dial is available from most hotels for additional charges but the service is not always reliable.

Email services are inexpensive and available in some tourist areas. Hotels often have Internet and email services which are convenient but more costly. More and more hotels provide free Internet access, while some even offer WIFI access.
 
Local time
Shanghai is 8 hours ahead of GMT.

Your departure from destination

Hotel checkout
Hotel checkout times may vary depending on the property but generally you must vacate the room by 12 p.m. (noon).

Duty-free shopping
After an absence of 7 days or more, Canadian residents are permitted to return with a maximum of 750 CAD of merchandise per trip without paying duty. Each time you leave Canada for at least 48 hours, you are eligible to declare up to 400 CAD of merchandise. A written declaration may be requested. Each adult is allowed 1.1 litres (40 oz.) of liquor, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or cigarillos, 200 tobacco sticks and 200 grams (7 oz.) of manufactured tobacco. To calculate the number of days absent, do not count the day you left Canada but include the day you return. If you include cigarettes, tobacco sticks and loose tobacco in your personal exemption allowance, only a partial exemption will apply. You will have to pay a minimum duty on these products unless they are marked “Canada-Duty paid”. Canadian made products sold at duty-free shops will be marked this way.

Airport check-in
Procedures are the same as for departure from Canada.

Customer care
Need help or assistance with your vacation? Contact Air Canada Vacations Customer Care:
http://www.aircanadavacations.com/en/contact_us#Support_During_Travel

For inquiries relating to extension of stay or change or hotel changes, contact Air Canada Vacations Customer Care:
http://www.aircanadavacations.com/en/contact_us#Support_During_Travel


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