ICSOC 2012 Travel & Weather Information

Shanghai Flights & Airport

Shanghai has two commercial airports: Hongqiao International (SHA) and Pudong International (PVG), the latter of which has the third highest traffic in China, following Beijing Capital International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport. Pudong International handles more international traffic than Beijing Capital however, with over 17.15 million international passengers handled in 2006 compared to the latter's 12.6 million passengers. Hongqiao mainly serves domestic routes, with a few city-to-city flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Seoul 's city airport.

Shanghai also has one general aviation airport, Longhua Airport, which is partly used for pilot training.

Airport Inquiry Number: +86 21 96990

Shanghai Taxi

In this market, Dazhong Taxi Company, Qiangsheng Taxi Company, Jinjiang Taxi Company, Ba-Shi Taxi Company and Nong Gong Shang Taxi Company are the main taxi companies.

Besides flagging down a cab on the street, you can also book a car by phone. There is no service fee for phone bookings except Dazhong company, which charges 4 yuan for each telephone or online reservation. The taxi hotline is, 96965 and English is available.

Shanghai Taxi Dispatch Information Service Center Hotline: 96965


For more Information: http://www.meet-in-shanghai.net/taxi.php#xviewb

Shanghai Metro
Shanghai has an extensive public transport system, largely based on buses, taxis, and a rapidly expanding metro system. All of these public transport tools can be accessed using the Shanghai Public Transportation Card.The Shanghai Metro rapid-transit system and elevated light rail has 11 lines (numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7, 8 ,9,10 and 11) at present and extends to every core urban district as well as neighboring suburban districts such as Songjiang and Minhang. It is one of the fastest-growing systems in the world - the first line opened in just 1995. Shanghai also has the world's most extensive bus system with nearly one thousand bus lines, operated by numerous transportation companies. Not all of Shanghai 's bus routes are numbered - some have names exclusively in Chinese. Bus fares are usually CNY 1, 1.5 or 2, sometimes higher, while Metro fares run from CNY 3 to 9 depending on distance. For more Information: http://www.meet-in-shanghai.net/metro.php

Shanghai Maglev Train

In cooperation with the Shanghai Municipality and the Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co. (SMT ), German Transrapid constructed the first commercial Maglev railway in the world in 2002, from Shanghai's Longyang Road subway station in Pudong to Pudong International Airport . Commercial operation started in 2003. The 30 km trip takes 7 minutes and 21 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 431 km/h (267.8 mph). Normal operating speeds usually reach 431km/h, but during a test run, the Maglev has been shown to reach a top speed of 501km/h.

Longyang Road Station: First train: 6:45, Last train: 21:30;
Pudong Airport Station: First train: 7:02, Last train: 21:32;

6:45-17:00 ----- 15 mins.
17:00-21:00 ----- 20 mins.
21:00-21:30 ----- 30 mins.


  • Single trip ticket : CNY 50, Round trip ticket (of the same day) : CNY 80
  • VIP Single trip ticket : CNY 100, VIP round ticket (of the same day) : CNY 160

Tel: +86 21 28907777

Fax: +86 21 28907646

For more information: http://www.smtdc.com/en/index.asp

Shanghai Metro & LRT Route Map
metro map

Shanghai Weather & Climate

With a pleasant northern subtropical maritime monsoon climate, Shanghai enjoys four distinct seasons, generous sunshine and abundant rainfall. Its spring and autumn are relatively short compared with summer and winter. The average annual temperature is 18 degrees Celsius. The city has a frost-free period lasting up to 230 days a year. The average annual rainfall is 1,200 millimeters (about 50 inches). However, nearly 60% of the precipitation comes during the May-September flood season, which is divided into three rainy periods, the Spring Rains, the Plum Rains and the Autumn Rains.

The highest temperature is in July and August. For ten days or so in these two months, the temperature can reach 35 degrees centigrade. The coldest period is from the end of January to early February - usually during the Chinese Spring Festival. This awfully cold period will last for about three days but it seldom snows. From March to May, the conditions are pleasant so this is the best season for traveling. The 'Plum Rain Season' is from mid-June to early July. From late August to the first twenty days of September, the city is also susceptible to typhoons, none of which in recent years has caused considerable damage. Generally you will need a light coat and sweater in spring and short- sleeved shirts in summer. In autumn, long-sleeved shirts, sweater and coat are necessary, while sweater and overcoat are appropriate in winter.