The below information is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Shanghai is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China and the most populous city proper in the world with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014. It is a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.
As a major administrative, shipping and trading city, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to trade and recognition of its favourable port location and economic potential. The city was one of five treaty ports forced open to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War. The subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanking and 1844 Treaty of Whampoa allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement and the French Concession. The city then flourished as a centre of commerce between China and other parts of the world (predominantly Western countries), and became the primary financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region in the 1930s. However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, trade was limited to other socialist countries, and the city's global influence declined. In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city.
Shanghai has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China; renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, and museums and historic buildings, such as those along The Bund, as well as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden.
Transportation to the Venue
From Pudong International Airport (PVG), 50 km to the venue
- Taxi: Taxi fee (one way) around 175 CNY
- Metro: Metro Line 2, Pudong International Airport to Jing'an Temple (20 stops)
- Maglev and Metro: Take Maglev from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Station (50 CNY), then take Metro Line 2 from Longyang Road to Jing'an Temple.
- Airport Bus Line 2: Take the airport line 2. The Jing'an Temple is very close to the Hotel Equatorial Shanghai. It takes one hour and costs 22 CNY. The bus starts from the terminal 1 and then 2. If you are in the terminal 2, some people recommend to walk to the terminal 1 (10 min) to catch a bus, since it is less crowded there. No reservation necessary. After you get on a bus, a conductor comes to you to collect a fare. http://www.shairport.com/en/jcjt/index_225670029.html
From Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), 15 km to the venue
- Taxi: taxi fee (one way) arount 50CNY
- Metro: Metro Line 2, Hongqiao International Airport to Jing'an Temple (8 stops)
Maglev Official Site: http://www.smtdc.com/en/index.html
Shanghai Metro: http://service.shmetro.com/en/
Shanghai Metro Map
TripaAdvisor.com may help you:
Purely speculative recommendations by the IOC chair (I am not Chinese and I never visited this region. All information come from TripAdvisor. Sorry)
ShangHai GuYi Xiang WeiNong: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g308272-d1218641-Reviews-ShangHai_GuYi_Xiang_WeiNong_FuMin-Shanghai.html
ShangHaiRen Jia Jing ZuoFang (HangZhan Dian): https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g308272-d2534125-Reviews-ShangHaiRen_Jia_Jing_ZuoFang_HangZhan_Dian-Shanghai.html
Thai Gallery Shanghai: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g308272-d1100448-Reviews-Thai_Gallery_Shanghai-Shanghai.html
ShangHai Guo Bi Pen Da: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g308272-d1083777-Reviews-ShangHai_Guo_Bi_Pen_Da_HuaShan-Shanghai.html
HOME'S SiFang Cai: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g308272-d3450526-Reviews-HOME_S_SiFang_Cai-Shanghai.html
More may come...
In China, many hotels ask you to pay the "deposit" when you check in.
It may be a great amount (I have no idea for Hotel Equatorial Shanghai) compared to your daily room charge. I was asked 2,500 CNY (about 400 USD) for my 3 night stay when the room charge per night was only 400 CNY. When you check out, they calculate the total charge and charge you again without deposit. I checked my credit card payment later and it seems that the first payment was cancelled or not charged at first place. This is not a common practice in many countries, but they will process it rightfully. A bit scary at the beginning, though. Bringing a credit card is highly recommended. Many restaurants accept credit cards.