Shanghai is one of the largest cities on earth, with over 20 million people living in the metropolitan area. This beautiful city is a tourism hot spot because of its unique mix of modern and ancient cultures. Some of the top employers in Shanghai are GE, Sumitomo, Hitachi, Itochu, Mitsubishi, Mitsui Fudosan, Siemens, Fuji Film, Marubeni and VW. The sales tax within the city is known to vary from place to place.
Shanghai has two major airports to serve travelers. The first is Pudong International (PVG), which is the 4th-busiest air freight handler in the world. Roughly 30 million people per year pass through PVG. The second airport is Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), which handled almost 23 million people last year. SHA was completed in 1999 and has been a major transportation hub for this part of the world ever since. The Shanghai Metro rapid-transit system is an elevated rail system that transports people in and out of the city for work, tourism or other activities. Shanghai is also known for having one of the most expensive bus systems in the world.
While in Shanghai, there are many ways to get around. The best way to navigate the streets of this great city is by bus. Shanghai has the most expensive bus system in the world, with over 1,000 lines to serve its travelers. The bus fares range between 1-2 yen for movement within the city. Metro travelers can expect to pay between 2-3 yen. Taxi services are very common in the city because the government requires that the fares be affordable. Fares within the city average around 11 yen for 3km.
Shanghai has many news publications in both Chinese and English. The paper with the highest distribution throughout the city is an English paper called the Shanghai Daily. This newspaper is known for being a provider of world news as well as local happenings.
Chinese news publications include Jiefang Ribao, Wenhui Bao, Xinmin Wanbao and Youth Daily.
In China, it is not fully expected for a tip to be given. Just recently has it even been accepted as a common practice. You should gauge your tip on how you rate the service. Be careful, because most places already add a 5% to 15% surcharge to everything. For restaurant bills with no surcharge, the normal 15%-20% is acceptable.