Weather and temperature
Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are very cold and temperatures often drop well below zero, though with few snowfall. In contrast, summers tend to be hot and humid. The weather in Shanghai is overall mild and moist all year round, with spring and autumn being the best time for traveling.
June and July are the plum rain season, characterized by gloomy and rainy weather. From late August till early September, Shanghai is frequented by typhoons and rainstorms, but they rarely cause any considerable damage. When traveling in Shanghai during these periods, please prepare umbrellas or raincoats.
Spring (March to May) is warm and pleasant, very suitable for spring outing or traveling. Summer in Shanghai is very hot and humid, with July and August having the highest temperatures. Typhoons and sudden heavy rains frequent during summer. When traveling in summer, please prepare umbrellas, which can be used to protect against rain, as well as the strong sunshine on sunny days. Autumn (September to November) is one of the best times of the year for visiting Shanghai. The weather is generally sunny and dry. This is also the best time for eating crabs in Shanghai. Winter in Shanghai is characterized by bitingly cold north wind and heavy humidity. Nighttime temperatures often drop well below zero, but it rarely snows. The coldest period is from late January till early February, usually during the Chinese Spring Festival.
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Standard time zone:UTC/GMT +8 hours
No daylight saving time in 2011
Time zone abbreviation: CST - China Standard
When to arrive
Registration will open on Monday from 2pm. The Poster Session will start at 5pm.
The Conference sessions start on Tuesday, May 14th at 09:00am sharp with the keynote session.
The sessions end on Friday, May 17th at 2:15pm.
Arrival by air
Shanghai has two international airports something no other city in China can boast. Pudong International Airport handles 60% of flights including most flights from all over the world, while the remaining 40% use Hongqiao International Airport.
As one of the main Chinese airline hubs, Shanghai has opened connections with nearly two hundred cities, half domestic ones and half international and regional ones.
Direct flights provide Shanghai with connections to dozens of international air terminals such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Bangkok, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, London, Moscow, Rome as well as regional links with Hong Kong and Macau.
Domestic flights link Shanghai with Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xian, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang and others.
Pudong International AirportAirport Code: PVG
Location : Shanghai Pudong International Airport is located in Pudong New District, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Shanghai's downtown area and about 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) from Hongqiao International Airport.
Hongqiao International Airport
Airport Code: SHA
Location : Hongqiao International Airport is situated in the western outskirts of Shanghai, about 13 kilometers (about 8 miles) from downtown area and about 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) from Pudong International Airport.
Public Transport in Shanghai
There are more than 1,000 bus lines in Shanghai city and about 50 bus lines are being opened, adjusted or lengthened every year.
The demonstration line of the Maglev Train is the important project of the Shanghai traffic development during the tenth five-year development period of the nation and is also the first Maglev Train used in business in the world with the function of transporting, displaying, tourism and sightseeing.
The magnetic suspension train is from Long Yang stop of the no.2 subway in the west to Pudong international airport in the east which eased the heavy traffic between the city and Pudong airport. The whole line was 30km long, including the upper departing line and the lower arriving line with the speed of 430km/h.
It will cost 8 minutes for a single line. Since March, 29th, 2004, the magnetic suspension train has adjusted the running time. In former time, the train works half a day during work time and a whole day at weekend. Nowadays, it opens from 8:30am to 5:30 pm everyday at the interval of 20 minutes with 54 schedules in total.
Taxi in Shanghai
There are about 50.000 taxies in Shanghai most of which are Santana. The largest taxi companies in Shanghai are Volkswagen (lake blue), Giang Sheng(yellow), Johnson(white), Bus(green)and Hai Bo(blue).
Call ahead whenever possible. Trying to hail a cab on the street works fine if it's a reasonable hour and a main street. Otherwise you could have a long wait for the next taxi to turn down your road.
In Shanghai, the companies are color-coded, which makes it easier. The light blue taxis are the best, but if you don't have one of those, opt for yellow, then green or white.
Give the cab driver your directions in Chinese. Most of them don't speak English. If you have a map from your hotel, or better yet something with the address written down in Chinese, give it to the driver.
If you get into a cab facing the wrong way, make sure the driver doesn't start the meter until you're pointed in the right direction. Make sure the taxi driver stops the meter where you want to get off.
Get a receipt. Sometimes you can reimburse them for business expenses, but more importantly, should you leave something behind in the taxi, a receipt is the only way to get it back, especially in Shanghai.
Da Zhong(大众), color : light blue.
Phone number to call a Da Zhong Taxi: 96822.
Phone number to complain a Da Zhong Taxi: 62580780.
Qiang Sheng(强生), color: yellow.
Phone number to call a Qiang Sheng Taxi: 62580000.
Phone number to complain a Qiang Sheng Taxi: 62581234.
Ba Shi(巴士), color: green.
Phone number to call a Ba Shi Taxi: 96840.
Phone number to complain a Ba Shi Taxi: 64312788.
Jin Jiang(锦江), color: white.
Phone number to call a Jin Jiang Taxi: 62155555.
Phone number to complain a Jin Jiang Taxi: 64169292.
Hai Bo(海博), color: blue.
Phone number to call a Hai Bo Taxi: 96965.
Phone number to complain a Hai Bo Taxi: 62130011.