Your First Week in Shanghai

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You’ve just spent a very long time on an airplane and arrived at the Shanghai airport. Welcome to China!

Now what?

Hopefully, you have someone who picked you up from the airport and brought you to where you’ll be staying. If not, put on your walking shoes and good luck hitchhiking!

Just kidding, we know you are more prepared than that. Being the savvy China traveler that you are, you will have already printed out your destination in Chinese to show to the tens of airport taxicabs waiting to escort you to where you’ll be calling home for the duration of your stay in China.

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You should have plenty of time during your 1-3 month Gi2C internship in Shanghai to get a real feel for the city.  Once you’ve unpacked and are over jetlag, there are so many things for you to do and see in Shanghai that you might not know where to start. Here’s some info to make your first week in Shanghai fabulous.

1. Using the subway or tube is often faster than finding a cab during rush hour. If you plan to stay in Shanghai more than 1 month, consider getting a transport card (Jiao Tong Ka), which you can use to load money on a less frequent basis than buying a ticket twice a day.

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2. We’re sure you packed everything you needed for China, but if perchance, while a “friend” is unpacking, they realize they forgot something at home, the best shops to buy imported goods include Carrefour, Metro, Wal-mart, Sam’s Club, Cityshop and Tesco.

3. You must be hungry after all that unpacking and getting lost on the subway. Sit down and eat some xiao long bao, Shanghai’s infamous steamed buns, which are stuffed with pork and crabmeat in a savory broth.

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4. Anytime you feel like walking off your jetlag or a full stomach, head over to the Bund. It’s the perfect background for a selfie to let your friends and family back home know you arrived and undeniable proof that you’re really in Shanghai. There are a lot of other great places to visit in Shanghai, but the Bund is one of the best places to start.

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5. After a full week of sightseeing and walking around, make sure to enjoy the night view of Shanghai from up high. The Shanghai Tower, Shanghai’s tallest building, is opening to the public in mid-2015 making it the best place to overlook Shanghai. However, there are plenty of other lofty vantage points to have a drink and relax.

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Congrats on surviving your first week in Shanghai!  Your adventure of a lifetime has just begun.

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