Shanghai Transportation Tips by lindyz
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Vast expanse of Pudong Airport
We had planned to take the Maglev (Magnetic Levitation Train) from Shanghai to Pudong Airport, but decided against it as we had very heavy luggage. The maglev is the fastest train in the world, reaching speeds of up to 431 kph. It travels 30km from Shanghai to Pudong in less that 7 minutes! We will have to do this exciting train trip next time we visit Shanghai. Instead, we got a taxi to Pudong airport. The taxi ride took about one hour and the cost one way was 210rmb. Pudong Airport is MASSIVE (another word to describe China apart from HUGE!) It has several terminals, but amazingly enough we were checked in within 5 minutes of finding the right check-in line!
Inside Line 2 Subway Train
I had only ever caught a subway twice in Bangkok, which I found quite easy to do. So, Tracy and I entered Nanjing East Station, apprehensive and not having a clue where to go or what to do! We simply just followed the crowds - and it worked! We bought individual tickets for each trip, I believe you can also buy a reloadable card, but we didnt see where or how to do that. Simply go to the ticket machines which are extremely easy to use. Select English, then select which line you want, we always used Line 2. Then select which station you want to go to and it will then come up with the fare. Most machines only accept coins, but there was one that also accepted notes. Fare to Pudong was 3rmb one way and fare to Xinyang Markets (Science & Technology Museum stop) was only 4rmb one way. All the stations we used were well sign-posted in English and very easy to use.
The subway was quick, air conditioned and we usually got a seat. There was a train coming to Nanjing East Station about every 2 minutes. Tracy and I laughed everytime the recorded message came on about which station we were approaching and it always said "Get ready to alight from the left-a side" We couldnt help but laugh every time we heard it, they didnt say the left side, they always said "the left-a side!!" I guess you had to be there ...
On a single journey, the ticket machine will spit out a little card, the size of a credit card. You will need to swipe this card to gain entry to the station and then when you are leaving your distination station, you just need to insert this card into a slot at the gate to get through, and you dont get it back. It then gets re-used I assume for the next persons journey.
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