Visas: Shanghai has had a 144-hour visa-free transit policy for international passengers since January 30, 2016. China does not offer visas on arrival, so you’ll need to arrange your visa well in advance of your travels.
Local transportation: Metro and light railway system, local buses, taxis. Uber is also in Shanghai, as are Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, the Chinese versions of Uber.
Where to buy a SIM card: China Mobile and China Unicom are the big cell providers in Shanghai, and you can buy a SIM card ("SIM ka") from the telco shops in the city or at most corner stores. Most Chinese SIMs are locked to the province in which they are purchased, so you’ll pay roaming charges when texting, calling, or using data outside of this province.
Popular areas: Jing'an District, Huangpu District, French Concession, Xujiahui, Changning, Yongkang Lu
Popular food: Da Zha Xie (Steamed Crab), Yangchun Noodles, Nanxiang Steamed Buns, Soup Buns, Xiaolongbao
Local travel booking sites: Chinese booking sites such as C-Trip and eLong often offer better rates, especially for domestic travel, than western booking sites.
Things not to do: Get angry if you’re jostled or shoved when queuing - China is a crowded place, and the locals have become accustomed to a much smaller personal space. Don’t be surprised if a local tries to snap a sneaky photo of you or even comes up to ask for a picture with you. Don't forget to get a VPN for China before visiting - China’s ‘Great Firewall’ blocks sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and most of the Google selection. Don't drink the tap water.
Home to the world's second-tallest tower and skyscrappers, Shanghai is China's biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Shanghai's colonial legacy combined with Chinese culture has created a unique fusion of East and West. Shanghai's gorgeous night scene is also one of the city's main highlights.
Check out the art galleries, which offer a window onto contemporary Chinese concerns. Shanghai's music and club scene is exploding, and you'll be able to find a venue that suits your music taste.
Shanghai is a generally safe city, expecially when compared to western countries. Women digital nomads will feel comfortable in Shanghai as the city is largely cosmopolitan. Be careful when you are trying to cross the road, even if the pedestrian light turns green.
Shanghai weather is generally mild and moist, with four distinct seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and an overcast cold winter. The best time to visit Shanghai would be during Spring, which is from March to May.
Coworking Spaces in Shanghai
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.