Getting Around Shanghai
The Huangpu river cuts through the center of Shanghai with several bridges connecting the east and west banks. The Bund is located on the on the western bank or the Puxi side while the skyscrapers are on the eastern side, or the Pudong. There is a a long elliptical road that runs around and through the center of the city called the First Ring road. The convenient subway and bus system in Shanghai make it a breeze to get around town.
To learn more about the different ways to navigate Shanghai, please read the descriptions below.
Types of Transportation
Only take a taxi if it is easily identifiable with the typical hood light on top of the car and a meter in the car. There are many unofficial "taxis" in which someone will take a flat rate and drive you somewhere in their own car, but these are not recommended.
The most common and convenient way to get around Shanghai is to buy a pre-paid Public Transportation Card. With the transportation card, you can ride buses, taxis and subways. The card will have an initial cost of 20 RMB and you can add money on the card as necessary. When you are done with the card, you can give it back and get your 20 RMB back. The Shanghai subway can be really crowded at times, so it is a pain to get in a long line to purchase a ticket every time, which makes the Public Transportation Cards very convenient.