Jan 19, 2015 at 05:41 PM
Shanghai, situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, is the busiest transport hub in eastern China. As an important financial and business center of China and of the world, it has highly developed infrastructure, including a convenient public transportation network. There are various means of transport available to the people of Shanghai to connect them to outside. Be it by air, by train, by long distance buses or by ship, people can conveniently commute to other places. Shanghai has an extensive public transport system, largely based on metros, buses and taxis. Payment of all these public transportation tools can be made by using the Shanghai Public Transportation Card . Shanghai's rapid transit system, the Shanghai Metro, incorporates both subway and light railway lines and extends to every core urban district as well as neighbouring suburban districts. Taxis are plentiful in Shanghai. Private car ownership in Shanghai has been rapidly increasing in recent years, but a new private car cannot be driven until the owner buys a license in the monthly private car license plate auction. Shanghai is one of the leading air transport gateways in Asia. The city has two commercial airports: Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Pudong Airport is the main international airport. Shanghai's ideal location by the Yangtze River makes it easily accessible by boat. The main passenger port is the Shiliupu Passenger Port located at Zhongshan Nan Road about 1 km south of the Bund. There are boats from Shanghai along the Yangtze River up to Jiujiang, Wuhan and Chongqing. There are also boats between Shanghai and some of China's neighbouring countries, such as South Korea and Japan. The city's systems are very well integrated. It will be more convenient and pleasant if you use a Shanghai Public Transportation Card when you travel around Shanghai. Due to rapid increase of vehicles on the road, roadways are becoming jammed thus blocking traffic routes. There are many different ways to get around Shanghai with bicycles, walking and buses as the main modes of transportation. Public transport in Shanghai is extremely cheap and generally, very efficient. Which ever way you decide to travel around this vast city, you can be sure that it will be a feast for the senses. A true insight into the rich, vibrant and colourful street life that gives Shanghai its unique personality.