Shanghai Facts & Travel Tip
GMT +8 hours
Mandarin Chinese (中文)
English widely spoken
Welcomed but not required
The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai is conveniently located next to the beautiful Bund waterfront, providing a magnificent view of Pudong and Puxi. The hotel’s location provides convenient access to famous shopping areas, restaurants and local attractions.
The hotel has also gathered valuable information on the best locations in Shanghai for dining, shopping, sightseeing and more. To learn more, please visit Local Attractions Guide.
Shanghai experiences four distinct seasons. Temperature differences between summer and winter are extreme. Temperatures in the summer can reach 35ºC (95ºF), with high humidity and frequent rainfall. Winter temperatures in Shanghai may drop well below zero, though snowfall rarely occurs. Weather conditions in spring and autumn are moderate and comfortable. To see up-to-date weather conditions, please visit the Shanghai Weather website.
China customs varies depending on the citizenship of the traveler. Generally, travellers are permitted to bring into China one bottle of alcoholic beverage and two cartons of cigarettes. There are generally no limitations on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into China, but any amount above US $10,000 must be declared. To learn more, please visit the China Customs website.
All travellers are required to have a passport with at least 6 months of validity. With the exception of citizens of Bruneo, Japan or Singapore, travellers are generally required to obtain a special tourist or business visa prior to entering China. Visas can be obtained from Chinese embassies and/or consulates in most countries. To obtain more information, please visit the Chinese Embassy website.
Currency & Banking
The Renminbi (RMB, ¥) is China’s official currency. Guests may visit the front desk of the hotel to exchange currency. Most currencies are accepted as well as traveler’s checks. A valid passport is required. Currency will be exchanged at the current exchange rate. To see the current exchange rate, please visit the Exchange Rate website.
There are major local and international banks located near the hotel. Banks are generally open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Most banks are also open half days on Saturdays. International ATM machines are located at the hotel lobby. To learn more about banks around the hotel, please visit Local Attractions Guide.
There are seven official public holidays in China.
- New Year's Day (Jan 1)
- Chinese New Year (Jan or Feb)
- Qingming Festivale (Apr 4)
- Labor Day (May 1)
- Dragon Boat Festival (Jun 8)
- Mid-Autumn Festival (Sept 14)
- National Day (Oct 1 – 3)