When to Visit - Shanghai is best experienced in the spring or fall, when the temperatures are milder. Avoid visiting during Chinese New Year (which occurs during mid-January to mid-February) and the National Day Holidays (the first week of October) as many establishments would be shut.

Climate - Shanghai’s climate shifts throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from hot and humid in the summer months to chilly in the winter.

Currency - Shanghai’s currency is the renminbi (RMB). The city has a wide array of ATMs, but not every one of these machines would accept a foreign card. Credit cards are readily accepted at most major establishments and generally offer good exchange rates. 

Internet Access - Most hotels offer either Wi-Fi or internet cables within their premises. You can also find Wi-Fi readily available at many cafes and public areas. However, take note that some social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are blocked in China.