If you are looking forward to a vacation to be spent in the buzzing and bustling town of Shanghai then before you pack your bags to hop on your flight to Shanghai, make sure you have packed in the essentials.
When it comes to shanghai essentials, it is actually all about the season you have booked your cheap airfare tickets on the cheapest airline for. Those of you, who have opted for a spring and autumn holiday, i.e. from March to May and September to November respectively, should add in a light but warm sweater or a lightweight jacket for that slight chill in the air. If you have booked your cheap tickets to Shanghai for the months of June, July and August, well, it is the summer season so travel light!
It is also advised that you pack in few monsoon essentials like a raincoat and an umbrella, for the literal rainy day which makes its presence felt between the autumn and summer season. Though if you have to choose your holiday time in the city try to visit sometime during the spring and autumn. Like any other Asian city, the summers are not easily bearable due to the fact that mercury hits the zenith, also winters get freezing cold at times and rains simply create havoc. Hence the almost cool weather offered during these two seasons is your best bet of enjoying Shanghai and your holiday here, without any discomfort.
Once you land in Shanghai, be prepared to see hordes and hordes of people around you. Be it the airport, the roads or places of attractions; adjust to be one among hundreds in the sea of people. The holidays, especially the New Year, Labor Day and National Day, are also when you can expect to see throngs of crowd as these are special occasions for the locals and they are out in full force to celebrate!
Talking of events, few of the most sought after celebrations include the Chinese New Year. If you wish to be a part of this, then book your tickets months in advance. Besides this, there is the typical Chinese Tea Drinking Ceremony that you have to experience, the Beer Festival which is held in July, and the most spectacular sporting event of the country called the Shanghai Marathon Cup.
When it comes to social interaction, while greeting people, bow and be ready to be accorded the same treatment. Also, interestingly, Chinese and especially Shanghai residents, tend to clap as a form of greeting, when anyone joins a group of people. So the next time you come to stand with your group of local friends, revel in the applause because your friends are welcoming you!
When it comes to tipping, the custom is catching on in the country. To pay your bill at a restaurant you may include a 3% tip and offer a dollar or two to the service staff.
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