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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby MrsKiasu » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:59 am

Dont like leh :razz:

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby floppy » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:31 am

MyPillow wrote:
go hk iar, more fun for kids ,since u done macau.
go ocean park if u dun wana go disney ( but i think ur girls will really like disney if they have yet to try one)- actually hk disney got chance to take some rides multiple times ; got chance to take photo with princess n characters etc no so long q.


Talking about Disney...



Officially open today.

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby Vevey » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:26 pm

Is it nec to book G train tix to Changzhou for 5 pax in advance during March sch hol or can just buy on the spot?

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby starlight1968sg » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:05 pm

Vevey wrote:Is it nec to book G train tix to Changzhou for 5 pax in advance during March sch hol or can just buy on the spot?

I have been to Shanghai twice
I didn't book in advance for the G train to hangzhou and suzhou
Just be there early to buy the tickets of your preferred timing and have a plan B in case you can't buy for that timing

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby Vevey » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:16 am

starlight1968sg wrote:
Vevey wrote:Is it nec to book G train tix to Changzhou for 5 pax in advance during March sch hol or can just buy on the spot?

I have been to Shanghai twice
I didn't book in advance for the G train to hangzhou and suzhou
Just be there early to buy the tickets of your preferred timing and have a plan B in case you can't buy for that timing

Thanks for your advice! It will be our 1st time at Shanghai station so I am quite concern w the crowd ard noon. Where/which cafe will be a good place to wait w 3 kids in tow?

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby starlight1968sg » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:28 am

vevey
Train stations in China are huge
BTW, i think there are at least 2 train stations in Shanghai and please check the right station to board your train ...

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby floppy » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:25 am

starlight1968sg wrote:
Vevey wrote:Thanks for your advice! It will be our 1st time at Shanghai station so I am quite concern w the crowd ard noon. Where/which cafe will be a good place to wait w 3 kids in tow?

vevey
Train stations in China are huge
BTW, i think there are at least 2 train stations in Shanghai and please check the right station to board your train ...


There are 4 main train stations in SHG: Shanghai, Shanghai South, Shanghai West and Shanghai Hongqiao. There are trains to Changzhou from these stations but at different timing. You have to make sure you get to the right one to take the train that you want. You can use ctrip to help in your planning.

Train takes about an hour to reach your destination. You don't have to buy ahead but it is recommended (you can also buy tickets when you arrived in SHG). Always try to go for the G train first (train number starting with G) as these are the high speed trains with less stops in between (and they are always the first to be sold out).

As for food, if you are looking for good food, follow the number 1 Singaporean rule: Go for the one with the longest queue. On the other hand, if only for waiting, head for the one with the least people. When all else fails, there's always 麦当劳 or 星巴克.

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby jetsetter » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:41 am

Vevey wrote:Is it nec to book G train tix to Changzhou for 5 pax in advance during March sch hol or can just buy on the spot?

Mid-March is ok, as the next PH is Qing Ming Festival in Apr.

For 5 pax, of which 3 are young children, you may book in advance if you want to ensure you're seated together as a family. Normally for a) smaller groups or groups with older teens; b) LONGER journeys; or c) Second Class seats, people just purchase on the spot. SH to CZ is less than 1 hr by G train.

There are about 5 or 6 passenger stations in SH: SH North, SH West, SH South, etc...But, the stations serving your route are SH Hongqiao and SH Station@闸北. Go online to check your preferred timings. Some take longer cos they stop at every timbaktu station. Train types are diff too. Some are HSR, some are normal rail.

Don't expect fantastic F&B at train stations where you can lounge for 2 hours. But there'll be a few fast food stations with free wifi and convenience stores. There's ZERO need to wait in rail stations if you plan your itinerary properly. For instance, book in advance, or purchase the next train upon arrival.

You can always buy instant noodles onboard the train, or tapao tea leaves eggs, McDs or sausages to munch on the train. For first class, they may serve Chinese tea, coffee, water and magazines/papers.

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby floppy » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:00 am

I was about to post: must wait for KSP Shanghai resident jetsetter to provide further inputs :rotflmao:

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Re: Travel: China - Shanghai

Postby jetsetter » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:00 am

floppy wrote:I was about to post: must wait for KSP Shanghai resident jetsetter to provide further inputs :rotflmao:

That would be MKS and Song22!! :siam:

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