Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, more commonly known as Hongqiao Airport, is an airport located 13 km from the city center of Hongqiao town in the Changning District of Shanghai, China. Serving mainly as a domestic airport, Hongqiao Airport is a hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, and Spring Airlines. The main airport in Shanghai is Pudong Airport. Hongqiao Airport is made up of two terminals – Terminal 1 handles international flights and Spring Airlines flights, while Terminal 2 handles all other flights. Terminal 2, which was constructed in time for the Shanghai Expo in 2010, is four times the size of Terminal 1 and has a capacity of 40 million passengers each year. The terminals are connected via a 15 minute internal shuttle service which operates from 6 am to 10.30 pm daily. Both terminals have free wireless Internet and free power chargers are available at the M2 Departure Floor in Terminal 2. The airport premises also feature a wide variety of shopping and dining options, duty-free shopping, luggage storage, business center services, and children’s playgrounds.
Passengers have several options to get from Hongqiao Airport to the Shanghai city center. Taxis are widely available from outside the arrival halls (except during peak hours), and the journey will take approximately 30 minute and cost Chinese yuan (CNY) 60. A cheaper alternative is to take the bus or the subway. Buses 806, 807, and 1207 from Terminal 1, and Shuniu Line 4 or 9 and Airport Bus Line 1 from Terminal 2 operate during the day. At night, you will have to take the night bus 316. Via subway, Lines 2 and 10 connect Hongqiao Airport to the city center, and will even go towards Pudong Airport. The subway station is located at the basement of the terminal building.
Shanghai is one of the most developed and cosmopolitan cities in China, with a population of over 23 million people and a large community of expatriates. It is a global hub for business, innovation, and culture, and is home to major financial institutions and companies on the cutting edge. Shanghai’s unique history saw influences from British and European forces over the last few centuries, resulting in a captivating blend of East and West that can still be seen today. The architecture of the city itself tells a story – travelers should not miss out on exploring culturally significantly districts such as The Bund or the French Concession which give a taste of 1920s Shanghai, or new-age art deco type buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai World Financial Center (mostly located in Lujiazui District) which make up the iconic Shanghai skyline. In the midst of all of Shanghai’s luxury and modernity, keep your eyes peeled for pockets of tradition that still permeate the everyday lives of the locals.
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