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Shanghai dating guide advises how to pick up Chinese girls and how to hookup with local women in Shanghai. Travel, enjoy and have fun with hot single girls and you might even meet the love of your life. Read more on how to date Chinese women, where to find sex and how to get laid in Shanghai, China.

Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai, which literally means ‘Upon-the-Sea’, is a major municipality in China. It is one of the most important financial centers in the world as well as being a cosmopolitan city with over 24 million people living there. Being a globally important city, Shanghai attracts many expats to live, work and study there. In addition to that, Shanghai also sees a large influx of tourists every year to its various attractions, one of them being the Shanghai Disneyland. It is also a leading city when it comes to art, literature, trading, shipping and much more. There are more than 8 million overseas tourists in Shanghai every year, while more than 290 million domestic tourists.

Shanghai Top 10 Overview:

Chance of picking up girls: 3.5/5

Picking up at daytime: 2/5

Picking up at nighttime: 4/5

Looks of girls: 4/5

Attitude of girls: 3.5/5

Nightlife in general: 4.5/5

Locals' English level: 2/5

Moving around the city: 4.5/5

Budget per day: US$40 - $200

Accommodation: US$6 - $200

Girls in Shanghai

More than 98% of girls belong to Han Chinese ethnicity. While the others belong to all over the globe including from Indian subcontinent, White women, Black women, Latinos as well as a tiny portion belong to an Arab heritage. These women who belong to the Han Chinese ethnicity are grouped together under the label ‘Asian women'. They have straight black hair and dark eyes. They have smaller eyes which seem to be like an unturned half-circle. Their noses are flatter as compared to the others and they have wider cheekbones. They have less facial and body hair and always smell wonderful even if they do not use perfumes.

Chinese girls promoting shoes and wearing bunny ears

They are generally thin and petite with the average height being five feet and four inches (5’4”) but you can find taller girls too. They are not well endowed when it comes to physical features of their body. It is not uncommon to see a nearly flat chested adult. They prefer to have a larger thigh gap which is possible in skinny buttocks, thighs, and legs.

Most of these women are very well educated and even have a degree from an International school. They have always been pampered while growing up and continue to still be. It causes a sense of entitlement in them which is also encouraged by the Chinese men. They expect to be treated the same way, if not better, by you.

They know how to enjoy life and are hugely materialists and opportunists. Be sure to shower them with gifts, expensive as well as thoughtful, to continue capturing their attention. They are inherently very talented seductresses and would use all their charms on you if they see a valid reason to do so. Gifts such as jewelry, branded clothes, make-up products and accessories to go with them all will be much appreciated. Be sure to take them out for a fun time and pick up the tabs all along.

RatingLooks Looks of girls: 4/5

Shanghai girls are beautiful although not very endowed compared to their Western counterparts. They are modern and fashionable.

RatingAttitude Attitude of girls: 3.5/5

Girls in Shanghai are are friendly towards foreigners, especially if the foreigners know a little bit of Mandarin. Most educated young females in Shanghai can speak at least medium English.

How to Pick Up Girls

Shanghai is a complicated city, to say the least. While it is modern it still has traditional roots and this needs to be kept in mind while trying to score here. Though it is not uncommon having foreigners hit on local women here, it is considered quite crass if not done properly. And you can’t possibly expect to succeed while being crass all the same. Once you get the girls to lower their guards, you can have amazing fun with them, but use your charm to get them to be comfortable with you and get those guards down before you proceed to hit on her. It is not difficult to pick up girls here, one just needs to be aware of the correct way.

Chinese show girls in Shanghai
RatingPickup Chance of picking up: 3.5/5

Chances of picking up in Shanghai are pretty good and better than other cities in China. Shanghai, being the economic hub of the country has a lot of women of liberal thought.

Tips for Daytime

While there are many places buzzing with beautiful women in Shanghai in the morning, daytime is quite dull, to be honest. People keep to themselves and are busy with whatever they are doing. Approaching a girl or a mature woman is, more than often, met with a cold stare and a group of Mandarin words indicating they do not understand you. That is not to say you absolutely cannot pick up horny chicks in the morning, but that would need an immense amount of wooing talents to achieve.

How To Approach the Girls?

You can try the direct method or the help-me-I’m-lost method to approach a girl. Either way, both of them have their disadvantages and advantages. For the first, you come off as too aggressive so it may bring up the guards of the girl and be off-putting while the advantage is that the girl is under no illusions about your intentions and whether she accepts or rejects your advances, both of you are on the same page. While for the latter method, she may be sympathetic to you at first, but when you start hitting on her, she may feel ambushed. So weigh the options and their possible outcomes and apply those according to your skills, (which would you be able to pull off better?) and your assessment on what the girl you’re about to approach, will appreciate more.

RatingDaytime Chance of picking up at daytime: 2/5

People are really conservative during the day. The chances of striking a conversation and picking up someone is about forty percent. While that may not seem much, being in the correct place would give you a leg up. You have more chance of picking up young girls during the day than of mature women because they are more outgoing and forward thinking.

Best Places to Meet Girls

The Bund is a good location if you are looking for tourist girls, but you cannot possibly expect to score by hitting on local girls on The Bund, that won’t be fruitful. The Bund (also know as Waitan) is a waterfront area in central Shanghai which is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the city. You need to go to the places where there are more local English speaking girls and a relaxed atmosphere. Your easiest bets are malls and other shopping areas. You can meet local girls at several places such as:

  • Shanghai IFC Mall in Pudong New District
  • Super Brand Mall in Lujiazui Xi Road
  • Yuyuan Bazar in Huangpu District
  • Plaza 66 in Jing’an District
  • Dream Cloud Nine shopping mall in Jin Kai Xuan Lu
  • South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market in Huangpu District.
Panoramic view of Pudong's skyline from the Bund. The Bund view point is a very touristic area.

Tips for Nighttime

Shanghai has been often compared with the major cities in the west due to its nightlife. It transforms into a new and livelier city after the sun sets, which has something to offer for everyone living there. Which includes people who are looking to get laid.

It is not necessary that bars and nightclubs be your scene. Shanghai has you covered then too! It offers you an array of choices where you may pick up chicks within your comfort zones, such as restaurants, theaters, cruises as well as full-fledged markets. A visit to such a night market will not only expose you to the local cuisine but also to young college going horny girls who are looking for someone to have fun with. Strike up a conversation at the food stall asking about the exotic food she ordered. Do this in a non-threatening and genuinely curious manner and you may just convince her to take you on a trip around the market showing you all the delicacies. One thing leads to another, and you too may end up spending the night together. Other than the food market, you can also take her to the other markets and splurge on her thereby flaunting your money and getting her more interested in you.

Try to put your best foot forward. If you have to wonder ‘am I doing it right?’, don’t do it. Confidence does wonders when it comes to picking up naughty girls. Wear something which makes you look approachable, better if it comes from an overpriced brand. Of course, whatever you wear should be according to the weather. Things may get pretty hot and humid quite literally.

RatingNighttime Chance of hooking up at nighttime: 4/5

Nighttime brings the naughty side of everyone. The chances of hooking up with someone increases to eighty percent. Not only young girls but also mature women let their hair down and try to find someone to have fun with. They frequent various clubs and restaurants in the hopes of finding someone to pick up their tabs and show them a good time. As a foreigner, you have a very good chance of catching a naughty girl’s eye and later hooking up with them.

Best Nightclubs to Meet Girls

Shanghai is hands down one of the party capitals in China. With a diverse population here from all around the world, the night scene here is quite lively. With lots of different types of clubs and theme clubs, there is no scarcity of places where you can have an amazing time. Unlike many other cities, there is no bar street in Shanghai. So taxis are your best bet for bar hopping. Nightlife in Shanghai starts around 6 pm in the evening and continue till 2 in the morning or even later in the weekends. Let’s get you sorted with a list of places where you can score easier.

  • Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu: Entry in Dada is free of cost. They do not follow a general theme so it is a pleasant surprise everytime you visit. The DJ there is said to be the best in town. So you can take a few horny girls out on the dance floor and grind with each other. It is not a posh place though it is not lacking in any aspect. This bar is filled with graffiti which gives a certain soul to the place as well as giving you an icebreaker. Along with that it also hosts several events. Any girl that you are meeting here might be, more often than not, in-the-know crowd in Shanghai.
  • Cloud 9 and Sky Lounge, Pudong New Area: If you are looking for a drinking experience you will never forget, this is the place to be. Located on the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, it has a cover charge of around 20 USD. Here you get to have a few drinks and a nice dinner while looking at the Shanghai night sky and with a high chance of meeting some mature horny ladies in this posh restaurant. Or move a floor higher to the Sky Lounge area for the bar.
Cloud 9 and Sky Lounge is located in The Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel, in Jin Mao Tower.
  • Bar Rouge, Huangpr Qu: You cannot talk about a bar with a view without mentioning Bar Rouge. This place with a 15 USD cover charge is a tourist hotspot. Here you can meet not only Asian chicks but also chicks from all over the globe. With an open rooftop and one of the best location in Bund area, this is the perfect place where naughty girls can let down their hair and look to have some more fun, which is exactly what you will help them with. Before you head here, be sure to check in the Mr. and Mrs. Bund eatery which is just one floor beneath Bar Rouge and grab dinner. You will not go hungry with their excellent food and lovely ambiance and very generous portion sizes.

Apart from these, there are many new nightclubs opening, and many others closing, almost every week in Shanghai. There are bars and nightclubs for every possible theme you could imagine, as long as it is legal. Be sure to check them up online before you head out. Instead of going to the over-hyped places in Shanghai, going to a new place will let to connect with more local people rather than the touristy sort. Ask the local people where you are staying for recommendations. They would know all the right places where you can score more.

Irrespective of which place you visit, Friday and Saturday nights will be the busiest and will remain open till early in the morning. Once you spot a horny girl you would like to take back to your room, all you need is to have confidence in yourself to approach her. And if you play your cards right, you will end up having an incredible end to the day.

RatingLooks Nightlife in general: 4.5/ 5

The nightlife of Shanghai is as amazing as it is unpredictable. The clubs that are popular now at the time of this article being written, may have closed down by them you are reading this. But as a phoenix rises from its ashes, so does nightclubs and restaurants in Shanghai. It doesn’t take long before a new hotspot replaces the old, giving you lot’s of ground where you can pick up naughty, horny women. Expect to pay European drink prices in the most luxury clubs.

Mature Ladies and Cougars

Shanghai is quite open minded so a relationship with mature ladies is not out of the question. There are many divorcees, as well as women at various stages of marriage, willing to have a relationship with a foreign tourist. They see it more as an experiment or something to be enjoyed for a short period of time. Among these naughty women, there are few who wish to score a foreign passport, but they are quite rare. They are, most of the time, upfront about what they want from the relationship and expect the same of you.

Most of the time they have a place they live in and expect you to go there instead of going back to your room. They may be comfortable in their life, but still, they will expect you to buy them gifts and spend on them unless they explicitly tell you not to.

Dating

When visiting Shanghai, dating can be a fun and interesting experience. AdultFriendFinder.com, lets you meet local members in Shanghai and get to know them on a personal basis before you arrive. It just takes a few minutes, you simply create an account, upload a few images and tell a little about yourself. Since time in your destination may be limited, get to know each other’s desires beforehand so when you do meet, you can skip the awkward introductions and start having some real fun.

Top Dating Tips

Well, the top dating tips while trying to score in Shanghai would be:

  • Create A Challenge
Do you hand over a crossword puzzle to solve? No. Rather appear aloof. Let her notice you before you make a move. It not only gives you a chance to open your conversation with some familiarity but also gives you a better chance at scoring as she gets to think that the guy she saw is interested in her.
  • Appear to Be Genuinely Interested
Show interest in not only having sex with her but also in her as a person. Which include being interested in her culture, traditions and whatever else she is passionate about. Also, compliment her but not in a vague way. Instead of saying “You look beautiful” why not try “I love seeing your eyes squint when you smile”. It tells her you are paying attention to her.
  • Make Sure She Is Comfortable With You
It is very necessary that she feels comfortable with you if you want the relationship to reach your desired state. Do not lean into her while talking, give her some physical space about her. English is most probably not her first language, do not expect her to understand colloquial phrases. It makes it difficult for her to understand you. Instead, use simple and shorter words.

These tips will not only help you score in Shanghai but anywhere in the world. And finally, make sure to pick up the food or shopping bill as well as taxi fares, even if she is going alone. It is expected of you.

Online Dating

In the era where everything is online, how can dating be not? With the fast-paced life of everyone, more and more people are going online to find a date or a quick hookup for themselves while on the go. It opens up a wide array of choices and is quick and, to be honest, cheaper than the traditional methods. Imagine having to go on real dates with as many people as you connect with on the dating sites and paying for the meals and transportation and gifts and whatnot.

That being said, you will not have access to the common dating sites as you do in your home country, because of the restrictions in place by the Government of China. You have to invest in a reliable VPN to bypass the restrictions and protect your identity. A VPN is mostly used by fellow expats who are away from their home or native people who want to connect with the expats and tourists. Think of this as the first screening process. It not only tells you that the person you see on the dating site is not only single and looking for someone but also you fit their bill of what they are expecting. Also, it tells you that they know at least passable English conversational skills.

Once you have the VPN installed, you can continue using the dating apps that you do or install some new ones. AdultFriendFinder is one of your best shot to find a really horny girl close to you and may score a quickie within hours (fingers crossed). The downside of this app is that it's popular also among sex workers.

Another viable option is no doubt Tinder. When it comes to looking for hookups online can anyone forget Tinder? Swipe your way to find the girl that meets with all your criterion you are looking for in a naughty girl.

Badoo, OkCupid, Whiplr every dating site is accessible when you use the VPN. However, if you want to look for hookups like the locals do, you can do that too. When in Rome do as the Romans do, right?

China Love Cupid is one of the leading dating apps in China with over a million users and a good male to female ratio, this gives you a large pool of women to choose from. But do keep in mind that people are not only looking for a hookup but also for a relationship. So it’s better to lay your cards on the table before taking things further regarding your long-term intentions.

The other dating apps are Tantan which really is the Chinese version of Tinder with a similar interface. Also, there is Momo which is where people connect with each other mostly based on their interests and Let’s Have Dinner which is true to its namesake where people can ask out others for dinner in real life.

As everywhere, be safe and on the lookout for being catfished or scammed. And discuss your goals with them before meeting up.

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What Kind of Guys Have the Best Chances

It is a no shocker. Well dressed guys who know how to appear the correct combination of aloof and approachable at the same time, have the best chance of scoring. That is not to say that others have any less chance. While the first appearance does matter, so does your mannerism and the ability to carry a conversation. The girls are looking to have a good time with you so do not let them down. Taking them for dinners or paying for their drinks and casually flaunting your money will help you more than you expect. The girls would appreciate you more if you take an interest in their culture and traditions and make an effort to learn about them more. It may be a cliche to advise you be more attentive towards the girls, but come on, it is a cliche because it can never go wrong while wooing someone. As a Chinese woman, they have to follow a certain norm and appear ‘cute and naive’ in society. If you give them the freedom to express who they are they would surprise you in ways unimaginable while earning you loads of brownie points.

Risks while Gaming

The major risk while gaming is hands down miscommunication. You do not want to appear too aggressive while hitting on someone, not only do you get turned down but also you may be flagged at the bar or club you are at and monitored all through your time there. Also, you may approach someone and they may show interest in you. But afterward, they may turn out to be a hooker. Be aware of these things and subtly ask if that is the case, subtly being the operative word here!

Also while we’re talking about asking questions subtly, make sure to ask the horny chick if she has any STIs or STDs before banging and use necessary protections. In addition to it, you also run the risk of hitting on someone who is already with someone. Things may escalate if the situation is not handled properly. Make sure to hit on girls who are alone or in a small group of two or three, rather than being with a male companion or in a large group and avoid any confrontation or a possible cockblocking situation.

How to Get Laid as Soon as Possible

To get laid as quickly as possible being in the correct place is the utmost necessity. Frequent popular clubs and areas in general. Dress formally or semi-formally or in branded accessories. Don’t shy away from flaunting your money and hinting at giving expensive gifts to the naughty girls when they show interest in you. Always remember you have a higher chance of scoring in local clubs than in international clubs. Tourist banging local chicks is not unheard of and quite the norm. In addition to this, there are a number of online help available to you to connect with horny girls, local as well as an expat for a booty call.

Gold Diggers and Sugar Babies

The Sugar Baby scene in Shanghai is still quite new but there are a lot of beautiful young girls looking for a Sugar Daddy. The best and safest way to hook up with a Sugar Baby is online. At SecretBenefits.com there is a wide selection of nice girls who are looking for an older guy to take care of them. These babes are easy to approach and you can settle everything before meeting up.

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Shanghai doesn’t lack either gold diggers or sugar babies. Women in Shanghai function on the motto ‘Work Hard and Party Harder’. Which is why they always look to have fun, even if their means aren’t enough for it. Young girls generally want to date a rich and influential sugar daddy to meet all their demands while gold diggers want to marry, maybe even multiple times, their way into a higher status. They are focused on what they want and are ranked among the best seductresses around the world. More often than not, they look for Chinese men but do not let that deter you. To make your move, flaunt your wealth, even if you don’t have much, to begin with anyway, to grab their attention and watch as they try to win you over. Some may even want long-term relationships with you. Go along with their notion as far as you can without explicitly lying.

Swinger Clubs and Naturism

Swinging Parties or ‘Wife Swapping’ are illegal in Shanghai so it is very risky approaching any individual or a couple about it. However, there are many swinger communities or clubs online where you could become a member and connect with others who are interested in having you join them or joining you for a sexcapade. Public nudism is not illegal in Shanghai, however, it is not widely practiced. There are many nudist parties going on in Shanghai but they are ‘invite only’. There are even websites where you can connect with many more naturists which would, of course, increase your chances of being invited to a naturist party exponentially.

Costs of Living

Shanghai is one of the most expensive cities in China, if not the most. However, compared to the Western countries the cost of living here is quite low per day. Tourists can live frugally as well as lavishly here, without making a huge dent in their bank balances. On average, a tourist would have to spend around 100 US Dollars per day including the accommodation charges.

In December 2017 Starbucks opened its largest store in Shanghai, you can go there and get some souvenirs for yourself and your friends back home while you also enjoy a nice cuppa joe for as less as 8 USD. Food in Shanghai is very diverse, starting from the regional Asian dishes to dishes from all over the world. You can enjoy a nice meal at a mid-range restaurant for about 20 USD. Or you can take your attractive lady friend to a nice restaurant and get a three-course meal for two for around 40 USD. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant or at McDonald's is for at less than 6 USD. A liter of water at a restaurant would cost around 1 USD while in the markets it would be around half the price. Here you can get domestic beer as well as imported beer. Domestic beers cost around one-fourth of imported beers whether in the market or at the restaurant, where the cost of the former is less than 1 USD at a grocery shop and 1.5 USD at the restaurant and the latter cost about 3.5 USD at a grocery shop and 4.5 USD at a restaurant.

CostsDay Single traveler’s budget per day: US$40 - $200

You can stay in Shanghai with $40 per day if you're on a tight budget. The accommodation and transportation will take a huge chunk of the budget. Food is relatively inexpensive. If you like to have a decent accommodation and enjoy a few drinks in the bars, you will easily end up spending 100 US Dollars per day.

CostsAccommodation Accommodation per night: US$6 - $200

The cheapest hostels would allow you to stay in a dorm at less than $10 but the more expensive ones would charge as much as $200. There are plenty of mid-range hotels too, which charge $30-$50 for one person per night.

CostsBeerBottle Beer in a grocery shop: US$0.5 - $1

Beer is very inexpensive in China, according to Western standards and you can get it in less than $1.

CostsBeerBar Beer in a bar or restaurant: US$2 - $20

Local bars are cheap, if you are looking for a budget trip; you can get beer as low as $2. Beer in luxury bars and clubs are set up on expensive western level price.

CostsMeal Meal in a restaurant: US$2 - $50

It depends on where you want to eat. A few small local restaurants may be very affordable and can easily fulfill your hunger in $2 while the more expensive places can charge $50.

xiǎo​lóng​bāo​ is probably the most famous Shanghai dish.

Accommodation

Where and how you decide to stay is completely up to you. You may choose to live in a hostel or at a dorm and share your room with fellow travelers, which might cost around 10 USD a night. Or you can also get private rooms their which would take up the price to about 25 USD but not too much. But before you bring any horny girls over, make sure you talk to the owners or managers and get to know the rules of the place.

Or, you can live lavishly in a multi-star hotel which could be anywhere about 100 USD or more. There are also quality middle range hotels with their average cost being around 75 USD. You can also go for Airbnb, Couchsurfing or similar options, which may be cheaper, but use your caution while staying at such places because things may not look exactly the same as the picture implied or as you expected. Also if you are staying at someone’s home, the chances of bringing naughty girls back there do drop in comparison to bringing her to a hotel room.

A basic room for two persons in Pacific Hotel Shanghai costs around $100 USD per night

How to Get There and Move Around

Shanghai is spread over an area of more than 6,000 square kilometers or around 2,400 square miles. Moving around in Shanghai is affordable and fast. While there you would find public transport quite accessible. You may choose any form of transport, be it taxies, buses or bullet trains. All these public transports accept Shanghai Jiaotong Yikatong Card and you can purchase them at any metro stations as well as convenience stores.

Shanghai can be reached by flights, long-distance buses, ships or even trains. Let’s look at them in detail.

By air:

Shanghai is the only Chinese city with two international airports. The Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. These airports are equipped with very advanced facilities and link many destinations such as New York, LA, London, Sydney etc. Getting there from anywhere in the world will not be an issue. One-way economic flight tickets can cost from anywhere between 400 to 700 USD depending on the type of flight you choose and the distance between the destinations.

Pudong International Airport Terminal 1 interior

By bus:

Shanghai has four national highways and four expressways running through the city it is very well connected with all the nearby cities as well as for cities at a distance such as Beijing. Getting to Shanghai on a bus is very convenient. Tickets can be booked at the coach station as well online and it costs around 5 to 50 USD to travel depending on the duration which varies from 1.5 hours to almost a day (Guangzhou-Shanghai).

In The City: Shanghai also has a very good route for public buses. The buses are identified by their numbers and charge about 0.33 USD. But it is important to know which buses to get on, so you must have some native fellow who speaks Mandarin so you could ask around or you can ask your hotel or wherever you are staying before leaving.

Shanghai Bus Route 71 in the Bund

By car:

Getting a car ride from any city in China to Shanghai is very easy but they are not exactly cost effective, so if you are with a group of friends who can share the cab and its cost, go for it otherwise stay away from it.

In The City: The base rate of taxis is around 2.50 USD with around 0.50 USD for each Kilometer. It is quite cheap but you should not keep the taxi waiting as that is comparatively quite expensive at more than 6 USD per hour. Most drivers may not speak English, so keep the address written down. Your driving license will not be accepted in Shanghai unless it was issued by the Government of China, so you cannot rent self-driven cars. You can get a Chinese driving license only if you stay here for a longer period of time such as while working or studying.

Yan'an Elevated Road

By train:

Shanghai is very well connected with the various stations to in the country. It is comfortable as well as an inexpensive way to travel to Shanghai. It is connected to all the three important railway stations of the country in Beijing, Nanjing, and Hangzhou. During the holidays there are special trains which connect Shanghai to the provinces like Mount Wuyishan in Fujian and Mount Huangshan in Anhui.

The lobby of Shanghai South Railway Station

In The City: With nearly 400 metro stations, the bullet trains are well connected throughout the city and to the nearby cities as well. There are many bullet train lines which very well connected to all places that you need to navigate to. In addition to being fast and affordable, they have announcements that are made both in Mandarin as well as English so it is easy to navigate in and around the bullet train stations. The fare depends on the distance traveled but is cheap at around 0.50 USD for a pass and you can travel for around 4 USD for 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles with 0.50 USD more for every kilometer after 10 kilometers.

Shanghai Metro Line 1

By boat:

Because Shanghai is located right on the coast, it has high accessibility with International Cruises connecting at the cities in South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and more so you can use the cruises from the cities to get to Shanghai.

In The City: There are ferry services in the city which run every ten minutes and take you across from Bund district to Lujiazui district and vice versa in five minutes. These are very cheap as compared to the others.

Visas:

Obtaining a Chinese visa is of utmost importance before traveling to Shanghai. To obtain a tourist visa you must have at least 6 months validity on your passport and at least two pages must be blank. You must leave the country before the expiration of the Visa to avoid legal actions. Once you enter the country it is also important to register yourself with the nearest police station within 24 hours of arriving and to do this your hotel or hostel will help you. Tourists are, also expected to carry their passport, visa and other documents with them at all times and they may be subjected to random checks from the police and hotels to make sure they are not overstaying their welcome.

There are a few countries whose citizens are exempt from having a visa, while the other countries have to pay around 90 - 200 USD. However, if you are in Shanghai for a layover you can stay there for under 144 hours without a visa. You do have to get your passport endorsed by the airline you will be flying with and the destination and departure airports must be different.

Digital Nomads and Remote Work

Being a rapidly developing country, remote work is quite the norm in China. Digital nomads can live and carry out their work here, quite easily. There are high numbers of co-working space as well as cafes, public libraries, and parks where you get free Wi-Fi so that you can do your work there. The internet is very good with around 9 Mbps no matter where you are. However, there is the problem of the firewall as the Government of China has imposed a ban on several international websites such as Google, Instagram etc. To avoid which you have to get a reliable VPN while there. Also, as a tourist, do not expect to go cashless here.

Internet and Mobile Operators

Shanghai has a lot of free Wi-Fi zones all around the place. Even so, you may want to have internet with you everywhere you go. In which case, you can buy or rent out a mobile hotspot device for 10-30 USD that you can carry around with you and have it connected with your devices. You may also get a local SIM card, preferably China Unicorn or China Mobile, from the stores in the airports or metro stations which cost around 10 to 15 USD. They generally come with call time and data, which you can top up later if needed, with data cards from any convenience stores at inexpensive prices. Also, do check if you need a new charger when you’re in Shanghai.

Gambling and Casinos

Gambling is completely illegal in Shanghai. Which is why you will not find any out-and-out casinos. Having said that, there are still secret underground places which facilitate gambling to know which you must have the correct connections with the correct people. It would be adviced, as a tourist, you would be better off staying away from gambling because if caught by the authorities, you will be subject to a high amount of fines and deportation, if not worse.

Weed and Drugs

Even weed and drugs are illegal in Shanghai. However, you will find them quite easily than you expect. It is mostly found during nighttime outside bars and pubs where there are dealers trying to sell their stuff and avoid the police. Nan Jing Dong Lu is filled with people both native as well as foreigners trying to sell weed and drugs, you may half expect to be accosted. While hard drugs such as cocaine can be found in the bars and as a tourist, you will not lack offers to buy them. It should be noted that a gram of weed can go for as high as 100 USD.

Health, Fitness, Gyms and Massage

Shanghai has an abundance of spas, gyms, health classes as well as massage parlors. You can simply drop in into any spa or gyms and expect to pay around 30 to 50 USD for a session. You can also talk to the owners or managers for a discount or a bundle plan for the number of days you intend on going there. You might even come across a small gym with a few treadmills and other equipment in some parks. These are also very accessible and start at about 1.50 USD for an hour. You can also get a massage for under 30 USD in Shanghai. There are also erotic massage parlors where a 75-minute massage can cost anywhere from 100-200 USD.

STDs and HIV

China had seen a sudden increase in STDs leading up to 2017. It is largely because of people not using condoms while hooking up. While hooking up, be sure to take precautions as your partner may be affected by an STD. In case you suspect yourself of having caught an STD, go to the local hospitals for a complete and discrete test for around 100-300USD. It's always advised to use a condom when having sex with a stranger.

Stay Safe

Shanghai is generally safer than some other major cities, and violent crime is quite rare. However, the ever-increasing divide between the haves and have-nots has created its fair share of problems. Petty crimes like pickpocketing and bike theft are common, and sexual harassment occasionally occurs on crowded public transport. Pay extra caution before the Chinese New Year (in Jan or Feb depending on lunar calendar), as thieves may be more active in looking for new year money.

Beware of pickpockets on the main shopping streets. They often work in groups, sometimes including women carrying babies.

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