Shanghai Metro Excellence

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Shanghai metro transport is excellent. I hear you say. It is hard to beat the public transport in Shanghai. Recently Shanghai metro lines increased operating hours (Metro Timetable ). What couldn’t be even better is some lines work almost around the clock. Just think that summer is around the corner, the transport is fab not only on the available routes, the time and the prices, where can you get the better deals elsewhere for a city break? We are not even talking about any transports running above the ground.

Not far in the memory there was only one metro line available, Line 1, it is the route between the train station (north) to the then new area Xin Zhuang. Twenty years on, there are 16 metro lines fanning out the city. Line 4 (Inner circle line) moves around the city where the usual hangouts and walks are, the rest take you to all different directions, Line 11 to Jiang Su Province, supposed the longest, this record sure will soon be broken by Shanghai standard.

Shanghai metro lines have all the characteristics of a metropolis, the frequent trains, stylish multi-entrances, versatile underground shopping malls, convenient connections between the lines. All box ticking you need in a major city, well, let’s put ‘the crazy rush hour’ and ‘so many people’ aside just for the time being.

Some new built routes are on my priority list for the next visit, especially those where you get the chance to see the traditional towns, you only need continuing on another public transport. We share the image of a beautiful water town nearby Zhu Jia Jiao. Getting there by Line Hu Zhou See our blog

Lots of options for planning the trips with the excellent transport net, or, drop a note if we can be of any help 

place history fun for kids

A place with history is more fun

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Place history fun are magic words to the children. Shanghai has all these to offer.

A friend of mine recently joined a travel agency Hong as a volunteer, Hong targets the children with learning in mind, enables the youngsters to get to know the history of Shanghai. My friend sounds really to be having fun at her weekends out with the kids and takes seriously on preparing her tour guides. She enjoys telling them the history and its importance, she is so pleased that children are encouraged to understand the city in a profound way.

After a few decades of remodelling a city, it is so refreshing to see the coming age of conservation for a major city. It is said that some old places have been restored. Even the details in the history text books are reviewed in an objective way, a positive move of openness. In my olden days, the history was edited by the politicians in a way suited to their needs.

Hong’s website ‘’ is delightful with children’s articles after their tours, the sense of pride is read between the lines, seeing a place with history must be fun to them. In Hong’s calendar, weekend trips include visiting the parks for cherry blossom, Shanghai in the 19th century, water towns nearby, Japanese landing en route in the Pacific war… the latter one to me is quite daring, it wouldn’t be a possible visit at my time. My friend was very proud that she did a thorough research and conveyed the message of its significance to the youngsters.

It’s exciting to discover a place again and again. I have to let her know I would like to go on these trips next time in the town.

what about Hong Hong has its own formulae

The image for this article is from waysma” (Hong’s site)