Cashing in on the consumer passion of Chinese travellers, the airports have been steadily improving their duty free shopping experience. Three strategically placed pathways allow you to cross between the two terminals in just 15 minutes, with easy access to the Maglev high-speed train and Metro Line 2 in between, plus a bus station and well-managed taxi queues.
Airport prices in Shanghai may not be the cheapest but you can find pretty much all the major brands, plus a variety of Chinese cultural souvenirs, from loose-leaf teas to silk nighties and cuddly panda toys. For arriving visitors, don’t be waylaid by the official-looking suited attendants at the arrivals gate asking if you need a taxi.
This option is much faster than taking Metro Line 2 directly from the airport, which can also be done if you have time to kill and only Rmb8 in your pocket.
If you’re peckish, there’s a Burger King and Starbucks outside the arrival gate.
Other fast food outlets (KFC and several Chinese chains) plus a convenience store are available in the mini food hall beside the Maglev station.
The old Hongqiao Terminal 1 now services budget airlines Spring and Eva Air plus some flights to Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taipei.
A Mc Donalds and decent Chinese noodle shop at the entrance are your best options for pre- or post-flight fuelling.
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