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ImageDo not walk alone late at night. Generally speaking Shanghai is a safe city to walk around at night but still this should be avoided. Do not carry too much cash on you. Shanghai like most major metropolises is filled with pickpockets. Obviously this applies only to crowded areas such as railway stations, the airport, and renowned tourist attractions.


Guard against illnesses such as diarrhea and respiratory infections. Eat only packaged or freshly cooked food and drink only bottled water. Shanghai suffers from air pollution attributable to the growing industries and the growing numbers of cars on the road. Whilst air pollution is not as severe as that in Beijing, tourists are advised to carry anti-allergic medicines with them and to wash their hands, eyes and mouth often. Alternatively, they can also use a face mask to protect themselves from pollution. 


Be careful while crossing roads, Shanghai is known for its reckless drivers who stop for no one.


Make sure your travel insurance includes your health insurance as Shanghai's hospitals and doctors charge exorbitantly for their services.


In case of an illness carry the following numbers and information pertaining to medical caregivers:

Shanghai Center Medical Center

Address: 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu Suite 203
Tel: 021-6279-7688


Hong Qiao Medical Center

Address: 2258 Hong Qiao Lu
Tel: 021-6242-0909


In case of emergencies always carry the following numbers with you:
Fire:  119
Police:  110
Ambulance: 120
24 hour tourist hotline: 6513-0828
Emergencies: 110
Tourist Assistance [Police]: 021-6321-5280
Lifeline: 021-6279-8990


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