While this FAQ aims to have plenty of useful information for people in Shanghai, our goal is to provide a general overview rather than specific information on venues or events.
- Shanghai Daily
The website version of the Shanghai-based English language newspaper founded in 1999. Shanghai Daily is the only English language newspaper to be published 7 days a week in mainland China, and covers Chinese politics and economics, as well as entertainment, culture, and sports. Do note though that as a state-run publication, Shanghai Daily is essentially an English language mouthpiece for the CPC.
Founded in 2005, Shanghaiist is part of the Gothamist network of city-specific blogs, and draws in over 500,000 unique visitors a month. It aims to provide a more 'local scoop' type of news, focusing on delivering commentary on Shanghai's local events, entertainment, and food.
chinaSMACK started in 2008 and heralds itself as a source for the 'underground' news scene in China. They report on many topics that aren't covered in Chinese state-run media, and focus more on the Chinese attitudes by translating 'popular and trending Chinese internet content and netizen discussions' into English. If you're accustomed to getting your news from social media sources rather than traditional news outlets, this is probably the site for you.
- Google Maps
While Google services do not work flawlessly in China, Google Maps is still a great choice for finding your way around Shanghai. Not only does it sync well with mobile versions of the app (allowing you to add places and have them synced across devices), but it contains public transport information such as bus and metro lines (including the location of each metro station exit), and when zoomed in even shows you the building topography. Do note that due to a long-standing licensing issue between Google and their Chinese maps provider, you may find that your GPS positioning is randomly offset by anything up to 150 metres - you can resolve this by using ditu.google.com.
- Baidu Maps
Baidu Maps may rely on you having some Chinese ability under your belt in order to use it proficiently, but its level of detail is certainly equal (if not far greater) than that of Google Maps - with the added bonus that it works better on a Chinese internet connection. Baidu Maps loads faster than Google Maps, is updated much more frequently, and doesn't suffer from the same GPS offset issue; but the lack of pinyin means that foreigners invariably find it more difficult to navigate.
- E都市 (E-dūshì)
An incredibly detailed 3D map of Shanghai that is frequently updated as the landscape of the city continues to shift. While public transport lines are included, this map is better used as a quirky alternative to the options above, rather than as a way to help you find your way around the city.
- Explore Shanghai
An excellent, fully featured Shanghai metro map that gives you relevant information on each station (including the first and last train times ), as well as allowing you to plan a route and tell you how much your journey will cost and how long it will take. Mobile apps available for Android (free) and iOS ($1.99 / £0.99).
- Eastday's Shanghai Emap
An easy way to work out Shanghai's huge bus network, this English guide allows you to click a bus and see all of the stops and its precise route overlayed on a map. You can also search by address/location to find out which buses stop there.
- Shanghai District Map
A map showing the breakdown of Shanghai's 16 districts, with a brief description of each one.