2. Getting to SINH, Map and Shanghai Transportation
4. Hotels Nearby
5. Canteens and Restaurants Nearby
6. Hospital Nearby
7. Shanghai Weather Forecast
9. Credit Cards and Currency
10. Important phone numbers
12. More Information About Shanghai
To visit China, most non-Chinese citizens need to obtain a Chinese visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country of nationality or country of residence.
To understand Chinese visa categories, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/wgrlh/lhqz/lhqzjjs/t1095035.shtml
As the visa policy is subject to change, please contact your host in China and refer to the website of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate to determine which visa type is most suitable and what documents you should prepare.
Website of Chinese Embassy/Consulate: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/wjb_663304/zwjg_665342/
The following three visa types cover most situations involving visiting or working at SINH.
- For academic exchange, attending meetings and related activities
To apply for an F visa, you may need an invitation letter from your host institute, CAS headquarters or the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.
There are two types of F visas: single-entry and multiple-entry, with each stay being less than 90 days. Generally speaking, the validity of multiple-entry F visas is no more than a year.
Note: People with F visas are not allowed to earn income or work in China.
- For employment
Applicants for a Z visa are required to provide a Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China.
Note: A Z visa allows you to earn income in China. Holders of a Z visa shall, within 30 days of entry, apply to the human resource administration for a foreigner’s work permit and to the exit/entry administration of the public security organ for a foreigner’s residence permit.
- For study
There are two types of X visas: The X1 visa is issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days. The X2 visa is issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.
To apply for an X visa, you need an admission letter issued by a school or other entity in China. If you plan to study in China for more than 180 days, a “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202) is also needed.
Note: Holders of an X1 visa shall, within 30 days of entry, apply to the exit/entry administration of the public security organ for a foreigner’s residence permit.
Shanghai Institute of Nutrition and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 320 Yueyang Rd., Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
Map of the area around SINH
Travel to SINH
From Pudong International Airport (PVG)
Approximate driving time is one hour and distance is 46 km (29 miles).
Option 1 (one hour): Take a taxi at the official taxi stand (around 170 RMB).
Option 2 (90 minutes): Take maglev train to Longyang Station; transfer to Line Two Metro, get off at Century Ave. Station transfer to Line Nine Metro, get off at Zhaojiabang Rd. Station, take the No. 2 exit, walk east along Zhaojiabang Rd. for about 500 meters, turn left at the first intersection, continue to 320 Yueyang Rd. where SINH is located. (around 54 RMB).
From Hongqiao Airport (SHA)
Approximate driving time is 40 minutes and distance is 16 km (10 miles).
Take a taxi at the official taxi stand (around 50 RMB).
Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
Approximate driving time is 45 minutes and distance is 17 km (11miles).
Take a taxi at the official taxi stand (around 55 RMB).
Shanghai Railway Station
Approximate driving time is 30 minutes and distance is 8 km (5 miles).
Option 1 (30 minutes): Take a taxi at the official taxi stand (around 30 RMB).
Option 2 (40 minutes): Take Line One Metro to the Hengshan Road Station, take the No. 2 exit, then walk about 20 minutes. (For the walking route, please refer to the above map. ) (around 3 RMB)
From Line One Metro Station:
(20 minutes): Get off at Hengshan Rd. Station, take the No. 2 exit, then walk to SINH. (For the walking route, please refer to the above map.)
From Line Seven Metro Station:
(7 Minutes): Get off at Zhaojiabang Rd. Station, take the No. 2 exit, walk east along Zhaojiabang Road for about 500 meters, turn left at the first intersection, continue to 320 Yueyang Road where SINH is located.
More Transportation Information
Getting to Shanghai
Medical insurance is strongly recommended for foreigners travelling or living in China. If you do not have medical insurance, you can pay for treatment yourself at a hospital or clinic, but this could be very expensive. If you already have insurance from another country, please check whether the Chinese Mainland is covered.
Hope Hotel（好望角大饭店）（5-minute walk from SINH）
500 Zhaojiabang Rd., Xuhui District, Shanghai（上海市徐汇区肇嘉浜路500号）
Pine City Hotel (青松城大酒店) (10-minute walk from SINH)
777 Zhaojiabang Rd., Xuhui District, Shanghai (上海市徐汇区肇嘉浜路777号)
Three canteens are located on SINH campuses (a SINH card is necessary for payment)
Silk Road Restaurant (Xinjiang Cuisine) 耶里夏丽
680 Zhaojiabang Rd., Xuhui District, Shanghai (肇嘉浜路680号)
Ren He Guan (Shanghai Cuisine) 人和馆
407 Zhaojiabang Rd Rd., Xuhui District, Shanghai (肇嘉浜路407号)
Zhongshan Hospital 中山医院 （10-minute walk from SINH）
111 Yixueyuan Rd., Xuhui District, Shanghai (医学院路111号)
Electricity in China is 220 V. If you are travelling from a country that uses 110 V, you may need a converter for electrical devices.
There are two types of wall sockets in China (see photo). Some wall outlets only have one of the two socket types. The two-pin socket at the top can take plugs with two flat pins (Type A, as long as the two pins are the same size), or two round pins (Types C/E/F). Standard German plugs should fit this socket. The three-pin socket at the bottom takes Type I pins (same as Australia and New Zealand).
You may also find extension packs with universal sockets, which can take UK and other types of plug.
If in doubt, bring a universal adapter plug with you. Such adapters can also be bought in China.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Shanghai, with some exceptions. Most hotels, restaurants and shopping centers accept credit cards, but taxi drivers don’t accept credit cards. ATMs will have signage showing what cards they accept. The following credit cards are widely accepted in China: Master Card, Visa, American Express, JCB and Diners Club.
Chinese currency (known either as RMB or yuan) can be exchanged at banks, airports and hotels. The exchange rate at the airport is usually less favorable than at other locations.
The Shanghainese and Mandarin dialects of Chinese are both commonly spoken in Shanghai. At SINH, most researchers and students can communicate with you in English. People at hotels can speak English. Those at restaurants and shops, as well as some taxi drivers, are also likely to know a little English. When taking a taxi, you are encouraged to present the driver with your destination address written in Chinese. Signage in public places such as airports, railway stations, and metro stations, etc. are in Chinese and English.