Shanghai, China’s largest and most populated city is also its largest commercial and financial hub. Also known as as the New York of the east, this dynamic and cosmopolitan city is a bustling hive of activity. The city has had phenomenal growth and development in past two decades and shows no sign of stopping.

In Spite of the discernible modernisation, the city is rich in culture. It is also a tourist destination famous for its incredible skylines and historical landmarks. It’s a huge and vibrant city with a lot to explore and do.

Here’s a quick guide to help lawyers and legal professionals more effectively navigate this incredible city during their visits.

Getting around Shanghai

Getting around Shanghai is very convenient with its world class public transportation system. There may be traffic congestion, especially during rush hours. However, the city also has one of the world’s fastest metro systems, which is not just clean and safe but is also user friendly.

Maglev Train: It is the fastest way of getting to the city from Pudong International Airport. Riding this train is an experience in itself as it covers the distance of 30km in just 8 minutes to reach its only destination — Longyang Road Metro Station. From here you can change to Shanghai Metro or take a taxi to reach your destination.

Shanghai Metro: Shanghai subway or metro is the fastest and the best way of getting around the city. It is very user friendly and has stops at or nearby most commercial areas and tourist attractions.

Taxi: Taxis are another efficient and inexpensive way of getting around the city during non rush hours. The drivers in Shanghai generally don’t speak English, so it’s a good idea to either have the destination written in the local language or use Google maps.

Ferry: Ferries are fun and the best way of crossing the Huangpu River and avoiding the traffic. Ferries run between the Bund and Lujiazui in Pudong.

Hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment

Shanghai is also known as the “Paris of the East” and has some of the world’s finest hotels and trendiest shopping and entertainment epicenters.

From ancient water towns, temples and ruins, historical walking areas and sites, world class acrobatic theaters, theme and natural parks, to world class shopping malls, the city is brimming with endless options to be explored.

A Few days are just not enough to experience all that the city has to offer and all the ultimate things to do in Shanghai.

If you’re going to have a short stay, here’s a quick list of places you may want to check out.

  • The Oriental Pearl Observation Deck at Night
  • Walk the Bund
  • Huangpu River Cruise
  • Zhujlajiao Water Town
  • The Jade Buddha Temple
  • Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai Legal Resources

The Shanghai Bar Association: It was established in accordance with the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Lawyers and is under the direction and supervision of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Justice. It is a social organization for all the Shanghai lawyers and law firms.  

Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission: It is an independent arbitration institute and was established in 1988 through a formal procedure. SHIAC has been making great efforts to pursue the objectives for the promotion of the internationalization of arbitration and construction of a regional centre for commercial arbitration.

SHIAC is determined to continue providing comprehensive arbitration services to an international standard.

Top Law Firms in Shanghai

Shanghai has a well-established legal market. Following are a few of its top law firms.

Legal Events in Shanghai

Follow Asia Law Portal to get more news and updates on recent and upcoming legal events in the Asia-Pacific legal markets.

Posted by Mamta Rathore

Mamta Rathore is a professional writer specializing in technology writing and blogging services for corporate clients globally. In addition, she is a trainer and coach for HR and talent management. When she is not writing & coaching, she loves to dabble with oil paints. You can reach her at

Leave a Reply