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Parcel delays, discounts and more to look out for during the Import Expo

Shanghai is bracing for the second annual China International Import Expo

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We know you don't need reminding, but just in case: Shanghai is bracing for the second annual China International Import Expo from today (Tuesday 5) to Sunday 10 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre – the expo last year drew in 800,000 visitors. Here are some things that’ll be changing in the city during the expo and what you should be prepared for.

Change in working days

There has been a somewhat irregularly implemented holiday introduced, meaning you may well be off work today, but probably had to work last Saturday and will also have to this coming Saturday 9.

Easy access to the 'hood

Getting to the National Exhibition and Convention Centre is set to get easier. Shanghai Daily pointed out improvements in metro, taxi and road infrastructure. Metro line 2 exits 4 and 5 will be directly linked to the venue, saving ten to 30 minutes of walking time compared to last year, when visitors could only enter the venue from outside. Taxi drivers were put through drills on picking up and dropping off passengers at the venue. According to SHINE, a 2.3km, six-lane underground tunnel, Beidi Lu Tunnel, and the Beihong Gaojia Lu have been constructed to relieve pressure on Tianshan and Xianxia Lu. And during the expo, free shuttle buses will run between Pudong and Hongqiao airports and the venue from 9am to 7.30pm daily, according to Shanghai Daily.

Parcel delays

All packages sent to Shanghai during the expo will undergo security checks at the post office and thus suffer delays. That means that Taobao orders may not be processed until after the expo, much like what happened during the Golden Week.

Easier residence registration

There will be a police booth at the expo assisting visitors with applying for or extending their visas. Visitors can also save a trip to the police station (if they're staying in residential areas) to register their address town – do so online here in English or Chinese. Sign-up information required includes e-mail address, passport page with personal data and picture, Shanghai address and entry and exit dates.

Discounted admission to tourist destinations

Eleven attractions near the National Exhibition and Convention Centre will provide discounts from today to Wednesday 20, according to Shanghai Daily. Among them are Zhujiajiao, the Oriental Green Boat Park, Guyi Garden, Shanghai Auto Museum, Guangfulin Relics Park, Yuehu Sculpture Park, Chenshan Botanical Garden and Jinjiang Amusement Park. This is arguably the most relevant perk that you’ll get to enjoy, so take advantage while it lasts and go have some tourist fun.

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