The Chinese Grand Prix takes places in the suburbs of Shanghai, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic cities. To get the most out of your experience, we recommend adding a few days to your itinerary to explore the fascinating blend of history and modernity that the city offers. Here’s our top tips for traveling to the 2018 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix on April 22-25.
Get a Visa in Advance
Like most overseas visitors to China, you’ll need to get a visa in advance of your trip. These are available from your nearest Chinese Embassy, the Chinese Consulate General, or the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre. If you are planning a flying visit, citizens of 51 approved countries can visit visa-free for up to 72 hours, just enough time to catch qualifying and the race!
Ride the Maglev
The best way to get from Pudong International Airport to the city is to take the Shanghai Maglev train, the fastest commercial high-speed electric train in the world! The train has a maximum normal operating speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) and covers the 30km (18.6 mi) distance from the airport to Longyang Road station in just over 7 minutes!
Shanghai International Circuit is located in Jiading, some 40km from central Shanghai. We recommend staying in the center of the city; the best areas are within walking distance of People’s Park, Nanjing Road and The Bund. The circuit is well connected to the city by a direct Metro link, which takes about one hour each way. Stay at the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai with F1 Experiences, including daily transfers to and from the circuit.
Make the Most of Free Friday
Grandstand seats are not reserved for Friday’s practice sessions at Shanghai International Circuit. Take this opportunity to explore the different grandstands and general admission viewing areas at the circuit. Just don’t forget to pack your wet weather gear if rain is forecast. Don’t forget that some F1 Experiences packages include covered Grandstand tickets, including Starter (Grandstand H or K), Trophy (Grandstand A), Hero and Premier (both Grandstand Platinum).
Take a Walk Along The Bund
No trip to Shanghai is complete without a stroll along The Bund, Shanghai’s riverfront boulevard. Marvel at the imposing skyline of the city’s financial district on the opposite side of the Huangpu River, including the 632 meter Shanghai Tower (the world’s second tallest building) and the 470 meter Oriental Pearl Tower. Short river cruises are also available day and night.
Go Shopping on Nanjing Road
The pedestrianized section of Nanjing Road, which begins at The Bund and finishes at the People’s Park, is one of China’s most popular shopping streets, home to everything from huge modern shopping malls to historic retail outlets dating back to the Qing Dynasty, plus hotels, cinemas and theaters.
Eat Like a King
From roadside stalls to elaborate banquets, Shanghai is a foodie’s paradise. Freshwater fish and seafood are staples of the local diet, not surprising given the city’s location just south of the Yangtze River and at the mouth of the Huangpu River. Some of the most famous dishes to try in Shanghai are steamed crab (da zha xie), roast or pepper duck, red braised pork, steamed buns (xiaolong bao) and Yangchun noodles in a clear soup.
Sign up for a VPN
Access to popular social media sites, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter (and some Google services) is blocked in China. That means you’ll need to sign up for a VPN if you can’t do without your social media fix on Grand Prix weekend.
Use a Translation App
Navigating your way around Shanghai can be challenging if you don’t understand any Mandarin. Make your life easier by downloading a decent translation app to your smartphone. Google Translate is useful, but apps such as Pleco and Waygo are even better, as they can translate Chinese text in real time using your smartphone camera. If all else fails, ask a young person for help; under 25s are more likely to speak English.
Secure your F1® Experiences Official Ticket Package
The best way to experience the 2018 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix is with F1 Experiences! By choosing one of our ticket packages, you’ll be able to enjoy exclusive benefits such as meet-and-greets with some of F1’s biggest names, a Pit Lane Walk, a Paddock Club Party, a driving tour of the track and more. Secure your Official Ticket Package today!