While in Shanghai, I tried to learn how to get around. And the one thing I learnt was the Shanghai metro.
Actually, when I first arrived, I was a lil hesitant to take the Shanghai metro - was very afraid that I would get lost. But after a few days, I took some courage to actually learn the system.... and honestly, it was quite easy and efficient, and a nice experience.
In fact, it was not that difficult, even for an English speaking foreigner. The automated ticket machines are quite user friendly, and even comes with a choice of Mandarin or English. Or one can ask the assistance of the service crew (the guy in blue) - just make sure you know your station and show to him.
Ticket prices start at a rather affordable 3 yuan and one gets this Single Journey Ticket - which is like a 'touch & go'/ 'easylink' card.
Passing the gantry is easy, just by tapping the card. Btw, this is one of the bigger Shanghai metro stations (People's Park station), which is an interchange.
And then, it's time to go and wait for the train (usually another level below, despite the ticketing machine already a level down).
The waiting areas are really neat and clean. This station is one of the better ones (all are good actually) - very brightly lit!
And interestingly, this one has a toilet at the waiting area, just in case one needs to go before hopping onto the train!
One more thing I like about the Shanghai metro trains is that there is TV as well, which is actually working!
I find that the Shanghai metro is really a good way to explore Shanghai. It has 9 lines (yes, 9 long lines!), which covers nearly every main part a tourist should go in this China city.
But, if rushing with the crowd is not your type, you can take a more relaxed transportation - the Shanghai taxi/ Shanghai cab. They are everywhere, and you hardly need to wait long for one.
The only difference in Shanghai (or China in this instance) is that you sit in front, beside the driver... though of course, it's up to you should you want to sit at the back.
Prices start at 10yuan, with the meter increasing at an affordable pace and drops you at the doorstep of your destination.
But for me, I'll suggest you try both to get a real Shanghai experience :)