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Old September 14th, 2010, 09:17 AM   #261
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the airport is not small it was among the world's top 50 busiest airports by passenger traffic last year.

both airports in Shanghai have seen huge increase in passenger traffic due to the EXPO. Shanghai Pudong joined the top 30 for the first half of 2010. With more flights at terminal 2, Hongqiao Airport was able to transport 6 million+ passengers in July only, a 43% increase compared to last year, which shows a even faster pace than PVG's number.
I didn't mean Hongqiao is small in absolute sense. Compared to the scale of the railway terminal/station, it seems that the airport terminal is proportionally small.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #262
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I know, the whole hub is a behemoth, so even a relatively small fraction of it is big.

Good news for people traveling from Hong Kong to Shanghai

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By Air: Hongqiao flights to HK
Source: Global Times
Sep 9th, 2010

China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines will officially open charter flights to Hong Kong from the Hongqiao International Airport tomorrow, making them the first two carriers to do so.

Dragon Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines plan to follow suit later this month and late next month respectively. Currently, Shanghai passengers can only fly direct to Hong Kong from Pudong International Airport.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 09:37 AM   #263
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Really great news and thanks for sharing! I just came back from HK on Sunday and have been tired of traveling to Pudong airport to take HK flights.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 10:10 AM   #264
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Really great news and thanks for sharing! I just came back from HK on Sunday and have been tired of traveling to Pudong airport to take HK flights.
But I tends to think the fares would be higher than if you travel through Pudong, because of the location of Hongqiao and the limited number of flights from HK to Hongqiao, unless you're travelling through Shenzhen.

Pudong is not necessarily inconvenient, if your hotel or accommodation is in or around Pudong area. The maglev service to Pudong Airport is superb.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 11:23 AM   #265
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You are right if you live in Pudong. But Puxi is more livable than Pudong and more local residents (like me) live in Puxi, many times it takes me the same amount of flight time to travel to Pudong airport only. so it should at least give Puxi a chance to travel through "their own" airport to other places.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 10:20 PM   #266
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Some recent Hongqiao HSR Station pictures:

How come there is no moving walkway here??

I am so happy to see my motherland developing
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Old September 15th, 2010, 06:07 AM   #267
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Luxury stores (and more convenient stores) in Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2

Ok, I admit I didn't quite get the logic behind having luxury stores in the new terminal, I mean, really? Shouldn't the passengers worry about something else instead of shopping for designer bags? I know there are some luxury stores at other airports, but I always thought they were solely for advertising effects.

Clearly I am proved to have no marketing sense, at least for marketing in Shanghai. Local news reports said most luxury stores within the new terminal, such as Armani, Hermes and Cartier, had achieved sales figures beyond expectation since they opened in March. So there are some well-off people who would like to shop in an airport terminal.

There is also good news for people like me: they are opening more convenient stores. After all, I can’t fill my stomach in a luxury store.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 06:34 AM   #268
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Luxury stores (and more convenient stores) in Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2

Ok, I admit I didn't quite get the logic behind having luxury stores in the new terminal, I mean, really? Shouldn't the passengers worry about something else instead of shopping for designer bags? I know there are some luxury stores at other airports, but I always thought they were solely for advertising effects.

Clearly I am proved to have no marketing sense, at least for marketing in Shanghai. Local news reports said most luxury stores within the new terminal, such as Armani, Hermes and Cartier, had achieved sales figures beyond expectation since they opened in March. So there are some well-off people who would like to shop in an airport terminal.

There is also good news for people like me: they are opening more convenient stores. After all, I can’t fill my stomach in a luxury store.
You clearly don't understand the obsession with luxury brands of Asians, and you clearly have underestimated the wealth of China's high to middle class, which are the ones doing most of the domestic and international flying.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 10:04 AM   #269
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I understand the obsession and purchasing power. I just don't understand why they would shop for things like that in an airport--isn't it more comfortable to shop in malls? It seems quite popular to have luxury stores in Asian airports. Hmm, I might be the only one who can't understand this.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 01:47 PM   #270
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Not only are they obsessed and have purchasing power, they are stingy too. Every penny counts, and guess which places on Earth are tax-free? International airports!
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Old September 15th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #271
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This is another thing I don't understand: looking for luxury brand bargains.

But that doesn't apply to Hongqiao Airport, since all luxury stores are not duty-free, they are just regular boutiques.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 09:17 AM   #272
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Ok, I admit I didn't quite get the logic behind having luxury stores in the new terminal, I mean, really? Shouldn't the passengers worry about something else instead of shopping for designer bags?
Well, mostly anybody who goes to airport terminal at least can afford the ticket price (same about CRH) - they are self-selected in a way people strolling on central city shopping street are not. And they are likely to have time to kill before the time comes to depart.
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There is also good news for people like me: they are opening more convenient stores. After all, I can’t fill my stomach in a luxury store.
Nor your refrigerator, after emptying it ahead of departure lest the contents spoil in your absence.

When, precisely, shall Metro Line 10 open?

Shall there be any streetcar or trolleybus lines to Hongqiao?
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Old September 16th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #273
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When, precisely, shall Metro Line 10 open?
The extension of line 10 to Hongqiao hub will open on November 28th (previously said to be operational by October) according to posts on metrofans. It will have three stations in the hub (terminal 1, terminal 2 and the railway station).

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Shall there be any streetcar or trolleybus lines to Hongqiao?
You mean from downtown area to Hongqiao or within the hub? For the former there are buses and metro line 2. For the latter, there are shuttle buses between terminal 1 and 2, since metro line 2 only stops at terminal 2 and the railway station.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 10:44 AM   #274
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Old October 5th, 2010, 12:10 AM   #275
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Having traveled extensively in North America, Europe and Asia I have to say Hongqiao Hub is definitely impressive, probably the best transportation complex I have ever seen. I have to agree that the lower level (HSR level) main corridor needs a people mover system, but I think there is one upstairs.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #276
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quite a nice skyline from the airport terminal

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Old October 13th, 2010, 07:11 AM   #277
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WOW, nice to see a super-clear day in Shanghai!
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Old October 15th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #280
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Nice! You can see the SWFC rising above the rest of the skyline. When I was here I was able to see like 30 meters far because of the mist and smog -_-.
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