We have whined before about the dearth of decent restaurants in Shanghai’s airports. Pudong travelers are still better off brown-bagging it, but it seems relief will soon be on the way for domestic travelers: Element Fresh is opening up shop at Hongqiao Airport. From their website:
Element Fresh Express coming to Hong Qiao airport in July!
Finally there is an alternative to airline food & drinks: the Express will offer fresh juices, smoothies and coffee along with fresh snacks – and not at airport prices. Whether you are on your way out or back, stop by the Element Fresh Express inside Arrival Hall A.
This is great news, since Shanghaiist will be a doing a decent amount of domestic flying this summer. (On Sunday, we had pretty good, albeit overpriced, jiaozi at the Qingdao Aiport, washed down by a Haidao Black Beer.)
And here’s the Shanghaiist Tip of the Day: Don’t bother waiting in line for a taxi at Hongqiao Airport (the taxi line can get really, really long). Just on the other side of the taxis, you will see some big, white vans. They are metered, too, starting at 16 kuai and then 2.1 kuai per kilometer. There are rarely any lines for these vans. “I don’t think many people know about us,” the driver said. If you don’t feel like spending 50 kuai to get home, walk towards McDonald’s and hop in a bus. They will take you to Jing’An Temple for around 4 kuai.