It’s always disheartening when we, bristling with overconfidence from our mastery of taxi-taking and subway-riding in Shanghai, try getting on the bus and realize it is nowhere near as easy. Though the subways now have English and taxis are plentiful, navigating Shanghai’s sprawling public bus system is an endless source of confusion.
Bus 765, 96, 224? No clue. And when we look up dumbfounded at the bus stop signs? You don’t even want to know the depths to our despair.
Luckily, there are two websites to the rescue:
The Shanghai Bus System Tutorial (made by former Shanghaiist contributor Micah Sittig) and Catch Your Bus have English translations of the otherwise daunting Chinese characters.
Now, you can check your next-day’s bus route in the privacy of your own home. And if you’re out to splurge 99 cents, there’s the option of even buying an iPhone app from Catch Your Bus that relays all this information for when you’re on the go!
[Photo from Shanghai Bus Tutorial]