SHOOTING IN CHINA
SHOOTING IN CHINA
Most nationalities require a visa to enter China. It is possible to have up to 144 hour visa-free stays in China so long as you depart to a third country. For example you may fly from Los Angeles to China then to Hong Kong, but may not fly from LA to China then NYC.
However if planning a location shoot, be aware that the skies in Shanghai can become very hazy either through pollution or atmosphere. So while the weather map shows clear, the actual situation may be quite murky often making what ought to be a glorious sunset somewhat lacklustre. Contact us to discuss your location shoot and the best strategy to get the best results.
Generally drone photography is possible in China however all drones must be registered and there are no-fly zones around the airports and some other key sites. Bigger cities like Shanghai and Beijing can be very tricky to fly with many restricted areas and several no-fly-zones.
Given the population density, frequent government events and every changing rules, we recommend working with experienced and licensed operators here. Contact us to help book a pilot or drone of any size and capability. We do not recommend bringing your own drone and trying to manage the shot yourself.
If you come to China for work or play, you really ought to download WeChat (WeiXin). Everybody is using WeChat in China and it is an ecosystem for sharing info like maps, articles and files and other general info. It will make your shoot easier as well as getting around town, saving you expensive phone calls. Just make sure you got the data plan sorted. But don’t worry – almost everywhere here has wifi.
Once you have downloaded the app – scan here to follow us
For an overall city guide directory including whats on listings, Smart Shanghai covers most bases. Download App
Bon App is our preferred app for finding restaurants and sharing restaurant info on WeChat. Download App
Google maps will not work so well in Shanghai, although we heard they were working on an approved Chinese version of their maps. Apple Maps works well in English or Chinese.
However, since you’ve already downloaded Wechat, the location sharing and map service within is very accurate.
If its spectacular views of the famed Shanghai Bund then staying in Pudong (East of the Pu) in some very tall hotels can be breathtaking. But street life is limited as its the main business / tourist district of Shanghai.
Staying in Puxi (West of the Pu) is our preference as it is generally where the latest lifestyle options are – bars, restaurants, retail and other services. Our studio is in Puxi a mere 5 minutes from Xintiandi.
If you need hotel advice just reach out as we can help with corporate rates at a few selected properties.
Many Western internet services such as Google, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are spotty in China so best to find other options.