Are you connecting to a domestic China flight or to a foreign flight? If the latter, I wouldn't risk leaving the airport, since emigration lines are sometimes horrendous. Clearing customs may or may not be horrendous. The airport hotel should be the Ramada--I have never stayed there, but I have the impression it's not in the terminal at all (right? someone?). But by-the-hour could be normal for airport hotels as well as the other kind.
Last edited by taipeipeter; Jan 13, 08 at 6:06 am.
You sit around and wait. There isn't much to do there, even the airline lounges I have been in are nothing special. I am not aware of any in-airport hotel (and everywhere I've encountered these, they are NOT dodgy but provide a useful service), but have never hung around PVG for long enough to look for one either.
The Ramada or Radisson (I forget which) is at least a few miles from the terminals: taking a taxi into town, you would pass it. There are other hotels nearby to the Ramada -- none of these are reasonably accessible with a four hour layover.
Well...for such a short layover, you would not want to stray far from the airport. Your options would be limited by whether you have a valid China visa. If you do, I'd encourage you to rush through customs and take a ride on the MagLev train that runs from the airport to suburbs of Shanghai. The 40 (mile or km) journey is just 8 minutes each way and it costs RMB80 (USD10) roundtrip. If you prefer to remain in the terminal, it is cheaper to relax at a restaurant than pay for the PriorityPass lounge. If you are on a longer journey, you might want to look into buying the NWA 60-day WC membership. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions!
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