Jiading is Not As Far as I Thought

Jiading 嘉定 is a district of Shanghai, but far from the downtown Shanghai. I haven’t been there before I attended the wedding ceremony for my friend.

The express way from Shanghai Downtown to Jiading is the first express way in China. It was completed in 1988. I heard about the Shanghai – Jiading Express way in 1994, and in my mind, Jiading must be extremely far away, that people need to connect the two places with an expressway.

Yesterday, we drove there – 13 km from A20 to Jiading, or 15 km in total.

At night, we left Jiading at 11:00 PM, and at 11:40 PM, we are already on my bed in my home.

The Shanghai – Jiading Expressway (named A12) connects with A20, and then directly merge into the newly built Middle-Ring Road, then we went east and turned into the South-North Elevated Road, then Nanpu Bridge via Inner-Ring Road.

The 40 minutes driving experience was amazing! It is just like from San Jose to San Francisco – so many branches, via-duct, elevated road, and without a single red light. It is especially good to drive at night, when there was almost no traffic on the road.

13 thoughts on “Jiading is Not As Far as I Thought

  1. When i was a student, i used to take buses from Jiading to Shanghai downtown every week. it was a luxury treat to take the buses going through freeway, since it’s about 2RMB per ticket ( it went up to 10RMB last time i took the bus). the normal ticket price for local way only bus would be about 50cents ( or free if it’s the bus provided by the school).

    it’s pretty amazing that i now drives average 80 miles a day back and forth from home to work, and it average takes me 3 hours on the road every day. i always tell my wife that if i’m asked to work in Jiading and live in Shanghai downtown now, I will be pleased by the time i can save. but when i was a student, the trip from Jiading to downtown seems to be endless, even through the freeway :-)

  2. Well. I don’t like to drive too fast. My guideline is always, drive under the speed limit.

    There are some places with rediculous speed limit though, like the Wan Ping Road – one lane at exit is marked as <30 KM/h, while lanes besides it is <80 KM/h. It will be too dangerous to drive at the specified speed limit.

  3. Yes, especially the Middle Ring road is Really Great !

    Just keep 80 km/h.

    There are plenty of speed cameras.

    Advice : Plot them into your car GPS.

    Давид – “David” – 200++ is possible in China too !

    Just find the right places :-)

    Why do you think people buy Ferrari’s here ?

    Not for fun driving in Shanghai City.

    I know some very good expressways in China…

    But expect to find boxes, rocks, crossing farmers and perhaps some crashed cars on the road.

    Can be an exiting experience :-(

  4. Hi, i drive everyday from downtown Xu Hui to Jiading. it can take up to an full hour due heavy traffic within the city ring. There’s a new road that connects from A8 (pass ikea then after Luna park take a right, then keep going till exit A8), keep going to exit A5, then you pass the F1 track (on the left) and straight into Jiading, probably 5 to 10 Km longer but nearly any traffic on A5. Cost you an extra 5yuan but should get you within 40 min into Jiading Town during rush hours. :)

  5. My office was in Jiading before and I thought it was quite far. One reason why I thought it was far was because my company had a bus that picked up all the staff near People’s Square at 8am in the morning! I lived in JingAn district so it was ridiculous for me to wake up to commute for 1 hour just to get to work. If I missed the bus, I would have to pay a 80rmb cab ride to get there, which is more than half way to the Pudong airport! I quit that job after a year because of the commute issue and not the job itself.

    WJS may think it is close because he has his own car. ;-)

  6. ha,ha ,i live in JinShan district. it is spent 45 minutes from MeiLong. i hope it will build subway.

  7. Hi I like to some information how can get shanghai internation circunt, because next year I will visit shanghai, I hope you can give me direction.

    Regards Celine

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