frequently asked questions
The following questions and answers may be useful to you as you prepare to attend the 2008 Global Series event in Shanghai. If you need more information, please contact the Harvard Events Office or the Harvard Alumni Association.
- Regional Harvard Clubs
- Post.Harvard Accounts
- Travel Requirements for China
- Transportation in Shanghai
- Local Time in Shanghai
- Weather in Shanghai
Q: How do I find out about the Harvard Club in my region?
A: Click here for a listing of Harvard Clubs or send an email to: email@example.com
Q: How do I register for a post.harvard account?
A: To register for post.harvard, please visit http://post.harvard.edu. On the right side of the screen, click on the link that says "click here to register," which will take you directly to the registration page. Then:
Step 1 On the registration page, enter your name and class year and click the "find my record" button.
Step 2 You will be taken to a page displaying all names that match your search criteria. Select your name to continue the registration process.
Step 3 Enter your 10-digit HAA ID number in the provided box, and click "validate" to confirm your identity. You can find your HAA ID number in the footer of a recent email from Harvard.
Step 4 Once your identity has been confirmed, you will be prompted to select a username and password. You will enter your username and password to log in to post.harvard whenever you wish to access your account. Please bear in mind that your password is case-sensitive, so you will have to enter it with the same capitalization format every time you access the site.
You will also need to select a security question and provide an answer. This security question is used as verification so that we may retrieve your username and password if you forget them in the future.
Step 5 Finally, you will need to enter a valid email address, read and accept the terms and conditions, and click the "complete registration" button. Please note that you will not be able to register unless you accept the terms and conditions of use.
Once you have registered for post.harvard, you will be able to access the full features of the site. You will receive an email confirming your registration.
Q: What are the travel requirements to enter China?
A: A valid passport and visa are required to enter China. The visa must be obtained from a Chinese Embassy or Consulate before traveling to China. For a listing of Embassies and Consulates in the U.S., please click here. Anyone arriving in China without a valid passport and the appropriate Chinese visa will not be permitted to enter and will be subject to a fine and immediate deportation at the traveler's expense. Click here to print out the appropriate visa forms. For U.S. travelers needing assistance with visa arrangements, please contact A Briggs Passport and & Visa Expeditors.
Q: How do I get from Pudong International Airport to my hotel?
A: Taxis are available directly from the airport to your hotel. The fare from the airport is approximately 150 RMB.
The Maglev High Speed Train departs from the airport every 20 minutes and costs 50 RMB. Click here for more information. Its final destination is the LongYang Subway stop and from there you can either take the Line 2 Subway into the city (the Pudong Shangri-La is at the LuJiaZui Subway stop), or catch a taxi into the city. Click here for a subway map.
Airport bus service is available from the airport into the city every 20-30 minutes along 6 different routes. Outside the airport arrival gates, tell the ticket office your final destination in order to determine which route to take. Tickets cost approximately 20 RMB. Click here for more information.
For the hotel's transportation service, please view the options here. Travelers should make their reservations directly with the Pudong Shangri-La:
Web site: http://www.shangri-la.com
Q: What is the time difference between Cambridge, MA (EST) and Shanghai, China?
A: Cambridge, MA is 12 hours behind Shanghai, China. Click here for a world clock converter.
Q: What is Shanghai's weather like in March?
A: Shanghai winters can be very cold and temperatures often drop well below -18°C (0°F). In contrast, the summers tend to be hot and humid. The best time to visit Shanghai is fall or spring. In March, temperatures typically fall within a comfortable range of 5°C to 13°C (41°F to 56°F).