Auto Shanghai 2011: Practicalities and how to follow the show

Next week's Auto Shanghai exhibition is set to be one of the largest events in the motoring calendar, as automakers scramble for a piece of the world's largest auto market.

The show officially opens April 19, beginning with two days of press previews and VIP events during which the new vehicles and major announcements will be made to the media.

Those with category "A" tickets, mainly trade visitors, will be able to get in between April 21-22, while category "B" visitors will be able to visit between April 23-28. Category "C" visitors will be able to visit between April 25-28.

A category "A" ticket costs 100 yuan (€10.50), category B costs 80 yuan (€8.50) for weekend entry and 50 yuan (€5.30) for weekday entry (although they are valid only for the specified date) and category "C" tickets cost 80 yuan.

Bookings can be made at the event's website or by calling the hotline on +86 21 962288.

A floorplan of the enormous show's 13 indoor and 22 outdoor halls can be downloaded from the website and portable guiding devices will be offered free of charge in some halls.

Those unable to attend in person can follow the event on the myriad of blogs offering coverage, including the excellent China Car Times ( http://www.chinacartimes.com/) which provides information on the Chinese car market for English readers.

Other news outlets providing special coverage will include:

AutoBlog: http://www.autoblog.com/category/shanghai-motor-show/
Inside Line: http://www.insideline.com/auto-shows/shanghai/
Automotive News: http://www.autonews.com/section/ASshanghai

The show closes April 28, when it will be open to 3PM local time only.

Show website: http://www.autoshanghai.org/en/

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