✅ Trip Verified
| Roughly 5 hour HK/INTL transit, all on Air China Terminal 2. First got fingerprinted at a kiosk and obtained a receipt which was easy. Next I got upstairs and saw a sign for transit passengers, yet still somehow managed to wait in the wrong line. I became quite upset. Ultimately though I was shown the correct line and got a 24 hour visa free transit stamp. I then had to exit through customs as there was no separate lane leading to the gates for transit passengers. Since I was outside the secure area anyway, I went outside and got some fresh air. There was a small lake and a wooded area right near the terminal. I didn't feel I had adequate time to visit the city, but it was a possibility. Finally I went back inside and went through the exit passport check and security and got into the gate area. Overall a nice clean terminal with plenty of seating, clean restrooms, and water dispensers. In short however, I was quite disappointed that the transit experience was so different from the one in Beijing, where if you had an immediate connection you could simply follow a clearly marked and only slightly tedious path to get right to your connecting gate, without having to fill out any paperwork. I hope that the signage in Shanghai becomes more clear and less confusing for international transit passengers, simply stating that you have to get a 24 hour transit stamp, so just fill out a blue card, not a yellow one, and go straight to counters number 1 or 2 at the far left hand side of the building if you're arriving in Terminal 2 as you enter to do so.