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ShanghaiChina

One of the world’s largest cities fuses ancient Chinese culture, colonial architecture and futuristic designs.

In 1930, Shanghai was known as the “Paris of the Orient,” the city where East meets West. War and revolution put the city into a holding pattern, but in recent decades Shanghai has experienced a renaissance, recreating itself into a global city while preserving the many treasures of its past.

To best experience Shanghai’s great balancing act between yesterday and tomorrow, hop aboard a boat cruise along the Huangpu River. On one riverbank is the Pudong area, home to some of city’s modern landmarks, including Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. In contrast to the futuristic skyline of Pudong is The Bund, on the opposite side of the river. This area has a interesting collection of art deco, neoclassical and baroque buildings .

Beyond The Bund lays the French Concession, where the historic art deco homes of the city’s former European elite are now filled with restaurants, boutiques and bars. Nearby, explore the Shikumen houses, shopping and nightlife of Xintiandi.

Take a break from the busy streets in Shanghai’s green spaces. In Century Park, the city’s largest park, cycle, play miniature golf or stroll past ornamental topiaries. Take an evening stroll along the Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park to see The Bund spectacularly illuminated on the river’s opposite bank. In the Old City, take time out to admire the koi-filled ponds in the centuries-old Yu Yuan Garden.

Shanghai’s Buddhist temples offer tranquility and insight into local culture. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple to see two enormous white jade Buddhas. An even larger jade Buddha statue, the biggest of its kind in mainland China, is at the Jing’an Temple in downtown Shanghai.

Shanghai’s efficient subway and bus systems make it easy to get around. And don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes; Shanghai is a city that rewards those who walk with glimpses into local life and access to less visited areas.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Oriental Pearl Tower which includes skyline, a city and modern architecture

Pudong

4/5Very Good!(642 area reviews)

Shanghai Disneyland© and Shanghai Tower are top sights in Pudong, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Pudong International Airport Station or Haitiansan Road Station to see more sights in the area.

Pudong
Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park featuring a city, a garden and modern architecture

Downtown Shanghai

4.5/5Wonderful!(65 area reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Shanghai. Check out top attractions like Yu Garden and The Bund, and jump on the metro at East Nanjing Road Station or Yuyuan Garden Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Shanghai
Lookout from the bund

Jing'an

4.5/5Wonderful!(154 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Jing'an Temple while getting to know Jing'an, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Yanchang Road Station or Circus World Station to see more of the area.

Jing'an
“If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.” 

― Mario Andretti

In China, everything is like this.  Unless you are away from the cities, construction, traffic and just buying some noodles is moving at a pace that seems just a little out of control.  It has the feel of a pressure pot that has been turned up just a bit too high.

However, I have lived here for a while now, and I have become used to the mad cap pace that everything is running at.  Once you get adjusted to that pace, it is a dream come true for the traveller.  Planes, trains and a shit-load of restaurants and hotels all linked into convenient apps (well, not so much the restaurants) such as Ctrip.

Ctrip website

Minhang

4/5Very Good!(73 area reviews)

Minhang is well-liked for its breweries and spas. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Jinjiang Action Park and Qibao Old Street are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Zhuanqiao Station or Yindu Road Station to get around.

Minhang
A traditional German Christmas Market at Xuhui Greenspace, Shanghai. It was gorgeously decorated and the food and drink offerings were decent, whilst the gift offerings were merely so-so. Had a nice time, though!

Xuhui

4.5/5Wonderful!(75 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Xuhui. If sightseeing is on the list, Shanghai Stadium is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Shilong Road Station or Caobao Road Station to see more of the area.

Xuhui
Puxi showing a city

Changning

4/5Very Good!(108 area reviews)

The cafés and parks are just a few things visitors like about Changning. Zhongshan Park and Xianxia Road are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Shuicheng Road Station or Weining Road Station to get around the larger area.

Changning

Top Hotels in Shanghai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
5 out of 5
500 Heng Feng Rd, Jing'an District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥13,214 per night

Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Jade Buddha Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District and People's Square. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (305 reviews)

"New and clean hotel with friendly staff. But the restaurant is expensive and not so tasty."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
5 out of 5
9 Shenhong Road, Hongqiao CBD, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥7,855 per night

Located in Minhang, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hongqiao Tiandi and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from National Exhibition and Convention Center. Qibao Old Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (300 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Service was only ok though as they seem"…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
5 out of 5
No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥14,785 per night

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (591 reviews)

"The location is good. The hotel facilities are getting old though. The Tang Court restaurant is not as good as before."…"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

Popular places to visit in Shanghai

Shanghai Disneyland©
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Shanghai Disneyland©

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Shanghai Disneyland© and find out why this is a popular theme park in Shanghai. Wander the picturesque gardens and riverfront in this vibrant area.

The Bund
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The Bund

4.5/5(638 reviews)

Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.

Nanjing Road Shopping District
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Nanjing Road Shopping District

4.5/5(440 reviews)

Experience the bustling energy of Shanghai’s most famous commercial street, with a pedestrian mall surrounded by traditional and luxury shopping opportunities. 

Shanghai Tower
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Shanghai Tower

4.5/5(313 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Shanghai during your trip to a top site like Shanghai Tower. Experience the area's acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums.

People's Square
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People's Square

4.5/5(361 reviews)

To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater. 

Yu Garden
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Yu Garden

4.5/5(358 reviews)

Step through the gate of Shanghai’s premier classical gardens and into a tranquil world of bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds and Ming Dynasty pavilions.

Top things to do in Shanghai

Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour
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Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

¥8,547
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line Hop-On-Hop-Off Shanghai Bus Tour
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Skip the Line Hop-On-Hop-Off Shanghai Bus Tour

¥2,126
Per adult
Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Tour
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Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth Day Tour

¥18,055
Per adult
Evening Huangpu River Cruise & Bund City Lights Tour
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Evening Huangpu River Cruise & Bund City Lights Tour

¥8,440
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Chinese Acrobatics and Shanghai Evening Tour
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Chinese Acrobatics and Shanghai Evening Tour

¥8,440
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Private Car Service with Driver
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Private Car Service with Driver

¥13,675
Per adult

Reviews of Shanghai

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
603
5 - Excellent 53.22153574580759%
4 - Good
428
4 - Good 37.775816416593116%
3 - Okay
87
3 - Okay 7.678729037952339%
2 - Disappointing
11
2 - Disappointing 0.970873786407767%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.353045013239188%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

Love Shanghai, but the Virus changed everything!!! I have visited Shanghai at least 10 - 15 times before, but because of the virus - it was not the Shanghai that I was looking to visit and know, but it still was Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

Get a refillable Metro Card at the Peoples Square station; there's a lot to see in Shanghai but you'll need to use the Metro. It's very clean, well run and most cars have signs and verbal announcements in English. And don't forget Suzhou and Qibao!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Shanghai is a vary safe city and vary modern also they have different cultural and You can have restaurant like Italian food everything you can find in Shanghai and even with a vary cheap price compare to other city like hongKong dubai

5/5 - Excellent

Jeff

Jan 27, 2020

Lots of shopping  biking ‍♀️ karaoke

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

It will be packed during the holidays but there is a wide variety of food choices and shopping choices. Walking around the city is very safe and you can see a lot by just taking a stroll around town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

A mystical place, people are courteous and well manner.

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