Shanghai

Travel Guide
Oriental Pearl Tower featuring a city, skyline and night scenes

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

Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong
Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong
4 out of 5
No 2111 Pudong Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥7,763 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Located in Pudong, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Bund, Mercedes Benz Arena, and Jin Mao Tower. Yu Garden and Oriental Pearl Tower are also within 3 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (207 reviews)
"Room too small. Building exterior part, quiet old."

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong
Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
5 out of 5
58 Mao Ming Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
Fully refundable
The price is ¥10,272 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
Located in the heart of Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District and Shanghai International Trade Plaza. Jing'an ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (999 reviews)
Great French style hotel
"Great location & restaurant. True Shanghai experience."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
5 out of 5
88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥13,558 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of IFC Mall and Oriental Pearl Tower. The Bund and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (881 reviews)
"Terrible check in process. It took almost hour and a half to check in. Room is a bit dated."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Riverdale Residence Xintiandi Shanghai
Riverdale Residence Xintiandi Shanghai
4 out of 5
98 Shou Ning Road, 200021 Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥16,028 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Downtown Shanghai, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shanghai Confucian Temple and People's Square. The Bund and Yu Garden are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (821 reviews)
Great Apartment Style Hotel
"We've been to Shanghai about 30 times and this hotel is our preferred place of stay each time. We love the apartment style rooms since they have all the amenities you need for a short or long stay (full fridge, dishes, washer/dryer) and the staff are always super friendly with great English. Housekeeping ..."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Riverdale Residence Xintiandi Shanghai
Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
4.5 out of 5
No 282,Huai Hai Road Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥17,741 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of K11 Art Mall and People's Square. The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (456 reviews)
Good stay for families
"Great stay and the kitchens is well maintained. Location is good and near yo malls and eatries"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2019

Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Ifc Residence
Ifc Residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥20,693 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Pudong, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center, Oriental Pearl Tower, and The Bund. Shanghai Tower and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (578 reviews)
"It's nice stay and very clean everywhere."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Ifc Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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