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Shanghai
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Shanghai

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
4 out of 5
5888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang District, Shanghai
The price is ¥24,695 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tian Ma Country Club and Shanghai Chenshan Botanic Gardens. Sheshan Observatory ...

4.3/5Excellent! (33 reviews)

"Did a two-day staycation in light of not being able to travel during covid and chose this hotel because it it’s unique design. Property is beautiful and excellently maintained. Staff are very kind. Did buffet breakfast at the G floor restaurant, room service for lunch, and dinner at the B15 restaurant ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
The Puli Hotel And Spa
The Puli Hotel And Spa
5 out of 5
1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥27,682 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Jing'an Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jade Buddha Temple and People's Square. Shanghai Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (912 reviews)

"The bar food served at the lounge bar was really really terrible."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

The Puli Hotel And Spa
Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong
Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong
4 out of 5
899 Dong Fang Road Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥7,958 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

Located in Pudong, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shanghai Children's Medical Center, Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, and Century Park. Shanghai ...

4.1/5Very Good! (268 reviews)

"Dirty badthroom"…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong
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Vacation Rentals in Shanghai

Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
4 out of 5
No. 1, Lane 58, Tongchuan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥6,867 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Putuo, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Daning Lingshi Park, Jade Buddha Temple, and East China Normal University. Nanjing Road Shopping District ...

4.3/5Excellent! (819 reviews)

"A very comfortable stay. Clean, well equipped kitchen, friendly staff and close to the metro and some good restaurants and cafes. Will defInitely come again for my next staycation :)"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Modena by Fraser Putuo 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

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping ...

4.1/5Very Good! (455 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 ¥19,774 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Pudong, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (572 reviews)
Good for family stay

"We really enjoyed the stay in IFC residence. Family-friendly room and equipment. Swimming pool is great for children, although the water temperature is rather low. The breakfast doesn't have a wide variety of food selection but still delicious."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

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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Reviews of Shanghai

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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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