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

Downtown Shanghai
Shanghai

Downtown Shanghai

Known for Shopping, Sightseeing, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(62 reviews)

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

Pudong
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Pudong

Known for Skyscrapers, Shopping, Sightseeing

4/5(568 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.

Huangpu
Shanghai

Huangpu

Known for Shopping, Sightseeing, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(523 reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Huangpu. Check out top attractions like Yu Garden and Old Chinese City, and jump on the metro at Xiaonanmen Station or Laoximen Station to see more of the city.

Xuhui
Xuhui, Shanghai, China

Xuhui

Known for Skyscrapers, Sightseeing, LGBT-Friendly

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Travelers choose Xuhui for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Shilong Road Station or Caobao Road Station and check out top sights like Shanghai Botanical Garden.

Jing'an
Jing An Temple showing a temple or place of worship and religious aspects

Jing'an

Known for Temples, Skyscrapers, Sightseeing

4.5/5(142 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 Changping Road Station or Jing'an Temple Station to see more of the area.

Minhang
“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
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Minhang

Known for Universities, Fashion, Luxury

4/5(68 reviews)

Get to know Minhang and its many features like its breweries and spas. You might want to explore sights like Qibao Old Street and Hongqiao Tiandi, and you can jump on the metro at Zhuanqiao Station or Yindu Road Station to get around the city.

Top Hotels in Shanghai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
5 out of 5
555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
¥15,302
per night
Nov 28 - Nov 29

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and The Bund. People's Square Station ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,653 reviews)

"A very good example of a business hotel in China - excellent gym, exec lounge, good meeting facilities, friendly and helpful staff - couldn't ask for more on a 3 day trip to Shanghai during CIIE - the only suggestion would be that the hotel cars are a little pricey - the Manager of the Exec Lounge ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
Novotel Shanghai Clover
Novotel Shanghai Clover
4.5 out of 5
Building No 1, Lane 3188, Xiupu Road, Pudong, Shanghai
¥8,364
per night
Nov 28 - Nov 29

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located near the airport, 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Shanghai Disneyland©, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Century Park and Shanghai ...

4.3/5Excellent! (783 reviews)

"The transportation was very weak while returning from expo the hotel shuttle didnt come for one hour to pick me up and hotel employee did not want to pay for taxi fare I got to come to hotel! The next day I had to go to expo and hotel shuttel was not there to pick us up they asked a cab and tried ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Novotel Shanghai Clover
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
5 out of 5
88 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
¥10,257
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, and Brilliance ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,588 reviews)

"Location and facilities are excellent. My only complaint was regarding the main dining room. We had dinner there our first night and my husbands dinner was cold when it arrived after half an hour wait. He had fish and chips. I ordered spaghetti and had to wait 40 minutes for my meal. I had to get ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

Popular things to do in Shanghai

The Bund
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The Bund

4.5/5(600 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.

Jing'an Temple
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Jing'an Temple

4.5/5(242 reviews)

This centuries-old, downtown Shanghai temple is home to the largest pure jade statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in mainland China.

Nanjing Road Shopping District
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Nanjing Road Shopping District

4.5/5(406 reviews)

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

People's Square
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People's Square

4.5/5(343 reviews)

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

Oriental Pearl Tower
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Oriental Pearl Tower

4.5/5(246 reviews)

This towering symbol of Shanghai’s modern renaissance offers history lessons, fine dining and stunning city views.

Yu Garden
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Yu Garden

4.5/5(330 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 activities in Shanghai

Best of Shanghai Day Tour
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour

¥8,637

Discover Shanghai's must-see sights on this full-day tour. Visit the many architectural sites that are influenced by different dynasties and colonization. Be picked up from your Shanghai city hotel and make your first stop at the Jade Buddha Temple.

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour

¥14,760

Experience the rare opportunity to visit 2 traditional water villages on this enthralling guided tour leaving from Shanghai. Travel to the ancient settlement of Suzhou—commonly referred to as the Venice of the East—before journeying down the winding waterways of Zhouzhuang.

Shanghai Night Eats Food & Drink Tour
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Shanghai Night Eats Food & Drink Tour

¥9,088

As the financial capital of China, Shanghai attracts millions of migrants who bring their local culinary traditions and ingredients with them. As the sun sets, we’ll explore the best local and regional cuisines the city has to offer, paired with local beers, spirits (or soft drinks) in a centrally-located, authentic residential neighborhood.

Shanghai Disneyland® Ticket
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Shanghai Disneyland® Ticket

¥6,440

Please kindly note that you need to send your passport details to the local travel agency in China right after booking in order to buy the tickets. You will get the travel agency contact information after booking.

Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Coach Tour
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Coach Tour

¥9,840

Discover beautiful Zhujiajiao, a charming water village on the outskirts of Shanghai, on this half-day tour. Stroll through the 400-year-old city, discover its picturesque waterways by boat, and practice your bargaining skills at local stalls, before returning to Shanghai via the silk mill.

Private Round Trip Transfer to Shanghai Oriental Land
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Private Round Trip Transfer to Shanghai Oriental Land

¥2,441

Meet your private driver at your Shanghai city hotel lobby in the morning, and head up to Shanghai Oriental Land (Oriental Green Boat) or Oriental Land Holiday Village by your comfortable private car (about 50 minutes driving distance).

Reviews of Shanghai

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.208208208208209%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

John

Nov 13, 2019

Don't be afraid to try rhe small local food shops off the side streets of Nanjing road!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 13, 2019

Vibrant, busy. Lots of people. Many things to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 13, 2019

Clean air due to conversion of many scooters from petrol to electric. Downside is that they are very quiet and you have no idea that they are arriving. Variety of uses of scooters and motorised rickshaws is amazing. Maglev is a must - 300+km/hr.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Extremely vibrant city with lots to do and walk, at day and night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

The city had a lot to offer. It was our base for several excursions. We used the metro and taxis to get to airports and around the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 6, 2019

The most amazing city ever. A must go city

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