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Yuyuan Bazaar

The centuries-old oasis at the heart of Shanghai’s ancient walled city combines the idyll of beautiful blooms with the buzz of maze-like lanes lined with stalls.

Wander around the twisting alleys of Shanghai’s Yuyuan Bazaar to experience the vivid clash of sights and sounds. A jumble of stalls spill out of the magnificent classical Chinese architecture and display a huge array of souvenirs, crafts and artworks. Get swept up in the atmosphere of the crowded lanes as you peruse the items for sale, which range from gloriously kitschy to totally unique. Stop by the bazaar’s renowned teahouse or take a breather in the temple. Examine the delicate plantings in the Yuyuan Garden and learn about this district’s fascinating history.

City walls dating back to the 15th century once enclosed the district. Formerly a Chinese enclave when the city was divided into foreign districts, Yuyuan has retained its connections to traditional Chinese culture. Browse the array of Old Shanghai treasures and pick up artworks and craft items. You might find antiques, silk fans and objects made from shells and bamboo. Intricate paintings are also available for sale.

Follow your nose to one of the vendors selling Shanghai specialty street food. Grab a bowl of Shanghai xiao long bao (soup dumplings) or try vegetarian buns and chicken soup. Breathe in the delicate aroma and experience traditional ceremonies at the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse. The Taoist Temple of the Town God is another pleasant spot to escape and enjoy some peace.

Save some time to explore the inimitable Yuyuan Gardens. Founded in the 16th century, this tranquil garden is one of Shanghai’s most significant landmarks. Admire the heritage plantings of luohan pines, willows, dawn redwoods and gingko trees. In spring and summer, experience the rich fragrance of cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers.

Reach the narrow laneways of Yuyuan Bazaar by taxi to the city’s Nanshi Old Town. The area can get very crowded on weekends, so allow plenty of time to get around the bazaar, gardens and dumpling houses. The bazaar is free to visit, but there is an admission fee to enter the gardens. Yuyuan Bazaar is open daily until late in the evening.

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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ¥13,736
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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 is only a 5-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai ¥12,112
    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 7 minutes.

      Hao Du Hotel ¥3,416
      Hao Du Hotel

      Hao Du Hotel

      No. 41 South Guangxi Road, Shanghai
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Chinese City, Shanghai Museum, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. The Bund and Yu Garden are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 12 minutes.

        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel ¥11,249
        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

        Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

        159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          New Harbour Service Apartments ¥8,351
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          New Harbour Service Apartments

          No 88 Yongshou Road Huang Pu D, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Chinese City, Shanghai Museum, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. The Bund and Yu Garden are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 12 minutes.

            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza) ¥9,745
            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

            595 Jiu Jiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 9 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 10 minutes.

              Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World ¥10,704
              Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

              Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

              88 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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 Shimao International Plaza. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). People's Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Xinzha Road Station is 13 minutes.

                The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai ¥13,783
                The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

                The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

                88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 5 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.