Shanghai

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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

W Shanghai - The Bund
W Shanghai - The Bund
5 out of 5
66 Lvshun Road, Shanghai
The price is NT$7,767 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from People's Square and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oriental Pearl Tower and The Bund. IFC Mall ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (191 reviews)
"Gorgeous modern hotel with great facilities and some of the best service in China!"

Reviewed on 2021/10/11

W Shanghai - The Bund
The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
5 out of 5
Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Ave, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$8,291 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of IFC Mall, Jin Mao Tower, and Super Brand Mall. Oriental Pearl Tower and The Bund are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (325 reviews)
"The view from The Club Studio room was amazing and the Club Lounge access was worth it. However, the decor in the room seems rather old and dated, the tv in the bathroom didn't work. The bed was the best sleep I ever had so that was a relaxing experience. The only one thing we disliked was that we ..."

Reviewed on 2020/1/7

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
5 out of 5
No. 2, Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$7,855 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Bund and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and People's Square are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (416 reviews)
"The food was lovely. It was a beautiful layout. In the heart of Shanghai"

Reviewed on 2021/4/15

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
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 NT$4,132 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Located in Downtown Shanghai, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Confucian Temple and K11 Art Mall. People's Square and Shanghai Museum are ...
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 2021/5/31

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 NT$4,364 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of K11 Art Mall and Shanghai Times Square. People's Square and Shanghai Museum ...
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 2019/12/21

Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
ifc residence
ifc residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$5,419 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Pudong, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center, IFC Mall, and Oriental Pearl Tower. Super Brand Mall ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (576 reviews)
"It's nice stay and very clean everywhere."

Reviewed on 2021/5/6

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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