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ShanghaiChina

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

The Puli Hotel And Spa
The Puli Hotel And Spa
5 out of 5
1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$7,729 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jing'an Temple, Former French Concession, and Jade Buddha Temple. People's Square and Shanghai ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (909 reviews)
Perfection, as always

"As in many reviews before, always perfect! Wonderful comfortable room, beautiful design, great staff and service This is always one of the best in Shanghai"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/18

The Puli Hotel And Spa
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
5 out of 5
No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$4,274 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 29

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (592 reviews)

"The location is good. The hotel facilities are getting old though. The Tang Court restaurant is not as good as before."…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/5

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan
5 out of 5
1008 West Beijing Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$6,116 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jing'an Temple, Former French Concession, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. People's Square ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (83 reviews)

"If you like butler service definitely check out St Regis. Jingan. Yo'll get all the attentions and services you want."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/26

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan
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.

Vacation Rentals in Shanghai

ifc residence
ifc residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$4,704 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

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! (569 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 2020/7/6

ifc residence
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 NT$1,818 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

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

4.3/5Excellent! (818 reviews)

"Good price and nice service! Breakfast was good and clean!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/27

Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
Fraser Residence Shanghai
Fraser Residence Shanghai
4 out of 5
98 Shou Ning Road, 200021 Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$3,229 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of K11 Art Mall, People's Square, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. Yu Garden ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (817 reviews)
Fraser Residence Shanghai

"So far so good. Nice and clean, 2 bedroom unit is just nice for us. Friendly and helpful staff well verse in Mandarin and English. Kitchenette is equipped with basic cookware, dish washing detergent and sponge. The only thing lack of is bigger bowl. If cook something with soup, you can only serve ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/18

Fraser Residence 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.

Popular places to visit in Shanghai

Reviews of Shanghai

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.22153574580759%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 37.775816416593116%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.678729037952339%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.970873786407767%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.353045013239188%

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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