Shanghai

Travel Guide
Oriental Pearl Tower featuring a city, skyline and night scenes
Visit this bustling eastern province to explore glitzy shopping malls, marvel at historic temples and climb to the top of towering skyscrapers.

The province of Shanghai is dominated by its eponymous metropolis, one of China’s major economic and cultural hubs. Here, modern skyscrapers sit near Buddhist temples and art deco buildings, while sleek museums stand alongside manicured gardens and cramped alleys. Shop for local crafts, slurp freshly made noodles, visit historic museums and enjoy a rare moment of peace in a tucked-away monastery.

Situated on the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city of Shanghai blends modern and historic elements, as well as drawing inspiration from both Eastern and Western cultures. At the Shanghai History Museum, find out more about the city’s origins as a small fishing and textiles town that transitioned into a popular destination for foreigners to establish homes and businesses.

To see the city from different perspectives, walk along the riverfront promenade known as the Bund. Marvel at the various architectural styles visible from the walkway. For a bird’s-eye view, head for the observation deck at the Shanghai Tower.

When the weather is nice, visitors and locals converge on the Yùyuán Gardens to stroll, sit in the shade and watch colorful fish swimming around in the pools. Soak up the sun with a boat trip in Zhujiajiao, a historic water town in the suburbs, known for its Ming- and Qing-era bridges. If it’s raining, consider taking shelter in Xīntiāndì, a shopping and entertainment complex packed with boutique shops and restaurants.

Explore the city’s religious past at the Buddhist Jìng’ān Temple. Smell the burning incense and inspect the ornate statues that decorate the halls. Other notable Buddhist sites include the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the only active monasteries remaining in Shanghai.

Book your vacation in the spring or fall for the best weather or visit in the first week of October during the National Day holiday when crowds flock to the city for celebrations. Fly into one of two international airports, Hongqiao or Pudong, to start your journey through the region.

Upscale shopping complexes, ancient temples and relaxing gardens make Shanghai a top destination for travelers looking to experience modern-day China.

Where to stay in Shanghai

InterContinental Shanghai Pudong Hotel, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Shanghai Pudong Hotel, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
777 Zhangyang Road, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200120
The price is NT$3,095 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (310 reviews)
"Just the breakfast quality is a bit not as good as before, the bread"

Reviewed on 2019/12/28

InterContinental Shanghai Pudong Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
4 out of 5
1100 Qi Hang Road, Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, Shanghai, 201207
The price is NT$4,322 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property condition ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"nice place to stay !"

Reviewed on 2022/8/5

Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, an IHG Hotel
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
5888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang District, Shanghai, 201619
The price is NT$9,324 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 restaurants. Popular attractions Tian Ma Country Club and Shanghai Chenshan Botanic ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (49 reviews)
Nice space for vacation
"Overall it's good. The water curtain show looks great."

Reviewed on 2021/6/30

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, an IHG Hotel
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.
Green Court Residence City Center Shanghai
Green Court Residence City Center Shanghai
4 out of 5
55 Beijing Xi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200003
The price is NT$2,423 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,242 reviews)
"Very nice and well maintained apthotel located in the city center. Staff is helpful and nice. Definitely will stay again ."

Reviewed on 2021/12/29

Green Court Residence City Center 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, 200021
The price is NT$4,185 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a bar/lounge. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (459 reviews)
"The breakfast was less than desirable."

Reviewed on 2021/9/21

Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Ifc Residence
Ifc Residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200120
The price is NT$3,980 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (579 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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