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Shanghai
Travel Guide

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

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
4 out of 5
5888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang District, Shanghai
The price is NT$8,673 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tian Ma Country Club and Shanghai Chenshan Botanic Gardens. Sheshan Observatory ...

4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)

"Did a two-day staycation in light of not being able to travel during covid and chose this hotel because it it’s unique design. Property is beautiful and excellently maintained. Staff are very kind. Did buffet breakfast at the G floor restaurant, room service for lunch, and dinner at the B15 restaurant ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/24

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland
Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong
Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong
4 out of 5
899 Dong Fang Road Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$2,083 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Pudong, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Shanghai Children's Medical Center, Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, and Century Park. Shanghai ...

4.1/5Very Good! (268 reviews)

"Dirty badthroom"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/17

Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
5 out of 5
88 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$2,628 per night from Mar 26 to Mar 27

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"Great value for a prime location. My kids enjoyed the pool. We loved the spacious room and breakfast buffet. Overall, it could use a bit of cleaning and updating, but it’s typical of Shanghai hotels."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/13

Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
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.
Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
5 out of 5
Fengyang Road, No. 601, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NT$4,294 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Jing'an, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Natural History Museum, Nanjing Road Shopping District, and People's Square. Yu ...

4.4/5Excellent! (154 reviews)

"Staffs are friendly. The room is clean and there is washer in the suite that very convenient for us to wash and dry our winter clothes. Overall is good."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/9

Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
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$1,812 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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

4.3/5Excellent! (819 reviews)

"A very comfortable stay. Clean, well equipped kitchen, friendly staff and close to the metro and some good restaurants and cafes. Will defInitely come again for my next staycation :)"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/14

Modena by Fraser Putuo 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

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping ...

4.1/5Very Good! (455 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
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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