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ShanghaiChina

A wealth of cultural treasures and exciting attractions await you in this dynamic city, shaped by its rich international heritage.

Shanghai, China’s largest city, is a vibrant cultural and commercial hub with a rich and fascinating history. Thanks to its location at the mouth of the Yangtze River, it became a key port serving international trade routes in the 19th century. The strong European influences led to its reputation as the “Paris of the Orient”, and to this day, you’ll discover a beautiful city that fuses the East and the West, full of unique attractions and entertainment.

Nothing demonstrates Shanghai’s dynamic development quite like a trip down the Huangpu River. On the West bank you’ll see The Bund, a fashionable promenade bordered by the opulent Baroque and Art Deco buildings of the city’s colonial past. Look to the East bank, and the cityscape consists entirely of the modern skyscrapers of the Pudong financial district. Look out for the distinctive silhouette of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the soaring Jin Mao Tower.

This combination of East and West, ancient and modern, is perfectly demonstrated in the Xintiandi district. Behind the carefully-preserved traditional Shikumen house façades you’ll find high-end boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Explore the French Concession close by, a former European enclave complete with colonial villas and tree-lined avenues that are now home to many restaurants, cafés and bars.

Life in Shanghai takes place at a frenetic pace, so you may want to seek out the peace and calm of the city’s parks. Century Park is the largest, and offers beautiful landscaped gardens arranged around lakes and streams. Alternatively, head to the Old Town to explore the traditional Yu Yuan Garden, a centuries-old oasis of tranquillity, completed with ornate pavilions and koi carp ponds.

Explore traditional culture and spirituality when you visit the city’s famous temples. At Jing’an Temple, you can admire the largest jade statue of Buddha that exists in China. Two other famous statues can be viewed at the Jade Buddha Temple, alongside other important artefacts.

Round off your day with a stroll along the Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park, to admire the spectacular view of the illuminations along the The Bund on the opposite bank.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Top hotels in Shanghai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Shanghai, Wujiaochang
Hyatt Regency Shanghai, Wujiaochang
4.5 out of 5
88 East Guoding Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai
NZ$175
per night
12 Apr. - 13 Apr.

Located in Yangpu, this luxury hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Fudan Univeristy-Handan Campus and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Tongji University. Oriental Pearl Tower and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (168 reviews)
4 out of 5 stars

"Not so good was - terrible internet connectivity, could not access the internet 90% of our stay. Bed was a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise everything else was great"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2019

Hyatt Regency Shanghai, Wujiaochang
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
5 out of 5
9 Shenhong Road, Hongqiao CBD, Shanghai, Shanghai
NZ$146
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

Located in Minhang, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hongqiao Tiandi and 2.5 mi (4 km) from National Exhibition and Convention Center. Qibao Old Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (297 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Service was only ok though as they seem"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2020

Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt
4.5 out of 5
88 Songshan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
NZ$300
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre, and Former French ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (352 reviews)

"Excellent! Well worth staying at! Great location!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Nov. 2019

Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt

Popular activities in Shanghai

The Bund
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The Bund

4.5/5(102 reviews)

Join the fashionable crowds as they wander along this world-famous riverside boulevard, where the opulent buildings tell of Shanghai’s international trading history.

Nanjing Road Shopping District
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Nanjing Road Shopping District

4/5(92 reviews)

Experience the bustling energy of Shanghai’s most famous commercial street, with a pedestrian mall surrounded by traditional and luxury shopping opportunities. 

People's Square
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People's Square

4.5/5(68 reviews)

To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater. 

Oriental Pearl Tower
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Oriental Pearl Tower

4.5/5(43 reviews)

This iconic Shanghai landmark is home to a wealth of entertainment for the whole family, with shopping, fine dining and breathtaking panoramic views.

Yu Garden
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Yu Garden

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of this centuries-old garden, showcasing the exquisite design for which the Ming Dynasty was famed.

Jing'an Temple
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Jing'an Temple

4/5(39 reviews)

Discover priceless Buddhist relics and historical artefacts in this traditional temple, located in the heart of central Shanghai.

Reviews of Shanghai

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

AO

16 Jan. 2020

Recommend walking tour with Viola from FreeAsiatours and to do it earlier in trip as a good starting point. Also enjoyed ERA acrobat show - amazing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Dec. 2019

Very nice place to go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Dec. 2019

Fantastic city. Can’t wait to go back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov. 2019

I liked it very much. Great place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

Amazing city!

2/5 - Disappointing

Anna

5 Nov. 2019

Beautiful culture and history, however first experience of Mainland China somewhat lacking and disappointing.

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