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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

Top hotels in Shanghai

The Sukhothai Shanghai
The Sukhothai Shanghai
5 out of 5
380 Weihai Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai
The price is NZ$297 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Natural History Museum and Xintiandi Style Shoppping ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (218 reviews)

"I absolutely loved my stay at the Sukhothai. I live in Shanghai and decided to have myself a luxurious "staycation" and was so happy I did! Everything from the service to the room and amenities to the spa was absolutely wonderful and I definitely will return again in the future for another weekend ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2020

The Sukhothai Shanghai
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan
5 out of 5
1008 West Beijing Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NZ$338 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)

"Very comfortable room and well situated on a quieter but central road. Rooms are very stuffy in winter."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2021

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan
Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai
Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai
5 out of 5
1218 Middle Yan'an Road, Jing An Kerry Centre, West Nanjing, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is NZ$350 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in the centre of Shanghai, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jing'an Temple and Jiuguang Department Store. Shanghai Exhibition ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (246 reviews)
Great hotel

"Friendly and quick check in. Hotel in good location for shopping or to wander around in the old “French concession”."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2020

Jing An Shangri-La, West 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.

Holiday Rentals in Shanghai

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 NZ$273 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Jing'an, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (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 9 Dec. 2019

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 NZ$112 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (818 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2020

Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
StarLive Apartment - Budapest
StarLive Apartment - Budapest
3.5 out of 5
No.14, 499 Nong, Xiang Yang South Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai
The price is NZ$216 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in Xuhui, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Luwan Stadium, Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre and Jing'an Temple. People's Square and ...

StarLive Apartment - Budapest
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

Top activities in Shanghai

Reviews of Shanghai

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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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