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ShanghaiChina

Ancient Chinese pagodas and tea gardens stand shoulder to shoulder with skyscrapers of glistening glass and steel in the World’s most populous city.

Shanghai’s teeming streets are home to more than 23 million people who live, work and play in its offices, restaurants, bars and gardens. An ancient colonial powerhouse which suffered through War and Revolution, the city is now in the midst of a renaissance.This is in evidence across the city, in the redevelopment of historical quarters like Xintiandi and The Bund and the feats of engineering brilliance in its gleaming financial quarter, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.Such a crowded Metropolis is always in need of green spaces and in Shanghai, these are plentiful. The largest by far is Century Park, where you can try out some calming Tai Chi, play a relaxing round of golf or work up a sweat with an energetic walk or jog.For a glimpse of the city’s former colonial life, stroll through the refurbished Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park and explore the elite mansions and villas of the French Concession. Their European architecture and classical charm once earned Shanghai the title of ‘Paris of the Orient’.As a city of hidden streets and secret gems like the Yu Yuan Gardens, Shanghai is a great place to wander around and explore without too much advance planning. There is a deep spiritual undercurrent throughout the municipality, which you are welcome to embrace with a visit to Jing’An Temple or the Jade Buddha temple, home to two spectacular white jade Buddha statues.Most of the attractions in Shanghai are within half an hour’s walk of downtown, but if you are feeling a little jaded or want to stray further afield, there is an excellent public transport network. A cruise along the Huangpu River is a relaxing way to get to know the different districts, taking you past much of the historic and modern heart of the city.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Lujiazui. If sightseeing is on the list, Shanghai Tower is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Shangcheng Road Station or Dongchang Road Station to see more of the area.

Lujiazui

Top hotels in Shanghai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
InterContinental Shanghai Expo
InterContinental Shanghai Expo
4.5 out of 5
1188 Xueye Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is AU$217 per night

Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Nanpu Bridge and Mercedes Benz Arena. Shanghai Tower is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Linyi Xincun Station ...

4.3/5Excellent! (160 reviews)
Wonderful stay!

"It was very pleasant, service was good and breakfast was outstanding. Thanks! very comfortable stay, will come back again."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

InterContinental Shanghai Expo
Park Hyatt Shanghai
Park Hyatt Shanghai
5 out of 5
No 100 Century Avenue Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is AU$444 per night

Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower. Shanghai World Financial Center and The Bund are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (225 reviews)

"My definition of luxury, this hotel strikes the perfect balance of elegance and simplicity. Rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities your'd come to expect from a 5 star hotel including automatic black out curtains and one touch lighting control. The views from this hotel is one of the ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 May 2020

Park Hyatt Shanghai
Sofitel Shanghai Hyland
Sofitel Shanghai Hyland
4 out of 5
505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is AU$111 per night

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square and Yu Garden. Former French Concession ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,482 reviews)

"This hotel may not be the newest of most luxurious in the area, but you can't beat it on location, with Nanjing Lu pedestrian street right down stairs, and the metro station just a block away. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and windows are well insulated."…"

Reviewed on 8 May 2020

Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

Popular places to visit in Shanghai

The Bund
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The Bund

4.5/5(102 reviews)

The changing fortunes of this sprawling riverside walkway are symbolic of the evolution of Shanghai itself.

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)

Combining artistic expression with technological innovation, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a towering example of Shanghai’s recent resurgence.

Yu Garden
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Yu Garden

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Created as a place of sanctuary over 400 years ago, Yu Yuan Gardens still provide a soothing retreat from the bustling streets of the Old Town.

Jing'an Temple
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Jing'an Temple

4/5(39 reviews)

The Jing’an Temple is a cultural treasure trove, packed with Buddhist relics and maintaining the ancient tradition of the Temple Fair.

Top activities in Shanghai

Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour
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Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

86% of travellers recommend
AU$122
Per adult
Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$206
Per adult
Best of Shanghai Day Tour
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour

76% of travellers recommend
AU$120
Per adult
Suzhou Garden & Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour
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Suzhou Garden & Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$198
Per adult
Evening Huangpu River Cruise & Bund City Lights Tour
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Evening Huangpu River Cruise & Bund City Lights Tour

76% of travellers recommend
AU$120
Per adult
Chinese Acrobatics and Shanghai Evening Tour
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Chinese Acrobatics and Shanghai Evening Tour

74% of travellers recommend
AU$121
Per adult

Reviews of Shanghai

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 52.68817204301075%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.086021505376344%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.6881720430107525%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5376344086021505%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

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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