ShanghaiChina

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

Shanghai showing general coastal views, modern architecture and a skyscraper

Pudong

4/5Very Good!(642 area reviews)

Shanghai Disneyland© and Shanghai Tower are top sights in Pudong, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Pudong International Airport Station or Haitiansan Road Station to see more sights in the area.

Pudong
Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park featuring a city, a garden and modern architecture

Downtown Shanghai

4.5/5Wonderful!(65 area reviews)

Known for its beautiful gardens and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Shanghai. Check out top attractions like Yu Garden and The Bund, and jump on the metro at East Nanjing Road Station or Yuyuan Garden Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Shanghai
Jing An Temple featuring a temple or place of worship and religious elements

Jing'an

4.5/5Wonderful!(154 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Jing'an Temple while getting to know Jing'an, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Yanchang Road Station or Circus World Station to see more of the area.

Jing'an
“If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.” 

― Mario Andretti

In China, everything is like this.  Unless you are away from the cities, construction, traffic and just buying some noodles is moving at a pace that seems just a little out of control.  It has the feel of a pressure pot that has been turned up just a bit too high.

However, I have lived here for a while now, and I have become used to the mad cap pace that everything is running at.  Once you get adjusted to that pace, it is a dream come true for the traveller.  Planes, trains and a shit-load of restaurants and hotels all linked into convenient apps (well, not so much the restaurants) such as Ctrip.

Ctrip website

Minhang

4/5Very Good!(73 area reviews)

Minhang is well-liked for its breweries and spas. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Jinjiang Action Park and Qibao Old Street are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Zhuanqiao Station or Yindu Road Station to get around.

Minhang
Xuhui, Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Xuhui

4.5/5Wonderful!(75 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Xuhui. If sightseeing is on the list, Shanghai Stadium is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Shilong Road Station or Caobao Road Station to see more of the area.

Xuhui
Puxi showing a city

Changning

4/5Very Good!(108 area reviews)

The cafés and parks are just a few things visitors like about Changning. Zhongshan Park and Xianxia Road are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Shuicheng Road Station or Weining Road Station to get around the larger area.

Changning

Top Hotels in Shanghai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
5 out of 5
No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is $129 per night

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (591 reviews)

"The location is good. The hotel facilities are getting old though. The Tang Court restaurant is not as good as before."…"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
Dorsett Shanghai
Dorsett Shanghai
4 out of 5
No.800 Hua Mu Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is $71 per night

Located in Pudong, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Century Park and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Daguan Theatre and Shanghai Pudong Expo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"Nice and quiet location with huge park view, convenient for transportation to airport and city with subway (just right underground). Nice staff, good in English communication, clean, good for long stay with family and travelers"…"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dorsett Shanghai
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
5 out of 5
9 Shenhong Road, Hongqiao CBD, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is $73 per night

Located in Minhang, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hongqiao Tiandi and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from National Exhibition and Convention Center. Qibao Old Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (300 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD

The Shanghai Metro is a fantastic network that connects all the major sightseeing, shopping and business areas of this vast city. The station names are written in both English and Mandarin, making the system easy to navigate. The public bus network is also comprehensive, though less tourist-friendly. Taxis are affordable and are easy to hail on the streets, but renting a car of your own is not advised.

Popular places to visit in Shanghai

Shanghai Disneyland©
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Shanghai Disneyland©

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Shanghai Disneyland© and find out why this is a popular theme park in Shanghai. Wander the picturesque gardens and riverfront in this vibrant area.

The Bund
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The Bund

4.5/5(638 reviews)

Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.

Nanjing Road Shopping District
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Nanjing Road Shopping District

4.5/5(440 reviews)

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

Shanghai Tower
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Shanghai Tower

4.5/5(313 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Shanghai during your trip to a top site like Shanghai Tower. Experience the area's acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums.

People's Square
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People's Square

4.5/5(361 reviews)

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

Yu Garden
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Yu Garden

4.5/5(358 reviews)

Step through the gate of Shanghai’s premier classical gardens and into a tranquil world of bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds and Ming Dynasty pavilions.

Top things to do in Shanghai

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour

$135
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Best of Shanghai Day Tour
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour

$79
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Coach Tour
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Coach Tour

$90
Per adult
Evening City Lights & Huangpu River Cruise Coach Tour
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Evening City Lights & Huangpu River Cruise Coach Tour

$82
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour
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Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

$80
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Private Car Service with Driver
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Private Car Service with Driver

$128
Per adult

Reviews of Shanghai

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.22153574580759%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 37.775816416593116%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.678729037952339%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.970873786407767%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.353045013239188%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

Love Shanghai, but the Virus changed everything!!! I have visited Shanghai at least 10 - 15 times before, but because of the virus - it was not the Shanghai that I was looking to visit and know, but it still was Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

Get a refillable Metro Card at the Peoples Square station; there's a lot to see in Shanghai but you'll need to use the Metro. It's very clean, well run and most cars have signs and verbal announcements in English. And don't forget Suzhou and Qibao!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Shanghai is a vary safe city and vary modern also they have different cultural and You can have restaurant like Italian food everything you can find in Shanghai and even with a vary cheap price compare to other city like hongKong dubai

5/5 - Excellent

Jeff

Jan 27, 2020

Lots of shopping  biking ‍♀️ karaoke

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

It will be packed during the holidays but there is a wide variety of food choices and shopping choices. Walking around the city is very safe and you can see a lot by just taking a stroll around town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

A mystical place, people are courteous and well manner.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Shanghai

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From modern marvels to millennia-old edifices, a visit to Shanghai is time travel at its best

From modern marvels to millennia-old edifices, a visit to Shanghai is time travel at its best
From modern marvels to millennia-old edifices, a visit to Shanghai is time travel at its best

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