Where to stayin Shanghai

Once a medieval walled city, Shanghai has been transformed beyond recognition by futuristic skyscrapers since it became China's powerhouse for finance and fashion. Shanghai's neighborhoods all have their own look and feel, with wonderful accommodations in French and British colonial buildings as well as deluxe suites in sleek hotel towers topped with trendy cocktail bars and exclusive restaurants. Depending on where you stay, Shanghai can feel very European, or very Chinese. Some of Shanghai's best hotels are located along the scenic waterfront in the inner city, but there are also some great accommodations in the surrounding neighborhoods of this sprawling city.

Best Places to Stay for History

The neoclassical, art deco and baroque hotels of The Bund, the central waterfront promenade in Downtown Shanghai, are great places to stay for those who love history because it's part of the Old Town. Hotels overlooking the Huangpu River (Huángpǔ Jiāng) also give easy access to the Yu Garden, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty and has many historic features, including ancient ginkgo trees. Across the river, the Shanghai Municipal History Museum is housed in the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The many international chain hotels here are part of the Pudong neighborhood with its Lujiazui financial district. For a completely different Shanghai experience, stay in the city's historic Former French Concession (FFC) area, with its tree-lined avenues and beautifully preserved French colonial houses. The FCC is part of the Luwan and Xuhui neighborhoods, which are also very popular places to stay in Shanghai.

The Bund

The museums and monuments are a few reasons travelers visit The Bund. Though there aren't many top sights in the neighborhood, you can visit Nanjing Road Shopping District and Oriental Pearl Tower, a few notable attractions nearby.

Downtown Shanghai

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.

Yu Garden

Get to know Yu Garden by checking out its museums, shopping, and historic sites. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Nanjing Road Shopping District or The Bund during your time in the area.

Pudong

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.

Lujiazui

Travelers choose Lujiazui for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Shangcheng Road Station or Dongchang Road Station and check out top sights like Shanghai Tower.

Former French Concession

The beautiful gardens and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Former French Concession. Check out Tianzifang or Taikang Road while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dapuqiao Road Station to get around town.

Xuhui

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

Where to Stay for Dining

Shanghai is a great place for restaurant dining as well as snacking at hawker stalls and markets. The central Huangpu neighborhood of Downtown Shanghai combines many of the city's best tourist attractions with some of the best dining in China. Choose a hotel on West Nanjing Road instead to sample all the delights of the trendy, upmarket Jing'an neighborhood with its youthful cafés and classy restaurants. The city's historic Former French Concession (FFC) area has chic little European-style restaurants, elegant wine bars and well-stocked delicatessen shops that are within strolling distance of the sought-after FCC hotels. A completely different Shanghai city trip experience is Lujiazui, the futuristic financial neighborhood of Shanghai. The peninsula's glitzy hotels provide their own entertainment in rooftop bars, pumping clubs, European-style bistros and panoramic restaurants on the top floors of the city's shiny skyscrapers.

Huangpu

Known for its beautiful gardens and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Huangpu. Check out top attractions like Yu Garden and People's Square, and jump on the metro at Xiaonanmen Station or Laoximen Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Shanghai

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.

Jing'an

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 Changping Road Station or Jing'an Temple Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in Jing'an

Former French Concession

The beautiful gardens and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Former French Concession. Check out Tianzifang or Taikang Road while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dapuqiao Road Station to get around town.

Lujiazui

Travelers choose Lujiazui for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Shangcheng Road Station or Dongchang Road Station and check out top sights like Shanghai Tower.

Great Neighborhoods for Shopping

Many Old Town hotels in Huangpu are within easy reach of Nanjing Road (Nanjing Lu), which is one of Shanghai's two major pedestrian shopping streets, and one of the world's longest. Those staying close to Nanjing East Road can also take little side trips to the underground mall of central People's Square and the Yuyuan Bazaar with souvenir stalls in the Yu Garden. Those staying in the Jing'an neighborhood can walk to the more upmarket shops of Nanjing West Road instead. Shanghai's other major shopping street is the more upscale, and a little less touristy, Huaihai Road (Huaihai Lu). Find a hotel between this road and the former Former French Concession (FCC) area in Xuhui to combine shopping in big department stores with browsing little fashion boutiques. The also very popular shopping and dining strips of Xintiandi and Tian Zi Fang, in the adjacent Luwan neighborhood, are surrounded by some of Shanghai's most popular hotels. Across the river, the prestigious business district of Lujiazui has some great ground-level shops and basement malls below its skyscrapers and international hotel towers.

Huangpu

Known for its beautiful gardens and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Huangpu. Check out top attractions like Yu Garden and People's Square, and jump on the metro at Xiaonanmen Station or Laoximen Station to see more of the city.

Jing'an

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 Changping Road Station or Jing'an Temple Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in Jing'an

Former French Concession

The beautiful gardens and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Former French Concession. Check out Tianzifang or Taikang Road while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dapuqiao Road Station to get around town.

Xuhui

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

Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre

Check out the museums, shopping, and historic sites while spending some time in Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like People's Square or Former French Concession.

Tianzifang

You'll enjoy the museums and parks in Tianzifang. You might want to make time for a stop at Former French Concession or Taikang Road.

Lujiazui

Travelers choose Lujiazui for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Shangcheng Road Station or Dongchang Road Station and check out top sights like Shanghai Tower.

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