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Shanghai
Travel Guide

China’s largest city excites with its art, history, culture and architecture and dazzles with the beauty of its natural surroundings.

Magnificent temples, vast museums, fascinating architecture and plenty of big-city thrills, Shanghai Province has lots going on to keep you entertained and engaged. Investigate the city's art scene, visit ancient shrines and explore the nearby islands.

A good way to start your visit is with a walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s historic waterfront. It features some of the city’s most recognizable buildings. Note the different architectural styles, including art deco, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. They contrast markedly with the modern skyscrapers of Pudong, which lie across the Huangpu River. These towering structures are an even more fascinating sight when they are lit up at night. Another example of stunning architecture is the vast Shanghai Exhibition Center in Jing’an.

Among the city’s most beautiful and intriguing buildings are its temples. In the western part of Shanghai, find tranquility at the Jade Buddha temple, an early 20th-century place of worship that houses two jade Buddha statues. See one of Shanghai District’s most impressive temple complexes in the town of Nanxiang. The Yun Xiang Si Temple encompasses seven temples, a scripture library and a large hall for up to 700 worshippers.

The beauty of Shanghai’s architecture is also mirrored in its art. Browse examples of Asian contemporary art at the Shanghai Gallery of Art and at the Museum of Contemporary Art located within People’s Park. Walk along Mogoshan Road, where every possible surface is covered in graffiti.

Shanghai Province has many places to unwind, surrounded by natural beauty. Wander among the redwoods, gingkoes, cherry trees and flowering magnolias of the Yuyuan Gardens. Stroll through the colorful gardens of Guyi Gardens and rent a boat for a trip across its lake.

Take a daytrip out to the islands off Shanghai’s coast. Hike through the forests on Changxing or Hengsha and go bird watching at Dongtan Wetland Park on Chongming. While you are on this island, stop by Yingdong Ecological Village for boating, fishing and more bird watching.

A visit to Shanghai Province promises bright lights and big-city bustle as well as lots of nature and traditions.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
5 out of 5
58 Mao Ming Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is $91 per night from May 1 to May 2

Located in the heart of Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District and Shanghai International Trade Plaza. Jing'an ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Nice place with many amenities around , good and confortable room . Nela the Subway stations and shopping centers ."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
The Kunlun Jing An
The Kunlun Jing An
4.5 out of 5
No 250 Hua Shan Road, Jing An District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is $83 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Jing'an Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District. The ...

4.4/5Excellent! (192 reviews)

"Great location, nice staff. but keep in mind, hot tub is only for adults not suitable for children"…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

The Kunlun Jing An
W Shanghai - The Bund
W Shanghai - The Bund
5 out of 5
66 Lvshun Road, Shanghai
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $256 per night from May 9 to May 10

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from People's Square and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oriental Pearl Tower and The Bund. IFC Mall ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (183 reviews)

"Great view. Quiet. Conveniently located with Sinar Mas Plaza."…"

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

W Shanghai - The Bund
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ifc residence
ifc residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is $175 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Located in Pudong, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (574 reviews)

"Great location at IFC mall. Right in Lujiazui. Quiet. Pool on top floor with great view."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

ifc residence
Riverdale Residence Xintiandi Shanghai
Riverdale Residence Xintiandi Shanghai
4 out of 5
98 Shou Ning Road, 200021 Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is $119 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (817 reviews)
Fraser Residence Shanghai

"So far so good. Nice and clean, 2 bedroom unit is just nice for us. Friendly and helpful staff well verse in Mandarin and English. Kitchenette is equipped with basic cookware, dish washing detergent and sponge. The only thing lack of is bigger bowl. If cook something with soup, you can only serve ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2019

Riverdale Residence Xintiandi Shanghai
Casa Mia in the City Center FFC Area Close to Middle Huaihai /heng Shan Road
Casa Mia in the City Center FFC Area Close to Middle Huaihai /heng Shan Road
Shanghai, Shanghai Shi
The price is $75 per night from Apr 11 to Apr 12

Located in Xuhui, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hengshan Road and within 3 mi (5 km) of People's Square and Jing'an Temple. Zhongshan Park ...

Casa Mia in the City Center FFC Area Close to Middle Huaihai /heng Shan Road
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.

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