Shanghai may be all grown up – but it still has a firm hold on its traditional roots.

Past, present and future are all on display in this testament to China’s booming economy. The city has exploded in a riot of skyscrapers and futuristic structures. Historic temples nestle comfortably among the mayhem of an urban landscape woven with Eastern promise.

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Things to Do in Shanghai

Oriental Pearl Tower


Look skywards for dinner and a show. This TV tower with its distinctive space-age shape rises out of the financial district. Savour the sights in the revolving restaurant after testing your nerve on the glass-bottomed skywalk. Visit the 15 observation decks to see Shanghai from every angle and arrive at the top in time to watch the laser light show paint the night sky.

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The Bund


Snap a classic Shanghai shot. Peer across at the financial district of Lujiazui, home of the city’s iconic skyline and the face of China’s booming economy. This soaring metropolis makes the perfect backdrop for a selfie. As night falls, watch Lujiazui pull out all the stops to create a stunning show, with a spectacular array of lights reflected in the Huangpu river.

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  • Huangpu, Shanghai
Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC)


This magnet of finance attracts more than just big business. Daytime sees swarms of suits and hoards of tourists marvelling at the Shanghai sprawl below. Hit the lifts and rocket to the world’s highest observation deck – just don’t forget to look down. At night, dine at The Pantry with a buffet supper then jump up to the 91st to visit the 100 Century Avenue Bar.

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Yu Garden

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The Shanghai of years gone by. Built during the Ming dynasty, half-close your eyes to picture the great Emperors ambling through the cloisters. Criss-cross the Nine Turn Bridge, then experience a traditional tea ceremony at the Old Shanghai Teahouse. Queue up at the Nanxiang Xiao Long Bao shop for a steamed bun - and some real local flavour.

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  • 132 Anren Street, Huangpu, Shanghai
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:30–17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
East Nanjing Road

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Listen to those registers ring! This is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets, where spending never stops. Hunt with the packs of fashionistas and watch persistent sellers peddle their wares. Go early and go hungry to the snack shops for mouth-watering traditional treats. Follow the sound of the sax in Yong’an department store to hear the resident musician serenade the crowd.

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  • Nanjing Pedestrian Street, Huangpu, Shanghai
The People's Square

Popular Areas

Be there or be square. Locals, tourists and expats chill out in the open air and venture to the underground mall to part with their cash. Visiting on a Sunday? You might come away with more than just holiday snaps. Blind Date Corner is where parents go in search of eligible matches for their unwed progeny. Check out Shanghai Museum to get the low-down on the ancient dynasties.

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  • Wusheng Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai
Xin Tian Di

Popular Areas

Hotfoot it over to this pedestrian paradise. A no-car zone, you can while away the hours dipping into chic boutiques and dining on Hong Kong hot pot or freshly baked pizzas. Amble through the side streets and marvel at the east-meets-west architecture. Head to an ice cream parlour to be part of the cool crowd. Keep your eyes peeled – this area is a known celebrity haunt.

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Tian Zi Fang

Popular Areas

Indulge any and all of your artistic whims. Creativity pounces at every turn as you bounce from crowded coffee shop to cutting-edge gallery. Pick up supplies for your own creations at the craft shops and haggle your heart out to get some bargain buys. Then lose yourself in the labyrinth of narrow alleys and hotchpotch streets to restore your inner muse.

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  • 274-210 Taikang Road, Huangpu, Shanghai
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00–23:00
Jing'an Temple


Amid the modern mayhem lies an oasis of calm. This temple has seen the rise and fall of countless dynasties and had several makeovers since it was built nearly two millennia ago. Find it nestled among the cosmopolitan crowds of Downtown Shanghai. Restore your Zen with a turn around the three main halls. Marvel at the jade Buddha and find tranquillity in the courtyards.

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World Exhibition and Convention Centre

Convention Centers

Come one, come all. See exhibitions from across the globe. Try some vintage vino and knock back shots at the wine and spirit fairs or play footsie at the socks and hosiery showcase. This exhibition centre hosted the 2010 World Expo Fair, and won the hearts of the international public with its futuristic façade and “Better city – Better life” motto.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Shanghai

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1012 ratings.


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  • No.555 Xi Zang Road Middle, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

8.4 Very good

Score from 796 ratings.


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  • 789 East NanJing Road, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1254 ratings.


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  • No. 505 Jiujiang Road, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
The Puli Hotel And Spa

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 638 ratings.


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  • 1 Changde Road, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

9 Wonderful

Score from 679 ratings.


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  • 1 Jinling East Road, Bund, Shanghai
Paramount Gallery Hotel

8.3 Very good

Score from 798 ratings.


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  • Floor 12, the Paramount Building, 1728 West Nanjing Road, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Swissôtel Grand Shanghai

8.5 Very good

Score from 433 ratings.


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  • 1 Yuyuan Road, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai

8.9 Excellent

Score from 204 ratings.


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  • No.1218 Middle Yan'an Road, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund

8.7 Excellent

Score from 1809 ratings.


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  • No. 839 Ren Min Road, Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Discover Shanghai

Popular Neighborhoods in Shanghai


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Xiaolongbao is a dish that’s not to miss. Tuck into these delicate pork-filled dumplings at Din Tai Fung. Don’t let the fact that it’s a restaurant chain put you off – these are the best dumplings around. Once you’ve had your fill, stroll through Dongtai Road Antiques Market for retro homeware and kitsch souvenirs.

Downtown Shanghai

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Shopping hub by day, karaoke cool by night. There’s no simple singalong in Shanghai, so get ready to hit the high notes. Rent a private room for up to 20 at Cashbox Partyworld. Perfect your pitch and bring your own drinks for some good old-fashioned Dutch courage. Round off the night with cocktails at Bar Rouge, a favourite with the in crowd.


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Loud, crowded and a dream destination for tourists and expats. The trio of malls forms a golden triangle where you can burn through your holiday spends. Expats queue at City Supermarket for their fix of imported western food. Shop till you drop and then stroll through Jing’an Park. Hit the Sauna Room at the Equatorial Hotel for a quick detox.


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Money makes the world go round, or so the song goes. And here – in one of the world’s flushest financial districts – you can almost hear the cash spinning past. Even if high finance is not your deal, take a look anyway. The 30+ skyscrapers on the banks of the Huangpu are a stunning sight - day and night.

Old French Concession

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Brunch with a beat. By day this quiet corner is where the foodies flock for eggs over easy. Try Cotton for mimosas and al fresco dining. After sundown, it’s a whole different Shanghai story as ardent partygoers arrive on the scene. It’s game on at Babyface, a nightclub with a gaming arcade theme, then off to Club DKD for the city’s most progressive beats.

Huaihai Road Commercial Area

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Pay your respects to the kings and queens of the fashion world. Wall-to-wall designers make this leafy street a haven for label-loving locals. Lust over the latest high fashions, browse the boutiques for one-off pieces then chill out eastern style in one of the five spas in Times Square Mall.


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Best enjoyed from the ground up. Start at street level for some grade-A people-watching on the boardwalk. Get above the crowds and soar to the clouds – M on the Bund serves classic martinis on the roof terrace, with the Shanghai skyline delivering a breathtaking backdrop. Recline on the daybeds at Vue Bar and cool off in the terrace whirlpool.


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Apply some pressure at Green Massage. Dispel any notion that Chinese acupressure is a relaxing experience as you’re pushed to the fine line between pleasure and pain. Further your cultural immersion with an early morning T’ai Chi class in Fuxing Park. Stroll through the covered pavilions and watch mah-jong enthusiasts demonstrate their skills.

Local Tips for Shanghai

Knowledge & Innovation Community (KIC)
by Anthony

Book-loving Anthony enjoys unwinding with a cup of coffee and a good read.

Go back to school at Wujiaochang’s Knowledge & Innovation Community, where you’ll find exhibition halls at the KIC Plaza, and bustling shops and recreational facilities at KIC Village. Blend in with the students at KIC’s hip cafés, and take a sneak peek into Shanghai’s student life.

Cool Docks
by Eddie

Eddie is passionate about relaxing and knows all the secret hideaways of Shanghai.

Amid the speckles of old Shanghai architecture is the modern Cool Docks, a glitzy realm of foreign restaurants and bars. Chill out with a drink outside, or grab a bite to eat at the Cool Docks’s Indian, Thai, or Japanese restaurants. Don’t miss out on their trendy parties!

  • 505 South Zhongshan Road
Korean Street
by Eva

A Shanghai native, Eva loves discovering new things to do in the city!

Nestled in the Gubei area is Hongquan Road, locally known as Korean Street. Get your hands on Korean products (like face masks!) and browse for K-pop collectibles. Save an afternoon for a full-body massage at a Korean spa before treating your palette to a succulent Korean BBQ dinner.

  • Hongquan Road, near Yinting Road
Lujiazui Central Green Space
by Jessie

Born and bred in Shanghai, Jessie likes spending time in the tranquil oases of this huge metropolis.

Tired of shopping? Sick of crowds? Hop on over to Lujiazui Central Green Space. This large open-air oasis is perfect for spending a lazy afternoon. Whether you’re picnicking with your family, jogging around the lake or just daydreaming, this sanctuary is the place to be.

  • 15 Lujiazui East Road, Pudong
Huanghe Food Street
by Cressida

Cressida is a true foodie who indulges in Shanghai’s delectable local dishes during her free time.

Save your appetite for Huanghe Food Street! Located near People’s Park, this delicious street features an incredible variety of Shanghainese restaurants, from cheap diners to upscale eateries. Pastries, noodles, steamed dumplings, duck legs… mmm, you could easily spend an entire day here!

  • Huanghe Road
by Katharina

Katharina recently moved here from a tiny town in Austria and can’t get enough of Shanghai!

No, it’s not a weapon! M50 (also known as Mongshan Road) is home to Shanghai’s finest contemporary galleries. You can easily spend an afternoon looking at million-dollar sculptures and paintings, or searching for that special piece of art to hang over your fireplace.

  • 50 Moganshan Road

Plan your time to visit sights when quieter (early morning) and allow time for each destination to cope with the busy times. asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Shanghai for food?

Shanghai has every cuisine you can think of, from Asian to American, and all authentic.

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Cloud 9 bar

If you're just in shanghai for a few days its not a problem. Leave 1,5 hours to get souvenirs near the yu garden, an hour for the garden itself, and the rest is perfect for the free evenings. Go dowm Nanjing Road to the Bund, make pictures, go up have a cocktail at bar rouge, take more pictures, then head to the light tunnel, cross tje river climb to tje bar on the top of the world financial center. Then hit one of the bar streets for more drinks and finish it off before 5 am with the best sttret seafood om earth near the fraser residince. Or you can start from the other side of the river with the bar at the financial center if you're there first.


Beautiful old buildings around

Not getting a taxi in advance. If you want to move around Shanghai easily their are several ways. During the day the metro is an excellent option. At night if you plan on dancing, and having fun try to have someone order a taxi for you. It can be a challenge finding a taxi from Thursday thru Saturday especially at night.


Shanghai Transportation

Air – Pudong International Airport

Pudong is Shanghai’s main international airport. From here, the speedy Shanghai Maglev Train departs every 15–20 minutes (CNY 50 single/CNY 80 return). It takes around 8 minutes to reach Longyang Road Station, where you can transfer to metro Line 2 or 7 for a further 25-minute ride to the city centre. Metro tickets cost CNY 3–15. Alternatively, take an airport shuttle bus (90 minutes, CNY 15–30) or a licensed airport taxi (1 hour, CNY 160) directly to the centre.

Air – Hongqiao International Airport

Hongqiao International Airport is Shanghai’s main domestic airport. The fastest way to get into the city is via the metro (Line 2 or 10). Metro trains depart every 3 minutes and the journey takes around 50 minutes. A taxi to the centre takes about 20 minutes and costs around CNY 75.


Shanghai has an efficient metro system. Ticket machines and station signs are available in English and Chinese, and each stop is announced in Mandarin Chinese and English. All metro lines operate daily between 05:30–22:30, but each has its own schedule. One-day tickets cost CNY 18, while 3-day tickets cost CNY 45: both can be purchased at the ticket desk. Download a metro map from the official website for easy navigation through the city.


Shanghai's buses are less crowded nowadays, thanks to the efficient metro system. Most buses are air conditioned and run every 5–10 minutes. Bus stops and route maps are often written only in Chinese and can be confusing to understand, while announcements aboard are usually in both Chinese and English. Tickets can be purchased on board for CNY 2: it’s best to have coins or small denomination notes handy.


Flagging down a taxi can seem impossible – especially during rush hours (between 07:00–09:00 and 17:00–19:00). If you must take a taxi, have your hotel's reception call one or take one from a taxi rank. Between 05:00–23:00, taxis cost CNY 14 for the first 3 kilometres and CNY 2.4–3.6 for each additional kilometre. Night rates are slightly more expensive. Most taxi drivers do not speak English, so make sure you have the Chinese characters of your destination handy.


Shanghai is a very walkable city with good public transport. Unless you plan on travelling to the countryside, driving in Shanghai is not recommended. To drive, you must have a People’s Republic of China (PRC) driving licence or a Temporary Driving Permit. Keep in mind that Shanghai’s traffic and limited parking makes driving in the city challenging, even for an experienced driver.

Food in Shanghai

Top Restaurants in Shanghai

Mid-Range Fare
Oriental Pearl Tower Revolving Restaurant (东方明珠旋转餐厅)
  • 1 Century Avenue
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–14:00 and 17:00–21:00
Mid-Range Fare
Xiao Nan Guo (小南国)
  • Floor 9, Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui West Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–14:00 and 17:00–21:30
Mid-Range Fare
Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰)
  • No. 24, Floor 3, Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui West Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:30–22:00
Cheap Eats
Chastory (茶香书香)
  • Floor 1, 28 Fucheng Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–22:30
Cheap Eats
Yuxiang Home Sichuan Restaurant (渝乡人家)
  • Floor 8, 168 West Lujiazui Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–22:00
Mid-Range Fare
LuBian Qing Tan (炉边情谈)
  • 45-46B, Floor 6, 168 West Lujiazui Road
  • Open Monday–Friday 10:30–22:30
Upscale Dining
  • Floor 5, 18 on the Bund, 18 Zhongshan East 1st Road
  • Open Monday–Thursday 17:30-00:30, Friday 17:30–01:30, Saturday 11:00–15:00 and 17:30–01:30, Sunday 11:00–15:00 and 17:30-00:00
Cheap Eats
Muskcat Coffee (麝香猫咖啡餐厅)
  • 2967 West Lujiazui Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–00:00
Mid-Range Fare
Gui Hua Lou (桂花楼)
  • Floor 1, River Wing Pudong Shangri-La, 33 Fucheng Road
  • Open Monday–Friday 11:30–15:00 and 17:30–22:30, Saturday–Sunday 11:00–15:00 and 17:30–22:30
Upscale Dining
Roosevelt Sky Restaurant Bar (罗斯福色戒餐厅)
  • Floor 8, House of Roosevelt, 27 Zhongshan East 1st Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:30–22:30
Mid-Range Fare
The Peninsula Shanghai - The Lobby (半岛酒店The Lobby)
  • Floor 1, The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhongshan East 1st Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 06:00–00:00
Cheap Eats
Yue Yue Teahouse (悦粤茶餐厅)
  • 429 Zhongshan East 1st Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–22:00
Upscale Dining
Takumi Robata and Sake Bar (炉匠炉端烧•酒)
  • L4-22, Floor 4, 8 century avenue, IFC
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–22:00
Mid-Range Fare
Simply Thai (天泰餐厅)
  • L4-05, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–22:00
Upscale Dining
Jade Mansion (苏浙总会)
  • L4-13, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:00–22:00
Upscale Dining
Morton's of Chicago Bar The Steakhouse (莫尔顿牛排坊)
  • L4-15,16, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 11:30–22:00, Friday–Saturday 11:30–23:00
Cheap Eats
The Grandma's (金牌外婆家)
  • No.55, LG2, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–21:30
Mid-Range Fare
Shook! Restaurant & Roof Terrace
  • Floor 5-6, 19 on The Bund, 23 East Nanjing Road
  • Open Monday–Saturday 11:30–14:30 and 18:00–22:30, Sunday 11:30–15:00 and 18:00–22:30
Mid-Range Fare
Imperial Treasure (御宝轩)
  • Unit 402-403, 99 East Beijing Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–14:45 and 17:00–22:00
Upscale Dining
The Cupola (望江阁)
  • Floor 7, 3 on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan East 1st Road
Mid-Range Fare
Mercato by Jean Georges
  • Floor 6, 3 on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan East 1st Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 17:30–01:00
Mid-Range Fare
Maison de L hui (慧公馆)
  • Floor 3-4, Anpei Foreign Firm, 97 Yuanmingyuan Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:00–22:00
Cheap Eats
Mo Mi Cafe (猫的天空之城概念书店)
  • Floor 1, Captain Hostel, 37 Fuzhou Road
  • Open Monday–Friday 13:00–21:00, Saturday–Sunday 10:00–22:00
Upscale Dining
Salon de Ville (红丝绒)
  • Floor 1, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, 2 Zhongshan East 1st Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 14:00–18:00
Upscale Dining
Ruth s Chris (茹丝葵牛排馆)
  • Floor 4, No. 02, 5 on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Road
  • Open Monday–Sunday 11:30–15:00 and 17:30–23:00
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