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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.
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.Accommodations near The People's Square
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.Accommodations near East Nanjing Road
The Shanghai of years gone by. This garden was built during the Ming dynasty. Half-close your eyes and picture bigwigs of old 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.Accommodations near Yu Garden
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.Accommodations near Xin Tian Di
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.Accommodations near Tian Zi Fang
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.Accommodations near Oriental Pearl Tower
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.Accommodations near Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC)
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.Accommodations near Jing'an Temple
A taste of old Shanghai. This quiet street is lined with houses from the early 20th century, when it was the hottest cultural ticket in town. Today, it’s home to curious institutions like the chopsticks museum and the coins museum. Keep an open mind as you wander past quirky art shops and funky galleries, and finish up in Celebrity Teahouse to complete the old-time experience.Accommodations near Duo Lun Road Cultural Street
Raise the roof! Originally built for the Shanghai Expo in 2010, this shopping centre boasts quite the spectacular ceiling. Made from membrane, it’s lit up at night in dazzling neon colours. During the day, it’s not too shabby either – with musical fountains, an aquarium, a little train and a whole host of shops, it’s got plenty to offer all comers.Accommodations near The River Mall
Xiaolongbao is a dish that’s not to miss. Tuck into these delicate pork-filled dumplings at Nanxiag Xiaolongbao Restaurant in City God Temple. Once you’ve had your fill, work it all off with a stroll through Dongtai Road Antiques Market for retro homeware and kitsch souvenirs.Accommodations in Huangpu
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.Accommodations in Lujiazui
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.Accommodations in Jing'an
Brunch with a beat. By day this quiet corner is where the foodies flock for eggs over easy. Try Cotton’s for mimosas and al fresco dining. After sundown, it’s a whole different Shanghai story as ardent partygoers arrive on the scene. Electronica groovers shimmy in The Shelter, while beer buffs sip craft ale in Shanghai Brewery.Accommodations in Old French Concession
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.Accommodations in Huaihai Road Commercial Area
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.Accommodations in Bund
This downtown district buzzes with shopaholics. Metro City Shopping Centre is the area’s most eye-catching retail nucleus, drawing in shoppers with its giant glass orb. Classy cats head to Orient Shopping Centre for designer threads, accessories and watches. If spending’s not your bag, keep it simple with a stroll round Xujiahui Park.Accommodations in Xujiahui
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.Accommodations in Luwan
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.Accommodations nearby
Betty is crazy about Disney and has visited every one of their theme parks across the globe!
Shanghai Disney Resort is set to be a spectacular park when it opens in June 2016! Located in the Pudong District, the resort is home to six themed lands, oodles of attractions and great entertainment.Accommodations nearby
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!Accommodations nearby
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.Accommodations nearby
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.Accommodations nearby
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!Accommodations nearby
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.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...How do you fit in some sightseeing when you're in Shanghai on business?
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.See all 7 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's your best bargaining strategy for the market in Shanghai?
If you want a good look around, enter a stall/shop while the owners are busy serving someone else. It gives you a good chance to look around first without being hassled... There are dozens of shops selling the same thing, so definitely be prepared to bargain low and walk away..... If they don't call you back, you know your price is unreasonable.... So go to the next shop and raise your bottom asking price a little.See all 6 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Shanghai while avoiding the crowds?
When using the subway, avoid the time people go or come to work, the goes for taxis, the bst time to visit The Bund and the SWFC is 1 hour before sundown, you will have both pictures Day and Night, both views are amazing!See all 19 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Shanghai.
Have to bargain to get a good priceSee all 14 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in Shanghai that makes history come to life?
Beautiful old buildings aroundSee all 6 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the best way to make the most of Shanghai by foot?
Metro transportSee all 5 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where's the best place to view the skyline in Shanghai?
Cloud 9 barSee all 9 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in Shanghai than just brand-name stores?
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clubbingSee all 13 answers
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 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.
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 Shanghai dialect, Mandarin 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.
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