Shanghai

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One of the world’s largest cities fuses ancient Chinese culture, colonial architecture and futuristic designs.

In 1930, Shanghai was known as the “Paris of the Orient,” the city where East meets West. War and revolution put the city into a holding pattern, but in recent decades Shanghai has experienced a renaissance, recreating itself into a global city while preserving the many treasures of its past.

To best experience Shanghai’s great balancing act between yesterday and tomorrow, hop aboard a boat cruise along the Huangpu River. On one riverbank is the Pudong area, home to some of city’s modern landmarks, including Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. In contrast to the futuristic skyline of Pudong is The Bund, on the opposite side of the river. This area has a interesting collection of art deco, neoclassical and baroque buildings .

Beyond The Bund lays the French Concession, where the historic art deco homes of the city’s former European elite are now filled with restaurants, boutiques and bars. Nearby, explore the Shikumen houses, shopping and nightlife of Xintiandi.

Take a break from the busy streets in Shanghai’s green spaces. In Century Park, the city’s largest park, cycle, play miniature golf or stroll past ornamental topiaries. Take an evening stroll along the Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park to see The Bund spectacularly illuminated on the river’s opposite bank. In the Old City, take time out to admire the koi-filled ponds in the centuries-old Yu Yuan Garden.

Shanghai’s Buddhist temples offer tranquility and insight into local culture. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple to see two enormous white jade Buddhas. An even larger jade Buddha statue, the biggest of its kind in mainland China, is at the Jing’an Temple in downtown Shanghai.

Shanghai’s efficient subway and bus systems make it easy to get around. And don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes; Shanghai is a city that rewards those who walk with glimpses into local life and access to less visited areas.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai
Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai
5 out of 5
33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai
The price is CA $177 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Dongchang Road Ferry Wharf and Oriental Pearl Tower. Yu Garden and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (524 reviews)
"The hotel location is good, easy to take metro and bus, and just nearby IFC that is good for shopping."

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2021

Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai
W Shanghai - The Bund
W Shanghai - The Bund
5 out of 5
66 Lvshun Road, Shanghai
The price is CA $330 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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! (189 reviews)
Awesome stay, besides the entrance...
"It’s been the second time in this hotel. And obviously I came back because I like it. However, it’s also the second I write that the “entrance situation” is a fail if design. Two tiny elevators to the lobby. And further, now four, elevators are just slow. Always a hassle to go quickly back to the ..."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

W Shanghai - The Bund
Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li
Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li
5 out of 5
480 West Jianguo Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
The price is CA $580 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Xuhui, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jing'an Temple, Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre, and People's Square. Shanghai Museum and Jade ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
"Lack of a pool was the only negative. Asking to provide at least 50 characters in the second negative."

Reviewed on Nov. 11, 2019

Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li
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.
Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
4 out of 5
No. 1, Lane 58, Tongchuan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $86 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Putuo, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Daning Lingshi Park, Jade Buddha Temple, and East China Normal University. West Nanjing Road and Zhabei ...
4.3/5Excellent! (820 reviews)
"A very comfortable stay. Clean, well equipped kitchen, friendly staff and close to the metro and some good restaurants and cafes. Will defInitely come again for my next staycation :)"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2021

Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
ifc residence
ifc residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $236 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Pudong, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dongchang Road Ferry Wharf and Oriental Pearl Tower. Yu Garden and Jin Mao Tower are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (576 reviews)
"It's nice stay and very clean everywhere."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

ifc residence
Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
5 out of 5
Fengyang Road, No. 601, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $216 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Jing'an, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Natural History Museum, Nanjing Road Shopping District, and People's Square. Yu ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (155 reviews)
"Staffs are friendly. The room is clean and there is washer in the suite that very convenient for us to wash and dry our winter clothes. Overall is good."

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
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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