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ShanghaiChina

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

Lujiazui

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.

Lujiazui

Top Hotels in Shanghai

InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
5 out of 5
500 Heng Feng Rd, Jing'an District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $183 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Jade Buddha Temple and within 3 miles (5 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District and People's Square. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (305 reviews)

"New and clean hotel with friendly staff. But the restaurant is expensive and not so tasty."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2020

InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
5 out of 5
9 Shenhong Road, Hongqiao CBD, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $135 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Located in Minhang, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hongqiao Tiandi and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from National Exhibition and Convention Center. Qibao Old Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (300 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Service was only ok though as they seem"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2020

Hyatt Place Shanghai Hongqiao CBD
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
5 out of 5
No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $266 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (592 reviews)

"The location is good. The hotel facilities are getting old though. The Tang Court restaurant is not as good as before."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 5, 2020

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
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.

Vacation Rentals in Shanghai

Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
4.5 out of 5
No 282,Huai Hai Road Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of K11 Art Mall, People's Square, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. Nanjing ...

4.1/5Very Good! (455 reviews)
Good stay for families

"Great stay and the kitchens is well maintained. Location is good and near yo malls and eatries"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 21, 2019

Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai
Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai
4 out of 5
No 99 Hengshan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $408 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

This family-friendly Shanghai aparthotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Hengshan Road and Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Great place

"Place is big, clean, modern, convienent location next to subway; cannot go wrong staying here. Washer and dryer is every unit as well."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 25, 2018

Ascott Heng Shan Shanghai
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 $82 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

Located in Putuo, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Daning Lingshi Park, Jade Buddha Temple and East China Normal University. People's Square and Nanjing ...

4.3/5Excellent! (818 reviews)

"Good price and nice service! Breakfast was good and clean!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2020

Modena by Fraser Putuo Shanghai
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.

Popular places to visit in Shanghai

The Bund
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The Bund

4.5/5(167 reviews)

Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.

Nanjing Road Shopping District
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Nanjing Road Shopping District

4.5/5(110 reviews)

Experience the bustling energy of Shanghai’s most famous commercial street, with a pedestrian mall surrounded by traditional and luxury shopping opportunities. 

People's Square
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People's Square

4.5/5(87 reviews)

To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater. 

Yu Garden
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Yu Garden

4.5/5(78 reviews)

Step through the gate of Shanghai’s premier classical gardens and into a tranquil world of bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds and Ming Dynasty pavilions.

Oriental Pearl Tower
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Oriental Pearl Tower

4.5/5(66 reviews)

This towering symbol of Shanghai’s modern renaissance offers history lessons, fine dining and stunning city views.

Jing'an Temple
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Jing'an Temple

4.5/5(75 reviews)

This centuries-old, downtown Shanghai temple is home to the largest pure jade statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in mainland China.

Top things to do in Shanghai

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour

CA $178
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Best of Shanghai Day Tour
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour

CA $104
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour
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Best of Shanghai Full Day Coach Tour

CA $106
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Shanghai Half-Day Afternoon Tour
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Shanghai Half-Day Afternoon Tour

CA $70
Per adult
Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Village Coach Tour
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Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Village Coach Tour

CA $135
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Arrival Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Hotel
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Arrival Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Hotel

CA $144
Per adult

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