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Shanghai
Travel Guide

Oriental Pearl Tower which includes night scenes, a city and skyline

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

Novotel Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel
Novotel Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel
4 out of 5
1102 Xiehe Road, Changning District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $82 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Located in Changning, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Zhongshan Park, Jing'an Temple, and National Exhibition and Convention Center. Beixinjing ...
4.3/5Excellent! (172 reviews)
"This was second time i stayed in this hotel, and was again not disappointed. The staff members were friendly and helpful, checkin and checkout was very efficient. Yes, there is construction around the hotel but this did not impact my stay. Well done and thank for a pleasant stay."

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

Novotel Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel
Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
5 out of 5
58 Mao Ming Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is CA $128 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 3
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! (995 reviews)
"It was a great stay, only the breakfast is kind of beyond my imagination which was a bad experience."

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai
The Sukhothai Shanghai
The Sukhothai Shanghai
5 out of 5
380 Weihai Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai
The price is CA $244 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Natural History Museum, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (221 reviews)
Comfortable and friendly
"All the staff did their best to make my husband and I feel at home."

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

The Sukhothai 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.
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
4 out of 5
58 Xinghai Street , Jiacheng Garden, Building 27, Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
The price is CA $80 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Wuzhong, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Gate to the East and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Jinji Lake. In City Shopping Mall and Suzhou Center are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (145 reviews)
Nice location
"Nice location, situated near shopping mall"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

Citadines Xinghai Suzhou
Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Ascott Midtown Suzhou
4.5 out of 5
No. 229, Zhongxin West Avenue, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu
Located in the heart of Suzhou, this luxury aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Suzhou City Moat and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Jinji Lake. Couple's Retreat Garden ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
Great service and nightly views!
"The stay was amazing. Hotel service was timely and cleaning was immaculate. Breakfast buffet wasn't huge but had a variety and was enjoyable. I also had a minor issue with my room booked which was quickly resolved to my satisfaction. Overall, a great stay and I had a very enjoyed time staying in ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 24, 2019

Ascott Midtown Suzhou
Kunshan Youshe Service Apartment
Kunshan Youshe Service Apartment
3 out of 5
No.2 Kunbei Road, Near Tongxin Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu
Located in Kunshan, this apartment building is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Wanda Plaza Kunshan and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Tinglin Park. Xi Lu Garden and Yangcheng Lake ...
Kunshan Youshe Service Apartment
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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