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Shanghai
Travel Guide

Shanghai

China’s largest city excites with its art, history, culture and architecture and dazzles with the beauty of its natural surroundings.

Magnificent temples, vast museums, fascinating architecture and plenty of big-city thrills, Shanghai Province has lots going on to keep you entertained and engaged. Investigate the city's art scene, visit ancient shrines and explore the nearby islands.

A good way to start your visit is with a walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s historic waterfront. It features some of the city’s most recognizable buildings. Note the different architectural styles, including art deco, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. They contrast markedly with the modern skyscrapers of Pudong, which lie across the Huangpu River. These towering structures are an even more fascinating sight when they are lit up at night. Another example of stunning architecture is the vast Shanghai Exhibition Center in Jing’an.

Among the city’s most beautiful and intriguing buildings are its temples. In the western part of Shanghai, find tranquility at the Jade Buddha temple, an early 20th-century place of worship that houses two jade Buddha statues. See one of Shanghai District’s most impressive temple complexes in the town of Nanxiang. The Yun Xiang Si Temple encompasses seven temples, a scripture library and a large hall for up to 700 worshippers.

The beauty of Shanghai’s architecture is also mirrored in its art. Browse examples of Asian contemporary art at the Shanghai Gallery of Art and at the Museum of Contemporary Art located within People’s Park. Walk along Mogoshan Road, where every possible surface is covered in graffiti.

Shanghai Province has many places to unwind, surrounded by natural beauty. Wander among the redwoods, gingkoes, cherry trees and flowering magnolias of the Yuyuan Gardens. Stroll through the colorful gardens of Guyi Gardens and rent a boat for a trip across its lake.

Take a daytrip out to the islands off Shanghai’s coast. Hike through the forests on Changxing or Hengsha and go bird watching at Dongtan Wetland Park on Chongming. While you are on this island, stop by Yingdong Ecological Village for boating, fishing and more bird watching.

A visit to Shanghai Province promises bright lights and big-city bustle as well as lots of nature and traditions.

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 27 to Jun 27
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 5 to Jul 5
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! (994 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 20 to Jun 20
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 20 to Jun 20
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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