Shanghai

Travel Guide
Oriental Pearl Tower which includes a city, skyline and night scenes
Visit this bustling eastern province to explore glitzy shopping malls, marvel at historic temples and climb to the top of towering skyscrapers.

The province of Shanghai is dominated by its eponymous metropolis, one of China’s major economic and cultural hubs. Here, modern skyscrapers sit near Buddhist temples and art deco buildings, while sleek museums stand alongside manicured gardens and cramped alleys. Shop for local crafts, slurp freshly made noodles, visit historic museums and enjoy a rare moment of peace in a tucked-away monastery.

Situated on the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city of Shanghai blends modern and historic elements, as well as drawing inspiration from both Eastern and Western cultures. At the Shanghai History Museum, find out more about the city’s origins as a small fishing and textiles town that transitioned into a popular destination for foreigners to establish homes and businesses.

To see the city from different perspectives, walk along the riverfront promenade known as the Bund. Marvel at the various architectural styles visible from the walkway. For a bird’s-eye view, head for the observation deck at the Shanghai Tower.

When the weather is nice, visitors and locals converge on the Yùyuán Gardens to stroll, sit in the shade and watch colorful fish swimming around in the pools. Soak up the sun with a boat trip in Zhujiajiao, a historic water town in the suburbs, known for its Ming- and Qing-era bridges. If it’s raining, consider taking shelter in Xīntiāndì, a shopping and entertainment complex packed with boutique shops and restaurants.

Explore the city’s religious past at the Buddhist Jìng’ān Temple. Smell the burning incense and inspect the ornate statues that decorate the halls. Other notable Buddhist sites include the Jade Buddha Temple, one of the only active monasteries remaining in Shanghai.

Book your vacation in the spring or fall for the best weather or visit in the first week of October during the National Day holiday when crowds flock to the city for celebrations. Fly into one of two international airports, Hongqiao or Pudong, to start your journey through the region.

Upscale shopping complexes, ancient temples and relaxing gardens make Shanghai a top destination for travelers looking to experience modern-day China.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Grand Mercure Shanghai Hongqiao
Grand Mercure Shanghai Hongqiao
4.5 out of 5
369 Xian Xia Road, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200336
The price is S$91 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan
S$91
per night
1 Jan - 2 Jan
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on 11 Apr,2021

Grand Mercure Shanghai Hongqiao
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
5 out of 5
88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200121
The price is S$204 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
S$204
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (891 reviews)
"Terrible check in process. It took almost hour and a half to check in. Room is a bit dated."

Reviewed on 29 Aug,2020

Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No.59 Si Ping Road, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200080
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$143 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec
S$143
per night
10 Dec - 11 Dec
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (268 reviews)
"overall is ok but its quite old"

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2020

Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
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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, 200021
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (459 reviews)
"The breakfast was less than desirable."

Reviewed on 21 Sep,2021

Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Green Court Residence City Center Shanghai
Green Court Residence City Center Shanghai
4 out of 5
55 Beijing Xi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200003
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,244 reviews)
"Very nice and well maintained apthotel located in the city center. Staff is helpful and nice. Definitely will stay again ."

Reviewed on 29 Dec,2021

Green Court Residence City Center Shanghai
Ifc Residence
Ifc Residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200120
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (579 reviews)
"It's nice stay and very clean everywhere."

Reviewed on 6 May,2021

Ifc Residence
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