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

Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
4 out of 5
1100 Qi Hang Road, Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, Shanghai, 201207
The price is S$231 per night from 13 Aug to 14 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property condition ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"good service"

Reviewed on 8 Aug,2022

Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
W Shanghai - The Bund
W Shanghai - The Bund
5 out of 5
66 Lvshun Road, Shanghai, 200080
The price is S$422 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (206 reviews)
Relaxed staycation with a view
"We love this hotel for its eco friendly, modern approach to luxuary. It is in a fabulous spot to watch the river and enjoy the delicious food."

Reviewed on 28 Dec,2021

W Shanghai - The Bund
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, an IHG Hotel
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
5888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang District, Shanghai, 201619
Fully refundable
The price is S$500 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Popular attractions Tian Ma Country Club and Shanghai Chenshan Botanic ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (49 reviews)
Nice space for vacation
"Overall it's good. The water curtain show looks great."

Reviewed on 30 Jun,2021

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, an IHG Hotel
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.
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
The price is S$165 per night from 13 Aug to 14 Aug
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,242 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
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
The price is S$203 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a bar/lounge. 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
Ifc Residence
Ifc Residence
5 out of 5
8 Century Avenue Pudong Lujiazui, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200120
The price is S$242 per night from 15 Aug to 16 Aug
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
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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