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Shanghai

Ancient Chinese pagodas and tea gardens stand shoulder to shoulder with skyscrapers of glistening glass and steel in the World’s most populous city.

Shanghai’s teeming streets are home to more than 23 million people who live, work and play in its offices, restaurants, bars and gardens. An ancient colonial powerhouse which suffered through War and Revolution, the city is now in the midst of a renaissance.This is in evidence across the city, in the redevelopment of historical quarters like Xintiandi and The Bund and the feats of engineering brilliance in its gleaming financial quarter, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.Such a crowded Metropolis is always in need of green spaces and in Shanghai, these are plentiful. The largest by far is Century Park, where you can try out some calming Tai Chi, play a relaxing round of golf or work up a sweat with an energetic walk or jog.For a glimpse of the city’s former colonial life, stroll through the refurbished Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park and explore the elite mansions and villas of the French Concession. Their European architecture and classical charm once earned Shanghai the title of ‘Paris of the Orient’.As a city of hidden streets and secret gems like the Yu Yuan Gardens, Shanghai is a great place to wander around and explore without too much advance planning. There is a deep spiritual undercurrent throughout the municipality, which you are welcome to embrace with a visit to Jing’An Temple or the Jade Buddha temple, home to two spectacular white jade Buddha statues.Most of the attractions in Shanghai are within half an hour’s walk of downtown, but if you are feeling a little jaded or want to stray further afield, there is an excellent public transport network. A cruise along the Huangpu River is a relaxing way to get to know the different districts, taking you past much of the historic and modern heart of the city.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Lujiazui

Lujiazui

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Lujiazui. If sightseeing is on the list, Shanghai Tower is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Shangcheng Road Station or Dongchang Road Station to see more of the area.

Lujiazui

Top hotels in Shanghai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
InterContinental Shanghai Jing’ An
5 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is SG$169 per night

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 6 Jan,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 SG$100 per night

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 29 Jan,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 SG$189 per night

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! (591 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 5 Jun,2020

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

Popular places to visit in Shanghai

The Bund
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The Bund

4.5/5(96 reviews)

The changing fortunes of this sprawling riverside walkway are symbolic of the evolution of Shanghai itself.

Nanjing Road Shopping District
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Nanjing Road Shopping District

4/5(89 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(60 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(60 reviews)

Created as a place of sanctuary over 400 years ago, Yu Yuan Gardens still provide a soothing retreat from the bustling streets of the Old Town.

Oriental Pearl Tower
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Oriental Pearl Tower

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Combining artistic expression with technological innovation, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is a towering example of Shanghai’s recent resurgence.

Jing'an Temple
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Jing'an Temple

4.5/5(38 reviews)

The Jing’an Temple is a cultural treasure trove, packed with Buddhist relics and maintaining the ancient tradition of the Temple Fair.

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

SG$185
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Best of Shanghai Day Tour
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour

SG$108
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Coach Tour
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Coach Tour

SG$123
Per adult
Shanghai Half-Day Afternoon Tour
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Shanghai Half-Day Afternoon Tour

SG$73
Per adult
Half-Day Shanghai City Coach Tour
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Half-Day Shanghai City Coach Tour

SG$69
Per adult
Private Car Service with Driver
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Private Car Service with Driver

SG$176
Per adult

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