If your motto is “Go big or go home,” then you need to go on holiday to Shanghai. Located on the east coast of China, Shanghai is the most populated city in the world and boasts a crowded skyline, busy streets and a rich history. In the midst of skyscrapers and futuristic Shanghai hotels, you can still find peaceful promenades and temple gardens. Think you’re quite the cosmopolitan connoisseur? Shanghai holidays are the best way to test that claim—and with art, cuisine and nightlife loved the world over, this will be the funnest test you’ve ever taken.
Looking for hotels in Shanghai is like searching for hay in a haystack. The trick is choosing the neighbourhood with the best vibes and sights for your trip. To wake up to views of the Huangpu River and instant access to some of Shanghai’s most popular shops and restaurants, book accommodation near The Bund, a winding waterfront walkway.
Things to Do in Shanghai
In Shanghai, you can do whatever you want—within reason. If you’re staying in the Bund, don’t miss the Bund International Architecture Exhibition after dark, when you can see the unmistakable Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre and Jin Mao Tower lit up against the night sky. During the day, the observation deck at the Oriental Pearl is a great way to get orientated to the landscape. Further inland, check out Shanghai Museum and People’s Park downtown for the inside scoop on this ancient city. Southwest of downtown, spend a lazy arvo in Luwan (aka the Old French Concession), home to colonial architecture and winding footpaths lined with colourful market stalls and delightful fusion bistros. When you’re ready to get off your feet after a day of sightseeing and snacking, sit back for a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. Does all the flipping and flying give you an adrenaline rush? Dance it off in the hip-hop and house music clubs in Huaihai Lu, west of downtown. Recharge in nearby Shanghai accommodation, because you can’t possibly see this city in one day.
Getting To & Around Shanghai
Book flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), right on the edge of Yangtze River and 48 km east of the city centre. Because the streets are crowded and traffic is heavy, head underground. Shanghai boasts 12 subway lines, so you can find top sights and accommodation in Shanghai without ever having to get behind the wheel, unless driving in the world’s most crowded city is on your bucket list.
Best Time to Visit Shanghai
With high heat and humidity between June and September, Shanghai does seaside summers in fantastic extremes. For cooler temperatures, travel anytime between October through May, especially in October and November when the weather in mild and crowds are minimal. If you can’t get away until January, that’s OK. Sure, the first few months of the year are cold, but the harbour glistens and there’s a New Year party vibe throughout the city.
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