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The Peninsula Shanghai
The Peninsula Shanghai

32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 200002

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (129 reviews)

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Par …

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The Puli Hotel And Spa
The Puli Hotel And Spa

1 ChangDe Road, Shanghai 200040

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (624 reviews)

With restaurants and terraces overlooking Jing'An Park, Puli Hotel & Spa feels like a resort hotel while being in downtown …

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Grand Central Hotel Shanghai
Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai 200001

4.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (912 reviews)

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Contrasts and The Bund. …

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The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Shanghai ifc No.8 Century Avenue, Shanghai 200120

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (94 reviews)

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is steps from Super Brand Mall and Oriental Pearl Tower. Flower, Bird, Fish & …

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Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong
Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai at Pudong

210 Century Avenue, Shanghai 200120

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (180 reviews)

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is steps from IFC Mall and Jin Mao Tower. Oriental Pearl Tower and Yu Yuan …

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Xin Jue Royal Hotel
Xin Jue Royal Hotel

Shanghai Chuanliu Road No.2751, Shanghai 200000

3.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Pudong, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Zhang Wentian Former Residence and within 6 mi (10 km) of Shanghai …

£37
Renaissance by Marriott Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
Renaissance by Marriott Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai 200010

4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (892 reviews)

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of City God Temple, Yu Yuan Garden, and Old Chines …

£108
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

88 Nanjing Road, Shanghai 200085

4.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (837 reviews)

Located on Nanjing Road just blocks from its pedestrian shopping area, this 40-floor hotel overlooks central People's Squar …

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Kerry Hotel Pudong Shanghai
Kerry Hotel Pudong Shanghai

No.1388 HuaMu Road, Pudong, Shanghai 201204

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (100 reviews)

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai New International Expo Centre …

£179
Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai
Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

33 Fu Cheng Road, Shanghai 200120

5.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (194 reviews)

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Super Brand Mall and Oriental Pearl Tower …

£156

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Pocket Guide: Shanghai

Pocket Guide to Shanghai

Overlooking the Huangpu River a short distance inland from the East China Sea, skyscrapers tower over the classic colonial architecture of Shanghai’s Bund on the opposite bank. An economic development zone, the ever-growing Pudong skyline is the focal point of contemporary Shanghai, one of the most highly populated city in the world.

The enduring economic powerhouse of East Asia, cosmopolitan Shanghai is a mix of the glamorous and the gilded, the frenzied and the futuristic, and is a world away from other major cities in China. By every measure, Shanghai is a destination making rampant progress – financially, industrially, architecturally, artistically – while its history and status as a major trading port and former colony leaves an imprint on every aspect of city life.

Getting to Grips with Shanghai

In the Yangtze River Delta on the central China coast, Shanghai sits roughly halfway between Beijing and Guangzhou. Bisected by the Huangpu River, the fast-growing downtown Shanghai forms part of a peninsula, aided in its expansion by natural deposition from the Yangtze River and land reclamation projects like Nanhui New City in Pudon.

Pioneering Pudong and the historic Bund area across the water is where the majority of business travellers and tourists focus their attention. Here, you’ll find the banks and investment companies of the city’s booming financial sector. On the miles of tree-lined boulevards, you can mooch around the luxury boutiques, designer brands and department stores. Trendy cocktail bars and restaurants deliver a mix of Shanghainese and globally influenced cuisine, reflecting the city’s status as a modern international city.

Beyond all the glitz, hints of a more evocative Shanghai still remain. Head to the old city to explore hole-in-the-wall eateries, cosy tea shops and traditional lane houses bedecked with laundry. Or visit the Ming private Yuyuan Garden and the Taoist City God Temple for a brief respite from the pace of Shanghai life.

West of the Bund, the former French Concession is one of the most popular districts to explore, particularly if you want to splash out. Stuffed with European colonial-era buildings, art galleries, pavement cafes, historic mansions and upscale hotels, the area is a must-visit destination for photographers and walking-group tours. It’s also Shanghai’s premier nightlife hotspot, full of speakeasy-style cocktail bars and dance clubs.

Hotels in Shanghai

From budget guesthouses to grand old dames, Shanghai has more than 1,000 hotels with Expedia.

Business travellers are exceptionally well catered for, with plenty of familiar international brands, whether your priority is a specific location like the Exhibition Area or Pudong Intl. Airport, or proximity to a particular landmark such as the Shanghai Stock Exchange or the Oriental Pearl Tower.

If you’re travelling on a budget or are looking for mid-range accommodation, you’ll have a wide selection of hotels to choose from, with options in the one-, two- and three-star categories, ranging from backpacker hostels and unassuming motels from brands to serviced apart-hotels and contemporary towers with restaurants, bars and event space.

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