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Shanghai Holiday Guide

Landmark colonial architecture, towering skyscrapers, Qing Dynasty temples and amazing cuisine make Shanghai one of the most alluring holiday destinations in East Asia.

In Pudong, on the east bank of the Huangpu River, see the modern side of Shanghai, with skyscrapers looking out across Puxi – the historic centre of Shanghai over the river. The grand old buildings lining the Bund appear much the same as they always did, though some of these former banks and consulates now house contemporary art galleries, designer boutiques and fine-dining restaurants. Take it all in on a waterfront walking tour, stopping off at the monumental Peninsula Hotel for afternoon tea in the lobby.

On the Yangtze River Delta on China’s central coast, Shanghai is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. On your Shanghai holiday, take a lift ride up iconic skyscrapers like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Shanghai Tower with the highest observation deck in the world.

Arrange during your Shanghai holiday a trip to see the lights of the financial district from an evening cruise along the Huangpu River, then wander the famous Nanjing Road’s pedestrianised shopping street, which has big-name brands and local boutiques alongside street performers, open-air bars and a popular yellow sightseeing train.

Visit the former French Concession, the most interesting and atmospheric of Shanghai’s once-colonial districts. Here you’ll find tree-lined boulevards with an eclectic mix of lane houses, villas, craft breweries, hip boutiques and pavement cafes. Duck down narrow side streets full of tiny local stores and eateries selling everything from xialonbaos (a type of Chinese soup dumpling) to electrical goods, green teas and quirky holiday souvenirs.

Popular Shanghai holiday excursions include a trip to one of the nearby water towns such as Zhujiajiao, Qibao or famous Xitang, where Tom Cruise ran the rooftops in Mission Impossible III. A few hours from the city centre, this network of charming ancient villages linked together by the old Imperial canal system offers a more relaxed part of your holiday after Shanghai’s fast-paced vibe.

On your holiday in Shanghai, you’ll enjoy the hustle and bustle during the day, but make sure you take at least one stroll around one of Shanghai’s night markets, stopping for a late-night snack of steaming wantons before heading back to your hotel.


Guide to Exploring Shanghai


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Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong

Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong

No 2111 Pudong Nan Road, Shanghai
3.8
of 5, from 22 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lujiazui, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mercedes Benz Arena, Jin Mao Tower, and Lujiazui Central Greenland. Oriental Pearl Tower and The Bund are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£91
Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport

Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport

1100 Qi Hang Road, Shanghai
3.9
of 5, from 292 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Pudong, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Shanghai Disneyland©, Shanghai WIld Animal Park, and Long Museum. Shanghai New International Expo Centre and Century Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

£69
Sheraton Grand Shanghai Pudong Hotel & Residences

Sheraton Grand Shanghai Pudong Hotel & Residences

No 38 Pujian Road, Shanghai
4.1
of 5, from 64 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lujiazui, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mercedes Benz Arena, Jin Mao Tower, and Lujiazui Central Greenland. Oriental Pearl Tower and The Bund are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£106
Hilton Shanghai

Hilton Shanghai

No 250 Hua Shan Road, Shanghai
4.1
of 5, from 157 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Towering 40 stories above Shanghai’s main business and entertainment centre, the Hilton Shanghai is in the heart of the former French Concession. Jing'an Temple is 0.3 km (0.2 mi) away.

£96
Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai
4.5
of 5, from 259 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Three on the Bund and The Bund. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Yu Yuan Garden are also within 15 minutes.

£101
Renaissance by Marriott Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

Renaissance by Marriott Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai
4.4
of 5, from 474 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of City God Temple, Yu Yuan Garden, and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£72
Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Daning

Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Daning

1928 Gong He Xin Road, Shanghai
3.9
of 5, from 16 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Zhabei, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Circus World and Zhabei Park. Shanghai Geological Exhibition Hall and Yichuan Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£114
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

555 Xi Zang Road Middle, Shanghai
4.6
of 5, from 306 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and People's Square. The Bund and Shanghai Disneyland© are also within 25 mi (40 km).

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