Shanghai Holiday Guide

Shanghai is a wonderful mix of ancient Chinese culture, colonial architecture and futuristic constructions. With such a storied history and such a mix of things to do and see, it’s probably one of the greatest cities to visit in the world.

In 1930 Shanghai was known as the "Paris of the East". As an ‘international settlement’ during the western colonial era where global trade could flow freely city, it was a city where East truly met West. War and revolution took its toll on the city, but in recent decades Shanghai has undergone a rebirth. With China’s growing position in the world, the city is once again making waves.

Take a cruise on the Huangpu River. On one bank is the Pudong district, where you’ll find most of the city’s modern attractions, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. On the other side you’ll find the antithesis of the futuristic skyline of Pudong, Bund. In this area you’ll find incredible of art deco architecture, baroque and neoclassical buildings, spanning many different kinds of western and colonial architecture.

Beyond the Bund is the French Concession, where you’ll find historic former houses in the art deco style, once favoured by the European elites that lived in the city. Now these ex-houses have been turned into restaurants, boutiques and bars. For an unforgettable night on the town, explore the nearby Shikumen and nightlife of Xintiandi.

Escape the busy streets with a visit to Shanghai’s parks. In Century Park, the largest park in the city, you can cycle, play golf or just stroll. Walk along the Pudong Riverside Promenade in the evening, take in the illuminated old town on the other bank and marvel at the ponds filled with koi in the ancient Yu Yuan Gardens.

The Buddhist temples of Shanghai offer tranquillity and a glimpse into the local culture. Pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple and explore the Jing'an Temple in downtown Shanghai with its gigantic Buddha statue - the largest in mainland China.

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