Love museums, temples and monuments? Get away to Shanghai!

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.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums

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Where to stay in Shanghai

Downtown Shanghai
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Downtown Shanghai

Shopping, Sightseeing, Skyscrapers

Known for its beautiful gardens and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Shanghai. Check out top attractions like Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park and Yu Garden, and jump on the metro at East Nanjing Road Station or Yuyuan Garden Station to see more of the city.

Pudong
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Pudong

Skyscrapers, Shopping, Sightseeing

Shanghai Disneyland© and Shanghai Tower are top sights in Pudong, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Pudong International Airport Station or Haitiansan Road Station to see more sights in the area.

Huangpu
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Huangpu

Shopping, Sightseeing, Skyscrapers

Known for its beautiful gardens and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Huangpu. Check out top attractions like Yu Garden and Old Chinese City, and jump on the metro at Xiaonanmen Station or Laoximen Station to see more of the city.

Jing'an
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Jing'an

Temples, Skyscrapers, Sightseeing

Spend some time visiting places like Jing'an Temple while getting to know Jing'an, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Changping Road Station or Jing'an Temple Station to see more of the area.

Xuhui
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Xuhui

Skyscrapers, Sightseeing, LGBT-friendly

Travellers choose Xuhui for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Shilong Road Station or Caobao Road Station and check out top sights like Shanghai Botanical Garden.

Jing'an
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Jing'an

Natural Parks, Museums, Friendly People

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Jing'an. Spend some time visiting top spots like Daning Lingshi Park, and catch the metro at Circus World Station or Yanchang Road Station to see more of the area.

Top hotels in Shanghai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
5 out of 5
555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
£105/night
28 Sep-29 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,604 reviews)

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square and The Bund. People's Square Station ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,604 reviews)

"Wonderful location, I like the shower room and water."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
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Novotel Shanghai Clover
4.5 out of 5
Building No 1, Lane 3188, Xiupu Road, Pudong, Shanghai
£64/night
17 Sep-18 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (713 reviews)

This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located near the airport, 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Shanghai Disneyland©, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Century Park and Shanghai ...

4.3/5Excellent! (713 reviews)

"Quiet and good service"…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2019

Novotel Shanghai Clover
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Grand Central Hotel Shanghai
4.5 out of 5
505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
£112/night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,687 reviews)

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,687 reviews)

"Excelent service by all the team from reception to house keeping"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2019

Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

Popular things to do in Shanghai

The Bund
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The Bund

Despite years of war and revolution, the soul and skyline of one of the world’s great waterfront boulevards has risen to even greater heights.

Jing'an Temple
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Jing'an Temple

This centuries-old, downtown Shanghai temple is home to the largest pure jade statue of Buddha Sakyamuni in mainland China.

Nanjing Road Shopping District
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Nanjing Road Shopping District

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

To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater. 

Oriental Pearl Tower
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Oriental Pearl Tower

This towering symbol of Shanghai’s modern renaissance offers history lessons, fine dining and stunning city views.

Yu Garden
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Yu Garden

Step through the gate of Shanghai’s premier classical gardens and into a tranquil world of bamboo groves, koi-filled ponds and Ming Dynasty pavilions.

Top activities in Shanghai

Chinese Acrobatics and Shanghai Evening Tour
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Chinese Acrobatics and Shanghai Evening Tour

£64

Enjoy the nightlife of Shanghai on this 3-hour evening tour. Get your heartbeat racing with a jaw-dropping acrobatic show, followed by a visit to People's Square, The Bund, the French Concession, and the stylish Xintiandi district.

Best of Shanghai Day Tour
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Best of Shanghai Day Tour

£64

Discover Shanghai's must-see sights on this full-day tour. Visit the many architectural sites that are influenced by different dynasties and colonization. Be picked up from your Shanghai city hotel and make your first stop at the Jade Buddha Temple.

Evening City Lights & Huangpu River Cruise Coach Tour
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Evening City Lights & Huangpu River Cruise Coach Tour

£67

Enjoy a leisurely evening relaxing aboard a boat on the Huangpu River before an invigorating tour through Shanghai's sights. See views of the stunning city skyline from the water, take a stroll through a lively entertainment district, and learn to better appreciate Chinese contemporary architecture.

Classic and Modern Shanghai Full View Group Tour
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Classic and Modern Shanghai Full View Group Tour

£73

Have a full-view of both the classic and modern Shanghai on one day. By joining in this day tour, you will discover the history and culture of Shanghai with an insider. Your guide will meet you at your hotel at around 8:30-9:00 am.

Half Day Shanghai Discovery Bicycle Tour
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Half Day Shanghai Discovery Bicycle Tour

£33

Take a journey through the history and culture of Shanghai on this expert-led bicycle tour. Pedal past old and beloved districts, such as the French Concession, Xintiandi, Tianzifang, and Shanghai Old Street, learning about their background and significance throughout your journey.

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour
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Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Full Day Coach Tour

£110

Experience the rare opportunity to visit 2 traditional water villages on this enthralling guided tour leaving from Shanghai. Travel to the ancient settlement of Suzhou—commonly referred to as the Venice of the East—before journeying down the winding waterways of Zhouzhuang.

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