Shanghai

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China’s largest city excites with its art, history, culture and architecture and dazzles with the beauty of its natural surroundings.

Magnificent temples, vast museums, fascinating architecture and plenty of big-city thrills, Shanghai Province has lots going on to keep you entertained and engaged. Investigate the city's art scene, visit ancient shrines and explore the nearby islands.

A good way to start your visit is with a walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s historic waterfront. It features some of the city’s most recognizable buildings. Note the different architectural styles, including art deco, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. They contrast markedly with the modern skyscrapers of Pudong, which lie across the Huangpu River. These towering structures are an even more fascinating sight when they are lit up at night. Another example of stunning architecture is the vast Shanghai Exhibition Center in Jing’an.

Among the city’s most beautiful and intriguing buildings are its temples. In the western part of Shanghai, find tranquility at the Jade Buddha temple, an early 20th-century place of worship that houses two jade Buddha statues. See one of Shanghai District’s most impressive temple complexes in the town of Nanxiang. The Yun Xiang Si Temple encompasses seven temples, a scripture library and a large hall for up to 700 worshippers.

The beauty of Shanghai’s architecture is also mirrored in its art. Browse examples of Asian contemporary art at the Shanghai Gallery of Art and at the Museum of Contemporary Art located within People’s Park. Walk along Mogoshan Road, where every possible surface is covered in graffiti.

Shanghai Province has many places to unwind, surrounded by natural beauty. Wander among the redwoods, gingkoes, cherry trees and flowering magnolias of the Yuyuan Gardens. Stroll through the colorful gardens of Guyi Gardens and rent a boat for a trip across its lake.

Take a daytrip out to the islands off Shanghai’s coast. Hike through the forests on Changxing or Hengsha and go bird watching at Dongtan Wetland Park on Chongming. While you are on this island, stop by Yingdong Ecological Village for boating, fishing and more bird watching.

A visit to Shanghai Province promises bright lights and big-city bustle as well as lots of nature and traditions.

Where to stay in Shanghai

Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
4 out of 5
1100 Qi Hang Road, Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, Shanghai, 201207
The price is HK$692 per night from 18 Jun to 19 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the property condition ...
4/5 Very Good! (998 reviews)
"good!"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2022

Ramada Plaza Shanghai Pudong Airport
Hyatt Place Shanghai Tianshan Plaza
Hyatt Place Shanghai Tianshan Plaza
3.5 out of 5
#2 Tower 1 SOHO Tianshan Plaza, 421 ZiYun Road, Changning District, Shanghai, 200051
The price is HK$3,218 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the property ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (155 reviews)
Great
"Very good stay, this is my third time staying at Hyatt Place Tianshan Shanghai. I will definitely come again."

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2020

Hyatt Place Shanghai Tianshan Plaza
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
5 out of 5
88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200121
The price is HK$1,267 per night from 15 Jun to 16 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (886 reviews)
"Terrible check in process. It took almost hour and a half to check in. Room is a bit dated."

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hyatt House Shanghai New Hongqiao
Hyatt House Shanghai New Hongqiao
4 out of 5
2799 Huqingping Highway, Qingpu District, Shanghai, 201703
The price is HK$666 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the family amenities ...
4/5 Very Good! (15 reviews)
"Close to shopping centers. Only a hand full of hotel employees spoke English. Overall it was a good experience."

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

Hyatt House Shanghai New Hongqiao
Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
5 out of 5
Fengyang Road, No. 601, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200041
The price is HK$1,290 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the room service in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (156 reviews)
"Staffs are friendly. The room is clean and there is washer in the suite that very convenient for us to wash and dry our winter clothes. Overall is good."

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown
Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
4.5 out of 5
No 282,Huai Hai Road Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai, 200021
The price is HK$1,108 per night from 11 Jun to 12 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shanghai. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a bar/lounge. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (459 reviews)
"The breakfast was less than desirable."

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2021

Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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