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Shanghai Travel Guide

Home to more than 20 million people, Shanghai is the largest city in China, so naturally you can expect a lot from it - and a lot you will get! The city houses a unique mixture between old-world (charming French Concession laneways and backstreets, Old Town markets and magnificent temples) and new world, as it's home to loads of chic bars and world-class restaurants.

What we love about Shanghai

2 friends The Bund
Known as being 'the heart of Shanghai', this waterfront is one of the most recognisable landmarks of the city. It's lined with colonial-era buildings and gives a great view of the skyline.
Temple Jade Buddha Temple
Appreciate the classic architectural style of this Buddhist temple, which houses two rare and beautiful Buddha statues that are carved by whole white jade.
Camera Oriental Pearl Tower
Not only is this one of the best places to take photos of the rest of the city, this towering masterpiece also provides it's own epic photo due to it's completely unique look.

Shanghai's must-visit neighbourhoods

This city is the centre of finance and has a gorgeous colonial facade and delicious street food to boot. Shanghai's culturally charming yet glamorous city has a lot to discover and experience within it's neighbourhoods.
Temple lit up at night


Jing'An is named after the Jing'An temple, which you can't miss when you visit the area - it's sandwiched in the middle of skyscrapers and modern shopping centres. This area is home to a lot of expats, due to it's central location and the fact it's popular for shopping. So if you're looking for a mix of international and authentic Chinese living - with lots of dining and nightlife options, this is the place to stay.
A large cross roads in Shanghai

Old Street

If you want to experience traditional China, then you need to check out Old Street. There is so much to see and do here to satisfy your wanderlust for China - from antique markets, street food stalls, temples, tea houses and gardens... and we haven't even scraped the surface here. It's vibrant, it's authentic and it's totally fascinating.
Busy street in Shanghai lit up at night


It's known as being the place where the young locals love the most, and this could be because of it's array of international restaurants, boutique shops, entertainment, which is mixed in perfectly with the history and culture of the city.

Shanghai tours

headless statues

Beijing to Shanghai Adventure: Ancient Kingdoms & Karaoke

Beijing > Xi'an > Shanghai

Now's the time to explore China on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Trek along the Great Wall, take in ancient and modern China, explore Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, stroll the historic canals of Suzhou, enjoy a night out at karaoke.
7 days
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Shanghai at sunset

Classic Shanghai to Hong Kong

Shanghai > Yangshuo > Longji > Hong Kong

On this epic trip you'll start in Shanghai, catch an overnight train to Guilin and transfer to Longji, where you'll experience rural China - with rice terraces, hiking, and local living. After you'll head to Yangshuo, which showcases more of Shanghai's amazing landscapes, where you can hop on a bike or hire a raft for the day. Then it's back to the hustle and bustle as you end your trip in vibrant Hong Kong.
8 days
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Frequently asked questions about travelling to Shanghai

When is the best time to visit Shanghai?

The time of year that travelers tend to go to Shanghai is between October to November, after the wettest month of September, which makes the temperature milder and drier. However, if you're looking for hot weather, then July is the time to go - with an average temperature of 28°C.

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