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Welcome to Shanghai

Economic heart of China, a modern metropolis with both skyscrapers and traditional lanes.

Shanghai is China's largest. It is situated in the centre of the coastline where the Yangtze River meets the East China Sea. Its name means 'on the sea', and most of the city (including Chongming Island) is only a few metres above sea level.

 

Once recognised for it’s rather seedy reputation as the opium hub of the world, modern Shanghai shines once more as it has rejuvenated itself and attracted a wealth of foreign investors and tourists. The Shanghai of today has been completely rebuilt – new high rise buildings are springing up everywhere. However the past hasn’t been forgotten as among the back streets, you'll still find traditional Chinese gardens and temples.

 

Shanghai wears many guises; it is China's industrial and commercial capital, a busy seaport, a science and technology centre, and home to a vibrant business community.

 

Those travellers who come here don’t come for its scenic beauty or history but rather for entertainment and relaxation. Walking through the streets it is an amazing experience just to soak up the vibrant atmosphere whilst marvelling at the hidden temples, gardens and museums.

 

Shanghai is fast becoming an international destination on many people’s ‘wish lists’. In 2004, the year it hosted the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix, Time magazine called it the world's most happening city.' It is set to take centre stage again in 2010 when it hosts World Expo. 

Weather

The best time of year to visit Shanghai is during the spring and autumn. The peak summer months (July and August) can be incredibly hot with temperatures reaching 35°C with 80 percent humidity plus most of Shanghai's rain also falls during this time. September and October can be windy, with the odd typhoon.  

 

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Shopping

Shopping

Shanghai has everything for every type of shopper – whether you enjoy top of the range shops, middle of the road or traditional markets you are sure to find the perfect shopping experience.

 

The most popular shopping area is NanjingLu which provides a run-of-the-mill shopping experience with everything from clothing to general souvenirs. If you are looking for something a bit more unique and atmospheric, head for the Yu Gardens area.

 

Shopping malls are everywhere but the biggest, which just happens also to be the largest in Asia, is Super Brand Mall in Pudong. But if you are looking for something a bit more upmarket, the best place for western clothing and furniture (and department stores) is Huaihai Lu.

 

Haggling is the name of the game when visiting Shanghai’s markets. These are full of color and life giving you the opportunity to shop and mingle with the locals. The biggest and by far the best market is Xiangyang but it can get very crowded and you need to be aware of pickpockets. Also worth a visits are the Jin Wen flower market and Dongtai Lu antique market.

Food & Drink

  • Mei LongZhen Restaurant

  • Sichuan Court Restaurant

  • Shun Feng Restaurant

  • China Moon Restaurant

  • Bi Feng Tang Restaurant

  • Duck King Restaurant

  • Simply Thai Restaurant

  • The Tandoor Restaurant

  • M on the Bund Restaurant

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entertainment

Shanghai’s nightlife is vibrant and colorful – mainly because of the neo lighting that abounds. It really is quite something to see.

 

Bars and clubs tend to come and go quite quickly in Shanghai making it difficult to recommend anywhere. However, what we can recommend is the areas of the city that provides most of the entertainment venues.

 

The most popular areas, the most colourful after dark, are Xintiandi and The Bund. Xintiandi is an entertainment area that has been made to look like Old Shanghai. It sounds a bit tacky but works well and is ideal for drinking, dancing, and people-watching.

 

The Hengshan Lu area is much louder and busier. Here there are numerous cafés, bars, tea rooms, restaurants, and karaoke bars. The main ex-pat hangout of the city is Maoming Lu.

excursions

Despite the wealth of things to see and do in Shanghai you may want to make the most of your time in this beautiful part of the world. Below are just a few nearby places you might like to visit to enhance your visit to Shanghai.

 

  • Hangzhou – one of China’s designated 7 famous ancient capital cities
  • Zhouzhuang – an ancient town often likened to Venice
  • Suzhou – 2,500-year-old city on the edge of Lake Taiho
  • Songjiang

Health & Safety

You should check with your GP about any recommended vaccinations before traveling. Medical treatment can be expensive therefore you are strongly advised to ensure you have sufficient medical insurance in place before traveling.

 

The tap water is not considered safe to drink in China and you are therefore advised to drink bottled water. Crime is not considered a major problem but you should take the usual precautions when in busy areas.