East meets West in Shanghai, China's cosmopolitan concrete jungle where glitzy skyscrapers collide with ancient Chinese temples. Shanghai is known for its colonial-era architecture, mouth-watering cuisine and centuries-old charm.
Things to do in Shanghai
Stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's colonial waterfront lined with Neoclassical, Gothic and Baroque buildings. Compare the Old Shanghai with the futuristic Pudong skyline on a boat tour along the Huangpu River.
Immerse yourself amongst the traditional Chinese flora at Yuyuan Garden. Built during the Ming dynasty 400 years ago, the garden is a blend of elaborate pagodas, emerald ponds and exquisite sculptures. Visit during spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and don’t miss the famous Mid Lake Pavilion Teahouse, which counts Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II among its former guests.
Discover Shanghai’s edgy subculture at the M50 art complex, an abandoned cotton mill transformed into a series of galleries showcasing contemporary Chinese art. For panoramic views, climb to the top of Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building. Standing at 632 metres, the gigantic structure features the world’s highest observation deck on its 118th floor.
To experience what Shanghai was like before the audacious skyscrapers dominated the city’s skyline, spend a day wandering the Old City. Tour the 12th-century Jìng’ān Temple and witness its glistening nine-metre high Buddha. Browse the markets filled with jade stone carvings, shadow puppets, chopsticks, zǐshā teapots and Tibetan jewellery.
Shanghai is serviced by two airports, Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport, which are both approximately one hour on the subway from Shanghai. Taxis, shuttle buses and trains are available for getting around.