Flights to Shanghai (SHA)

The Pearl of the Orient, the Paris of the East – Shanghai’s many names reveal its status as one of Asia’s most exciting cities.
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Shanghai, China

What to do in Shanghai

Stroll along The Bund

Located on the west bank of the Huangpu River, nothing beats a walk along The Bund for taking in the views of Shanghai’s cool architecture. On the Huangpu Park side, you can see the famous Customs House and Astor House Hotel, and across the water from that is the iconic Pearl Tower.

Zhongshan East 1st Road
Huangpu
facebook.com/BundShanghai

Visit Shanghai Museum

This is one of the best museums in China, with a large collection of ancient bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, Qing dynasty artefacts and more. You might not be able to cover everything, but what you do see offers a great insight into the nation’s ancient civilisation.

201 Renmin Avenue
Huangpu
+86 21 6372 3500
shanghaimuseum.net

Climb the SWFC Observatory

For the best views of Shanghai, ride the elevator at the Shanghai World Financial Center. Travel skywards at 5m per second to the Garden Observatory on the 100th floor which, at 474m high, is the second-highest viewing platform in the world. There’s a map to help you pick out key landmarks on the skyline.

100 Century Avenue
Pudong New Area
+86 21 4001 100 555
swfc-observatory.com

Travel on the Maglev

Take a ride on the world’s fastest train – the Maglev travels at an astounding 431km an hour. It’ll transport you from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road in just under eight minutes. It might just be the coolest commute you’ll ever take.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport
S1 Yingbin Expressway
Pudong
+86 21 96990
en.shairport.com

Maglev hotline: +86 21 2890 7777
Maglev travel website: smtdc.com

See motorbike stunts at Shanghai Circus World

A trip to Shanghai Circus World offers an experience to remember with its heady combination of acrobatics, illusion and daredevil stunts. The highlight of the show is probably seeing the eight ‘terror-cotta’ warriors who blaze around the inside of a steel-mesh globe on motorbikes.

Shanghai Circus World Ticket Office
2266 Gonghexin Lu
Zhabei
+86 21 6652 5468
era-shanghai.com/era

Dance in Fuxing Park

One of Shanghai’s most interesting things to see is its senior citizens ballroom dancing in public spaces. Head to Fuxing Park, where you’ll see hundreds of pensioners working on their steps. Feel free to join in – visitors, whatever age, are welcome.

Fuxing Park
516 Fuxing Middle Road
Huangpu
+86 21 6372 0662

Where to eat in Shanghai

CHAR (Steakhouse)

As you might guess from the name, CHAR prides itself on its tasty steak dishes – in particular, the wagyu eye fillet beef that comes from David Blackmore's award-winning ranch in Australia. Other dishes of note include the black cod with star anise and lime syrup.

Hotel Indigo
585 Zhongshan East 2nd Road
Huangpu
200010
+86 21 3302 9995
char-thebund.com

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Contemporary)

Dinner at Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet is a complex experience – in a good way. There are eight courses prepared by 25 chefs, and you eat in sync with audio-visual displays to make it a more multisensory experience. Luckily, the food is delicious enough to be worth the fuss. The location is secret, so you have to book ahead.

Bund 18
18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
20002
+86 21 6323 9898
uvbypp.cc/bookings

Mercato by Jean-Georges (Italian)

When nothing but a hearty bowl of pasta will do, head for Mercato. Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten serves the best pasta in Shanghai, as well as pizza and fantastic seafood, in this lovely, rustic setting. It’s one of the best restaurants on The Bund.

6th floor
Three on The Bund
3 Zhongshan East 1st Road
Huangpu
+86 21 6321 7733
jean-georges.com/restaurants/china/shanghai/mercato

Jian Guo 328 (Shanghainese)

For the best Shanghainese dishes in the city, check out Jian Guo 328 where the fermented tofu or the jiang-guo-salted chicken will give you a true taste of the city. The good food and friendly atmosphere makes it popular with both locals and visitors.

328 Jianguo Xi Lu (near Xiangyang Nan Lu)
Xuhui
20031
+86 21 6471 3819

Tsukiji Aosora Sandaime (Japanese)

If you love sushi, then Tsukiji Aosora Sandaime is a must-visit. Named after the legendary Tokyo fish market, this was the first branch of the famous fish restaurant to be opened outside of Japan. Try the eight-piece nigiri set, or the red akami and the toro tuna cuts.

191 Changle Road
Lu Wan Qu
+86 21 5466 1817

The Commune Social (Spanish)

This is the best place for tapas in Shanghai, and is the brainchild of celebrity chef Jason Atherton. Think smoked bone marrow, onion jam and sour dough bread; miso-grilled mackerel, wasabi avocado and cucumber chutney; and DIY tuna tartare. It has a relaxed atmosphere as well, with no reservations and no service charge.

511 Jiangning Road
Jing’an Qu
+86 21 6047 7638
communesocial.com

Places to stay in Shanghai

Yangtze Boutique Hotel Shanghai

Originally built in 1934, the iconic Art Deco Yangtze Hotel was the centre of the Shanghai jazz scene. Today, the Yangtze Boutique Hotel (as it’s now known) is a characterful homage to the past, as well as a great example of Shanghai’s modern hospitality values.

740 Hankou Road
Huangpu
200001
+86 21 6080 0800
theyangtzehotel.com

The Waterhouse at South Bund

If you want a boutique hotel in Shanghai, this industrial chic spot in Huangpu is a good choice. Housed in a former army compound on the Huangpu River, it’s seriously stylish, with floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic wood panelling and chandeliers in the lobby. The restaurant, Table No.1, has a cool international vibe.

1-3 Maojiayan Road
Zhongshan Nan Lu
Huangpu
200010
+86 21 6080 2988
waterhouseshanghai.com

Shanghai Park Hyatt

This luxury five-star hotel stretches from the 79th to the 93rd floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Business travellers like it because of its location in the Pudong district, but the hotel’s stunning views of Shanghai and delightful rooms make it popular with tourists too.

Shanghai World Financial Center
100 Century Avenue
Pudong
200120
+86 21 6888 1234
shanghai.park.hyatt.cn/en/hotel

The Peninsula Shanghai

This luxury hotel in Shanghai has a great location right on The Bund, close to Huangpu Park. There are 235 rooms and suites to choose from – ask for a deluxe room that looks out over the river. Even if you’re not staying, the roof terrace is a cool spot to hang out in the evening.

32 Zhongshan East 1st Road
20002
+86 21 2327 2888
shanghai.peninsula.com

Astor House Hotel

You might want to stay in Astor House just because of its colourful history. Pujiang Hotel, as it’s also known, has welcomed lots of famous faces – Ulysses S Grant, Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin to name a few. Today, it’s one of the most famous hotels in Shanghai, and a tourist attraction in its own right.

15 Huangpu Road
Huangpu
200085
+86 21 6324 6388
astorhousehotel.com

The PuLi

This hotel is like an oasis of calm in the middle of the city. Despite being right in the heart of Shanghai, China’s first ‘urban resort’ is a peaceful place to stay. The rooms overlook Jing’an Park, and the hotel features an Anantara Spa, and the beautiful Garden Terrace lounge.

1 Chang’de Lu
Jing'An
200040
+86 21 3203 9999
thepuli.com

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