Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai Travel Guide

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Shanghai—China’s booming financial capital, international metropolis, and the new New York. Its futuristic skyline, bustling streets, and delicious d... Read More

Shanghai—China’s booming financial capital, international metropolis, and the new New York. Its futuristic skyline, bustling streets, and delicious delicacies make for a breathtaking assault on all the senses.

With a population of more than 24 million, Shanghai is China’s largest and most developed metropolis on the mainland. It first began its rise to international prominence in the early 20th century, and it has remained one of the world's most important and powerful cities ever since. The city is situated on the estuary of the famed Yangtze River, and serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in eastern China.

Whether you’re visiting Shanghai for business or pleasure, T+L’s Shanghai travel guide can help you choose the best things to do, where to stay, shop, eat, and drink. For a curated intro to the city, hop on a sidecar motorbike for an Insider Experience tour, which can be customized to your interests. Beyond the famed Yu Yuan Garden, check out the Jing’An Sculpture Park, the Shanghai Propaganda Poster and Art Centre, and the Power Station of Art, which is the first state-run contemporary art museum on China’s mainland.

Shanghai’s architecture is also worth checking out—the city has undergone a massive urban renewal over the last few decades, and boasts the world’s second tallest skyscraper. Shanghai travel is noted for its shopping—it’s the city’s favorite pastime. Visit Nanjing Road, the world's longest shopping district, at nearly three and a half miles long. It attracts more than one million visitors daily.

Note that there are two week-long “Golden Week” national holidays in China each year, one for Chinese New Year, which is dependent on the lunar calendar, and the other beginning on 1st October—they’re great times to visit, but expect crowds. Although many people in Shanghai speak English, it is always best to carry a name card from the hotel or apartment just in case.

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Best Time To Go

Spring and fall are the best seasons, not hot or humid, cold or wet. March to May is the best season to explore nature, as the spring flowers are in full bloom and weather is pleasant for sightseeing.


Public transportation is cheap, comfortable and convenient, with rides on the city’s modern metro system starting at $0.50, and rides on the downtown city bus having a flat fare of $0.30. Metered cabs are available, but not many drivers speak English.


January and February are the coldest months with daily highs of around 43°F (6°C). July and August are the hottest, and rainiest months, with daily highs of around 86°F (30°C).

Know Before You Go

Many websites, such as Google and Facebook, are blocked in the country, thanks to the “Great Firewall of China.” If you need access to these websites during your trip, it is best to buy a VPN before you travel.




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