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Shanghai Travel Guide

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Shanghai, the metropolis, is called “Mo Du (魔都)” by Chinese people. Mo means ambition and Du means metropolis. It is home to the world's second-tallest building and the world famous Bund.

Many people are familiar with the spectacular riverside of the Bund and ambitious skyline of Pudong. But they often ignore that she also has a soft side like any elegant lady. Water towns are her tenderness. Theypreserve wellanancient and traditional atmosphere and areuniquetoChina. Ordinarypeople stilllive there.

Let's see this ambitious city with added elegance.

Best Time to Visit Shanghai and Water Towns

  • Shanghai does not have extreme weather, so it is suitable for a visit all year round. The most comfortable seasons in the city are spring and autumn, andthe scenery isalso pleasantthen.
  • There are fewer tourists during weekdays. So it is recommended to visit water towns during weekdays.
  • You are recommended to avoid Chinese public holidays from 1st to 3rd May (Labor Day) and 1st to 7th October (National Day), because of the crowds. But if you need to visit Shanghai during these holidays, we will try our best to make your trips easier.


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Transport in Shanghai

Getting to Shanghai

For international passengers, you can reach Shanghai by air or boat. You can go via Beijing, Hong Kong or Guangzhou if you can’t get Shanghai direct. Shanghai is linked to the rest of China by efficient rail and flight networks.

  • Two airports in Shanghai: Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport;
  • Three cruise terminals: Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and Waigaoqiao International Cruise Terminal

Getting around Shanghai

The transportation is very convenient in Shanghai. There are many ways to get around, like metro, city bus, sightseeing bus, taxi and public bicycle.

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Where to stay

Stay in a riverside hotel along the Bund to watch the splendid skyline of Pudong

  • Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund(Five-star) Ranked #2 on Trip Advisor
  • Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai(Five-star) Ranked #7 on Trip Advisor
  • Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai (Five-star) Ranked #20 on Trip Advisor (Best price among all the five-star hotels on the Bund )

Hotels in Pudong

  • Mandarin Oriental Pudong (Five-star) Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor
  • Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong (Five-star) Ranked #3 on Trip Advisor

Comfortable hotel

  • Kingstown Hotel Plaza Shanghai (3-star)
  • The Bund Hotel (near the Bund, 4-star)

Shanghai Travel Ideas

Shanghai Food

Shanghai is a new city, and unlike other Chinese towns it has no ‘food’ of its own. As the city developed, Shanghai’s cuisine, or Hu Cai, began to draw flavors from the neighboring towns of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Now, chefs from Shanghai have managed to put a ‘special’

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Shanghai Weather

Characterized by a humid subtropical climate, four distinct seasons and relatively good air-quality, Shanghai is a place well suited for habitation. The most pleasant seasons in the city are spring and autumn, because the former is comfortable and warm and the latter is generally sunny and dry.

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Shanghai Restaurants

Several big culinary blocs have poured into Shanghai one after another. Restaurants featuring  various kinds of dishes, like Beijing food, Yangzhou food, Sichuan food, Cantonese food, Suzhou food, Hangzhou food, Wuxi food, Ningbo food and Shanghai's local dishes have emerged in Shanghai.&n

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Shanghai Transport

Being home to millions of residents, it is one of the country’s most prominent financial and commercial centers. Currently, it is a big industrial hub and China’s major seaport. As a bustling metropolis with traditional and modern features, Shanghai serves as one of the best destination

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