Shanghai Travel Guide

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Until 1842, the "City Above the Sea" was a small fishing village. After the first Opium War, the village was carved up into autonomous concessions administered concurrently by the British, French, and Americans. As the most Westernized city in China after Hong Kong, Shanghai is at the forefront of China's modernization. Nearly a quarter of the world's construction cranes stand in this city. Still, architectural remnants of a colonial past survive along the winding, bustling streets.

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Shanghai Hotels

Shanghai's stature as China's business capital hasn’t stopped it from catering both to business and leisure travelers, especially the handful of boutique...read more

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Shanghai Restaurants

You'll notice that most Chinese restaurants in Shanghai have large, round tables. The reason becomes clear the first time you eat a late dinner at a local...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Shanghai

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  • Top Reasons to Go to Shanghai

    Skyline Views: Head to the top of theShanghai World Financial Center, known to locals as the"bottle opener," or the pagoda-inspired Jin Mao and... Read more

  • Tips to Unlocking the City

    The Huangpu River divides Shanghai into east and west sides. The metro area is huge, but the city center is a relatively small district in Puxi... Read more

  • Best City Tours

    These day tours are a nice way to unwind post-flight, and can help you get your bearings on that stressful first afternoon.... Read more

  • Spa Treatments

    Around Shanghai are hundreds of blind massage parlors, inexpensive no-frills salons whose blind masseurs are closely attuned to the body's soft... Read more

  • Golfing in Shanghai

    Some 20 golf clubs dot the countryside within two hours of downtown Shanghai. Some run buses, so call to inquire; some are on metro lines, and... Read more

  • Top Shopping Stops

    Duolun Lu is a pedestrian street in Shanghai's historic Hongkou. Not only is it lined with examples of old architecture and home to a contemporary... Read more

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