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Famous for its iconic skyline, Shanghai is quickly becoming one of the most traveled to destinations in the world. China’s largest and most affluent city blends countless cultures, encourages advancement, and honors enduring traditions. Take time to admire flawlessly manicured gardens and stately colonial architecture. Water towns and museums are worthy of your attention, as well. Forever a trailblazer in the world of fashion and design, Shanghai is also considered to be a top destination for fine dining and sophisticated shopping. The modernized metropolis is booming and other Asian city heavy-hitters like Hong Kong and Singapore are taking notice.
Declared the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years, the Bund is a special stretch of waterfront boardwalk that showcases the city’s skyline and diverse collection of history and design.
The Shanghai World Financial Center, one of the world’s tallest buildings, boast some of the best views of the city. The Sky Walk is the real highlight, but at 100 floors up, it’s not for the faint of heart.
Consisting of five acres of green space, historic architecture, and striking artwork, the Yuyuan Garden is one of Shanghai’s most highlighted attractions. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore all of its beauty.
Admire years of Chinese culture in the heart of People’s Square. The Shanghai Museum’s 11 galleries and three exhibition halls preserve countless pieces of Chinese paintings, furnishings, and other works of art.
Tickle your creative senses at the family-friendly Jing’An Sculpture Park. More than 60 cities have contributed to the rotating collection of sculptures and statues. Admission is complimentary.
One of the best dining experiences in Shanghai is mere steps from your hotel room. Located in the Langham hotel, T’ang Court was awarded Three Michelin Stars in 2017 for its impeccable Cantonese cuisine.
We don’t recommend driving in Shanghai. Road systems and driving standards tend to be a bit convoluted. Save yourself the headache and opt for public transportation. It’s inexpensive and convenient. If you hail a cab, make sure you can converse with the driver.
While Shangai is just as progressive as it is diverse, not everyone speaks English. We recommend that you carry a name card from your hotel, just in case you find yourself in a pinch. Language and travel apps are always a great idea as well.
China celebrates two week-long “Golden Week” holidays. During the Chinese New Year and the National Day Golden Week locals have seven days of work off, which makes it a popular time to travel. Dates vary yearly, so check the calendar and avoid inflated airfare.
No Visa? No problem. Shanghai and the neighboring provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang offer a 144-hour (six day) visa-free travel option. If you don’t plan on traveling outside of these areas, forget the application hassle.
Shanghai is a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid with frequent and unpredictable thunderstorms. Rain gear should always be on your packing list. Fall is a pleasant season with sunny days and mild temperatures. Winter tends to be cold and cloudy. Keep in mind that the wind chill factor coupled with humidity can be quite bitter. Spring brings warm, humid days and tends to be the best time to visit.
Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.