We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Best of Shanghai Guide

Print this guide 
Shanghai
The largest city in China is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once. The Huangpu River splits Shanghai into two districts: Pudong and Puxi. The Pudong skyline looks like it was ripped from the Jetsons, with the bulbous Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower looking a bit like a two headed lollipop. On the Puxi side, you can walk the Bund riverside district to get a taste of old Shanghai.

All things to do » Things to do

The Bund (Wai Tan)
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Owner description: This is a designated section of Shanghai’s port along the Huang Pu River lined with beautiful neo-classical buildings and a waterfront promenade that is packed with tourists... more Owner description: This is a designated section of Shanghai’s port along the Huang Pu River lined with beautiful neo-classical buildings and a waterfront promenade that is packed with tourists, locals and street sellers. less
Attraction type: Historic walking areas; Landmarks & points of interest
See nearby places to eat
Shanghai Circus World
Shanghai Circus World
Owner description: The Multimedia Theatrical Spectacular 'ERA Intersection of Time' has been performed since its debut at Shanghai Circus World in September 2005. It is unique and comparable to the... more Owner description: The Multimedia Theatrical Spectacular 'ERA Intersection of Time' has been performed since its debut at Shanghai Circus World in September 2005. It is unique and comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Musical.It is in fact a stunning acrobatic show combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technologies. The performers present Chinese acrobatics, martial arts and dance perfectly in harmony with the music, sound, lighting, and other special effects, which include a water screen.While you marvel at the highly proficient skills of the performers, the story of China's evolution from its ancient past to the future is told. Hence, the title 'Intersection of Time', as the viewpoint of the audience is set in the present between the past and the future.The performance provides a wonderful insight into China's ancient culture and civilization, with sections about Sinan, an ancient Chinese invention for telling directions, soothsaying and conjuring. There is a fantastic section showing an acrobatic program which has elements performed since the far off days of the Han Dynasty (206BC–220AD). With porcelain jars and vats as their stage properties the performers give an overview of Chinese porcelain culture and greater understand of the country's name of 'China'.Modern achievements that are also showcased include Shanghai Donghai Cross-Sea Bridge, Maglev Train, and Shenzhou 5, China's first manned space mission. From these, you can see the amazing development and bright future of Shanghai and the whole country.The 100-minute performance shows not only artistic skills, but also creativity. Aided by multimedia including vision, original live music, sound effects, smell effect, air conditioning and lighting, less
Attraction type: Amusement & theme parks
See nearby places to eat
Bund International Architecture Exhibition
Bund International Architecture Exhibition
Attraction type: Landmarks & points of interest
See nearby places to eat
Shanghai World Financial Center
Shanghai World Financial Center
Owner description: Three observation decks offer different experiences at the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors. The 100th floor is the highest observatory in the world, with transparent glass-walled... more Owner description: Three observation decks offer different experiences at the 94th, 97th, and 100th floors. The 100th floor is the highest observatory in the world, with transparent glass-walled walkways. less
Attraction type: Observation decks & towers
See nearby places to eat
Shanghai Acrobatic Dome
Shanghai Acrobatic Dome
Attraction type: Landmarks & points of interest
See nearby places to eat

All places to eat » Places to eat

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Ranked #1 of 12,646 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price: $652 - $978
Cuisines: French, European, Contemporary
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Efes Restaurant Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine
Efes Restaurant Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine
Ranked #2 of 12,646 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Barbecue, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
el COCTEL
el COCTEL
Ranked #3 of 12,646 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price: $16 - $33
Cuisines: Bar
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Vanca`s Ribs & Beer (Bulgarian Cuisine)
Vanca`s Ribs & Beer (Bulgarian Cuisine)
Ranked #4 of 12,646 Restaurants in Shanghai
Price: $24 - $33
Cuisines: International, Barbecue, Eastern European
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Goodfellas
Goodfellas
Ranked #5 of 12,646 Restaurants in Shanghai
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Pizza & Pasta, Soups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Shanghai City Central Youth hostel
Shanghai City Central Youth hostel
$11 - $31 (CNY 67 - 190)
Ranked #179 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices
Pod Inn (Shanghai North Bund)
Pod Inn (Shanghai North Bund)
$20 (CNY 125)
Ranked #272 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
7 Days Inn (Shanghai Songjiang)
7 Days Inn (Shanghai Songjiang)
$12 - $12
Ranked #322 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Shanghai Fish Inn Bund
3.0 of 5
Shanghai Fish Inn Bund
$37 - $322 (CNY 227 - 1,976)
Ranked #100 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices
Jinjiang Inn (Shanghai Luwan Liyuan)
2.5 of 5
Jinjiang Inn (Shanghai Luwan Liyuan)
$38 - $44 (CNY 233 - 270)
Ranked #112 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices
Jinjiang Inn Shanghai Sichuan North Road
2.5 of 5
Jinjiang Inn Shanghai Sichuan North Road
$30 - $39 (CNY 184 - 239)
Ranked #132 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
5.0 of 5
Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
$321 - $478
Ranked #1 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices
The PuLi Hotel and Spa
5.0 of 5
The PuLi Hotel and Spa
$233 - $451
Ranked #2 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices
Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai
5.0 of 5
Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai
$264 - $383
Ranked #3 of 3,970 Hotels in Shanghai
Show Prices

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.