Shanghai (China)

Shanghai Travel Guide and Trip Resources


The Pearl of the Orient

Beijing might have the history, but Shanghai has the glamour. If there is any skyline in the world that speaks to the imagination at the moment, it has to be the skyline of Shanghai. In a part of the city (Pudong) which just 20 years ago was a rural area, ever taller buildings are now vying for attention. Shanghai is not only the largest city in terms of population in China, but is also well on its way to becoming a city of global importance.

What makes Shanghai so fascinating is the way in which it combines the smooth, luxurious and polished with the raw. Step into a taxi and ride around the city, and you will understand what we mean. Enormous skyscrapers, Porsche dealerships and luxury malls with all the world's top brands stand side by side with residential areas where communist slogans still mark the walls and life takes place on the street. The city's architecture is unique, ranging from some of the tallest in the world to traditional Shanghainese shikumen or colonial villas in the former French concession.

Some of the top sights here are Yuyuan Gardens, the skyscrapers in Pudong, and the Bund as well as French concession with their colonial era sights (and home to some *very* prominent former Chinese leaders). The latter area is fantastic for a stroll on even the hottest of days, as the plane tree-lined boulevards give ample shade. Here you will feel less rushed than at other places in the city, so it is a good place to take it all in. Other than these, there are good museums and temples, but don't forget to do what the Chinese come to do in Shanghai: eat, drink and shop. Shanghai is after all one of the culinary hotspots of the country. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Shanghai is a city in China. It has a population of 23,710,100, is situated at an altitude of 52ft and the best airport to fly into is PVG (Pu Dong, Shanghai)
  • The main spoken language here is Chinese/Shanghainese, and the average English skill is low
  • Note: Shanghai is a good point of entry for trips to China as it is well internationally connected (by air)
  • The currency used in China is the Chinese yuan renminbi (RMB) (CNY)

Shanghai Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

46 50 57 68 77 82 90 90 82 73 63 52

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

1.9 2.4 3.3 3.6 3.8 7 5.8 5.5 5.2 2.9 2.1 1.5

More Shanghai travel resources

Always a good place to start for some insights into what goes on in Shanghai (and beyond) is Shanghaiist. For lots of basic background information you can first check out Wikitravel, then Travel China Guide, Lonely Planet, Fodor's and China Highlights. Newspapers like The Telegraph tend to write up decent pieces (plus one), as does NY Times (plus one). There are plenty of good blogs around, but we liked this one and this one (wonder what type of beauties he is interested in exploring, though!). These are good too, as is this a bit older post.

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Top user reviews and comments

  • Shanghai is one of those cities that is more about how purely fascinating it is to walk in a place that brings together 20+ million people and has some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world than it is about real sights. Obviously there's a temple here and there, you can go to the Yu Gardens, etc. but all in all it's just a megacity with little else to see and do than eat, drink, party and enjoy the views. I am most partial to the French concession, walking around there in the shadow of the trees on a hot day is special. (Anonymous)
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