Where to Stay in Shanghai

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Areas to Stay in Shanghai

Shanghai at a Glance

Shanghai is a world finance and cultural centre and the 3rd most populous city in the world - to say it’s busy would be an understatement. Shanghai was originally a small agricultural village and later developed during the Qing dynasty into one of China’s main trading ports. Today it is one of Asia’s most important economic and financial hubs.

During the Second World War, the city became a haven for visa-less Europeans who lived in the concessions; the former French Concession still remains a popular neighborhood for foreigners today. The Bund boasts colonial architecture, with a touch of the Beaux Arts style. One of the best ways to see the city is to take a boat along the river, followed by a cup of tea at the Tang Yun Tea House and then treat yourself to dinner at some of the fantastic Michelin-starred restaurants, or stick to the delicious street food if you’re on a budget.

Spring and Autumn tend to be the best months to travel as the temperatures are mild and the air is clearer, the flowers will have bloomed and the green spaces luscious. Shanghai is also well known for it’s circus and Disney resort, which kids absolutely love.

Shanghai Neighborhoods

  • Jing'an

    shopping malls, high rises, nightlife

  • French Concession

    wide avenues, boutiques, bars

  • Lujiazui

    commercial area, museums, shopping, airport

  • Bund

    classy, museums & history, nightlife, rooftop bars, upmarket hotels

  • Changning

    expats, Red Town, history museum, more residential

  • Huangpu

    People’s Square, sights and landmarks, museums & galleries, culture

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