Shanghai, China - Tripetta Travel Guide

Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country's biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.

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Day one


Start your day by immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Shanghai with a visit to the historic Yuyuan Garden. This classical Chinese garden, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling city. Stroll through its intricate pathways, admire the traditional architecture, and take in the vibrant colors of the blooming flowers and lush greenery. Don't forget to explore the nearby Yuyuan Bazaar, where you can shop for traditional Chinese crafts, souvenirs, and sample local snacks.

For a taste of modern Shanghai, head to the iconic waterfront area known as the Bund. Take a leisurely walk along the promenade to enjoy breathtaking views of the city's skyline, with its impressive blend of historic and contemporary architecture. The Bund is also home to numerous upscale shops, restaurants, and cafes, making it a perfect spot for lunch. Choose a restaurant with a terrace to savor your meal while overlooking the Huangpu River and the towering skyscrapers of Pudong.

As the sun sets, experience the vibrant nightlife of Shanghai in the trendy district of Xintiandi. This pedestrian-only area is renowned for its historic Shikumen-style buildings that have been transformed into fashionable boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Explore the charming narrow alleys, dine at a local or international eatery, and then unwind with a drink at one of the chic bars. Xintiandi comes alive at night, offering a perfect blend of Shanghai's past and present. Wrap up your first day in this dynamic city by taking in the mesmerizing city lights and enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Day two

Start your second day in Shanghai by delving into the city's art and cultural scene at the Shanghai Museum, located in the People's Square area. This world-class museum houses an extensive collection of Chinese art, showcasing artifacts that span thousands of years. Explore the exhibits on ancient ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, and sculptures, gaining insights into the rich history and artistic traditions of China. The museum's unique architecture, resembling an ancient Chinese bronze cooking vessel, adds to the overall experience. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll in People's Square, a central hub surrounded by lush greenery, and soak in the urban vitality.

For a change of pace, head to the French Concession, a charming and historic district known for its tree-lined streets, colonial-era architecture, and a plethora of boutiques and cafes. Wander through the alleys and discover hidden gems, quaint shops, and trendy galleries. Stop for lunch at one of the many cozy French bistros or local eateries offering a mix of international and Chinese cuisine. Afterward, explore Tianzifang, a labyrinthine area filled with narrow lanes, art studios, and craft shops. This artsy enclave provides a unique blend of traditional Shanghainese culture and contemporary creativity.

Cap off your second day with a visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower in the Pudong district. As night falls, the city lights up, creating a mesmerizing skyline. Take an elevator to the tower's observation deck for panoramic views of Shanghai's glittering cityscape, with the Huangpu River winding through its heart. If you're feeling adventurous, consider a stroll across the glass-bottomed walkway for a thrilling experience. Afterward, explore the nearby Lujiazui area, home to upscale malls and lively entertainment options. Enjoy dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants, where you can savor both exquisite cuisine and the dazzling night view of the city.

Day three

Begin your third day in Shanghai with a visit to the iconic Jade Buddha Temple, a spiritual sanctuary nestled in the bustling city. This Buddhist temple, dating back to the late 19th century, is renowned for its exquisite jade statues of Buddha. Explore the serene halls and beautifully adorned courtyards, immersing yourself in the peaceful ambiance. Afterward, venture to the nearby Jing'an District, where you can stroll along Nanjing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets. Whether you're interested in luxury brands, local boutiques, or department stores, Nanjing Road offers a diverse shopping experience.

For a taste of traditional Chinese architecture and culture, head to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, located on the outskirts of Shanghai. Navigate the narrow canals, cross historic stone bridges, and explore ancient temples and gardens. Zhujiajiao is often referred to as the "Venice of the East," providing a charming contrast to the modernity of Shanghai. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the waterways to fully appreciate the town's unique charm. You can also savor local delicacies at one of the waterside restaurants, offering a blend of classic Shanghainese flavors.

Conclude your day with a visit to the vibrant and trendy district of Tianzifang. This labyrinthine area is known for its narrow alleys lined with art studios, boutiques, and cozy cafes. Explore the eclectic mix of shops and galleries, where you can find unique souvenirs and contemporary Chinese art. In the evening, Tianzifang transforms into a lively hub with its array of bars, restaurants, and live music venues. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at a local eatery, and then stroll through the bustling lanes, soaking in the artistic and bohemian atmosphere that defines this dynamic neighborhood.

Day four

Embark on your fourth day in Shanghai with a cultural exploration at the Shanghai Museum of Chinese Art and History. Located in People's Square, this world-class museum boasts an extensive collection of artifacts spanning centuries, showcasing the richness of Chinese culture. Explore exhibits featuring ancient ceramics, sculptures, calligraphy, and more, gaining a deeper understanding of China's profound history. After immersing yourself in the museum's treasures, take a leisurely stroll in People's Square, a vibrant public space surrounded by modern architecture, gardens, and fountains.

For a change of scenery, head to the trendy district of Xintiandi for lunch. This pedestrian-only area combines historic Shikumen-style buildings with modern flair, offering a variety of international and local dining options. After your meal, delve into the district's unique charm by exploring its narrow alleys filled with boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. Xintiandi is not only a hub for shopping and dining but also a living showcase of Shanghai's harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

Conclude your day with a visit to the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower in the Pudong district. As night falls, the city lights up, creating a mesmerizing skyline. Take an elevator to the tower's observation deck for panoramic views of Shanghai's glittering cityscape, with the Huangpu River winding through its heart. If you're feeling adventurous, consider a stroll across the glass-bottomed walkway for a thrilling experience. Afterward, explore the nearby Lujiazui area, home to upscale malls and lively entertainment options. Enjoy dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants, where you can savor both exquisite cuisine and the dazzling night view of the city.

Luxury hotels in Shanghai

1. The Middle House

The Middle House

Set in Shanghai, 0.9 miles from People's Square, The Middle House offers accommodation with free bikes, private parking, a fitness centre and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features an indoor pool, sauna and room service. Certain rooms here will provide you with a kitchen with an oven and a minibar. The daily breakfast offers à la carte, continental or American options. At the hotel you will find a restaurant serving Chinese, Italian and local cuisine. Vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options can also be requested. The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at The Middle House.

From $285 per night

2. Xijiao State Guest Hotel

Xijiao State Guest Hotel

Xijiao State Guest Hotel is located in western Shanghai, a 15-minute drive from Hongqiao Airport. The hotel offers an indoor pool, free parking and rooms with free internet. Strolling in the garden will make you feel like you are in the countryside, even though the property is located right in downtown Shanghai. Xijiao State Guest Hotel is located a 20-minute drive from Jing'an Temple, and Xujiahui District is also a 20-minute drive away. People's Square is 30 minutes' drive from the property, while Lujiazui Financial Area is a 40-minute drive away. Pudong International Airport is a 1-hour drive away. Spacious guestrooms at Xijiao feature modern interiors with warm lightings. Each well-appointed room is equipped with a spacious sitting area, a minibar and a flat-screen TV with cable/satellite channels. Hotel Xijiao State has a well-equipped fitness centre and a tennis court. Other recreational facilities include sauna rooms, karaoke rooms and a bowling alley. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing massage at this hotel.

From $317 per night

3. The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan is ideally positioned on West Beijing Road, allowing stunning skyline views in the heart of Shanghai. The property boasts its convenient location, spacious guest rooms and high-end facilitites. Stylish shopping centres including Plaza 66, Westgate Mall, Shanghai Centre, and Nanjing West Road are minutes from our prime locale. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is 10.6 miles away, and Shanghai Pudong International Airport is 29.8 miles away. The hotel has a total of 491 elegantly appointed units, each offering peerless views of the city. Every room is finished with quality bedding, high-speed WiFi and a 48-inch LCD flat screen TV. A large vestibule leads into each expansive living space appointed with welcoming furniture. Spacious marble bathrooms boast rainforest showers, separate bathtubs and windows with views. Branded amenities, bathrobes and slippers are provided for your comfort. The property features an indoor swimming pool which makes a refreshing haven. The Iridium Spa and Athletic Club offer indulgent treatments, a sauna, and yoga and fitness classes. There are 3 fine dining options on site. Seki-tei offers authentic flavours of Japanese gastronomy in a tranquil environment. Yan Ting provides singular dining experiences of exquisite Cantonese cuisine amid classic and contemporary Chinese décor. The St. Regis Bar serves more than 50 cocktail selections include the renowned Bloody Mary.

From $207 per night

4. The Peninsula Shanghai

The Peninsula Shanghai

The Peninsula Shanghai is located directly opposite The Bund and a 5-minute walk from East Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street Shopping District. It features a large indoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre. Free parking is provided and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. All guests can enjoy free welcome fruit, coffee and tea. Spacious guest rooms feature stylish interiors with modern furnishings. Each is well-equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine, an iPod dock, and a 46-inch plasma TV with cable channels. Guests can use the in-room fax/printer for free. Other amenities include a large work station, a personal safe and ironing equipment. The ample bathrooms include a spa bath and a separate shower and a tv. Massages and beauty treatments can be found at the Peninsula Spa by ESPA. Guests can work out at the fitness centre or swim at 100 feet lap pool. The staff at the tour desk can assist with making travel arrangements. Yilong Court serves a selection of Chinese dishes. European cuisine can be enjoyed at Sir Elly’s Restaurant. Sum up the day with drinks at the Compass Bar, and live music at Salon de Ning.

From $374 per night

5. W Shanghai - The Bund

W Shanghai - The Bund

W Shanghai – The Bund, set amid the stunning panoramic views of Huangpu River and the up-and-coming North Bund at Puxi, captures the intriguing intersection of storied Chinese traditions with innovative, tech-forward modernism. The luxurious hotel features an outdoor pool with stunning city skyline view and an indoor heated pool as well. It is only 650 feet away from International Cruise Terminal Subway Station (line 12). Adjoin to Huangpu River side, guests can walk along the river side and enjoy the amazing view of Pudong skyline and Oriental Pearl Tower. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from central Bund and Waibaidu Bridge. It takes 5-minute drive from the hotel to touristic attractions like City God Temple, People's Square and West Nanjing Road while Xintiandi is a 10-minute drive away. W Shanghai - The Bund is a 35-minute drive from Hongqiao International Airport and a 45-minute drive from Pudong International Airport. The soaring 42-floor building is equipped with chic rooms and suites which fuse sophisticated Mandarin designs with playful contemporary twists. Each room features signature bed and high-tech facilities. All units come with air conditioning and a flat-screen with satellite channel. A hairdryer, slippers and free toiletries are provided in the private bathroom attached. Guest can work out at the well-equipped fitness centre, or relax with various treatments at the spa centre. Innovative in design, 5,800 square metre of function space, including the 2,050 square metre Great Room and 12 function rooms illuminated in natural light, ensures extraordinary meetings experience. There are 3 dynamic bars as well as 2 social and dining venues at W Shanghai - The Bund. WOOBAR® spotlights world renowned DJs and crafted concoctions, the cocktail bar Liquid at YEN® boasts its golden age inspired theme while WET® BAR makes a playground overlooking the city. The Kitchen Table serves a modern New York City style bistro with international cuisines while YEN creates authentic Cantonese dishes with a twist.

From $255 per night

6. Regent Shanghai Pudong

Regent Shanghai Pudong

Offering stunning views of Shanghai skyline, the gorgeous Regent Shanghai Pudong stands in Lujiazui financial district in Pudong New Area. It boasts an infinity pool, a fitness centre and upscale rooms with free wired internet. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Regent Shanghai Pudong is a 5-minute walk from Shanghai World Financial Centre, IFC Mall, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. The Bund is a 10-minute drive away. The hotel is 24.2 miles away from the Pudong International Airport, and 2.8 miles from People Square. The art-deco-accented rooms feature panoramic city views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms are fitted with a minibar, a seating area and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The ample bathrooms include free toiletries, hairdryers and shower facilities. Guests can laze in the sauna, pampering themselves with massage treatments, or use the business centre and meeting rooms. The hotel offers three exquisite restaurants and bars. Camelia offers Italian cuisine and refreshments all day. Shàng-Xí restaurant has delicious Chinese dishes on its menu.

From $199 per night

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