Feb 20, 2019 - Feb 21, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
With a population approaching 25 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city. It’s also a global financial center and – thanks to its 1.5-sqare mile deep-sea and river ports – the city that ships more container cargo than any other in the world. To visitors, modern Shanghai is a fast-paced blend of soaring skyscrapers, ultra-luxury retailers and an of-the-moment nightlife scene. But with a closer look, Shanghai’s colonial history is revealed in its shaded lanes of quaint cottages and broad avenues of elaborate European mansions.
Architecture buffs flock to Shanghai for a glimpse of its three tallest buildings, the pagoda-influenced Jin Mao, the bottle opener-inspired Shanghai World Financial Center and the cloud-piercing Shanghai Tower. Closer to Earth is the waterfront Bund, a curving promenade where Colonial Shanghai is on full display in 51 distinct architectural styles. When mingling with 25 million people becomes too much, the Old City’s Yu Garden is a peaceful refuge with 5 acres of pools, pavilions, pagodas, bridges and exquisite small-scale sculptures.
In a city the size of Shanghai, your hotel options are almost limitless. Rely on Skyscanner’s hotel search engine to sort through hundreds of choices according to price, amenities, hotel brand and star ratings. In just minutes, you’ll be booked at an accommodation perfect for your needs!
Like so much of Shanghai life, hotel pricing is a study in contrasts. At the low end, think $30 per night for a room for 2 at Shanghai Han Ting Hotel, with complimentary Wi-Fi. For well-heeled groups, an overnight stay in a multi-bedroom garden villa at the Sinan Mansions in downtown Shanghai runs $4,900, with breakfast included.
Shanghai’s Chinese hotel chains include Home Inns, with nearly 65 hotels priced from $22 to $252 per night spread over the city and 9 of its districts. Jinjiang International operates 51 2- and 3-star Jinjiang Inns with nightly rates between $22 and $112. Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza and Radisson Blu have another 16 hotels priced between $81 and $566 nightly.
Absolutely. A waterfront location slightly north of Huangpu gives the Bund a fairly central location, as its numerous hotels suggest. At the budget-friendly Rayfont South Bund Hotel Shanghai, nightly rates for two people begin at $57. The 5-star Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai sits just a 9-minute taxi ride from the Yu Garden/ Guest rooms feature LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi. Nightly rates begin at $316, with breakfast included.
Shanghai makes for a great introduction to mainland China. Although it can still be overwhelming, it's easier to get around more western Shanghai -- while still absorbing so much Chinese culture and history -- than in other parts of the country. Make sure you see the French Concession area, and enjoy some xiao long bao!
I've been to Shanghai four times, for thee-day weekends when I lived in Beijing. I went there to visit Disneyland, and loved staying at a hotel called the Home Inn (Kangqiao Xiuyan Road Metro Station) 如家快捷酒店（上海康桥秀沿路地铁站店）（原秀沿路工业园区店） because it was affordable, close to the park, and lets foreigners stay there.
Shanghai has always been the cosmopolitan representative of China...it was chic, modern and beautiful when it was first introduced to the Western world in the 1800s, it is chic, modern and beautiful now and more than ever.
One of the most unexpected great cities I have been to. Although I was only here for a 24 hour layover, I will most certainly come back for a longer stay. If you trip is as short as mine, it is possible to see so many things in one day.