Holidays in Shanghai

Print Friendly

Officially the world’s largest city, Shanghai has been surprisingly overlooked as a holiday destination until recently. This bustling metropolis is a symbol of modern China across the world and there’s plenty for travellers to enjoy here, from tours of its glistening modern buildings to dining out at an authentic Shanghai restaurant.

What to see and do in Shanghai

If you’ve never been to China before, Shanghai can be a little overwhelming. Tour operators like Wendy Wu Tours could help you negotiate some of the cultural differences that await. But whether you’re travelling on your own or with a guide, you’ll never be short of things to do in Shanghai. Take a stroll around The Bund for a glimpse into Shanghai’s colonial past; the buildings here exude history at every corner and it’s a great spot for a walking tour.

Another historic must-see is Yuyuan Gardens. Founded in the 16th century, this attraction showcases iconic Chinese architecture and garden design. Make sure you stop in Huxinting Tea House to partake in this traditional Chinese pastime, and the nearby bazaar is a great place to pick up some local souvenirs. To learn more about local history, head to the Shanghai Museum in People’s Square. Here, you’ll find fascinating exhibits on traditional art forms like sculpture, calligraphy and bronzeware.

When you’ve had your fill of Shanghai’s past, look to the future amongst the skyscrapers of Pudong, the modern business district. For the best views of the city, visit the Shanghai World Financial Centre and take the lift up to the Observation Deck, 474m above ground level. Next, join the locals shopping on Nanjing Road, China’s equivalent of Oxford Street. For stores that are a little off the beaten track, visit the French Concession area and browse its fashionable boutiques.

And don’t leave Shanghai without trying the delicious local cuisine. Fish, crab and chicken dishes are popular here, and – as in the rest of China – pork dishes are a mainstay in almost every restaurant. Xiaolongbao, steamed buns filled with pork or crab, are particular favourites. Visit Yang’s Dumplings to taste the best of this Shanghai favourite. If you’re in a group, make sure you visit a hot pot restaurant like Hai Di Lao, where you can order raw ingredients to be cooked in a simmering broth at your table.

Booking your holiday in Shanghai

Trips to Shanghai are easy to book online with the help of operators like Virgin Holidays. Major airlines, including British Airways, run flights directly between London and Shanghai and you can book holiday packages throughout the year.  There’s a range of great hotels to choose from in Shanghai as well. For luxury accommodation in Shanghai’s modern district, book a room at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong or the Ritz Carlton Shanghai.

If you’d prefer to stay in the city’s historic quarter, The Fairmont Peace Hotel on East Nanjing Road evokes the colonial atmosphere of Shanghai in the 1920s and 30s. And for anyone looking for centrally-placed accommodation in the stylish French Concession area, the Langham Xintiandi Shanghai is a wonderful five-star hotel.

The following two tabs change content below.
Hello ... I am the Creative Director and Website Editor for Silversurfers and manage all the social media too. I hope you find the features and articles we have shared with you of interest and relevance. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us ... I hope you enjoy Silversurfers and all that we offer ...

Latest posts by Silversurfers Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Travel

Top restaurants in Rio & Best Places to Eat Rio De Janeiro Restaurants
What better way to take in the best of Brazilian culture than with food? The country is famous for...
Top 10 French castles French Castles
With hundreds of years of history behind it and some of the most stunning countryside in all of...
Great ways to support your grandchildren on a gap year gap-year
A gap year offers young people a wonderful opportunity to get out there and see a bit of the world...
Where to find the best online travel guides Modern touchscreen smartphone or mobile phone with airline internet web site offering booking or buying airliner tickets online, credit cards and passports on laptop or notebook computer PC keyboard
We’ve all heard of TripAdvisor – but where else can you go to find impartial reviews and...
Making sense of travel websites and booking engines Miniature Backpackers On Top Of The Keyboard.
Booking engines are a great way to find discounted travel - but with so many out there it can be...
Want luxury? Travel in the off season Travel Suitcase with stickers. Clipping path included. Computer
Do you wish you could enjoy a stay in a luxurious hotel, tuck into some top cuisine or relax in a...
Shopping for cruise travel insurance Saint Georges, Grenada, Caribbean
If you’re lucky enough to have a cruise holiday coming up in the next few months then now is a...
The best wine regions to visit Classic Tuscan landscape
There was once a time where to get a decent wine it had to come from France, Italy or Spain –...
Best hotel comparison websites Receptionist or concierge workers standing at hotel counter
If you're looking for holiday accommodation, it's important to think about your essential...
Best Travel Insurance Guide for Over 50 & 65s bigstock-Travel-Insurance-Sign--48008171
The last thing you want to think about when you're planning your holiday is the fact that things...
Best flight comparison sites for holiday planning Passenger plane above the clouds.
Why spend more than you need to on your next flight? These days, you don’t have to rely on the...
Keeping your home safe when you go on holiday home security
Holidays tend to be the highlight of the year, but some of that joy is likely to be tarnished if...