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Contrasting images fuse to form Shanghai, the showcase of a self-confident, 21st-century China.

The cosmopolitan atmosphere here seems far removed from many of the country’s other cities.

Shanghai's attractions

Tongli waterwaysSurrounded by classic 1930s colonial architecture, take a stroll along the waterfront Bund, the dazzling jewel in East Asia’s pre-war crown, with views across the river to the towering skyscrapers of Pudong and a new Shanghai.

Visit the superb Shanghai Art Museum and follow the zig-zag paths threading through the Yuyuan Gardens to its famous teahouse. An hour-long cruise on the Huangpu River gives a glimpse of China’s bustling waterways, while neon-lit Nanjing Road provides perhaps the nation’s most celebrated shopping experience.

As China’s economic powerhouse, Shanghai is replete with fine restaurants and swanky international hotels - opportunity aplenty for China’s new rich to show off their purchasing power.

Audley Travel specialist Matt
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Audley Travel specialist Duncan

Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our China specialists on 01993 838 220

Suggested itineraries featuring Shanghai

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Shanghai, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Accommodation choices for Shanghai

We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Shanghai. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

Ideas for experiencing Shanghai

Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Shanghai, and which use the best local guides.