As China’s richest city, Shanghai is certainly a sight to behold. The captivating city provides a cosmopolitan place to call home during your trip, and combines eastern and western cultures with fantastic results. Historic, glamourous, mysterious and exotic, Shanghai’s diverse landscape attracts countless travellers every year. However, as the country’s largest city, it can be a challenge to pinpoint the best area to stay in.
Whilst the convenient and ultra-modern transport links make getting around Shanghai easy, finding the best starting point isn’t so simple. Our experts share their guidance so you can discover where to stay, whether the city is your destination or just one of many thanks to our Trans-Siberian rail cruises.
This central area is perfect for those looking to get around the entire city with ease. The majority of Shanghai’s attractions and top sights are within walking distance of the square. However, it is also home to the People’s Park, a retreat for locals and visitors alike. The hotels on offer in People’s Square are just as varied as its architecture, ranging from hostels to reasonably priced hotels.
If you love the finer things in life then Shanghai’s Jing’an district is the place to be. In Jing’an, you can shop until you drop, be sure to read our Chinese shopping guide for our essential tips, at a range of designer boutiques and stores. The hotels on offer follow suit, with most stylish and well-located for eating, drinking, and shopping.
If Jing’an isn’t quite plush enough for you, you certainly won’t be disappointed with a stay in The Bund. Situated on the west bank of Huangpu River, The Bund has a very European vibe thanks to its western architecture, meaning a home away from home in China.
The Bund also overlooks Pudong, known as China’s Champs-Élysées, offering stunning views of skyscrapers. As you can imagine, The Bund is particularly popular with tourists, not just those staying in the area. Staysure describes this in a recent article:
“Arguably Shanghai’s most popular tourist attraction, The Bund is a symbol of the city’s incredible heritage as a colonial trade hub. The mile-long strip of 52 stunning riverfront buildings, all of which offer unique western architectural styles from gothic and baroque to neoclassical, is highlighted by excellent sculptures including the Bund Bull and the Monument to the People’s Heroes which lies in the oasis-like Huangpu Park.”
It’s not just architecturally where The Bund excels. The area is home to the city’s most luxurious hotels, including the Waldorf Astoria and Fairmont Peace Hotel. You can also enjoy fine dining and some of the best upscale nightlife in the city. Read about Shanghai’s nightlife for more highlights.
If it’s the city’s history and heritage that brings you to Shanghai, then staying in the Old City may be perfect for you. You may be surprised to discover that much of the area’s tradition can be found in the bazaar that surrounds Yuyan gardens. The hotels in Shanghai’s Old City range from boutique haunts to traditionally decorated, oriental hotels.
Discovered the area that you want to stay in? All that’s left to do is book your trip. Contact our travel experts today to get booking.