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About Shanghai

A Showcase Of China’s Culture

With a history of welcoming European travellers to China, Shanghai is the perfect place to start any visit to the country. The winding streets and ancient buildings display examples of every major cultural movement in the country’s history, from the art-deco designs of the twenties to the European-inspired dock buildings of the 18th century.

Visitors to Shanghai can find plenty to do and see, including the iconic Bund district, the revolutionary Propaganda Poster Art Museum and the tranquil Fuxing Park. Alongside these traditional marvels are more recent additions, including Disney Shanghai and Circus World, which are sure to delight families.

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Shanghai has always catered to travellers from every walk of life, nowhere is that clearer than in its range of accommodation. If you are looking for something special, your first port of call should be the Wanda Reign on the Bund, a five-star hotel featuring breath-taking views of the entire city as well as a penchant for opulence and luxury. Families, on the other hand, should start by looking at the selection of Disney hotels, including the Toy Story Hotel where visitors can meet their favourite toys as well as staying in rooms based on locations from the films. Finally, those on a tighter budget might be surprised to find even budget hotels offering 3 and 4-star facilities, such as the ultra-modern Qube Hotel.

Shanghai is the shopping capital of China, making it one of the best places to shop in the world. There is only one place to start shopping in the city, Nanjing Road – the most commercial street in China. You’ll be able to find every major brand on Nanjing, as well as hundreds of brands you’ve never heard of. If you want a more traditional shopping experience, the area of Tianzifang is a must. The small winding streets of the area are filled with tiny arts and crafts stores and workshops – making it the ideal place to pick up a unique souvenir. However, if you’d rather enjoy a mall shopping spree, you can head over to the IFC Mall in the city centre.

The food and drink of Shanghai are just as diverse as the cultures that influence it. Visitors searching for a memorable meal may want to start with a reservation at the Aura Lounge and Jazz bar, where they can enjoy an evening of classic entertainment and a world-class menu. There are also plenty of unique dining experiences in the city, such as the traditional Khan Mongolian Bistro and super-fast FuChun XiaoLong. Finally, coffee fans such look for the Starbucks Reserve Roastery – a two-story coffee bar in the heart of the city.

Shanghai’s culture represents influences from around the world, so while many of the Chinese holidays are celebrated in the city, you are just as likely to find the residents celebrating western holidays like Saint Patrick’s Day and Valentines:

Chinese New Year

The biggest national holiday in the country, Chinese New Year is an incredible celebration of the past year and hope for the opportunities a new year brings. Shanghai is often consumed in fireworks, parades and more during these spectacular festivities.

Peach Blossom Festival

A springtime festival celebrating Chinese culture, the Peach Blossom Festival is a relaxing affair as revellers wander through the parks of the city enjoying the spring bloom.

China Joy

The largest gaming and entertainment expo in China, China Joy is second only to San Diego Comic-Con in its nerd appeal. Any geek or pop-culture fan will find plenty here to enjoy, including cosplay, exclusive game demos and celebrity guests.

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Time zone:GMT +8
Flight time:11 hours 30 minutes
Airport code:PVG
Holiday type:City Break

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