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Pudong Complex, Shanghai, China

Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou

A city of contrasts, Shanghai has two distinctly different faces, one old and one new, and is evolving at a rapid pace. It is a dynamic place with an extremely exhilarating pace and lifestyle.

Appearing to have leapt straight from its 19th-century splendour of merchant’s offices, banks and hotels that were built along the famous Bund, to the glass skyscrapers now appearing on the newly reclaimed land of Pudong on the opposite river bank.

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China

The old parts of the city are worth a visit where beautifully designed hidden gardens such as the Yu garden, a typical Chinese courtyard style garden, are tucked away down the many side alleys and traditional street markets still occur where locals trade fresh produce and handicrafts among other more tourist orientated items.

Old and new seem to blend effortlessly in Shanghai, and a day’s travel can include sampling traditional Chinese dumplings from a small street stall to gazing at one of the many magnificent skyscrapers from an opulent restaurant.

Maglev Train Shanghai
Maglev Train, Shanghai, China

Shanghai is a vibrant city with a fabulous museum, ancient temples and gardens, good nightlife and international cuisine including Shanghai’s own famed seafood making the city a firm favourite for all who visit. Shanghai is a city that never sleeps.

Close by and easily visited for the day are numerous pretty water towns, crisscrossed with intricate canals and attractive stone bridges. Suzhou is famed for its silk weaving trade and is also home to a number of beautiful traditional gardens. Other water towns include Hangzhou with its tranquil west lake and lavish temples, Zhouzhuang, one of the oldest in the country and Luzhi, often less visited and home to around 41 well preserved ancient stone bridges of different style and size.

The newly introduced Shanghai – Kumming High-Speed railway has been newly introduced since 2017. A total journey time of 12 hours, passing through four provincial capitals.

Buddha in the Bamboo Forest, Hangzhou Park, China
Hangzhou, China

Take a side trip to Huang Shan

Reached by air and rail from Shanghai or overland from Hangzhou, Huang Shan or Yellow Mountain is well worth a visit. The Huang Shan mountain range is made up of 72 peaks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pine trees jut from unusually shaped granite rocks and towering mountains rise above seas of cloud giving the whole area a truly ethereal feel. There are some wonderful walking trails or cable cars ascending the mountains. Hot springs are also abundant in the region and nearby traditional villages give a taste of rural Chinese life.

Experiences

Shanghai Museum

Stroll through the fabulous exhibits at the Shanghai museum.

Sunset River Cruise

Cruise the Huangpu River at sunset and see the neon lights of the city skyline.

Huang Shan Mountains

Take a side trip to the mountains, hot springs and rural scenery of Huang Shan; explore on foot or by cable car.

Explore Xintiandi

Visit the Xintiandi district, an area of converted residential blocks, now home to restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars.

Stay on The Bund

Stay in one of the historic Bund hotels, whose waterfront locations have welcomed guests such as Charlie Chaplin.

Board the Maglev Train

Travel from the airport on board the Maglev train; the journey on a high speed magnetic levitation line takes just over seven minutes to travel 30 kilometres.

Water Towns

Visit one of the nearby water towns; known for the ancient art of silk weaving and peppered with pretty canals, stone bridges, traditional gardens and temples.

Shanghai by Bike

Take a bicycle tour through the hidden alleys of Shanghai.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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