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Read on to discover where to book your ideal Shanghai hotel, what to see and what might be on during your trip...
With more than 20m pairs of elbows jostling for space at any one time, Shanghai will gather every one of your senses and shake them up; it's a fascinating, exciting, spellbinding and sometimes demanding place to visit, crammed with sounds, smells, tastes and sights that are often completely new to visitors.
Located on the Yangtze River Delta in the east of the People's Republic of China, Shanghai is a force to be reckoned with on the global financial and technology markets. But it's much more human than that. It's filled with early-rising pensioners practising T'ai chi in the dawn light of the parks, the streets swarm with young girls obsessed with the latest global fashions, the devout pray peacefully amid the shadows and candles of the temples, and bicycles pack the streets, conveying locals from work to market to home.
Put yourself in this fascinating picture when you find your ideal Shanghai accommodation with TravelSupermarket. By using our search tool you can compare prices on a huge range of hotel deals, whether you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Shanghai or you plan to live like royalty in one of the city’s five-star palaces of hospitality.
Discover Shanghai’s central districts, which are some of the ideal places to look for a place to stay...
Shanghai hotels range from very basic budget hotels, through to the middle of the market and right up to some of the most wonderful luxury hotels in the world. Big names have recognised the need to be represented in the city and you'll find hotels from companies such as Four Seasons, Radisson, Ibis, Park Hyatt, Millennium, Renaissance, Peninsula, Ritz Carlton, Swissotel, Wyndham, Westin, Marriott, Sheraton, Holidays Inn, Hilton, and Sofitel to name but a few.
Many hotels are located along the famous Bund, the art-deco promenade that curls along the snaking Huangpu River. Book hotels here to be rewarded with views across the river towards business central Pudong, which is also crammed with excellent hotels, though be prepared to pay a premium to stay in these highly prized and central areas.
On the west of the river, and within walking distance of The Bund, is Old City, which contains pockets of peace away from the bustling markets in serene temples and lovely gardens.
The French Concession is a good area to book hotels if you like colonial splendour and cafés tucked away on tree-lined boulevards. Jing'an is another central area worthy of exploration when booking hotels in Shanghai, which is also known as the “Paris of the East” for the fine European-style architecture that stands shoulder to shoulder with typical Chinese planning.
Between the traditional elements of Shanghai and the city’s dizzying modern attractions, you’ll never be short of things to do...
Top five attractions
Jin Mao Tower
If you have a head for heights, make sure you don't miss the observation deck – a particular treat as night falls.
Thousands of pieces from some of the most fascinating Chinese dynasties are housed at this architecturally stunning museum in People's Square.
Go to the opera
The unusual architecture of the Shanghai Opera House contains some of the most distinctive opera performances you're likely to see.
A waterfront strip of shops, bars and restaurants right in the heart of the city. Stop awhile and watch the street sellers hawking their bizarre range of goods.
Known as the Garden of Contentment, this idyllic park is an oasis amid the hustle and bustle.
Delve into the ancient arts and beliefs of the locals when you attend any of these popular and breathtaking annual events...
Chinese New Year; January/February: Celebrations marking Chinese New Year are epic in Shanghai. Hotels are at a premium though, so make sure you book well in advance.
Lantern Festival; March/April: It's difficult to imagine a more brightly coloured celebration anywhere in the world. Vast parts of the city are awash with magical paper lanterns for as far as the eye can see.
Dragon Boat Festival; May/June: The origins of this remarkable spectacle date back more than 2,000 years, when dragon boats were used to scare the fish away from the body of a beloved poet who had thrown himself into the water as a protest against corruption.