Shanghai is the biggest city in China’s central coast, but also a financial hub. The city boasts a beautiful city skyline separated by what’s considered the heart of the City, The Bund. This mixed with its traditional style buildings and temples make it a city not worth missing.



How to get to Shanghai

  • Shuttle bus - There are 10 different lines you can choose from depending on where in the city you are staying, here is the link to get more details. Airport Bus

  • Metro line 2 – There is large metro system operating in Shanghai with 14 lines. Line 2 takes you from Pudong airport to the city centre, with stops in-between. Metro Map. Costs around 9CNY. Expect this line to be really busy in peak times and also allow an hour for your journey

  • Maglev – This is a high speed train that takes you to the city in less than 10 minutes. For up-to-date time tables and prices click here 

  • Taxi - Taxi is another way to get to the city, but remember shanghai traffic. Cost will depend on where you are staying, for example to Peoples square – 180 in the day and 220 at night.

  • Uber – Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – There a rental car companies in the arrivals terminal. Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars


Where to stay in Shanghai

Shanghai can be expensive, we found renting an Airbnb apartment the most cost effective, although ours wasn’t quite as listed.

Areas to stay in shanghai

  • The Bund – This is probably the most expensive area in Shanghai. Its locations is central to everything. The Bund itself is the river running through the city offering boat rides and a view of the financial district


  • Nanjing Road – This long shopping street is saturated with many department stores, shopping malls and big brand labels. Very popular for its shopping so hotel process can be quite high too.


  • Renmin (Peoples) Square – 10 minute walk away from Nanjing Road its very central to the Cultural Centre of Shanghai


  • Changning - This is the business sector of the city, it’s also where you can find a lot of the Embassies.


  • Jing’an – Names after the temple here, it’s more of a residential and business area. There are hotels available here but its very hustle and bustle.


Things to do in Shanghai with children

If you don’t speak Mandarin, communication can be quite tricky in China NB: Google translate will become your ‘best friend’. Failing that, pop your head into an upmarket hotel and you’ll find an English speaker for sure.

  • Hop on Bus - We took the hop on bus valid for 48 hours, including boat ride for a complete overview of the city. We rode the Red route all the way round stopping at the following:

  • Nanjing Road – China's premier shopping street, 3.4-mile-long Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the East and ends in the West at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.

  • Garden Bridge, the Bund – The Bund, otherwise known as Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. It sits on the West bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and winds almost a mile in length. The most famous and attractive sight drawing the crowds at the West side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. No trip to Shanghai would be complete without a catching sight of that iconic Shanghai skyline.

  • City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden – Set off the main road the City God Temple or Temple of the City Gods, officially the City Temple of Shanghai, is a folk temple located in the old city of Shanghai, China. NB: During public holidays or festivals expect large queues.

  • Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the Northeast of the Old City of Shanghai.

  • Middle Huaihai Road – Huaihai Road or Huaihai Lu is one of the two major shopping streets in Shanghai, China; the other is Nanjing Road. Compared with the touristy Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road is more upscale, with lesser foot flow and is the preferred destination of local residents.

  • Jade Buddha Temple – in the West of Shanghai lies the Jade Buddha Temple. As with many modern Chinese Buddhist temples, the current temple draws from both the Pure Land and Chan traditions of Mahayana Buddhism.

  • The Oriental Pearl TV Tower – The world’s sixth tallest TV station and Radio tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. Surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, it creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.

  • Shanghai World Financial Centre - Standing in the centre of Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone in Pudong and neighbouring Shanghai Tower and Jinmao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) now stands as the second tallest skyscraper in mainland China.

  • Zhujiajiao Ancient Town - Located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known for its historical value throughout the country. Spreading out over an area of 47 square kilometres, this little town holds its own amongst a glorious backdrop of stunning lakes and mountains.

  • Huangpu River -  also known as Huangxiepu or Chunshen River, separates the city into two parts, Pudong and Puxi. It is regarded as the Mother River of Shanghai, serving for multiple functions including drinking water, shipping, drainage, fishery and tourism.

  • Shanghai Zoo - Shanghai Zoo is a large-scale state-level zoo. Showcasing more than 6,000 animals, including up to 600 rare animals from across the world.

  • Shanghai Aquarium – Located on the Bund, this ocean aquarium has the longest underwater tunnel in the world – great for a day out in bad weather or when it’s too hot.

  • Century Park – This park has recreational areas,  a small beach and walking trails. Definitely somewhere to go take a picnic and relax the afternoon away.

  • Yuyuan Garden – Walk around the gardens and the narrow streets within, check out the water and the food stalls,

  • Disney Land - Based in Pudong. Disneyland needs no explaining – awesome in any country.

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