Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai, called Hu for short, also known as “Paris of the East”, is one of the four municipalities directly under the central government of China. It is located in the estuary of Yangtze River. Due to the convenient and outstanding geographic position that Kyushu island of Japan in the east, Hangzhou Bay in the south, Jiangsu province in the north and Zhejiang province in the west, Shanghai has become a prosperous core city with rapid development. It is the largest commercial and financial center in China and an important international port city in the western Pacific.

Geographic Position: in Eastern China (122.5°— 122.1°E, 30.4°— 31.5°N)

Climate: Subtropical monsoon climate (high temperature and rain during the same period, high temperature and more rain in summer, mild temperature and less rain in winter)

Nearby Airport: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) , Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Nearby Railway Station: Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station, Shanghai West Railway Station, Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.


Chinese: 上海 shàng hǎi
Population: 22.258M (2018)
Area: 2,448 sq miles
Zip Code: 200000
Airport: PVG, SHA
Time Zone: GMT+8


The Bund


Yuyuan Garden


Oriental Pearl TV Tower


Zhujiajiao Water Town


Jinmao Tower


Nanjing Road




Shanghai Old Street

Top Things to Do in Shanghai

Here are some top things to do in Shanghai for tourists, which may help tourists learn the culture of Shanghai, taste the delicious food and have a great travel experience.

  • It is necessary for traveler to visit some renowned tourist attractions, such as the Bund, Yu Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower and other must-visit attractions we highly recommended above.
  • Taste various delicious snacks of Shanghai, such as Pan Fried Pork bun, Soup Dumpling, Steamed Crab, Smoked Fish Slices, Braised pork with Brown Sauce, Sliced cold chicken and so on.
  • Visitors can choose to take a Huangpu River Cruise tour to deeply appreciate the charming scenery and unique and exotic buildings of Shanghai, or goshopping in Nanjing Road, Xintiandi and City God Temple. And if you dare to challenge yourself, try to have a “Jinmao skywalk” tour to get a wide view of the modern and splendid urban scenery on both sides of the Huangpu river.

What to Eat in Shanghai

  • Pan Fried Pork Bun

    Pan Fried Pork Bun

Pan fried pork bun is a local traditional snack in Shanghai, also known as Shengjianbao or Shengjian steamed bread. Traditional pan fried pork bun is usually fried in a large iron pan and made in a stall. The outside of pan fried pork bun is soft and white but the bottom is crispy. Before coming out of the pot, it is sprinkled with sesame seeds and chives on the top. It is very delicious and popular breakfast for local people.


Shanghai Travel Guide

Shanghai City God Temple
Shanghai City God

1) How to plan your Shanghai tour?

There are various travel plan of Shanghai depends on different travel needs such as time, budgets, interests and preferences, and tourists can choose the most appropriate one as their travel plan.

A. How many days will you spend in Shanghai?

a. One day tour

If you only have one day in Shanghai, it is wise for you to travel must-visit attractions in Shanghai, such as Yu Garden, Jinmao Tower, Shanghai Museum, River Cruise, the Bund, Old God City Temple and so on.


2) Visa Policy

Electronic terminals have been set up at Shanghai’s two main airports for foreign travelers who have 144-hour visa-free transit. Passengers who applied online and received approval can now scan their passports at the airport and then enter the country. Since 2018, Shanghai has implemented a 144-hour visa-free transit policy, allowing travelers from 53 countries or regions to stay in Shanghai, Zhejiang province and Jiangsu province no more than 144 hours (six days).

Xian – Shizuoka Scheduled Flight

3)Shanghai Transportation

As a world-renowned and highly modern tourist city, Shanghai has a very developed and convenient public transportation system. In Shanghai, there are many direct international flights to various countries, numerous bus and subway lines to all directions and a great number of cabs with good service in the city area. All of them provide a solid foundation for the development of tourism and bring more convenience travel and good travel experience for tourists.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

4)Shanghai Weather&What to wear& The Best Time to visit Shanghai

Shanghai is subtropical monsoon climate with the features of high temperature and rain during the same period, high temperature and more rain in summer, mild temperature and less rain in winter, and the weather of Shanghai is generallymild and moist. July is the hottest month in Shanghai with an average temperature of 29C (84°F), and the coldest month is January with an average temperature of 4C (39°F).The wettest month is September with an average of 156mm of rain.

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

5) Where to Stay in Shanghai

Fivestar hotel

Although the accommodation fee of each five-star hotel is higher, the convenient location and transportation, advanced facilities, great accommodation environment and professional services are advantages. 

  • Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel

Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel is located in the center of the city and close to the famous Yu Garden and the ancient town. It just takes few minutes to get to the Bund, Xintiandi and other tourist attractions. It is adjacent to Subway Line 10 that runs through the whole city and can be transferred to almost any other subway line, reaching all major areas of Shanghai.

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