The Top 15 Hotels in Shanghai

The Top 15 Hotels in Shanghai

Chosen by value, suitability for foreign guests, proximity to city center and visitor reviews, we believe these are the best hotels in Shanghai.

I cannot say that Shanghai was my favorite city in China, I’m not a big city person, but I most certainly enjoyed the several visits there, enjoying the many tourist attractions and for trade shows.

Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai
5-star hotel

Area: Downtown Shanghai, Shanghai
Located in the heart of Jing’an District, Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai. It boasts a spa and wellness centre, an indoor pool and gourmet cuisines across several stylish restaurants and bars. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property.

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The Shanghai Maglev Train

The Shanghai Maglev Train

Shanghai has a really cool way to get to the airport, it’s a 500km/h mag lev train! Only one problem the train  is located miles from anything! In an odd peice of planning this superfast mag lev train terminates 20 minutes away from the city central. So by the time you catch a bus, taxi or the subway to the station well, it’s not so fast really.

But why not, its not everyday that you get to travel at 430km/h..

Yep, its fast, comfortable too and quite for that speed!

Also, if your heading to Shanghai checkout this useful transport guide and a guide to Shanghai attractions.

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Yuyuan Garden Shanghai

Yuyuan Garden Shanghai

The Yutuan Garden was built in the late 1500’s by a government official of the time as a personal undertaing. The garden today takes up a vast area with traditional style buildings, a lake, the garden itself and various halls.

And like any good tourist attraction its packed with shops! The area attracts quite a crowd..

Also, if your heading to Shanghai visit goshopshanghai.com for detailed info on shopping destinations, and also see Shanghai attractions at cnsights.com.

 

Pudong District and the Oriental Pearl Tower

Pudong District and the Oriental Pearl Tower

The Pudong District of Shanghai is a bold statement of a country about a modern city thats on the move, in particular the area along the Huangpu River opposite the Bund features an impressive array of modern hi-rise architecture.

It’s an impressive sight looking across the river from the Bund side. Unfortunately somewhat buried in haze during my time in Shanghai but still, it’s impressive. Particularly at night.

You can go across the Huangpu River from the Bud to Pudong via ferry or via the ‘Bund Sight Seeing Tunnel’. I chose the tunnel to go over, or under..the Sight Seeing Tunnel turned out to be a little overrated but I get the feeling maybe only half of the lighting effects where working at the time…

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Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

What to do in Shanghai when the weather is terrible and you can’t see anything for the thick haze, check out the much talked about museum. It’s free, so why not!

It turns out the museum is huge, housed in a funky looking building of several levels is several varying exhibitions of ancient Chinese culture and artifacts.

 Exhibitions vary but on this day they included a gallery of ancient bronze works, ancient sculptures, ancient ceramics, gallery of calligraphy, seals and paintings, Chinese currencies, ancient jade and furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

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Shanghai Shopping – Nanjing Road

Shanghai Shopping – Nanjing Road

One of the things that continue to amaze me about China is the sheer scale of things, I come from Australia where there is 21 or so million people on an island almost as big as China, but in just one of Chinas many many big cities, Shanghai, for example, there is almost just as many people. Shanghai has a population of almost 20 million.

So the city planners have to think big, and they only have limited space to do it in! The size of some of the shopping centres I have seen in China simply makes my head spin, the city blocks that a ‘shopping area’ can consume, while also reaching skyward, is just as mind boggling. But it’s all about numbers, there is just so many people to feed, clothe and now also cater to the emerging Chinese middle class with their growing desire of consumerism.

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New Asia Hotel Shanghai

New Asia Hotel Shanghai

I booked the New Asia Hotel through HotelClub and at the time it was pretty cheap, and for the location, it was far cheaper than anything that was close to the Bund, Nanjing Rd and so on.

So I wasn’t expecting much, not for the price, but I was surprised to find that this was a quality hotel, it’s not new by any means, but it has English speaking staff, it’s clean and tasteful.

The hotel also features a bar and a restaurant on the ground floor and another restaurant which serves a buffet breakfast. I ate at the ground floor restaurant twice and enjoyed a tasty meal of fried eel and dumpling soup, on another occasion I ate a simple fried rice, both were good. The buffet breakfast is great value and comes with some real friendly and welcoming staff.

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Shanghai Copy Market – Going Going Gone….

Shanghai Copy Market – Going Going Gone….

If you walk around the major shopping areas like Nanjing Rd, get ready for the constant approaches from hawkers trying to lure you to their shop.

I was just minding my own business, walking along the famous shopping strip that’s Nanjing Rd and I this guy jumps in my face asking “what do you want, dvd, t-shirt…jeans you want, i phone, copy market sir, come to the copy market” and they are persistent, they keep badgering until you look them in the eye and say a firm ‘no thanks’.

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Welcome to Shanghai China

Welcome to Shanghai China

My first introduction to Shanghai was similar to that of Beijing, another taxi driver that sees a foreigner as dollar signs. As I walked out of the Shanghai Station I walked straight up to the cab rank and was fortunate to find a couple of drivers who spoke English. I told them the hotel I was staying at and one said no problem, so I started to throw my stuff in his boot. It’s on the meter right? I asked, no meter, 100 RMB he replied.

I knew the hotel is only about 5 minutes from the train station and even in the worst traffic conditions it could not be any more than a 30RMB trip, I asked for the meter again and got the same reply, no meter 100RMB is cheapest. I grabbed my bag back out of the boot and started walking. Lucky for me there was another taxi driving past that I managed to hail. I asked for the meter and he happily obliged. My new taxi got me to the hotel for under 30RMB.

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