Why visit Shanghai, China?
Shanghai is China's largest city, with more than 22m inhabitants – roughly the same as all of Australia. Around 9m of these are migrants, who have brought with them the culture of many different areas.
Things to do in Shanghai
As an ancient city, there's lots to learn about Shanghai. Take your pick from Shanghai Bowuguan or the Shanghai History Museum for a nice overview. For a surprising afternoon, stroll around the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and read of 20,000+ refugees who fled to Shanghai during the Second World War.
For an old fishing village, the rivers played an important part (and still do today). Have a wander along Bingjiang Da Dao or take a cruise along Huangpu River.
For something completely different, head to the Old French Concession. The architecture here is unlike anything else in Shanghai, taking heavy inspiration from the Western world.
For great views, especially at night, head to Wai Tan and look across the water at the city's skyscrapers. One of the most prominent buildings is Dongfang Mingzhu – the Oriental Pearl Tower – which has a revolving restaurant 267m above the ground.
Best time to visit Shanghai
Shanghai's summers are hot and humid, with temperatures averaging at 28°C in July and August. Its winters are cold, with December and January regularly seeing single digit temperatures.
The months leading up to and tailing out of the summer tend to be the busiest, so securing a hotel at a good price may be trickier during these periods.
Best time to book
Skyscanner has looked into the figures and has found that the best time to book a flight to China is 23 weeks before you intend to fly, as this can save you up to 13% on your airfare.
Expect to pay
As coffee is a speciality item, expect to pay more than NZ$6 for a cup. More common items like soft drinks (75c a bottle) or a fast food meal (around NZ$6) are more appealing to the traveller's wallet.
Arriving in Shanghai by plane
Both airports are connected to Shanghai by metro, and taxis are available at both. A cab from Pudong takes around an hour to the city centre and will cost NZ$40 or more. During the night there is a 30% tariff on top of this fee. Hongqiao is closer to Shanghai, and your taxi should arrive there in around 20 minutes.
Where to stay in Shanghai
Shanghai is split in two by its river. One side you have Paxi, the other Pudong. As a general rule, Paxi is more touristy and easier to get around if you don't speak the local language. Getting a hotel near Nanjing Road means you'll be close to lots of restaurants and shops.
Because of the huge size of the city, it's advised that no matter where you go, it's a good get a hotel near public transport options such as the metro.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June, 2016.