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Shanghai, a megacity that is well-known for its fusion of Oriental and Western cultures, is definitely getting more attention from people all over the world nowadays. Being one of the populous cities in China other than Beijing, Shanghai is a place where business such as shipping and trading, endless scrumptious delicacies, as well as trendy glamorized fashion come together. Located along the Yangtze River with modernised skyscrapers and ancient Shikumens that are still standing, it absolutely grabs visitors’ attention on how unique this place in East China is.
Shanghai is conveniently accessible for people from all over the world to come over as the city can easily be commuted to. Travellers that opt to travel via flights may arrive either at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) or Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). Pudong Airport mostly serves for international flights, whereas Hongqiao mainly serves for domestic flights and not many for international flights.
Public transportation in Shanghai is considerably affordable and convenient for travellers. There are many options for them to choose in order to travel around the city which are:
There are 5 different colours of taxis that you can find in Shanghai as each belongs to a different company. Fret not, all of them charge the same - less than 20 yuan for 3 kilometres and less than 5 yuan for each consecutive kilometres. Though, bear in mind that fares might differ depending on the time you are travelling as the taxis usually charge slightly higher after 11 pm.
Public buses are typically used by the public to commute around the city as they are very convenient and inexpensive to get into. The fares usually start from 1 yuan to 3 yuan depending on where you are travelling to and the condition of the bus as well. There are more than 1000 bus lines you can find in Shanghai and these buses will travel to every corner of the city every day. The buses follow a impressive yet comprehensive system for example, buses with the number “2” on are the rush hour buses, whereas “3” indicates the night service buses.
If you would like to go sightseeing and witness the beauty of Shanghai at night, then you would want to consider getting onto the ferries. The fares start from 0.50 yuan to 3 yuan as you can either opt for the standard ferries or the air-conditioned ones.
Shanghai is known for its intertwining of the Western and Chinese traditions which makes the city unique. The city is filled with places that attract people to come and see. Here are some places that are worth mentioning:
The Bund Shanghai or Waitan is the first place that you may want to visit during your trip here. To enjoy the panoramic view of the city, head to Shanghai World Financial Center, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, or the Shanghai Tower. If you want to make your trip even more memorable, hop onto a ferry and enjoy the breathtaking sunset on the Huangpu River.
If you want to purchase special souvenirs to bring home, do pay a visit to Nanjing Road. A commercial street that accommodates over 600 shops where you can splurge on cheap goods or branded items. In fact, you can also have a taste of authentic local traditional delicacies around the area. When night falls, the old buildings will be illuminated and travellers can enjoy the night view.
Yuyuan Garden is the biggest garden that you may find in Shanghai where the buildings are intricately built based on the classic traditional Chinese Ming and Qing style. Known as the happiness garden and an oasis in the bustling city, this 5 acre garden has six areas where each has its own unique style. And the best time to visit Yuyuan Garden is during the spring as the trees are green and flowers are blooming.
Shanghai has plenty of hotels that will suit everyone’s budget. Here are some recommended places that you can opt for:
Located in the bustling city of Shanghai, this hotel serves a wide range of expensive and sophisticated rooms that guests can choose from. It is one of the most highly-rated places for accommodation in Shanghai, and on the 58th floor, it serves you with a stunning and breathtaking view of the city in every direction. Due to the fact that this hotel is near the Bund, it is a perfect option for people to experience and enjoy the tall buildings around it, especially at night. The price starts from USD310 per night.
Situated just 10-minutes away from Nanjing Road, this very popular hostel is highly-rated from travellers all around the world due to its affordable price range yet sophisticated decor. At the Shanghai Blue Mountain Youth Hostel, guests can play billiards and watch hundreds of free movies in the common room. Though it only provides basic necessities, it is a great choice for those travellers who are visiting overnight, before resuming their adventure in Shanghai. The room rates start from USD11 per night.
This Airbnb chic suite implements a mix of vintage and modern decor while holding onto the traditional shikumen elements. Enjoy your stay with the sun gleaming through big windows and patio garden before heading off for the bustling Shanghai city. The entire room or apartment only costs USD35 per night!