Located on the eastern coast of China, Shanghai is the country’s most cosmopolitan city. With one of the world’s most breathtaking skylines thanks to its recently constructed skyscrapers, Shanghai is a paradise for shoppers with a range of luxury boutiques showcasing the city’s dynamic position at the forefront of globalisation. However, there are also plenty of historic sites to enjoy in Shanghai, with the backstreets containing a multitude of hidden delights. With a vibrant art scene, plentiful entertainment opportunities and the chance to sample authentic Chinese cuisine, Shanghai makes for an essential stop for an unforgettable holiday to China.


What you’ll love most about Shanghai

  • Take a stroll along the historic Bund, Shanghai’s iconic waterfront promenade, lined with colonial-era buildings on one side and futuristic skyscrapers on the other, offering panoramic views of the Huangpu River
  • Explore the tranquil beauty of Yu Garden, a classical Chinese garden dating back to the Ming dynasty, featuring traditional pavilions, rockeries, ponds, and lush greenery, tucked away in the heart of bustling Shanghai
  • Ascend the Shanghai Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world, for breathtaking views of the city skyline from its observation deck, providing a bird’s-eye perspective of Shanghai’s urban landscape
  • Wander through the charming streets of the French Concession, a historic district known for its tree-lined avenues, European architecture, trendy boutiques, cafes, and vibrant nightlife
  • Experience the modern and trendy atmosphere of Xintiandi, a pedestrianised area filled with chic restaurants, bars, boutiques, and galleries, housed in renovated traditional Shikumen-style buildings
  • Enjoy a day of fun and excitement at Shanghai Disneyland, featuring themed lands, thrilling rides, live entertainment, and beloved Disney characters, offering magical experiences for visitors of all ages

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Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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