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Shanghai Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Shanghai, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Mandarin
Time Difference 8 hours
Currency Yuan
Voltage 220V

The sheer pace of Shanghai is utterly spellbinding; a continuous buzz of fidgety excitement and an atmosphere of tense exhilaration will captivate you from the moment you arrive. Strangely addictive, Shanghai is constantly fizzing with activity, moving to the rhythm and demands of a world-famous city. From the authentic charm of the rickety Old Town and the striking architecture that lines the Bund, to the stylish, leafy backstreets of the French Concession, Shanghai is simply waiting to be explored. Expect beguiling culture, striking buildings – old and new, friendly people, exquisite food, luxury shopping and unique entertainment on your unforgettable trip to this eclectic and compelling Chinese city.

Highlights+
Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar

A must-see in Shanghai is the picturesque Yuyuan Garden – founded by rich Ming dynasty officials - with its shaded alcoves, shimmering fish-filled pools, authentic pavilions and swaying pines. Wander down the pretty pathways as the sweet scent of blossoms - particularly the fragrant petals of the Magnolia Grandiflora, Shanghai’s flower - fill your nose. Stop for a traditional Chinese refreshment in the famous Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, shaded by magnificent gingko, cherry and willow trees, or browse the bustling Bazaar for some light-hearted souvenirs of your Shanghai adventure.

Oriental Pearl

One of the most iconic city towers in the world - standing at 1536 feet - Shanghai’s futuristic Oriental Pearl is an absolute must-visit. Make your way up the striking Shanghai World Financial Centre, the twisting skyscraper which resembles an enormous bottle opener and venue for the world’s highest observation deck on its 100th floor. It may no longer be the world’s tallest building, but at 1,555 feet, the triple-tiered deck still stands twenty-two metres higher than that of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Complete your visit by descending to the lobby museum which details the fascinating history and rapid development of Shanghai.

The Bund's Tourist Tunnel

For a truly unique experience, seek out the marvellous Bund’s Tourist Tunnel. This convenient, yet wholly bizarre, method of crossing from The Bund to Pudong invites you to board an underground cart which travels from one side of the river to the other. In-transit entertainment includes a psychedelic light show, coloured illuminations and dreamy lights projected across the tunnel’s inner walls. The first (and only) of its kind in China, western visitors are left feeling utterly perplexed. Abstract? Yes. Totally compelling? Of course!

Dining & Gourmet

In keeping with China’s love-affair with food, Shanghai boasts an eclectic and unique dining scene, ranging from authentic street food to Michelin star fine-dining. Wander down the narrow lanes of Fangbang Xi Lu food market – or one of the many others in the city – taking in the various smells as you decide which traditional Chinese dish – from steaming wontons to classic noodles – you want to sample. Alternatively, indulge in an exquisite dining experience at one of Shanghai’s finest eateries; The Peninsula Shanghai is the only hotel in mainland China to house two Michelin-starred restaurants, serving gourmet Cantonese and European cuisine.

Temples

Long before the building of Shanghai’s audacious skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls, a number of intricately-designed Buddhist temples dominated the city – many of which can still be visited today. Jing’an Temple, dating back to 1216AD, is a sacred portal to the Buddhist world that underpins modern Shanghai; its striking statues, tinkling wind chimes and aromatic incense offer a tranquil haven among the bustling city. Meanwhile, Jade Buddha Temple - one of Shanghai’s few active Buddhist monasteries - houses a Buddha effigy made from pure jade.

Climate+

The largest city in China, bustling Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winter, from December to February, can be extremely cold with temperatures at night often dropping well below zero, though snowfall is very rare. Summer, from June to September, is characterised by wet and hot conditions, with high temperatures reaching up to 40°C and frequent heavy downpours. The best time to explore the city is in spring, between March and May, when temperatures average around 15°C, or during the autumn months of October and November, when the weather is generally sunny and drier.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Shanghai.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January439
February659
March981
April15102
May20115
June24152
July29128
August29133
September24156
October1961
November1351
December735

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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