Shanghai is the shiniest gem in modern China’s jewel box. It’s a hip, contemporary city that’s charging into the future with all the slick energy of its famous Maglev train. Yet if you veer away from the sleek highways and glitzy shopping streets you can still stumble upon a more traditional Shanghai, with all its character and aromas. In the tiny back streets, wet-market vendors peddle their wares - buckets of bright green vegetables, fish flapping in shallow plastic bowls and heaps of crayfish crawling over each other. In the parks at dawn, hordes of locals practice t’ai chi, sword movements and ballroom dancing.

Facts

Population

23.8 million

Currency

Renminbi (RMB, also known as yuan), RMB 1 = 10 jiao

Opening hours

Most offices are open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm or 6 pm. Some bank branches open on Saturday mornings. Shopping centres and department stores are usually open seven days a week until 8 pm or 10 pm.

Newspapers

Shanghai Daily: Local English-language daily China Daily National English-language newspaper

Tourist information

The Shanghai Tourist Information and Service Centre has branches throughout the city. Main branches can be found at: 561 Nanjing East Road +86 21 5353 1117 Railway station’s south-west exit 303 Moling Road +86 21 5123 4490

Travel to Shanghai

Reserve your flights to Shanghai with Etihad Airways and arrive at the fourth most populous city in the People’s Republic of China. Shanghai is recognised as a centrepiece of the Chinese economy and is a truly global metropolis and a very popular tourist destination.

Top 5 Things To Do in Shanghai

  • Visit the ancient Yuyuan Garden with its famous Grand Rockery and wander around its six areas, each with its own individual style
  • Shop for souvenirs or luxury brands on Nanjing Road which is 5.5 km long and is regarded as the top commercial street in China
  • The Huangpu River bisects the city and provides access to all tourist stops. The Bund is the figurehead of Shanghai and with its wharves and quays it is a must-see attraction
  • Founded in 960 AD, the Qibao Ancient Town will take you back to historical China, complete with traditional food and pastimes, including cricket fighting
  • The Jade Buddha Temple displays two ancient Buddhas carved from white jade, and the architecture of the temple make this a unique destination in this modern city

Plan Your Shanghai Holiday

Shanghai is a true juxtaposition of old, ancient, and new. It is a cosmopolitan and thriving city. Allow yourself at least three days to really explore the main sites, a seven-day stay will mean you can discover Shanghai at your own pace. Wildlife is best experienced during the off-peak season and festivals abound all year. Shanghai has a climate similar to a European subtropical climate with equivalent seasonal characteristics.

Finding flight deals to Shanghai is easy with Etihad's popular deals. During the peak months in late spring and early autumn we advise that you book your tickets to Shanghai in good time. To find cheap hotels in Shanghai travel during the off-peak season.

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Etihad Office in China

Chengdu, China
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