The first thing you do on your Shanghai holiday is to check out the City God Temple in the old walled city. Walk the grounds of the temple and let your eyes feast on the many altars, then hang out in the pavilions and enjoy refreshments in the tea houses. The temple connects to the Yu Garden, so make your way over to the green space and channel your inner chi or whatever. The goldfish in the large pond are a little bigger than the ones you get in a plastic bag at your local pet shop, but don’t try to smuggle any home to add to your aquarium.
When your time in the garden is over, head to the Oriental Pearl Tower on the banks of the Huangpu River and face your fear of heights…if you’ve got the guts to do it. Get up to one of the 15 observation levels for spectacular views of the city. Shanghai holidays aren’t complete without a visit to this tower, so bring your camera to make sure you document the view from each floor. Trust us, your social media friends will thank you (well, maybe they won’t).
Want to spend your hard-earned yuan on stuff? Go to Nanjing Road, the main shopping street in Shanghai and grab bags full of clothes from a number of internationally known brands. If you don’t care about fashion, use one of lastminute.com.au’s fantastic Shanghai car hire deals and go to the Yuyuan Market to get your hands on silk umbrellas, bamboo walking sticks and Chinese medicine. No, it’s not Advil.
Are you ready for some Chinese comfort food that makes San Francisco’s Chinatown look like an amateur? Start your adventure downtown, skipping from one street food cart to the next. Get an appetiser of crab shell pie, then go for a plate of Chinese-style fried chicken with a side of tofu flower soup. Top it all off with a mung bean pie. Wow, China holidays are delicious.
Ever wondered how the Chinese party? What, mate—haven’t you seen those New Year’s clips on YouTube? That’s right. Make your way to The Bund, where some of the city’s swankiest bars and nightclubs are located. Expats and locals mix it up along this waterfront district until the wee hours. This is the perfect time for you spend the extra money you saved from Shanghai packages, so get moving. There’s also rumoured to be some hidden rooftop watering holes along The Bund, but you’ll have to find those yourself—we promised not to tell.
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Whether you want a basic room to rest your head or one with all the extra bells and whistles, Shanghai has you sorted. For quality service that won't cost you an arm and a leg, book a room at the Parkview Hotel Shanghai (No 555 Dingxiang Road Pudong New Area) or the Jin Jiang Tian Cheng Hotel (585 Xu Jia Hui Rd East Wing Of Golden Ma). However, if you're the type who likes to live it up on holiday, The Peninsula Shanghai or the Park Hyatt Shanghai will more than fit the bill.
The Bund is a must-see for visitors to Shanghai, and staying within a short walk is a good way to truly make the most of it. The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is just 0.3 kilometres away. Another handy option is the Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai.