Shanghai has a long history as a gateway to China and the Yangtze River delta. It is also the largest economic and trade center in China, and one of China's cultural centers.
Shanghai retains China's last vestige of its unusual colonial past. The architecture along the Bund area is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s. Shanghai stands in the front line of China's economic development. The Pudong area with its prosperous cosmopolitan features is guaranteed to wow visitors.
Shanghai, directly-controlled municipality and largest city in China, is sandwiched between the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. In the middle of China's coast, on the south of the mouth of the Yangtze, it is about 2½ hours by air from Beijing or Hong Kong.
Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang have had a 144-hour visa-free transit policy for international passengers since January 30, 2016.
The new policy covers travelers from 51 countries and regions, including the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada.
Eligible passengers can enjoy a 144-hour visa-free stay in the three provincial level areas upon entry to China via Shanghai's air, sea and railway ports, Nanjing Lukou International Airport of Jiangsu, or Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport of Zhejiang.
They must later depart for a third country (or region, i.e. HK/Macau/Taiwan) from one of the above-listed ports.
Shanghai has emerged as one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. Shanghai is constantly improving its travel infrastructure and facilities to ensure tourists an exceptional and memorable experience, and many choose to return.
Although Shanghai is a very busy city with heavy traffic, the old part of the city has a lot of ancient and quiet streets, which you may walk or bike around to have a look at old Shanghai. See our Shanghai walking routes and biking guide.
Shanghai is a world famous destination with classic gardens, colonial architecture, tall skyscrapers, tranquil water towns, museums, etc.
The best times to visit Shanghai are March–May and September–November when the weather is pleasant.
Try to avoid Labor Day holiday (May 1–3) and National Day holiday (October 1–7) when all tourist sites are crowded with Chinese people. Hot summer and cold winter are good seasons to travel in terms of cost.
Shanghai is a perfect blend of the West and the East, the modern and the ancient. If you would like to explore the real Shanghai and experience the best of Shanghai, it will prove helpful to have a professional travel advisor to help you plan your tour.
Here are our most popular Shanghai tours for inspiration: