Destination Guide - Shanghai
Shanghai is considered to be one of the most progressive cities in China and you only have to look at its futuristic, designer skyline for proof. Don’t strain your neck just looking up at skyscrapers, though – there’s also plenty to see on the ground. Head to The Bund on the Huangpu River for shopping and the Shanghai Gallery of Art. The Jade Buddha Temple offers a stark architectural contrast to the cutting-edge city but is a humble reminder of days gone by. The French Concession offers a unique mix of old and new. If you want to see it all, indulge in some dim sum at a restaurant in the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Like many parts of China, Shanghai experiences weather extremes. In winter (December to February) it regularly drops below 0°C, while in summer (June to August) the city can experience temperatures of 40°C and higher. The most temperate time to visit the city is between September and November.
Getting there and around
The best way to get around Shanghai economically is on their clean and simple subway system – there is also a line that travels direct from the city centre to the airport. Only Shanghai residents can hire cars so taxis are the best option for private travel. It is advisable to have your destination address written out in Mandarin.
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