Shanghai is a leading tourist destination in China which is divided by the beautiful Huangpu River into two major districts namely Puxi and Pudong. The climate in Shanghai is humid subtropical. Experience hot summers with occasional rain between July to September. The best time to visit Shanghai is during the autumn when the weather is mild and sunny.
This city has been reined by the Song Dynasty thousands of years ago, but it only gained fame after the First Opium War wherein China lost the battle to the Europeans in 1842. Shanghai soon opened its ports to foreign investors and as a result, the city was taken over by eight nations, which gave Shanghai that “East meets West” atmosphere.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Shanghai boasts of having many colourful festivals and the latest addition to those are the Shanghai Tourism Festival and Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival. Book your discounted hotel room well in advance because most hotels are full during September and October when these two events are held. The best place to start sightseeing is at The Bund, which is a waterfront area that consists of numerous buildings with different architectural styles. Next stop is at the Old Town where you can find the spectacular Yuyuan Gardens. The more modern part of Shanghai is Nanjing Road which is one of the busiest shopping districts in the world.
Shanghai has a good cheap train network as well as subway connections (best to avoid during the rush hours). The high-speed maglev train travels between Pudong Airport and the city while ferries cross the Huangpu River between the mainland and the Islands.