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Flights to Shanghai this weekend
Cheap flights to Shanghai
Shanghai is the city with the largest population in the entire world, so expect to see people wherever you go here. It sits on the east coast of China by the East China Sea.
In the city
There’s plenty to see within the city, whether you’re interested in the historic sites or the beautiful modern-day towers. The Old Walled City is a good place to start. As the traditional urban core of the city, much of Shanghai has been built around it. Amongst its walls you’ll find the City God Temple of Shanghai. This classical Chinese architecture is a popular area for tourism, and just next to it the Yu Gardens will show you why. These large ornate gardens aren’t what you’d expect to see within the dense Shanghai city – they’re a real splash of Chinese serenity.
The Oriental Pearl Tower is a sharp reminder of the modern day. You can tour this enormous building or eat dinner in the revolving restaurant if you want an impressive city view. The Shanghai World Financial Centre isn’t too different, offering plenty of tours. For a small extra fee you can climb to the 100th floor and enjoy one of the most impressive views Shanghai has to offer.
Learn about China
A great place to start your cultural education of Shanghai is the Shanghai Museum. Inside are displays on furniture, antiquities and art from the various Chinese dynasties. There are, of course, tours available where a local guide will talk you through the various exhibits. Once you have a bug for learning about Shanghai, try the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Here you can see how pop-culture art has changed over the years in China, and pick up a really fashionable souvenir for the people at home.
For authentic Shanghai food try Lost Heaven. This smaller restaurant is as romantic as it gets, with dimmed lights and candles all over the place. The cuisine is from China’s Yunnan province, and the flavours originate from tribal minority’s cooking. For something a little more family friendly you can try Sichuang at Zi Zhang Hong. Although the decorations may be more wholesome, the food is still authentic and expertly created.
After you’ve eaten, why not wander into the city and try one of the many great bars? VUE is a bar on the 32nd and 33rd floor of Hyatt on the Bund. This high-up bar overlooks the waterfront and even has an outdoor Jacuzzi, plus daybeds lining its handsome patio. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy then give the Boxing Cat Brewery a go. Here you can find a more traditional bar with plenty of beers on tap, bar snacks and friendly service.