Get Inspired / China China: Shanghai Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Shanghai story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China Shanghai is fascinating for the architectural variety of its grand buildings and homes that reflect the influences of western occupying powers from the 19th century to the 1930s. Once known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’, Shanghai is regarded by locals as more flamboyant, entrepreneurial and worldly than Beijing. One of the best places for shopping, the city's other attractions include the Yu Garden, the Bund and Shanghai Museum and 1930s-style China Jazz Band at the Peace Hotel. Change has been swift in this bustling world renowned centre. While the historic waterfront area of The Bund remains a prime sightseeing drawcard, Shanghai has countless more avenues - some new, some old - to explore, its fascination mix of architecture as spellbinding as the number of ships that call at the busy port. As testimony to the contemporary rise of Shanghai in the 21st Century, eye-catching – and ritzy – skyscrapers have replaced what was previously simple farmland in Pudong, on the opposite banks of the Huangpu River. Once you have immersed yourself into the city’s history and the museums it boasts, there’s a glamorous new side to Shanghai which takes over -from morning until well after dark. Shanghai is now gifted with a vast range of restaurants from around the world, although Asian fare remains much sought after, delicate flavours, fresh ingredients, a distinctive trait being the use of soya and brown sugar sauces to accompany mostly seafood and vegetables. Steam dumplings filled with pork or crab is a delicacy along with sea cucumber with shrimp roe, duck with a spicy garnish and Mandarin fish. Make sure to allow enough time to shop as Shanghai is a truly exhilarating experience inside the giant shopping meccas, the centrally-located pedestrian-friendly Nanjing Road a haven with its 600 or more shops selling almost everything from Western-style clothing to swish watches, sunglasses and handbags. Another hot shopping strip is Huaihai Road, famous for its upmarket designer-label boutiques. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Top 5 Club Med ski resorts for families Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.