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Shanghai city guide

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By on Friday 16th Sep, 2011 at 12:31

Shanghai is an exhilarating and diverse city that seems to change with every coming day. There is something for everyone in Shanghai – it is a shining metropolis of shopping, good food and great entertainment.

Must see sights

Jade Buddha Temple
It’s always nice to add just a little bit of culture to your trip – well we think it is anyway. On that note the Jade Buddha Temple should be right at the top of your list for things to see – it’s more than 100 years old and provides the perfect excuse to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for the afternoon.

Nanjing Road
This is the most well known shopping destination in the whole of Shanghai. Stretching for 3.5 miles this place is absolutely massive and you can pick up pretty much everything you can imagine here – from fashion and accessories to absolutely bizarre souvenirs, the Nanjing Road is well worth a visit.

Super Brand Mall
A little more mainstream than Nanjing Road – Super Brand Mall one of the biggest shopping malls in the city. It was name brands which are known all over the world but also some that are mainly just associated with Asia which is brilliant if you fancy picking up some clobber that everyone from back home won’t have seen before.

Shanghai Maglev Train
Now normally we wouldn’t bother writing about a train – we’ve all been on them, no biggy, but the Shanghai Maglev Train is just a little bit (and by a little bit we mean a lot) different than what you’ll be used to. This is the train that goes from the airport to the city centre and it levitates on magnets – yep, it really does. Not only that but it reaches speeds of over 250mph so the ride takes less than eight minutes.

Once you’ve got over the mild whiplash and dizziness you’ll want to go on it again and again!

Places to eat and stay

Always Cafe
Popular with the regulars this cafe offers no fuss lunches to suit most budgets. The simple food will leave you feeling satisfied – not least because you’ll be able to identify most stuff on the menu.

Jade on 36
If we just put you off by telling you about ‘normal’ food then fear not! Jade on 36 is completely the opposite to a normal dining experience – strawberry cola spaghetti and foie gras lollipops feature here. Just don’t go there on a hangover!

Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel
If you like marble and glitz for a reasonable price then this is the hotel for you! Considering it is currently rated as a 4 star hotel, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the price.

Regal International East Asia Hotel
Look left and you’ll see the impressive HSBC towers, look right and you’ll see the Bank of China. This hotel is slap bang in the middle of Shanghai’s skyline and it definitely won’t disappoint – it’s 5 star too, how about that?