Thanks to its breathtaking skyline and endless attractions, Shanghai is one of the most exciting destinations in Asia. We asked you for your top tips for visiting China’s biggest city over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...
Enjoy fried dumplings at Xiao Yang’s
Jaslyn Yong Yi Tan says:
Go to Huanghe Road (nearest metro station is People's Sq) for the street food, a must-try is Xiao Yang's fried dumplings! Be careful when biting into it, the gravy will burst forth and stain your clothes!
Xiao Yang’s, which you’ll actually find at a number of locations throughout the city, is an institution in Shanghai. This chain of eateries sells some of the most delicious ‘sheng jian’ in the city. These meat-filled fried dumplings are a popular choice for breakfast and also make a great filling snack at any time of day.
Consider using a translation service to help you get around
Cherie Julie says:
use chinaonecall, a translating service that is cheap for tourists and can make catching a taxi much easier!!!
Mingle with Shanghai’s beautiful people at SIN Lounge
Tracy Lynch says:
Shanghai has the best nightlife city in China. If you are looking for fun, go to SIN Lounge where you can find the fashion gurus.
Encompassing a couple of large bar areas spread out over two floors, SIN Lounge serves up a wide variety of cocktails, along with champagne, spirits and more. As you chill out in the plush interior you’ll be able to listen to the tunes provided by the resident DJs or by the frequent live acts.
Location: 23rd Floor, Want Want Building, No 211 Shimen Yi Road.
Check out the Xintiandi area
Lorraine O' Reilly says:
Xintiandi Is expensive but it's all great to gang out there on a Saturday afternoon sipping wine eating western food in summer. there's a really cool late bar called "brown sugar" too, they have cool bands!
Tracy Lynch says:
Don't forget Brown Sugar's Ladies' Night on every Wed at Xintiandi with FREE Champagne for the ladies all night long and fantastic live music.
Xintiandi is Shanghai’s car-free entertainment district and it is home to shopping centres, cafés, restaurants and more. It’s also one of the best places to head to in the city for a night out, with bars and clubs such as Brown Sugar providing entertainment throughout the night.
Keep in mind that Shanghai can be a bit expensive but there are ways to save your cash
Tomasz Rudzki says:
Shanghai is not a place for saving. Sometimes you will be shocked by paying €7 for a coke in a place like Xintiandi. It is expensive there so make sure to have lots of cash! If you want to try some local snacks, street food is always a good option and sometimes you can find really good stalls in local neighbourhoods
Sample some of Shanghai’s delicious cuisine
Kristen Bourrillion says:
If you would like to try something different for food go to Lost Heaven (117 Yan'an Dong Road (on the Bund)) – it will not disappoint you. For Shanghainese food try Restaurant 1931 – a small vintage, 1930s Shanghai-style restaurant (112 Maoming Nan Lu, near Nanchang Lu)
Staronly Forme says:
Shanghai is one of the most impressive cities in China. The nightlife is so charming and attractive to all the tourists. If you want to try some really good Nepali food go to the July road 819. You will not disappointed there.
Be careful when getting taxis at the airport
Lorraine O' Reilly says:
Watch out for illegal taxis at the airport, they’re even at the taxi rank, they quote you a price 5 times higher and if you agree, they then call for their car which is not a proper taxi. Only take a taxi with the red taxi that shows the rate. Better still, take the Maglev as far as the subway, it’s the fastest train in the world, it goes at over 400km per hr!!
Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport is located 40 kilometres east of the city centre. One of the coolest ways to get from here in towards the city centre is by taking the futuristic looking Maglev train. This high-speed train leaves the airport regularly throughout the day and the tickets are relatively inexpensive. The Maglev will drop you at Longyang Metro Station and from here you can hop on one of the metro trains which will take you into the centre of the city. Definitely a cheap (and fun) alternative to getting a taxi directly from the airport.
Finally, enjoy the beauty of this popular Chinese destination
Shanghai is so beautiful that it's simply never failed to capture a long queue of suitors.