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Where to stay in Shanghai

There are 3,512 vacation homes available all over Shanghai in China, and we’re confident you’ll find a property that meets your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation rentals in Shanghai start at a nightly rate of $39, with 20% of local properties priced under $26 per night. Whether you’re seeking hotel rooms near Tianzifang, a private homestay close to The Bund, or a place that also gives you close access to Hangzhou — our mission is to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Our website offers a wide selection of holiday rentals from top travel sites like Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling solo, planning a romantic getaway to Shanghai, or going on a family vacation for 8, we can match you with a short term rental that sleeps everyone comfortably. Before you know it, you’ll be packing your bags for your Chinese adventure in Shanghai!

Where Is Shanghai in China?

Situated on the eastern coast of China, Shanghai sits on the southern estuary of the Yangtze, bisected by the flow of the Huangpu River.

What Is Shanghai Famous For?

There are hardly any other global cities that manage to rival Shanghai in evoking the same seductive mystique and exotic promise that this Chinese city offers. Home to China’s tallest tower and the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, Shanghai is literally on top of the world. With cocktail bars that can rival the glamorous urbane essence of New York and London, art galleries that are bursting with the newest creative talent, mind-boggling acrobatic shows, and of course, a billion-dollar luxury retail market, Shanghai is cosmopolitan excess done well.

A Quick Guide to Shanghai

  • The Bund: Shanghai’s waterfront boulevard, The Bund showcases lines of heritage buildings that portray the city’s past. At all hours, Shanghai’s street life is in full force. Bustling at dawn and dusk, locals ballroom dance, exercise, and practice tai chi, with the pretty picturesque waterfront vistas serving as the perfect background. At night, the towers are lit with flashing neon lights reflected in the Huangpu River. Day or night, The Bund cannot be missed.
  • Nanjing Road: In between visiting the treasures of Shanghai, make sure to stop off at Nanjing Road. With a myriad of choices to shop, from high-end luxury boutiques to edgy street hawkers, retail therapy has never been so easy. While away your hours as you explore this five kilometer road with lines upon lines of diverse eateries, bars and much more.
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, there lies a photographic jewel that excites the creative imagination thanks to its innovative design. This is the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the world’s third largest TV tower. Modern and sleek, the tower nods to its ancient Chinese past with its innovative design of incorporating traditional architectural concepts. An Oriental Pearl? Yes, you could say that.

Popular Destinations Near Shanghai

  • Hangzhou: Often referred to as the Chinese heaven on earth, Hangzhou is the subject of legends, poems, artwork, and anything detailing the romanticism and peace in China. Visit the reigning jewel of the city of West Lake and watch the sunset over the rolling hills, or rent a bike and cycle around the perimeter of the lake, crossing quintessentially Chinese pavilions and bridges on your way.
  • Nanjing: Normally to tourists, Nanjing is one of the many “on-your-way” destinations between Shanghai and Beijing that most don’t stop to think about. However, the capital of Jiangsu is a destination all on its own. Boasting a rich and impressive historical heritage, Nanjing is one of the cleanest and most aesthetically pleasing cities in China, as it respectfully pays homage to its former glory as the seat of the Ming Dynasty with its small collection of remnants. A magnificent city wall encloses most of Nanjing and elegant republican-era buildings stud the city center. Cultured and relaxed, Nanjing’s tree-lined boulevards, fine lake landscapes, and excellent and educational museums attract those from near and far.

Best Neighborhoods in Shanghai

  • Xujiahui: About as central Shanghai as you can get, Xujiahui is known for its wide variety of shopping malls, the third largest football stadium, and its eponymous park. Drawing a diverse crowd from young expats to families, Xujiahui is the place to go where you can experience all the charms of Shanghai.
  • Former French Concession: The Former French Concession is as French as you can get without having to leave the country. Once the seat of French occupation during the colonial era of Shanghai, the tree-lined avenues, opulent mansions, quiet Parisian charm, swathes of chic cafes, and hip boutiques effortlessly blend the glam of Shanghai and the elegance of Paris.

Home-types in Shanghai

Shanghai has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Shanghai:
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