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10 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In During A Visit To Shanghai, China - Updated 2019

10 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In During A Visit To Shanghai, China - Updated 2019
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Jessica
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Shanghai, the second largest city in China, is an international city with many foreigners and expatriates as well as numerous visitors. Usually, when people talk about Shanghai, they immediately think of the Bund, the French Concession, and the Financial Center. However, Shanghai has a lot of other nice neighborhoods with a lot of character for your stay in the city.

1. Xujiahui: vibrant shopping paradise (from 123 USD / 820 CNY)

Xujiahui is the culture and commerce hub in the Xuhui area. The famous Fudan University is located within the vicinity. Located just within the border of the French concession, Xujiahui retains old colonial architecture from the past. Iconic buildings, like the St. Ignatius Cathedral, which is now the stronghold for Eastern Asian Catholics, are still very well preserved in the area. The beautiful Shanghai Library is another notable building. The main shopping areas in Xujiahui is centered around Hongqiao Road, Huashan Road, Zhaojiabang Road, and North Caoxi Road. Supermarkets, 6 major shopping malls, and office buildings dominate this area. Xujiahui is thus the most convenient place to stay that also offers visitors cultural experiences.

There are many highly rated hotels in this area. Some notable hotels include:

Courtyard By Marriott Shanghai Xujiahui

Address: 100 HongQiao Road, Xuhui, 200030 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 123 USD / 820 CNY

Anting Villa Hotel

Address: 46 Anting Road., Xuhui, 200031 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 96 USD / 640 CNY

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

2. Tian Zhi Fang: nostalgic, old lanes (from 197 USD / 1,312 CNY)

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The Tian Zhi Fang neighborhood is a complex of low lying houses that still retain old style Chinese architecture. Many of the buildings are now used as dining and shopping establishments. There are one or two residences within this area, but it is mostly commercial. The neighborhood presents a very arty, designer feel to it. It gets really busy on the weekends with tourists coming to visit. Despite this, the area is still pretty quiet and quaint.

Tian Zhi Fang gathers artistic people to the area. A few interesting and good accommodations with classy contemporary finishes will let you immerse yourself into the cultural feeling of Tian Zhi Fang.

Inn Livo

Address: 3F, No.3, JianGuo Middle Road, Huangpu, 200025 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 197 USD / 1,312 CNY

Fan She Cheng Shi Min Su(2rd Ruijin.2)

Address: No 83 Lane 129 2rd Ruijin Road, Huangpu, 200000 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 136 USD / 906 CNY

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

3. Xin Tian Di: nightlife and westerners (from 150 USD / 1,000 CNY)

When we think about Xin Tian Di, the first thing that comes to mind is about night life and its abundance of westerners hanging around the pubs. Xin Tian Di is unique due to its Shikumen illustrating the old architecture of Shanghai, which has been preserved and made to suit modernity. Now, bars, restaurants, cafes, and pubs took over most of these beautifully preserved buildings. Xin Tian Di is a vibrant place with many visitors; however, it still preserves it history and the culture of Shanghai.

Here are some of the recommendations for a stay in Xin Tian Di:

DMaxine's Planet in Xintiandi

Address: Floor 1, Gate 30, Lane 214, Danshui Road, Huangpu District, Huangpu, 200000 Shanghai, (see map)

Price: from 150 USD / 1,000 CNY

Secret Area-Xintiandi Guest House

Address: 1st Floor, Building 4, No.336 Alley, Madang Road, Huangpu, 200020 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 153 USD / 1,020 CNY

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

4. Jing An Temple: classy office area (from 132 USD / 880 CNY)

The Jing An area originally got its name because of the Jing An Temple in the area. Now, the area has been developed into a commercial area with beautiful high rise buildings and posh 5 star hotels. One of the central areas, easily accessible by the metro, the Jiang An area now has become a more and more popular choice because of its class and the fact that it is less noisy and boisterous than the Bund area. There are many classy drinking places around the area as well.

Check into one of these chic hotels for a stay:

Shanghai Hengshan Moller Villa Hotel

Address: No.30, Shaan Xi South Rd, Jing'an, 200040 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 132 USD / 880 CNY

The Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai

Address:1376 Nanjing Xi Road., Jing'an, 200040 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 209 USD / 1,395 CNY

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

5. Nan Jing Dong Road: tourist haven (from 132 USD / 880 CNY)

From Nan Jing Xi Road to Nan Jing Dong Road, the area is busy and very popular among tourists. With many commercial buildings and hotels to be found, the area is always filled with pedestrians and tourists. Major metro lines also cross this area making it a popular place for most to stay for its convenience. Nan Jing Dong Road has accommodations ranging from hostels to 5 star hotels. It is definitely a good location for tourists looking for a convenient place to stay in Shanghai.

The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

Address: No 740 Hankou Road, Huangpu, 200001 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 132 USD / 880 CNY

Shanghai Tujia Sweetome Vacation Apartment - East Nanjing Road

Address: 8th Floor, No.600, East Nanjing Road, Huangpu, 200001 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 121 USD / 806 CNY

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

6. Heng Shan Road area: colonial chic (from 194 USD / 1,293 CNY)

The Heng Shan Road area has a lot of old, colonial style houses and bungalows, which have been restored. The road is actually in the French Concession area. This explains its architecture and design of its buildings. Some of the houses are residential; however, some are now being used for restaurants, cafes, and shops. In the 90’s, when China just began to open up to the outside world, this place was a famous night spot area with many pubs and bars and of course, westerners frequenting the area. These days, Heng Shan Road has become a peaceful area to reside in. Try out a boutique style hotel or an authentic Shanghai home stay in this beautiful Shanghai concession.

Twelve at Hengshan, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Shanghai

Address: 12 Hengshan Road, Xuhui, 200031 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 194 USD / 1,293 CNY

Heritage Residence at French Concession

Address: No. 6, Lane 85 South Urumqi Road, Xuhui District, Xuhui, 200040 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 99 USD / 660 CNY

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

7. Shanghai Stadium: sporty vibes (from 45 USD / 300 CNY)

The Shanghai Stadium neighborhood has a strong sports feel about it. Even taking the metro towards the Shanghai Indoor Stadium and the Shanghai Stadium, one can see athletes of all sorts, be it runners or basketball players on their way to workout. It is not hard to see why, as there are many sporting facilities, such as swimming pools and indoor courts, for sporty people to work out in. The area has a few malls, many of which have sporting goods shops inside for sports lovers to grab their needs and necessities. This area is less noisy and rowdy and is perfect for sporty people.

Nan Zhuan Homestay

Address: F2, 396 South Wulumuqi Road, Xuhui, 200031 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 45 USD / 300 CNY

Shanghai Soho Garden Hotel

Address: No.9, 115 lane, TaiAn Road, Changning, 200052 Shanghai, China (see map)

Price: from 115 USD / 766 CNY

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

8. Lu Jia Zui: Shanghai's financial hub (from 72 USD / 480 CNY)

On the other side of the Huang Pu River, Lu Jia Zui is the financial hub and trade commercial area for Shanghai. With many high rise buildings, the Dong Fang Ming Zhu tower is also located there. This place is a total contrast from the opposite side of the river, with few historical buildings. It represents the new and commercial side of Shanghai. Tourists also flock to Lu Jia Zui to get a full view of the Bund. The area is bustling with activity and busy with office workers commuting to and from work during the peak hours. Lu Jia Zui is a place for urbanites and those looking for modernity.

Try out these apartments and enjoy a piece of home and comfort in the hub of the central business district.

Entire Apartment in Lu Jia Zui

Price: from 72 USD / 480 CNY

Number of Guests: up to 4 people

Classic Apartment in Lu Jia Zui

Price: from 62 USD / 413 CNY

Number of Guests: up to 3 people

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

9. Wai Tan: The Bund (from 55 USD / 366 CNY)

This is probably the most iconic and significant part of Shanghai. Also commonly known as The Bund, facing the Huang Pu River, the buildings here retained the old colonial days, making you feel as though you are in Europe. From banks to hotels, these old buildings present the classic days of Shanghai. The boardwalk in front of these buildings attracts hordes of tourists each day, as this area has many photogenic sites.

It does not have to be glamorous; try these home stays and get to enjoy the Bund!

Modern Homestay 5 minutes to The Bund

Price: from 55 USD / 366 CNY

Number of Guests: 02 people

Loft near The Bund

Price: from 78 USD / 519 CNY

Number of Guests: up to 4 people

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

10. Cheng Huang Miao: Temple of the City God (from 46 USD / 306 CNY)

Cheng Huang Miao or the Temple of the City God of Shanghai is another old iconic area of the city. Generally known as Yu Yuan because of the beautiful garden area located within, the neighborhood is characterized by traditional Chinese architecture and also wholesale shops that are located from the metro to the site itself. Another well liked and popular location for tourists and locals, the places is very busy and always filled with visitors.

View of Yu Yuan (Home Apartment)

Price: from 46 USD / 306 CNY

Number of Guests: 02 people

Nearby Yuyuan Classic Solo Apartment

Price: from 46 USD / 306 CNY

Number of Guests: 01 person

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Shanghai and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Shanghai

Neighborhood of your choice

From modern, to colonial, to traditional Chinese style, Shanghai has a variety of places to stay. The city is very modern and very convenient with many food joints, supermarkets, and malls.

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