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.
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:
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.
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
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:
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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