About Shanghai and Surrounds

Situated at the mouth of the Yangtze River on China’s eastern seaboard, few cities in the world evoke history, glamour, excess and mystique as Shanghai does. This is due, in part, as a result of the city’s diverse heritage thanks to the influx of western expatriates in the early 20th century as Shanghai grew in stature as a financial hub. Beautiful Art Deco buildings - relics from the city’s cosmopolitan heyday of the 1920s and 1930s line the Bund and French Concession, and Jesuit Cathedrals, Jewish Synagogues and Buddhist temples add to the multicultural atmosphere of the city. Pudong is Shanghai’s commercial and financial hub, consisting of a hodgepodge of towering skyscrapers that completely overshadow the delicate foreign-built beauties of the Bund on the opposite side of the river.

Food is always high on the agenda for any trip to Shanghai. The city has so many excellent restaurants that it now has its own Michelin guide. It is possible to ever cuisine under the sun and the quality can be outstanding. Many of the world’s greatest chefs have opened outposts in Shanghai as a result. The bar and club scene is also renowned, and it’s easy to see why, with so much disposable income being thrown around by the new generation of wealth.

Shopping is also a highlight in Shanghai. Bearing in mind that Chinese shoppers account for 46% of the global luxury goods market - you know that they take this sport seriously. It’s not all high-end luxury fashion powerhouses here though: the quaint Taikang Road is formed of a series of cute little lanes packed to the brim with tiny boutiques, cafes and restaurants. We also love mooching around the French Concession and happening across one-of-a-kind shops amongst the European-style buildings.

Although many trips to Shanghai focus on shopping and eating, there are some lovely sights to take in also. Apart from a long stroll down the lovely Bund, we also recommend a visit to the beautiful classical Chinese Yu Yuan Gardens, with the traditional Huxinting Tea House at its heart. Make sure you also visit the People’s Square where people gather at sunrise to perform t’ai chi.

Travel by Timothy Oulton can arrange a stay at some of the best hotels the city has to offer, and arrange some fantastic experiences while you are there, We can also help arrange day-trips or overnight stays in the neighbouring cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou.