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You don’t know the meaning of the term “hustle and bustle” until you’ve stepped foot in Shanghai. The pace is set by the 267mph journey to the city centre from the airport on a levitating train: and it just picks up from there. In this fast-moving metropolis you’ll find all sorts: from glittering shopping malls to gritty street food stalls to quaint temples tucked down side streets.

With so much to see and so much to do, you’ll want to base yourself in the right part of town. Most of the hotels in Shanghai can be found in the following neighbourhoods.

Huang Pu

If you love to be in the centre of the action, Huang Pu is the place to be. It’s home to the city’s largest metro station, and has lots of important attractions. The People’s Square and the People’s Park are in Huang Pu, and there are plenty of art galleries, theatres and museums to keep culture vultures entertained.

The Bund

An important financial hub during colonial times, the Bund is now known as “the museum of buildings” thanks to the range of European architectural styles that can be spotted. It’s fairly central, sitting just north of Huangpu. There’s plenty of accommodation in The Bund, ranging from low-cost to luxury.

Nanshi (Old Town)

This traditional part of town is packed with ancient Chinese buildings, with temples galore and plenty of peaceful gardens. There are also some interesting antique and fabric markets, if you’re up for a bit of haggling. Laocheng Huan Miao is a good place to do a bit of normal shopping or grab a bite to eat, and as night falls the buildings are lit beautifully.

Xu Hui

Shanghai’s French Concession was once known as the “Paris of the East”. With its leafy boulevards, pavement cafes, and European style mansions, it’s easy to see why. Hotels in Xu Hui are perfect for shopaholics. There are five massive shopping malls, as well as plenty of independent boutiques on Changle Road and Xinle Road.

Chang Ning

Off the tourist trail, Chang Ning is mostly a residential neighbourhood. Some hotels have started springing up in the area as it’s home to Hongqiao Airport and the ever popular Shanghai Zoo. There’s still a bit of nightlife to be found, particularly around Laowaijie street, as well as general shopping at Brilliance West Mall.

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