City breaks to Shanghai
Shanghai is attracting more and more visitors every year, this growing popularity is due to the fact that every year more and more people are discovering that Shanghai is a fantastic city break destination, perfect for family holidays, couples seeking a romantic far-east experience. What makes Shanghai stand out is the amazing food, the excitement of the busy city life, the friendly Chinese people or the stunning sights and attractions and of course the Shanghai skyline at night is one of the most spectacular in the world. Book a city break to Shanghai with Club Travel for the best deals on City breaks, flights and holidays to this amazing destination. Call now for the best offers on last minute deals.
Hotels in Shanghai
Hotels in shanghai are amazingly good value. It is worth booking into a 5-star hotel as you may not have the chance to stay in such luxurious accommodation at bargain prices again. Call us today to find the perfect hotel for your city break to Shanghai. We have over 250 hotels in Beijing for you to choose form and we offer the best deals on hotels in Beijing. Here are just two of the spectacular hotels we can offer.
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Pudong Located close to the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in the Pudong New Area, in northeast Shanghai, this hotel enjoys easy access to a plethora of local attractions, such as the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Shanghai New International Expo Centre, and the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum.
Howard Johnson Plaza This hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, just a step away from Shanghai's busiest shopping and entertainment centre, Nanjing East Pedestrian Mall and the metro right in the heart of the financial district. Facilities include 24-hour reception, hotel safe, currency exchange, cloakroom, lift access and hairdressing salon. Dining and entertainment are provided by the TV lounge, café, bar, pub and restaurant.
Sights and things to do in Shanghai
Nanjing Road This is China’s premier shopping street and for most people it is a must-see. This street is well known to fashion lovers around the world.
Jade Buddha Temple This beautiful Buddhist temple is home to the Chamber of Heavenly Kings, the Great Hall and the Jade Buddha Chamber, where the two statues, one of Buddha sitting and the other representing his death, can be viewed.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai The tower is 468 meters tall and is the world’s third tallest TV and radio tower. The tower’s unique architecture and three-dimensional lighting really adds to the beautiful skyline of Shanghai.
Yuyuan Garden Shanghai The gardens are a welcome retreat from the frantic city life and are designed in the traditional Chinese style.
Evening Cruise on the Huangpu River An evening cruise can be the perfect way to end your day in Shanghai. The cruise passes by some amazing sights including the New Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the People’s Hero Memorial Column.
Dining in Shanghai you will be treated to an array of delicious and exotic food. Chinese food will surprise and delight the taste buds with their delicious flavours. Here are some foods to try while on your city break to shanghai.
Shengjianbao crispy dumplings which have been pan fried and filled with pork and topped with sesame seeds and green onion as a garnish.
Jian Bing is a type of breakfast crepe with an egg on top and sprinkled with cilantro and scallions.
Chuanris the Chinese version of the kebab and people happily much on them late at night on the way home. They can be filled with lamb, chicken, beef, shellfish or eggplant.
Nightlife in Shanghai
Shanghai has an enormous selection of night time entertainment on offer. The terrace on the 58th floor of the Ritz Carlton is worth stopping in and having a drink to enjoy the majestic view of the city, it is pricey but worth it. If you fancy sipping a fancy cocktail in a prohibition style bar head to Senator Saloon. If you are in the mood for dancing head to the jazz bar at the peace hotel where a live jazz band plays. Mokkos is an authentic Chinese bar which is hidden off the beaten track.
Shanghai Airport is officially called Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The airport 30km east of the city centre. There is an express high speed train which runs every fifteen minutes. The 30km journey takes less than 8minutes. There is also a metro, and bus connections to the city.
Weather in Shanghai Spring is a warm and pleasant time to visit Shanghai. March to May is considered the best time to visit. Summer is very hot with temperatures in the mid-thirties; however the city experiences a lot of rainfall during the summer months. Autumn is a cool and more bearable than the humid summer time. Winter is overcast and cold in Shanghai.
Electricity You will need an adapter to use the sockets in China as they are two flat-pronged pinned plugs.
Currency The currency in China is the Renminbi.
Shanghai Time Shanghai is 8 hours ahead of Irish time (+8GMT)
Visa requirements Irish Citizens travelling to China require a visa, apply here well in advance of travel. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/pdf/visa-application.pdf