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List the Ultimate Shanghai City Guide - City That Just Begs for Wandering

Shanghai is a highly renowned metropolis that is at the pinnacle of city life. Timing your holiday in Shanghai to coincide with some of Shanghai's most coveted events, however, remains a challenge due to the sheer variety of events taking place. Here are a few tips on finding the perfect time to visit Shanghai.


Shopaholic's Haven

Shanghai is a shopper's paradise and is rightfully known as the oriental Paris, featuring a massive selection of commercial goods, visitors will have plenty to take home after a few hours if shopping in the bustling streets of shanghai. You will come across over 600 businesses including bars and cafes when you walk down the 3.4 km Nanjing Road. From high-end luxury goods, all the way to affordable budget items, the shopping options in Shanghai come in a truly remarkable range. The North Sichuan Road is the place to go to if you are requiring day to day items. If you have a hankering for modern, fashionable items, visit Huaihai Road for something to suit the fashionista in you. The Antique Market on Dong Tai Road, wholesale stone and pearl market in Fuyou Lu, fashion and gift market in Pudong, South Bund fabric market, Tianshan Tea Market, Friday Muslim Street Market, flower, bird, fish and insect markets are among other shopping destinations. Some of the other popular destinations include Yuyuan Shopping City, Xujiahui Shopping Centre as well as the intriguing Jilai Sleepless City.



The city's lively nightlife offers options ranging from smoky jazz clubs reminiscent of the 1920s to cocktail bars and lounges. An extraordinary choice of drinks, gourmet food, lives music for dancing and listening and characteristic of these places. Black and white Chinese movies locally produced English-language plays and book readings are also featured here. Aside from pubs, bars, trendy restaurants and nightclubs, the Shanghai nightlife also has something for art aficionados. For instance, the Oriental Art Centre and the Grand Theatre offer interesting entertainment options for night owls


Consider the Season

Travelling to Shanghai during bad weather can make a dream vacation a nightmare in no time. As in the case of most tourist hubs, Shanghai's peak tourist season brings with it a large influx of tourists as well as higher rates when it comes to hotel rates and airfare. For travellers to Shanghai, there is a wide range of accommodation options available all around the city. However, the best option for those who wish to stay a little longer to get the most of the magnificent city, a service apartment Shanghai would make a better choice such as the Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai. As a city that experiences seasonal weather changes that are often compared to the weather conditions prevalent in the USA's south-eastern shorelines springtime in Shanghai falls between the months of March and May. Public holidays also brings local tourists in their tens of thousands to the city congesting Shanghai's public transport system while the 2 weeks prior to and after the Chinese New Year should also be avoided as millions of locals return home for the holidays during the period.