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Shanghai Travel Guide

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What has made Shanghai the world's most populous city? It's a modern day commercial mecca! Shanghai celebrates its prosperity with monuments of industry, like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Its rapid evolution keeps the skyline changing and the fashions fleeting, meaning that familiarity is one thing that you should kiss goodbye in Shanghai. If you can embrace the unexpected, the radically new, and the immense crowds, you're ready to tackle China's ... continue» Read More

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When to Visit Shanghai

The best time to visit Shanghai is from October to November. This short autumn season boasts comfortable temperatures and lacks the crowds and rain showers of summer—the peak tourism season. Winter travelers can encounter chilly weather, making urban exploration less enjoyable. The rising temps of spring offer a short sweet spot for travel, as long as you avoid the public holidays. Note that Shanghai is a business-centric city, so hotel rates usually drop over the weekends. 

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Getting Around Shanghai

The best way to get around Shanghai is the metro. Immune to traffic (though crowding is inevitable), the metro is a fast and cheap way to travel within the city, and its extensive reach will put you close to all the top attractions and hotels. Taxis are another convenient and useful option, but they'll cost you a bit more. Buses will take you for a wild ride through the streets, so consider opting for the metro instead. Walking through Shanghai is an awe-inspiring experience and the only way to familiarize yourself with individual neighborhoods. That said, conquering the entire city on foot is an impossible feat. Biking through downtown Shanghai may seem like a death wish to some, but others find it to be a cheap and thrilling means of getting around.

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