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Where to Stay in Shanghai

A good accommodation is quite important for a trip. For those who come to Shanghai for the first time, they may not know where to stay in Shanghai to get the most convenience for sightseeing and shopping in this metropolis.

How Shanghai Districts are Charted

Shanghai is divided into 16 districts. They are Huangpu District (黄浦), Xuhui District(徐汇), Changning District (长宁), Jinan Distric (静安), Putuo District (普陀), Hongkou District (虹口), Yangpu District (杨浦), Minhang District (闵行), Baoshan District (宝山), Jiading District (嘉定), Pudong District (浦东), Jinshan District (金山), Songjiang District (松江), Qingpu District (青浦), Fengxian District (奉贤), Chongming District (崇明).

Pudong New District (浦东新区,literally Huangpu River east new district) is located to the east bank of Huangpu River. Puxi Area (浦西, literally Huangpu River west) is a collective name of all the rest districts to the west bank of Huangpu River by locals.

Where are Shanghai Scenic Spots Located?

Below is a tourist map of Shanghai which illustartes the districts of Shanghai and also with scenic spots marks on it.

tourist map of shanghai

Pudong New District (浦东新区) is where those most picturesque shanghai landmark skyscrapers are located. Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Jingmao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre, they are all standing at the east bank of the Huangpu River facing the Bund which is sitting at the west bank. Over the years, numerous tourists coming from all over the worlds had taken photographs with those sky scrapers as the background. Hence if you are on a business trip with a few meetings to attend in those financial buildings, hotels locating at Pudong District will suit you more as a business traveller. By the way, Pudong new district is the most dense population area of this international metropolis.

Puxi Area (浦西),  is where those popular scenic spots are located. Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, People's Square,  Nanjing Rd Pedestrian and Jade Buddhist Temple etc are all located at Puxi area. Except the Jade Buddhist Temple is located in Putuo district (普陀区) , the rest of what we just mentioned are all located in Huangpu district (黄浦区). As a sight-seeing traveller, hotels locating near those tour sites especially in Huangpu district will suit you to the most convenience.

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Where to Stay in Shanghai? In conclusion, the best location to stay in Shanghai depends on what you want to see in Shanghai. For tourists, we would suggest you to choose hotels in city center of Shanghai for the most convenience, which is marked as red square area in the photograph below.

most popular staying area suggested for shanghai tourists

Like all the other metropolis, Shanghai has an excellent efficient metro system, so as long as you are staying within walking distance of a metro station, you won't have any problems getting around in Shanghai. Below is an ultimately detailed Shanghai metro map provided by us in assisting our clients getting around in Shanghai in a much easier way.

metro map of shanghai

The Bund Area

The Bund Area should be on the top of the choice about where to stay in Shanghai. Visitors who stay in this area can catch either views of Pudong skyscrapers across the river or the Bund's colonial buildings. The Bund, where you can see the beautiful architectures and have a river cruise at night, is also easy to other places like Yuyuan Garden, Nanjing Road (for shopping), Xintiandi (bars, coffee stores for nightlife) within walking distance. There are a lot of star-hotels in this area, Oriental Riverside Bund View Hotel, Hyatt on the Bund, The Bund Hotel, etc.

the bund

People Square Area

Staying in People Square area is of great convenience. Metro Lines like Line 1, 2 and 8 can reach this place. There are a lot of large department stores and shopping streets. Many popular scenic spots are near to the square, like Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, the Great World, Nanjing Road. It is withing waling distance to the Bund and Yuyuan Garden. Also, it is 2 metro-stations away from Lujiazhu.

shanghai people square

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street is a famous place for tourists to have a leisure stroll and for shopping. Guests can go to the Pedestrian Mall or People's Square nearby for Shopping. It is near to the Bund as well, with walking distance. And other famous attractions like Jade Buddhist Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi are closed to this places as well. There are a variety of hotels for you to choose from, from 3 star budget hotels to 5 star deluxe hotels. You may choose the one that meets your budget to decide where to stay in Shanghai.

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5 Star Hotels

►Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Former Shanghai Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel)
Address: 595 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Surrounding: Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street center, near the Bund and People Park

Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai (Shanghai Heping Fandian) 
Address: 20 Nanjing Road E, Shanghai, China 200002
Surrounding: The Bund, Nanjing Road, Orient Pearl TV Tower, Lu Jia Zui Financial Zone

4 Star Hotels

►Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi Hotel
: No.338 Hengfeng Road, Shanghai 200070, China
Nearby: Renmin Park, Plaza 66 Shopping Mall, People's Square, Nanjing Road

►Equatorial Hotel Shanghai
Address: 65 Yanan Road West, Shanghai 200040 China
Nearby: The Bund, Xintiandi, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Exhibition Center

3 Star Hotels

►Kingtown River Hotel Plaza Shanghai
: 126 Xinzha Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Surrounding: People's Square, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum

►Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei
Address: No 1738 Zhongxing Road, Shanghai 200070 China
Nearby: The Bund, Nanjing Road, M50 Arts Community, Jade Buddha Temple, Circus World Shanghai


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