Growing up, I would make periodic trips to Shanghai but it wasn't until 2012 when I got a chance to stay in this metropolis for a month to study Mandarin.

What you'll find about Shanghai is that each neighbourhood is unique, has its own character, and offers something different whether it be cuisine, the people that live there, the sights, the architecture, or influences.

Shanghai has one of the most extensive subway networks in the world.  It can get you anywhere you need to go.

Shanghai Quick Tips

Dress for the weather – The temperatures in Shanghai can be quite extreme especially in the summer when it's insanely hot.

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The Bund and People's Square Neighbourhood

It doesn't get any more central than this neighbourhood in Shanghai and is a great place to stay whether it's your first time or a regular.


This part of the city is the original city's core that dates back to before the 1900s.

Old Town Neighbourhood

Also known as the Former French Concession (FFC), this is easily one of the hippest and coolest spots to live and explore in Shanghai.

French Concession Neighbourhood

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