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Shining Shanghai

Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is a city of excess, glamour, history, modernism and culture. It is China’s largest city and has become one of the most popular tourism hubs in Asia in recent years and is often referred to as the Paris of the East. This is thanks to its multicultural atmosphere, grand architecture, extreme wealth and massive variety of things to do, see and explore in the city.

Old and new architecture

Shanghai is home to some of the world’s most intriguing contemporary architecture, including the second tallest tower in the world, the Shanghai Tower. The Shanghai Tower is an amazing 632 metres high and claims to be the world’s greenest skyscraper.

As well as shining skyscrapers, there is a whole host of other architectural styles throughout Shanghai. Within the city you’ll see Buddhist temples, art deco buildings from the 1920s and 1930s, Jewish synagogues, colonial buildings from the 1800s, Jesuit cathedrals and much more.

At the heart of the city lies the Bund, a world-renowned waterfront promenade peppered with colonial style architecture. From this area, you can look across the Huangpu River to the ultramodern, towering skyline of the Pudong district. This is the ideal spot to view where old and new meet and blend seamlessly.

Rooftop bars

With so many skyscrapers around the city, it’s no wonder there are a multitude of great rooftop bars, restaurants and clubs to enjoy. Favourites with locals and visitors include Bar Rouge, The Fellas, The Roof at The Waterhouse, The Nest, VUE Bar and the glamorous TOPS atop the Banyan Tree Hotel.

Head to one of these chic locations in time for sunset and enjoy as the city changes from daytime to night-time before your eyes. As darkness descends, Shanghai is lit up by colourful lights and shimmers well into the night.

Shopping heaven

With Chinese shoppers making up around half of the global luxury goods market, shopping is something of a sport in Shanghai. You’ll find all the major luxury fashion brands in the city, as well as high street stores, vintage shops, day and night markets, designer outlets and more.

Eat your way through Shanghai

As Shanghai has transformed into the major financial and economic centre that it is today, the restaurant scene has improved rapidly. Now, Shanghai has its very own Michelin Dining Guide for 2017 and there are a range of both Chinese and international restaurants. Snap up some sushi at Sushi Oyama, enjoy Jason Atherton’s relaxed fine dining at Commune Social, and admire the views while dining on delicious Chinese dishes at Wan Hao on the 38th floor of the JW Marriot Shanghai.

Let Chapman Freeborn handle your private jet requirements for your trip to Shanghai, China. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is just 12 miles from the city and Shanghai Pudong International Airport is less than 30 miles away. Shanghai is one of the most popular destinations that we charter private jets to and from, and we’d be delighted to handle your travel requirements.