Shanghai, China travel tips

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For a slower, quieter experience of Shanghai, get up early and head to one of the city's parks. You'll find residents practicing tai chi, and bird cages hanging from trees. Their human companions like to get them out in the morning to chirp with their friends.

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For a luxury experience, stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong.

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One of the best places to stay in Shanghai is the PuLi HOtel and Spa.

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Be sure to stay at The Peninsula, one of the city's best hotels.

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For a lovely stay in the city, book a room at the Fairmont Peace Hotel.

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For a luxury stay in China, book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai.

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Wine lovers should not miss the chance to try Chinese wines, which are highly rated.

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If you feel the need to get away from the city, keep in mind that Royal Caribbean now offers cruises from Shanghai.

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Art lover should check out the colossal China Art Palace.

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Old Shanghai is in danger of disappearing, thanks to continuous development. To see a bit of historic Shanghai, visit one of the city's laneways, especially Jing'an Villa, lined with quaint shops and cafes.

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Budget wisely, as Shanghai is China's most expensive city.

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Shanghai has the world's longest subway system, making travel within the city easy and efficient.

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For a luxury experience, book a room at the Portman Ritz-Carlton, which is centrally located and has large rooms.

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Taxis are plentiful and clean in Shanghai. They're also cheap. Unfortunately, if you don't speak Chinese, you will find it impossible to communicate with your driver. To avoid this problem, have the concierge at your hotel write the name of your destination in Chinese script.

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Tipping is not expected in Shanghai.

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Shoppers will love Shanghai. Anything that you might want can easily be found in the city. But the must-have goods in Shanghai are pearls, silk, and cashmere.

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To get a glimpse of Old Shanghai, wander through the narrow streets of the Dajing Lu food market. You'll find mahjong parlors, and all manner of life in Old Shanghai.

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If you want to experience the city's nightlife, check out the Xintiandi district.

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