20 Best City Breaks in the World

Shanghai, China

Home to 24 million people (and counting), Shanghai is enormous — a sprawling Chinese metropolis that teems with life, and a destination that can prove daunting for the uninitiated. Feeling nervous about paying a visit? Take our advice and take the plunge. Shanghai might appear intimidating at first, but there’s nowhere else quite like it on Earth.

In urban terms, this is a global powerhouse, but tackled as a tourist destination, Shanghai can be broken down into manageable chunks, all simple enough to negotiate and packed with attractions and activities. Start in The Bund — aka Waitan — a waterfront promenade that is lined with colonial-style architecture and offers breathtaking views of Pudong’s futuristic skyline just across the mighty Huangpu River.

Keen to escape the city’s bustling streets? Head to the famed Yuyuan Garden and take a breather amongst the calming pools and pavilions. Sit and watch the fish for a while, before savouring the beautiful blossoms that are so abundant in spring and summer.


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