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With a history of more than 700 years, Shanghai was once the financial centre for the Far East. Now finally, after suffering the ravages of war, turmoil and economic crisis, the fortunes of Shanghai have been revived, thanks to the great reforms of the 1990s. A favourable national policy and efficient administration have come together to enhance the city's economic development. The aim of the Municipal Government is to turn Shanghai into a modern metropolis and a world economic, financial, trading and shipping empire by the year 2020.
Shanghai is a city of contradictions; in the eyes of westerners it has special oriental charm, whilst in the eyes of the Chinese it has a fresh western style. The old say that Shanghai is modern and fashionable, whilst the young say that Shanghai is old and reminiscent.
The gateway to the Yangzte River delta, Shanghai has so much to offer to enhance your China holiday. Dining will be one of the most enjoyable aspects of your visit, as there is a multitude of restaurants offering a vast array of local and international dishes. It is also shopper's paradise with a wide choice of commercial streets and shopping centres.
Luxury Shanghai holidays and tours with Abercrombie & Kent will allow you to discover and enjoy this unique modern metropolis.
Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.
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My mother and I wanted to let you know how delighted we are with the excellent holiday you arranged for us to China in April. You understood perfectly our expectations for this once in a lifetime trip – what we wanted to see, what we wanted to experience and the level of luxury we wanted. The itinerary you prepared offered us a great overview of China, allowing us to see so much of the vast country crossing so many different regions and landscapes. The whole holiday really was a fantastic experience!
- JS, London