With a population of nearly 15 million, Shanghai is China's most populous city. But it's much more than crowded streets and soaring skyscrapers. It's also an intensely modern and global city, with many of China's Generation Y calling it home. With only 48 hours, we've narrowed our guide down to simply the most essential, can't-miss-it hotels, restaurants and attractions. Ready, set, go!
No.100 Renmin Main Street, Huangpu District
To understand the true scale of Shanghai and its ongoing building boom, visit the Master Plan Hall of this museum.
No.100 Century Avenue, Pudong New District
You can’t miss Park Hyatt Shanghai — its towering screwdriver-like structure is the tallest skyscraper in the city.
201 Ren Min Da Dao
With 120,000 works of art on view, this premier collection of Chinese artifacts warrants at least half a day.
Building 1, No.100 Century Ave, Pudong New Area
Three panoramic terraces, one of which has a transparent floor, offer extraordinary views over Shanghai.
HuangPu District GuangDong Road 20 WaiTan 5 Building 7 Floor
This is the oldest of the luxury Bund restaurants, and is worth eating at just for the extraordinary view.
Fuxing Park 86
No.2 Gaolan Road
Who needs a ballroom when you have a whole park to waltz through?
Lost Heaven 87
38 Gaoyou Rd (south of West Fuxing Rd)
This expat favourite specializes in the cuisine of Yunnan province.
Lane 181, Taicang Road, Huangpu District
Xintiandi was the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party; now this restored two-block district is defined by upscale shops and restaurants.
Fu 1088 82
375 Zhenning Lu
While not strictly traditional, the food features delicious, modern spins on classical Shanghainese dishes.
1F Building No.2, No.3 Fenyang Road, Xuhui District
You haven’t had a proper Shanghai brunch until you’ve dug into plates of duck-fat French fries and eggs Benedict at Madison.
Jean Georges 84
4F, No. 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai, China
The Shanghai branch of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's garlanded New York restaurant offers French with hints of Asia (lemongrass, coconut), each dish small but perfect in every way.