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
This leafy park, laid out by the French in 1909 and later used by the Japanese as a parade ground in the late 1930s, remains one of the city’s more pleasant.
Lost Heaven 86
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 81
375 Zhenning Lu
Tucked away behind an iron gate on a busy one-way street, this gem of a restaurant in a three-story mansion offers some of the best Shanghainese cuisine in town.
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 82
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.