A capitalist Mecca with a communist past Shanghai

first_imgA capitalist Mecca with a communist past, Shanghai is perhaps East Asia’s most thrilling metropolis.Name: Gareth WilliamsRole at Skyscanner: Co-Founder and CEOWhy? I fancied exploring a city which was culturally very different to anything I had experienced before – and I heard the food was excellent.Stay: In the very reasonably priced Astor House Hotel for a flavour of Shanghai in the 1930s. Former guests include Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein.Eat: Noodles from street vendors at any opportunity and at any time of the day or night. Ordering from restaurant menus is a game of breathless anticipation regarding what might turn up. Crystal Jade in the South Block of Xintiandi does fantastic Dim Sum and “la mian” noodles.Don’t Miss: The unbelievable Maglev train from Pu Dong International Airport to downtown Shanghai which goes 470kph and costs £3. Also check out the numerous food markets, the French Concession and enjoy high-rise cocktails in the Vue Bar in the Hyatt on the Bund. The garden area of Sasha’s on Dongping Lu is also a very pleasant place to spend an evening in the summerDo Miss: Getting hauled into back-street lock ups off the Nanjing Road to haggle over the price of counterfeit designer goods – you will lose. Top Tip: Choose restaurants with pictures on their menus to stand a fighting chance of not ending up with twelve desserts. And if you want a beer with your street noodles, it’s a tenth of the price of the same brand in a hotel.Fly to Shanghai from: London Heathrow or Manchester.Find cheap flights to ShanghaiRead more Skyscanner Staff favourites ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedHoliday in China with these incredible flight deals from LufthansaThis beautifully diverse and vast country spans over nine million kilometres and has so much to offer travellers. Experience a melange of epic history from centuries past with rapid modernisation. In partnership with Lufthansa.       If you want to climb the Great Wall of China in Beijing, experience…The ultimate holiday bucket list for your trip to ChinaChina is home to ancient wonders and modern marvels, from the breathtaking Great Wall to the spiky futuristic skyline of Shanghai. If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime to the Middle Kingdom, make sure to tick off these 10 must-see destinations in China – all of which are easy…Kolkata (Calcutta): Skyscanner Staff FavouritesA city left behind by modern India, Communist led Kolkata (Calcutta) is a metropolis like no otherlast_img

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