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What to do in Pudong

Pudong Hotels

Spreading out on the east side of the Huangpu River, Pudong is where you’ll find the beating heart of the financial district, Lujiazui. Dubbed the Wall Street of China, this is a gleaming forest of sleek, jaw-droppingly tall office blocks, many of which have become mythologised in movies. By night it all becomes a futuristic wonderland of colourful lights and blinking signs, while by day you can gaze out beyond the temples of commerce to the mighty flow of the river which divides China’s largest city in two.

Things to see

When it comes to urban architectural marvels, Pudong is right up there with Manhattan. Here the vast sky is pierced by soaring skyscrapers, many of which are attractions in their own right. The most striking is Shanghai Tower, a distinctively twisting structure of glass which happens to be the second-tallest building in the world. Right alongside it are two other behemoths: the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Jin Mao Tower, whose Skywalk offers sweeping, panoramic views across the whole of Shanghai. Distinctively different from the steely monoliths around it, the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower is another icon of the city, with its 11 spheres of varying sizes giving it a pleasingly kitsch, retro-futuristic look. If spending all this time in the modern sprawl has you hankering for nature, head to Pudong’s Century Park. An emerald oasis covering over 140 hectares, it offers a lush respite from the glass and steel metropolis, with its wooded areas and winding paths making it ideal for cycling and hiking.

Hotels in Pudong

This is the financial heart of the city, so it’s no surprise that Pudong hotels include some of the most extravagant and regal in Shanghai, catering to wealthy business travellers and luxury-seeking tourists alike. Here you’ll find guestrooms designed to cutting-edge contemporary styles, along with vast indoor pools, decadent cocktail bars and fitness centres offering views of the sparkling city as you work out. Of course, if you’d rather save your budget for other things in Shanghai, you can opt for one of the more modest Pudong hotels, which include no-frills motels offering simple comforts within easy travelling distance of the major attractions.

Where to stay

Technically speaking, Pudong makes up a huge slice of Shanghai, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to potential places to stay. As you might expect, there’s no shortage of hotels clustered within the financial district itself, which is perfect if you’re here on business and need to be close to the towering offices, or if you just fancy being in the thick of the action with views of the river from your window. Alternatively, you could opt to stay further eastwards, where more hotels are scattered close to Pudong International Airport – ideal if you have very early or late flights.

How to get to Pudong

Pudong is, unsurprisingly, the area which contains Pudong International Airport, which is the main gateway for overseas visitors to Shanghai. Situated along the banks of the Yangtze River, the airport boasts superb travel connections to the heart of the city – you can hop on the metro, or if you want to get places even more swiftly you can make use of the sleek maglev train services. Either way, Pudong is easy to navigate through, and the metro can also get you to Puxi, on the west side of the city, in no time.

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