Jing'an Temple

Planning Your Trip

As China’s biggest city and one of the most populous cities in the world with more than 24 million residents, Shanghai is a bustling metropolis with something to appeal to travelers from all corners of the globe. Whether visiting on business or to shop, stroll the Bund and tour the Yu Garden, here’s what to bring along.

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What to Pack

If traveling on business, be sure to bring plenty of business cards to exchange at the beginning of all meetings. It is customary and polite to receive any business cards with both hands and read them immediately. 

Business Travel
  • Shanghai tends to be a relatively casual city in terms of everyday dress, but for business functions in this global financial hub, it’s wise to err on the side of formality. 
  • For men, a traditional dark suit and tie is the most common mode of dress.

  • In some more casual environments, eschewing a suit jacket and just wearing a shirt and slacks is acceptable for men, particularly in summer.

  • For women, err on the conservative side — no low-cut blouses or loud patterns — and opt for lower heels or flats.
Exploring the City
  • There is so much to see and do in this sprawling city, from shopping along Nanjing Road to touring the Shanghai Museum. From your base in the historic Puxi neighborhood, here’s what to pack to experience it all in comfort and style.


  • You’ll likely spend quite a bit of your time walking through the City on the Sea to take in both its historic charms and modern wonders, so pack a pair of comfortable shoes.

  • Summer temperatures peak in the 80s in July, but air conditioning is plentiful, so wear layers and bring a light jacket or a shawl to put on indoors.

  • If you’re planning a night out for dinner and drinks, trendy, but not flashy, Western-style dress prevails. 
Day Trips
  • While there is much to do immediately around the hotel in the historic Puxi neighborhood, there are many exciting activities to be had just a bit farther afield. Bring these essentials if you’re planning to venture out of town.


  • Particularly with children in tow, a visit to the Shanghai Happy Valley Amusement Park is a must. If visiting in winter, be sure to bring a warm coat and hat as temperatures hover just above freezing.

  • A compact umbrella is a must-have both for a sudden shower as well as for the plentiful sun that abounds most of the summer months.

  • A chic, lightweight backpack is perfect for stashing a water bottle, a layer and perhaps light snacks if you’re planning on being out all day.  
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What to Reserve

There is so much to do and see in Shanghai from shopping and visiting ancient sights to enjoying unique activities like the Formula 1 Grand Prix and world-class dining. Consider ending a busy day of touring with a relaxing spa treatment at the hotel. Here are some activities you should plan in advance.

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Once nicknamed the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai has long been a cultural hub for visitors from around the world and, today is one of the world’s largest metropolises with 24 million residents. The magic of the city is its diversity — not just in people. Wandering the bustling neon city, you’re met with futuristic skyscrapers that sit side by side with colorful ancient temples. Spend days browsing world-class art, dining on masterfully prepared traditional dishes and exploring the city’s many gorgeous parks and monuments.