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Shanghai - China

Befitting its role as China's most cosmopolitan city, Shanghai boasts a bewilderingly large number of business and luxury hotels. Most of them are not cheap, leaving little variety and few options for the budget traveller. But if you want to travel in style, there is no better place in China to do so than Shanghai. Travel within Shanghai proves fairly fluid, and getting across town is generally hassle-free. Hotels abound, and travellers with sufficient funds can get finicky about location necessities and desires.

The Bund Nostalgic visitors looking for a taste of Shanghai's colonial past should not pass up a stay at the historic Peace Hotel. Known as the Cathay Hotel in its prime, this was once the hotel of choice for Shanghai's elite travellers, and it maintains an internationally renowned reputation as one of the most famous hotels in the world. Dating back to the early twentieth century, the Peace Hotel features carefully restored art deco interiors.

Just around the corner from the Peace Hotel, the affordable Pu Jiang Hotel on Huang Pu Road provides travellers a taste of Shanghai's past at considerably lower prices (and considerably lower standards) than the more famous Peace Hotel. Once known as the Astor House Hotel, it also dates back to the turn of the 20th century but is more popular with backpackers and budget travellers as it is one of the few hotels in Shanghai that offers economical dorm-room beds.

Hong Qiao District This district provides a home to the ShanghaiMart, Intex Shanghai, Shanghai International Trade centre and the Hong Qiao International Airport. Most hotels in this area cater to the needs of business travellers. Highly recommended lodgings include The Westin Tai Pin Yang Hotel, the Yang Tze New World Hotel, and the Hotel Nikko Longbai Shanghai. Also noteworthy are the Shanghai Worldfield Convention Hotel and the Galaxy Hotel.

Nan Jing Road Along with Yanan Road and Huai Hai Road, Nan Jing Road spans Shanghai's city centre from east to west. For the ultimate in hotel stays, try the elegant Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Shanghai centre. Half a block east on Nan Jing Road lies the ever-pleasing Shanghai JC Mandarin Hotel. Also on Nan Jing Road, the Sofitel Hyland Hotel sits within walking distance of the Bund and shops on the pedestrian-only section of Nan Jing East Road.

Old French Concession Area The Regal International East Asia Hotel provides the conveniences the business traveller needs and the facilities and location the leisure traveller enjoys. The Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai affords all that plus a touch of history. It once housed the French Club, and its lush gardens have provided respite from Shanghai's congestion for almost a century. Across the street lies the equally impressive Jin Jiang Hotel. Originally built to house foreign diplomats and businessmen, the hotel retains its lavish art deco design.

Pu Dong The 88-story Grand Hyatt Shanghai, responsible for holding Shanghai's skyline up and boasting the record for the world's tallest hotel, claims title to the most notable of Pudong's hotels for business-travellers. The surrounding Lu Jia Zui financial area also houses the Pu Dong Shangri-La Hotel and the Shanghai International Convention centre Hotel. Other noteworthy hotels located in Pudong include the New Asia Tomson Hotel, the Holiday Inn Pu Dong, the Grand You You Hotel and the Hotel Nikko Pu Dong.
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