The Rough Guide to Shanghai

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Practical travel guide to Shanghai featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Shanghai. The Rough Guide to Shanghai also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Shanghai, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Shanghai covers: The Bund and Nanjing Don Lu, People's Square, The Old City and around, The Old French Concession, Jing’an, Pudong, Hongkou, Xujiahui and beyond, around Shanghai.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Shanghai, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Moganshan Road art district to family activities in child-friendly places, like Yu Gardens or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Shanghai Tower.


Essential pre-departure information including Shanghai entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Shanghai give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for shopping, river cruises, fine-dining or exploring Art Deco architecture and art museums.


Rough Guides' rundown of Bund, Nanjing Don Lu, Pudong and Suzhou's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Shanghai, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Shanghai, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Shanghai, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Xi Hu and the spectacular Yufo Temple.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Hangzhou, Qibao and many more locations in Shanghai, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241279021
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 7/5/2017
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.0 out of 5, 4 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Error in printing, pages are missing

Reviewed on May 29, 2019
Paperback | Verified

The guide in itself isn't bad. It's quite concise with only very few pictures but has every basic info you want to know about Shanghai EXCEPT that some pages are missing as it jumps from page 80 to 97 but pages 97 to 112 were printed twice rendering the guide frankly useless since the whole parts about central Shanghai (Pudong for example) are not in. A complete rip-off.

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on July 03, 2018
Paperback | Verified

Excellent guide

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on June 22, 2018
Paperback | Verified

Very helpful in planning, and used during our visit.

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