Snap up a great flight to Shanghai
This is one of China’s must-see cities, full of non-stop glamour, shopping, dining and cultural creativity. Qantas fly direct to Shanghai from Sydney, Air China fly direct to Shanghai from Melbourne and Sydney, while China Eastern flies from Melbourne and Sydney with seasonal flights from Cairns. You can also travel via other Asian cities on airlines such as China Southern, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.
Shanghai has two airports, the main international airport at Pudong and a smaller airport across the city at Hongqiao, where you’ll probably arrive on low cost carriers or connecting domestic flights. There are also domestic flights into Shanghai from dozens of Chinese cities.
Average flight time: About 11 hours from Sydney.
Daily flights from: Sydney and Melbourne with Cairns operating seasonally.
Major airlines: Qantas, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
More destinations to discover
Shanghai is one of the world’s biggest cities, and has enough shopping, dining and people-watching to keep you going for as long as you have energy. But don’t limit yourself to Shanghai as there are some nearby attractions that are well worth a day trip while you’re there.
This town, 98 kilometres west of Shanghai, makes for an easy day trip, though you may wish you’d stayed longer. The ‘Venice of the East’ is crisscrossed with canals and studded with classical Chinese gardens, some World Heritage listed. It also has an attractive and bustling central shopping district.
A 90-minute train ride southwest of Shanghai, romantic Hangzhou is a honeymooners’ favourite and well worth an overnight stay. Famous for its scenic, pagoda-dotted West Lake and surrounding tea plantations, it’s a place to stroll, boat and dine by the lakeshore on local specialties such as shrimp and beggar’s chicken.
The Yangzi River west of Shanghai is noted for its many water villages, but Nanxun (90 kilometres from the city) may be the prettiest. The Song Dynasty town features humpback bridges, ancestral halls, traditional houses along cobblestone lanes and some grand mansions of 19th century merchants. Canal-side walkways are charming.