Travel Guide Books Shanghai

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Shanghai: few cities in the world evoke so much history, excess, glamour, mystique and exotic promise in name alone.

Travelling to Shanghai? Here are our recommended travel guidebooks & maps to help you get the most of your adventure.

Best for backpackers and budget travellers to Shanghai

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Lonely Planet Shanghai

Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Shanghai, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.


  • inspirational images, 3D illustrations, city walks and recommendations from our expert authors
  • planning features and top itineraries to help you plan the perfect trip
  • local secrets and hidden travel gems that will make your trip unique

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Rough Guide to Shanghai

Cutting through the hype, The Rough Guide to Shanghai reveals the best places to shop, from fake markets to backstreet tailors; to sleep, whether you want a quirky hostel, Art Deco cool or a luxury sky scraping suite; and to eat, from destination restaurants to humble dumpling stalls.


  • Day-trips include quaint canal towns, the new Chinese Disneyland and lovely Nanxiang, made newly accessible by the expanding metro network.
  • Day-trips include quaint canal towns, the new Chinese Disneyland and lovely Nanxiang, made newly accessible by the expanding metro network.

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Insight Guides Experience Shanghai

Whatever you're in the mood for, the dynamic metropolis of Shanghai offers a wealth of things to do in the city. Be inspired to visit by this abeautifully-packaged full-colour guide to China's most exciting destination.


  • Covers all the very best experiences on offer in Shanghai.
  • Stunning, colourful photography brings this vibrant city and its people to life.
  • Local expert authors guide you to authentic Shanghai experiences and fresh discoveries.

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Best for travellers with a tour group

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Insight Guides Shanghai City Guide

This guidebook is ideal for travellers seeking immersive cultural experiences, but who don’t need access to detailed accommodation and restaurant listings.


  • in-depth on history and culture
  • invaluable maps
  • inspirational colour photography throughout

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Best for walkers

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Insight Guides Explore Shanghai

This full-colour guide contains 15 easy-to- follow routes which lead you from the famous waterfront Bund and Old City's neighborhoods to Pudong's glittering skyscrapers and out to the landscaped gardens of Suzhou and Hangzhou. Insight's trademark cultural coverage perfectly sets the routes in context, with introductions to Shanghai's fabulous cuisine, wealth of architecture and historical significance. Each route guides you through an interesting area with clear directions, a detailed map and authentic places to eat and drink along the way. All routes are plotted on the pull-out map. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, and however long your stay, Explore Shanghai will guide you to the best of the Paris of the East.

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