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Gatwick destination guide - Shanghai

From December, Gatwick passengers will be able to fly directly to Shanghai. But what should we see, do and eat there? We delved in to find out the buzz on China's largest city.

Holidays to Shanghai

It may be a major global business hub, but there's way more to Shanghai and it's an amazing place to visit for both business and pleasure.

The largest city in China and the second largest city in the world by population, Shanghai has an incredible 24 million residents. Emerging as a major port city in the nineteenth century, but dating back as far as the eleventh century, the characters used to make up the name Shanghai translate as "upon-the-sea."

What to do in Shanghai

There are spectacular sights a-plenty in Shanghai - enough to tempt even the most seasoned traveller. Check out Yu Garden, a famous classical garden. 

The Bund is a stunning waterside boulevard which can be reached by a leisurely boat ride along the Huangpu River. Here, you'll find a vibrant street scene which captures the spirit of Shanghai.

Don't miss the iconic Oriental Pearl tower which has incredible views of the entire city.

Take a ride on board the Maglev, the fastest train in the world. Soak up the city's culture at the Shanghai Museum, or indulge your inner child at Disneyland Park.

The combination of heritage buildings and cutting-edge architecture makes for a fascinating place to spend a holiday.

What should I eat in Shanghai?

Shanghai's culinary scene ranges from tasty street food to fine dining in the city's most exclusive restaurants - and everything in between!

Wondering what exactly to eat in Shanghai?

CNN has rounded up 40 of the best things you can eat in Shanghai - check out their list here.

Where is best to shop in Shanghai?

Naturally, one of the world's biggest business hubs has a huge and ecletic retail offering to people visiting Shanghai.

In fact, Shanghai has been hailed as the "shopping paradise" and the "Oriental Paris" for its thriving shopping scene.

Shanghai's shopping zones are divided into "four streets and four cities", so it's easy to find what you need. 

Find out more about shopping in Shanghai, including where to go and what to buy, here.

How can I get from Gatwick to Shanghai?

China Eastern, the second largest airline in China, is set to launch a brand new direct service from Gatwick to Shanghai this December. Gatwick passengers will be able to travel to China's biggest city three times a week.

Where to park at Gatwick before you fly to Shanghai

Ahead of a long-haul journey, the last thing you want is to wait around for shuttle buses. That's where our Gatwick Airport approved meet and greet parking service comes in.

A friendly Help Me Park driver will meet you at the airport terminal and wave you off on your journey, so you can begin your trip in style right away.

Your car will be parked in one of our two Park Mark approved car parks, a short distance from the airport. Get a quote here.