15 January, 2018
Shanghai is China in a microcosm. All the sizzling soy noodles, pork bellies and wontons you could ask for burst from its heady food courts. The most UFO-like skyscrapers sprout from the neon-hazed blocks of Pudong. Colonial history oozes from the regal hotel facades along the Huangpu River. And you can delve into ancient water towns where gabled temples and dynastic pagodas keep watch over rickshaw-rattling lanes. All that immersion and more awaits those who seek out cheap flights to Shanghai from Australia. Thankfully, there are countless options, with lots of nonstop links from big hubs like Sydney, and extra single-stop ticket deals throughout the whole year.
Shanghai's historic anchor is the Bund. Walk the tree-shaded promenade and glance up for colonial and Art Deco buildings aplenty.
Get a moment of calm in the metropolis by making for Yu Garden, where lily-padded ponds and pavilions converge on holy rockeries.
The soaring Space Module observation point has sweeping city views more than 300 meters up in this strange and awe-inspiring Shanghai skyscraper.