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50 Weekend Getaways

Some ideas to inspire the wanderlust within you

Looking to get out of Shanghai? Here are fifty travel ideas to inspire the wanderlust within you.

 

Nanjing

Where to go: Xuanwu Lake

Where to stay: Fancy: Fairmont Nanjing 

Budget: 100 Inn Nanjing Yinxiang

Travel from Shanghai: Fast trains (G) are just under 2 hours; tickets are RMB100-300

 

Zhujiajiao 朱家角

What is it? One of the ancient water towns surrounding Shanghai.

Travel from Shanghai: Zhujiajiao can be done in a day trip from Shanghai -- take line: Hùzhū Gāosù Kuàixiàn (Chinese: 沪朱高速快线) from the Pu'an Lu (普安路) bus station from People's Square. RMB12, about 1 hour trip.

 

Jinshan City Beach

What is it? No paradise, but a beach front with sand and patio furniture for rent. Entrance is RMB50 on weekends or RMB30 on weekdays.

Travel from Shanghai: Take the bus to Jinshan Shihua Station (金山石化站) from Shanghai Southwest Bus Station (上海西南汽车站) near Metro Line 1 Jinjiang Park Station. It takes one hour, departs every fifteen minutes at weekends, and costs RMB 10. 

 

Hangzhou

Where to go: West Lake

Where to stay: Fancy: Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale

Budget: Hanting Hi Inn

Travel from Shanghai: Fast trains (G) take ~ 60 minutes; tickets ~RMB75

Find more Hangzhou travel tips here

 

Beijing

Where to go: Forbidden City

Where to stay: Fancy: Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel

Budget: Le Palais Rouge

Travel from Shanghai: Fast trains (G) take 5-6 hours; tickets around RMB485-621

 

Xi'an

Where to go: Old city wall

Where to stay: Fancy: Shangri-La Hotel

Budget: Xi'an Green Forest Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~2.5 hours; tickets around RMB875

 

Chengdu

Where to go: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Where to stay: Fancy: BuddhaZen Hotel

Budget: Henry's International Youth Hostel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~3 hours; tickets from RMB750

 

Chongming Island

Where to go: Chongming Dongping Forest Park

Where to stay: Fancy: Yingtong Hotel

Budget: Qianwei Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Bus (849, 848, 728, 522, 116, 51 or 5) from Exit 6 of the Science and Technology Museum stop on Line 2 takes you to the ferry at Wusong dock

 

Changxing Island & Hengsha Island

Where to go: Xianshan Mountain

Where to stay: Fancy: Changxing International Hotel

Budget: Home Inn Huzhou Changxing Renmin Road

Travel from Shanghai: Bus (849, 848, 728, 522, 116, 51 or 5) from Exit 6 of the Science and Technology Museum stop on Line 2 takes you to the ferry at Wusong Dock

 

Huangshan, Anhui

Where to go: Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Where to stay: Fancy: Huangshan Golf Resort

Budget: Home of Huangshan Hostel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~1 hour, tickets from RMB460

 

Hongcun (宏村), Anhui

What is it? An ancient village located to the southwest of Huangshan 

Where to stay: In Huangshan City

Travel from Shanghai: Buses from Shanghai transfer through the Huangshan station. The remaining trip to Hongcun from Huangshang takes about 40 minutes and costs RMB13.

 

Yantou Village

Where to go: Lishui Jie (Ancient street)

Where to stay: Fancy: Shangri-La Wenzhou

Budget: Rest Motel (Wenzhou Xishan)

Travel from Shanghai: Flights from Shanghai to Wenzhou take about an hour and start at RMB700. Yantou Village lies about 30 kilometers outside of Wenzhou, but hiring a driver is inexpensive.

 

Xiamen

Where to go: University Beach

Where to stay: Fancy: Swiss International Hotel

Budget: Rongshuxia Coffee Guest House (榕树下咖啡旅馆)

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~1.5 hours; tickets from RMB500

 

Shengsi Island 剩四岛

Where to go: Nanchang Beach

Where to stay: Fancy: Feichengwurao Resort

Budget: Fengya Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: From Shanghai, take ferry from Nanpu Daqiao bus station (1.5 hours, RMB145)

For full travel guide click here

 

Zhoushan Island

Where to go: Nansha Beach

Where to stay: Fancy: Landison Hotel Zhoushan

Budget: Fisherman's Lodge (580-603-2217)

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes less than an hour; tickets ~RMB500

 

Weizhou Island

Where to go: Shiluokou

Where to stay: Fancy: Shangri-La Beihai

Budget: Piggy Bar Youth Hostel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is just under 3 hours; tickets from RMB700, then take ferry from Beihai to Weizhou Island

 

Nanji Island

Where to go: Dasha’ao beach

Where to stay: Fancy: Shangri-La Hotel Wenzhou

Budget: Rest Motel (Wenzhou Xishan)

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~1 hour, tickets from RMB320

 

Suzhou

Where to go: Classical gardens of Suzhou (full guide here)

Where to stay: Fancy: Crowne Plaza Hotel Suzhou

Budget: Taohuawu Creative Motel

Travel from Shanghai: Fastest train (G) takes less than a half hour and tickets start at RMB43

 

Moganshan

Where to go: Huzhou Mogan Lake

Where to stay: Fancy: Naked Stables Private Reserve

Budget: Moganshan Natural Home Inn

Travel from Shanghai: ~2.5 hour drive from Shanghai, or take a direct 4 hour bus which leaves 3 times in the morning from the Old North Bus Station. Or, you can take the high speed train to Hangzhou, and take taxi or bus from there.

 

Penglai, Shandong

Where to go: Treaty Port Vineyards

Where to stay: Fancy: Sanxianshan Hotel

Budget: Golden Coast Fishman's House

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~1.5 hours, tickets from RMB350

 

Lijiang, Yunnan

Where to go: Lugu Lake

Where to stay: Fancy: The Bruce Chalet

Budget: Enjoy Inn

Travel from Shanghai: Direct flight is just under 4 hours; tickets from RMB1,900

 

Wuyi Shan, Fujian

Where to go: Jiuqu Stream in Wuyishan Mountain

Where to stay: Fancy: Yeohwa Resort

Budget: Home Inn (Wuyishan Dawangfeng)

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is just over an hour; tickets from RMB575

 

Zhangjiajie (张家界), Hunan (or "the place that inspired Avatar")

Where to go: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Where to stay: Fancy: Zhangjiajie Pullman Hotel

Budget: Yingbin Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is just under 2.5 hours; tickets from RMB900

 

Wuxi, Jiangsu

Where to go: Giant Buddha at Lingshan

Where to stay: Fancy: InterContinental Hotel Wuxi

Budget: Hanting Hi Inn Wuxi Zhongshan Road

Travel from Shanghai: Fast trains (G) is between 45-60 minutes; tickets from RMB62

 

Jiujiang, Jiangxi

Where to go: Lushan Mountain National Park

Where to stay: Fancy: Xinhua Jianguo Hotel

Budget: Home Inn (Jiujiang Xunyang Road)

Travel from Shanghai: Direct flight is ~1.5 hours; tickets from RMB1,600

 

Dalian

Where to go: Xinghai Square

Where to stay: Fancy: Shangri-La Hotel Dalian

Budget: Daheguan

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is just under 2 hours; tickets from RMB400

 

Qingdao

Where to go: Laoshan

Where to stay: Fancy: Intercontinental Hotel Qingdao

Budget: B&B Qingdao Hostel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~1.5 hours, tickets from RMB450

 

Yalong Bay, Hainan

What is it? The best beach in Sanya 

Where to stay: Fancy: Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

Budget: Yejingzhu Guest House

Travel from Shanghai: Flights is just ~3.5 hours; tickets from RMB720

 

Yangshuo (Guilin), Guangxi

Where to go: Yulong River

Where to stay: Fancy: Yangshuo Tea Cozy 

Budget: The Giggling Tree (Yangshuo)

Travel from Shanghai: Flight to Guilin is ~2.5 hours; tickets from RMB700 -- then hire a driver from Guilin to Yangshuo or take a bus or boat

 

Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia

Where to go: Hulun Buir Prairie (full guide here)

Where to stay: Fancy: Hulunbuir 7 Days Hotel

Budget: Jinrong Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~5 hours, tickets from RMB1,300

 

Hong Kong

Where to go: Dragon's Back hike

Where to stay: Fancy: The Upper House

Budget: Canada Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~2.5 hours; tickets from RMB1,400

Check out our shopping guide to Hong Kong

Take a haunted tour of Hong Kong

 

Macau

Where to go: House of the Dancing Water

Where to stay: Fancy: Pousada de Mong-Ha

Budget: 5footway Inn Project Ponte 16

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~2.5 hours; tickets from RMB1,300

Find more Macau travel tips here

 

Guangzhou

Where to go: Chimelong Xiangjiang Safari Park

Where to stay: Fancy: Mandarin Oriental

Budget: Liangmu Youth Hostel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~2.5 hours; tickets from RMB620

Find more Guangzhou travel tips here

 

Shenzhen

Where to go: Kingkey 100

Where to stay: Fancy: The Langham, Shenzhen

Budget: Anshine Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~2.5 hours; tickets from RMB720

Find our complete travel guide here

 

Osaka, Japan

Where to go: Dotombori

Where to stay: Fancy: The St. Regis Osaka

Budget: Hotel Taiyo

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~2 hours; tickets from RMB2,600

Check out our travel guide here.

 

Tokyo, Japan

Where to go: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Where to stay: Fancy: Park Hyatt Tokyo

Budget: Kazusaya Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes 2-3 hours; tickets from RMB2,500

Find more Tokyo travel tips here

 

Okinawa, Japan

Where to go: Southeast Botanical Gardens

Where to stay: Expensive: Tokyo Dai-ichi Hotel Okinawa Grand Mer Resort

Budget: Deigo Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~2 hours; tickets from RMB2,300

 

Nagasaki, Japan

Where to go: Mount Inasa

Where to stay: Expensive: Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotels & Resorts

Budget: Fujiwara Ryokan

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes ~1.5 hours; tickets from RMB3,200

Read our full Nagasaki guide here

 

Taipei, Taiwan

Where to go: Snow Mountain

Where to stay: Expensive: Dandy Hotel - Tianmu Branch

Budget: JV's Hostel

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~2 hours; tickets from RMB2,400

 

Xinbei (New Taipei), Taiwan

Where to go: Yeh Liu Geo Park

Where to stay: Expensive: Park City Hotel -- Luzhou Taipei

Budget: Hotel G7 Taipei

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~2 hours; tickets from RMB2,700

 

Hualien, Taiwan

Where to go: Zhuilu Old Trail

Where to stay: Expensive: Silks Place Taroko

Budget: Lienfook Hostelry Hualien

Travel from Shanghai: Flights with 1 stop takes ~4 hours; tickets from RMB3,300

 

Nantou, Taiwan

Where to go: Sun Moon Lake

Where to stay: Expensive: Laurel Villa

Budget: Love Home Garden Inn

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~2 hours; tickets from RMB2,700

 

Tainan, Taiwan

Where to go: Anping Tree House

Where to stay: Expensive: Deely House

Budget: Old Man Captain B&B

Travel from Shanghai: Flight is ~2 hours; tickets from RMB2,700, then bullet train from Taipei

For more Taiwan travel tips, find our guides here and here

 

Seoul, Korea

Where to go: Bukhansan National Park

Where to stay: Fancy: Lotte Hotel Seoul 

Budget: Maruji Guesthouse

Travel from Shanghai: Flight takes less than 2 hours; tickets from RMB2,500

 

 

Hanoi, Vietnam

Where to go: Old Quarter

Where to stay: Fancy: Hanoi Elegance Ruby

Budget: Hanoi Blue Sky Hotel

Travel from Shanghai: Direct flight is ~3.5 hours; tickets from RMB3,200

 

Hoi An, Vietnam

Where to go: Thuan Tinh Island

Where to stay: Fancy: An Bang Seaside Village Homestay

Budget: Longan Homestay

Travel from Shanghai: Travel from Shanghai is longer, but it's a quick flight from Hanoi -- at just over an hour, from RMB800.

 

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to go: Bayon Temple

Where to stay: Fancy: Shinta Mani Club Siem Reap

Budget: Mandalay Inn

Travel from Shanghai: Direct flight is ~4 hours; tickets from RMB3,100

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Where to go: Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Where to stay: Fancy: Loog Choob Homestay

Budget: Penpark Place

Travel from Shanghai: Direct flight is ~4.5 hours; tickets from RMB2,200

 

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Where to go: Wat Chedi Luang

Where to stay: Fancy: Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Budget: Diva Guesthouse

Travel from Shanghai: Direct flight is ~3 hours; tickets from RMB2,500

 

Singapore

Where to go: National Orchid Garden

Where to stay: Fancy: The Forest by Wangz

Budget: ABC Hostel

Travel from Shanghai: Direct flight is 5.5 hours; tickets from RMB3,000

 

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