Business Travel Guide

The best hotels, restaurants and activities for Shanghai business travelers.

Hailed during the 1930s as the "Pearl of the Orient" — one of its repeatable nicknames — Shanghai is experiencing a renaissance worthy of its pre-WWII heyday. Despite decades of shouldering the deadening weight of Communist rule, this city never lost its vitality. Yes, it may have been dormant for a while, but when the party ended, so to speak, it quickly returned to life. It now simmers with a buzzing, 21st-century energy, from its traditional Chinese District and elegant French Concession to its dignified Bund, a waterfront lined with regal, British-style buildings.

It also added a new act to its repertoire: the Pudong District with its free-trade zone. Located across the Huangpu River on what was recently a sprawl of shanties, this area, which was the site of the 2010 World Expo, is concrete evidence of Shanghai's business boom. From industry and e-commerce to finance and manufacturing (clothing and cars, the latter for the local market), Shanghai's economic power is catching up with that of Hong Kong and Singapore.

So, before you take off to Shanghai, peruse GAYOT's business travel guide to get insight on the city's best hotels, restaurants and attractions.