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Combining historic charm and luxury, Mansion Hotel was originally the residence of Jin Ting Sun, a business partner of two of Shanghai’s gangsters. It has antiques, plush carpets, double showers and upholstered wooden furniture (00 86 21 5403 9888; chinamansionhotel.com; 82 Xinle Road; from £275).

Getting around

The Shanghai metro currently runs eight lines, with No 1 and No 2 being the principal lines (tickets from 50p). Taxis are cheap and hassle-free (from £1). Whatever mode of transport you use, try to avoid rush hours between 8am and 9am and 4.30pm and 6pm.

Getting there

Air China and British Airways fly to Shanghai Pudong International Airport from London Heathrow (£425; ba.com). The Maglev runs from the airport to Pudong, where you can transfer to the metro (£4.50; smtdc.com). A taxi into central Shanghai will cost around £15.

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The article ‘Mini guide to Shanghai, China’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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