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Shanghai Travel Tips

Shanghai is the largest city in China with a population of over 23 million. Though the Muslim population in Shanghai is only 60,000, there are still many Mosques and Halal restaurants in Shanghai. IslamiChina has summarized the following Shanghai Muslim travel tips to our Muslim brothers and sisters to travel around Shanghai during a short period of time.

Tour Itinerary Planning

For Muslim Business Travelers

If you are a Muslim and you are on business here in Shanghai and you have one day off to tour around Shanghai, we suggest to arrange a visit to Bund and nearby Nanjing Road, the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower offers a great view of both Shanghai’s Bund and new Pudong area, the Yuyuan Garden is a nice place to enjoy traditional Chinese gardens, the Bazaar outside Yuyuan garden is worth visiting. once the tour is over, you may join the local Muslims at Xiaotaoyuan Mosque for Salat prayer.

For Muslim leisure travelers

3 Days and 3 Nights Shanghai Muslim Tour is the best choice for Muslim leisure travelers because this tour itinerary allows you to have enough time to know both Shanghai’s culture heritages as well as Muslim heritages. You are not in a hurry to get around Shanghai from one place to another. Please check IslamiChina’s Shanghai Muslim Tour 3 Days for details.


For Muslim travelers, the most convenient way is to stay at hotel which offers Halal food. Here is IslamiChina’s suggestion for hotels in Shanghai.

4-star Shanghai Pearl Hotel

The 20 story high Shanghai Pearl Hotel is invested by Shanghai Ethnic and Religious Affair Commission. The Shanghai Pearl Hotel has Halal restaurants available and many Islamic organizations from abroad.

Halal Restaurants

The most famous Halal restaurant in Shanghai is Hongchangxing Halal Restaurant which was established in 1891. Hongchangxing Halal restaurant is known for its delicious Mutton Hot Pot. In Shanghai, you can also find various Halal flavor food from around the World; Turkish Restaurants, Arabian Restaurants, Southeast Asian Restaurants. Xinjiang Uygur Halal restaurants can be found in many places in Shanghai, among which, Afunti Restaurant which is located near Silk Road Hotel serves authentic Xinjiang Uygur food. Another commonly seen Hall food in Shanghai is Lanzhou Beef Noodles.


There are over 6 mosques located in both urban and suburban areas of Shanghai. Shanghai Songjiang Mosque which is located in the suburban area of Songjiang county is the oldest mosque in Shanghai area. Built during the Yuan Dynasty about 900 hundred year ago, Songjiang Mosque is in traditional Eastern China’s architecture. Songjiang Mosque is about 40km from the city center area of Shanghai. Shanghai Xiaotaoyuan Mosque is where Shanghai Islamic Association located. It is in the center of Shanghai and it can be easily reached by local buses and taxi.

Money Exchange

You can exchange traveler's checks or cash at most banks, and most 5-star and 4-star hotels always have a money exchange counter. You can also get a cash advance on your credit card on ATM machine. The exchange rate all over China are the same fixed by Bank of China. To change money, you have to have your passport at hand. If you want to change money in a hotel, you usually have to be a guest there. Sometimes if you are not a guest in a hotel but need to change money there, you can just say a random room number, but this doesn't always work. Remember to keep the exchange slip well because you need this slip to change the Chinese Yuan back to your currency if you do have this need at the end of the tour. At present ,the RMB is not exchangeable on the International market, so it is only usable within the country. So when you are changing money, don't change too much, because it is difficult to change back into other currencies. To change RMB back into your home currency, you must retain the exchange slips that are given to you at the bank or money exchange counter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 10:22