Where to stay in Shanghai

Where to stay in Shanghai, the magic city of China

One of the most popular travel destinations in China is the magic city of Shanghai. This growing metropolis is a tourist paradise thanks to the amazing mix of modern and traditional. The economic growth and contemporary comfort that Shanghai offers pairs great with the remnants of the city’s colonial past. Shanghai is a huge city, which is why looking where to stay can easily get overwhelming. To make things more manageable for you, we have picked out the top 5 neighborhoods that will allow you to experience Shanghai to the fullest without breaking your bank.

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Transportation in Shanghai

Even though Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, the transportation system is well developed and efficient, allowing you to get from one area to another without much issues and delays. There are public buses and bus tours, as well as the Maglev Train and 12 subway lines. You can also get a taxi just by calling out for it on the street. Ferry boats offer transport across the Huangpu River. It would be best to purchase the Shanghai Jiaotong Card, which is useful for taxis, metros, and buses. Learn more about transport in Shanghai here.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai

Shanghai can easily be called the most modern city in China. It’s located on the East China Sea coast. The city is divided into many neighborhoods, with something for everyone, from modern buildings and tall skyscrapers to traditional houses, great nightlife, and lovely museums. When looking where to stay in Shanghai you really can’t go wrong with choosing any neighborhood, but we decided to round things up for you to make things less challenging. These are the factors we considered for our top five neighborhood picks:

  1. Neighborhood vibe and atmosphere
  2. The cultural and historical importance
  3. Interesting things to do and see
  4. Neighborhood safety
  5. Cost of accommodation
  6. Ease of transport
Best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai
Xujiahui For first-time visitors
Jing’an For a budget-friendly stay
People’s Square For nightlife fun
Former French Concession For the cool and boho vibe
Pudong For families/long-term stay

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Where to stay in Shanghai for your first visit – Xujiahui

Xujiahui is located at the very center of Shanghai, which makes it well connected to all other areas you could be interested in visiting. This is one of the main reasons that makes Xujiahui ideal for first-time visitors looking for where to stay in Shanghai. It’s also a great shopping area, with plenty of international and Chinese brands to enjoy your shopping fun.

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Where to go in Xujiahui

From shopping to outdoor fun, Xujiahui has got you covered.

  • Xujiahui Park to relax and get away from the urban craze
  • The Shanghai stadium for sports enthusiasts

Best for outdoor lovers: Xujiahui Park

If you need a break from Shanghai’s urban hustle and bustle, take a stroll through the Xujiahui Park or relax on one of the benches. Beautiful greenery with an artificial lake and black swans will leave you breathless. And there’s a nearby Starbucks for all your caffeine needs.

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Best for sports lovers: The Shanghai stadium

The Shanghai Stadium is the third-largest sports stadium in China. You can watch many football matches here as Shanghai’s SPIG football team plays on this stadium regularly. This is also the stadium that will host League of Legends World Championship in 2020, so if you’re planning a visit soon and love gaming, you might want to check it out.  

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Where to stay in Xujiahui

It’s possible to find proper accommodation in Xujiahui from $24, but the average price per night is usually around $70. These are our favorite picks:

This budget-friendly apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely mid-range place

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing lux home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai on a budget – Jing’an

Named after the Buddhist temple in the area, Jing’an is a great budget-friendly option for tourists interested in experiencing both the modern and traditional aspects of Shanghai. This is a great neighborhood to enjoy a cool vibe and nightlife as well but without the higher prices common for Former French Concession. Kerry Centre also provides great shopping fun, especially if you’re into high fashion brands.

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Where to go in Jing’an

Colonial architecture and natural beauty will make your stay in Jing’an truly enjoyable.

  • Jing’an temple to learn more about ancient China
  • Jing’an Park to relax and admire sculptural art

Best for history buffs: Jing’an temple

Jing’an temple is one of the most famous temples in Shanghai. It has three main halls: The Mahavira Hall, the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the ThreeSage Hall. Take a tour around the temple to see painting and calligraphy by Yangzhou’s Eight Eccentric Painters, a bronze bell from the Ming Dynasty, and many other historical and cultural Chinese treasures.

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Best for outdoor and art lovers: Jing’an Park

The Jing’an Park is located at the former Bubbling Well Road Cemetery. If you want to enjoy beautiful nature and take a break from the modern vibe of the city, don’t miss your chance to take a stroll or relax at Jing’an Park. In Jing’an Sculpture Park, you can also admire Chinese modern art.

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Where to stay in Jing’an

You can find great places in Jing’an for as low as $14, with the average price per night of around $50. Check out our favorites:

This stylish budget option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This chic mid-range condo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lux hotel – The PuLi Hotel and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai for nightlife – People’s Square

Tourists looking where to stay in Shanghai to experience the best nightlife should definitely check out People’s Square. This neighborhood is centrally located in the city and well connected to other areas and main attractions with efficient metro lines. The iconic riverfront called the Bund is close to People’s Square, so don’t miss your chance to take a nice walk along it. There are plenty of food stalls and shops along the Nanjing East Road, too.

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Where to go in People’s Square

Aside from many bars, clubs, and restaurants that make People’s Square a hotspot for nightlife fun, you can also make the most out of your days during your stay in this neighborhood.

  • Learn more about the city’s history at the Shanghai History Museum
  • Work on your fitness and mindfulness at tai chi practice on People’s Square

Best for people interested in history: Shanghai History Museum

If you want to learn more about Shanghai and its rich history, you should stop by the Shanghai History Museum. Their oldest relics are around 6000 years old. You’ll get a sense of the city up to the communist take-over in 1949. There are plenty of other exhibits focusing on art, culture, and industrialization, too.

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Best for fans of fitness and spiritual growth: tai chi practice

Every morning on People’s Square you can watch and even join the tai chi practice. This is a great way to experience such an important part of Chinese culture yourself. It’s also a beneficial exercise to help you connect with your inner self.

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Where to stay in People’s Square

You can book great apartments in People’s Square, going as cheap as $14 per night, but the average price is around $60. See our favorite picks:

This budget-friendly apartment – Hao Du Hotel Shanghai – a 10-minute walk from People’s Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cozy mid-range house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely luxurious apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai for bohemian fun – Former French Concession

Former French Concession was a French colonial area until 1943 and is known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the entire Shanghai. Due to its popularity, this is also one of the most expensive areas in the city. The European feel is still very much present, with tree-lined streets and small colonial houses. A lot of these houses have been transformed into cool bars and cafes, art shops and unique restaurants, making Former French Concession a true hotspot for bohemian souls.

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Where to go in Former French Concession

Fashion, art, shopping, charm, breathtaking natural scenery, and much more await you in the coolest neighborhood in Shanghai.

  • Check out Maoist propaganda at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
  • Suit up at Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market

Best for art lovers: Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre is a museum that features propaganda posters from the Maoist period of communist China. The two rooms of the apartment building have plenty of collections, especially from the Cultural Revolution period.

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Best for fashion enthusiasts: Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market

There aren’t many opportunities to get handmade tailored suits for a bargain price these days. By heading over to the Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market, you can get yourself a custom-made suit you can brag about. Tian Ze Fang alleys are also great for shopping.

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Where to stay in Former French Concession

There are many options in Former French Concession, with an average price per night around $50. Check out our top picks:

This budget-friendly home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cute mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This luxurious option

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai long-term – Pudong

Pudong is a great neighborhood for people looking where to stay in Shanghai for a long time or those traveling with their families. The most popular area is closest to the Huangpu river and full of modern buildings and skyscrapers. This is the location of Shanghai’s huge attraction that consists of four towers: the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai Tower (the second tallest in the world), the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and the Oriental Pearl Tower.

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Where to go in Pudong

Even though it’s family-friendly, Pudong won’t leave you wishing for more fun and adventure.

  • Climb the towers for a unique experience
  • Enjoy a fun day in Disneyland

Best for unforgettable sights and experience: Pudong towers

If you want to see the whole city of Shanghai from the bird’s point of view, definitely head to the Shanghai Tower and climb to the 118th floor. The Oriental Pearl Tower Observatory will amaze you with its glass walkway. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a refreshing drink at Grand Hyatt Cloud 9 bar by climbing to the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower.

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Best for families and Disney fans: Shanghai Disneyland

The first Disneyland theme park in mainland China is located in Pudong, Shanghai, and will let you experience some great Disney fun with amazing rides and cool recreational facilities. The park is the biggest in China (three times bigger than the one in Hong Kong), which allows for a full day of entertainment. You can learn more about it here.

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Where to stay in Pudong

Pudong offers some amazing options with an average price of $50 per night. These are our favorite places:

This stylish budget option

 

 

 

 

 

 

This modern mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

This lux art hotel – Hotel Westin Bund Center

 

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Shanghai

15 terrific (and one bad) coworking spaces in Shanghai

Shanghai, also known as the New York of Asia, is the biggest city in China. Digital nomads love to start their exploration of China in Shanghai because of its colonial history and international culture. A popular expat destination, Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city where almost everyone speaks English. March to May is the best period to be a digital nomad here since the weather is pleasant compared to the cold winters and rainy summers. If it’s your first time in Shanghai, take a look at this travel vlog:         

With over 100 coworking spaces in Shanghai, you will have no trouble finding the one that suits your needs. Here are our suggestions of spaces to try and to avoid.

Agora Space is our favorite place to cowork in Shanghai

Image source: Agora Space Facebook

Agora Space is located in the Xuhui District, 15 minutes from Hongqiao, one of the four major stations in Shanghai.

We love that instead of open space, Agora Space has several rooms with 10–20 desks and private offices on three floors. The underground area used to be a bomb shelter, and now it’s full of gorgeous paintings, bean bags, and ergonomic furniture. Agora Space also offers a daycare area for children and an outdoor terrace perfect for brainstorming and lunch. 

All their routers have built-in VPN, so the Internet is fast and works without a glitch. The space also has rooms for monthly rent, with prices depending on whether you want a private bathroom and a kitchen.    

Basics
Pricing
  • CNY 1,160 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

 

Linckia is our least favorite place to cowork in Shanghai

Image source: Linckia Website

Linckia is in the Yangpu District, a Shanghai area full of universities and residential buildings. There are a lot of eateries around, while the Tiantian Changba Tea Garden is barely 20 minutes away. 

While this coworking space has private offices and conference rooms, it lacks some basic things like ergonomic chairs. It can get crowded surprisingly fast, as students from the local universities come here to study, so make sure to bring your earphones. Linckia may not be a great place for individual work, but it’s a big space perfect for events and presentations. A Skype room and phone booths give it extra points, but not enough to spend all your working hours there.

Basics
Pricing
  • CNY 1,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 11:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Five coworking spaces in Shanghai we also love

If you are in Shanghai, make sure to check these coworking spaces:

  1.  XNODE
  2. WeWork
  3. MIXPACE Wonderwall
  4. KrSpace
  5. Arcc Offices

XNODE 

Image source: XNODE Website

XNODE is in the Jing’An District, one of the central districts in Shanghai. 

If you are looking to make friends in the startup community, XNODE is the right place. This coworking space gathers people, innovators, and startups in one place and helps them team up on projects. Lots of natural light and café on-site will help you stay awake and focused on your work. Conference rooms and private offices are also available, and dedicated desks are wide enough to offer privacy in large spaces. Pay attention to events if you are looking for new business opportunities.      

WeWork 

Image source: WeWork Website

WeWork is located in the Huangpu District and has coworking spaces all over Shanghai. 

Being in the city’s central districts attracts a lot of foreigners, which is what makes WeWork an ideal place for networking. Besides offering private offices and dedicated desks, this space also has hot desks in the nooks. Although ergonomic chairs are scarce. Luckily, if you bring your travel stand desk, you can work standing up. This coworking space has a ping pong table, and the lounge area is perfect to have free beer or coffee.      

MIXPACE Wonderwall 

Image Source: Mixpace Wonderwall Website

MIXPACE Wonderwall is on the West Nanjing Road in the Wonderwall, a historical building in Shanghai. Metro lines 2, 12, and 13 stop near Wonderwall.

The first thing you notice in this coworking space is the modern design full of wood. This space has several perks, including standing desks, a nursing room, and a shower room. With CNY 2,700 for a desk per month, this is among pricier coworking spaces in Shanghai, but the quiet and comfortable atmosphere is worth it. MIXPACE is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend with you to keep you company.  

KrSpace 

Image source: KrSpace website

KrSpace is located in the quiet Changning District, close to metro lines 2, 3, and 4.  

With bike storage and 24/7 access, KrSpace is popular among digital nomads and locals. The staff will welcome you with complimentary coffee and tea, and you can buy snacks at the café. Private offices are equipped with ergonomic chairs, while hot desks have regular ones that are a bit uncomfortable. Projectors are available in conference rooms and upon request for the common area during events and workshops.

Arcc Offices

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Arcc Offices occupies the 12th floor of the Platinum Tower in Shanghai’s Xintiandi District. It is a couple of minutes away from the Huangpi South metro station, and it has a great view over the Taipingqiao Park and the lake. 

The staff is friendly, and the lounge area is perfect to meet new people. This space offers dedicated server space with data security protocols in place, for a fee. If you want to impress your clients or partners, Arcc Offices’ modern design will certainly win you a few points.      

Here are other coworking spaces in Shanghai:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Beijing

Top 15 coworking spaces in Beijing to visit (and some to avoid)

Beijing is the third most populated city in the world and the capital of China. The home of the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs, and parts of the Great Wall, it is known for its many landmarks, rich history, and a growing international community. Take a look at this vlog to learn more about Beijing and what to expect there:

 

Over the years, Beijing has become the leading startup hub in the country with ZhongGuancun Street, which is the Chinese version of Silicon Valley. Despite high pollution and cold winters, this city is extremely popular with digital nomads because of the great infrastructure and many coworking spaces. Here are the ones we suggest.

WeWork is the place we loved to cowork in Beijing

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WeWork is a coworking giant with 24 buildings in Beijing, and it doesn’t seem it will stop growing any time soon. All their locations are strategically positioned in the districts bustling with activity, so they are close to public transportation. Several of them are located in the Chaoyang District, the central part of Beijing, where you will also find foreign embassies and CBD (Beijing central business district). 

Besides covering the necessities to keep you comfortable, such as ergonomic chairs and standing desks, WeWork offers many amenities, including phone booths, a lounge, and a relaxation area. There is also an area for new mothers, as well as an arcade room. Another great thing is that they serve free locally brewed beer. If you don’t want to mix alcohol and work, they serve free coffee and tea as well. The space is pet-friendly, so your pooch or tabby can keep you company while working. WeWork often hosts events and happy hours that are intended to bring people together and build the community.

Basics
Pricing
  • RMB 2,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

 

Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page is our least favorite place to cowork in Beijing

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Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page is part of the Hotel Jen in the CBD neighborhood of Beijing, offering a large open space with nooks and tables.

Prototype is not a comfortable place to spend the whole day. The chairs are fine for a couple of hours, but for longer periods, consider making some adjustments to your working space, like using a travel stand desk to protect your back. On the bright side, the environment is pleasant, and you can do some quick work when taking a lunch break at the hotel. 

Prototype doesn’t have private offices, but it offers meeting rooms with AV gear for no additional charge. Happy hour is on Thursdays when the beer is free, and everything else, including food, is 20% off. While being in the Beijing central district does have its perks, there are other, more comfortable and better-equipped coworking spaces in the area.   

Basics
Pricing
  • RMB 150 per day
  • RMB 3,500 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am – 11 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Four coworking spaces in Beijing we also love

When in Beijing, stop by some of these other coworking spaces:

  1. KrSpace
  2. Ucommune
  3. Tech Temple
  4. Day Day Up

KrSpace 

Image Source: KrSpace Website

KrSpace is in the Chaoyang District, a part of Beijing that is home to some of the most interesting neighborhoods in Beijing like 798 Art Zone and Sanlitun. Besides in Beijing, KrSpace has coworking spaces in Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Suzhou, with plans for even more.

Open 24 hours every day, this coworking space offers a common area, phone booths, meeting booths, and a reading corner. Standing desks and ergonomic chairs are also available, and there is an event space perfect for presentations. Rooms are bright and create a positive working environment. If you need privacy, you can book a seat in the nook or a private office. All areas use purified air filters, which is great considering the level of pollution in Beijing. The coffee bar is onsite, but you will also get a complimentary beverage of your choice when you take your spot at the desk.

Ucommune 

Image Source: Uncommune Facebook

Ucommune is located in the Dongcheng District, known for food stalls, architecture, and history. Besides Beijing, Ucommune has offices in Shanghai and Singapore, with over 100 locations in all three cities.

The décor is all about minimalism and promoting ecological values. Coffee and water are free, although using the activity area is limited so that everyone can have their turn. The book bar is a great place to take a break, and you can keep your things in the locker while resting.The infant room and the dining bar are also available, while those with a car are free to use the parking lot on site.  

Day Day Up

Image source: DayDayUp Facebook

DayDayUp is nestled in the CBD area of the Chaoyang District, and has another coworking space in the Dongcheng District. 

What we liked the most about Day Day Up is the Free Day Pass they offer to new members, so you can see if this is the space for you without paying a monthly fee. Standing desks are by the windows, so you can rest your eyes on the view of the Beijing center. This space also hosts TEDx and company events. Day Day Up is also known as a place good for networking, especially if you want to connect with startups from China.    

Tech Temple 

Image source: Tech Temple Website

Also known as Beixinqiao, Tech Temple is located in the Dongcheng District, close to the Metro line 5 and the Confucius Temple. 

Tech Temple offers legal and accounting services to its members, which is great if you want to do business on the Chinese market. Its startup events are an excellent opportunity to meet other coworkers, exchange ideas, and find business partners. This coworking space is available 24 hours every day of the week. The only downside is that it doesn’t have private offices, so you can end up in a noisy common area. 

More coworking spaces in Beijing to check out:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Hong Kong

The 15 best coworking spaces in Hong Kong, China

According to a Flexjobs 2017 survey, 32% of people reported having quit their jobs because they lacked flexibility. And the percentage has only grown since. More and more people turn to remote work, whether company-based or freelance, for the numerous benefits that come with it. Not only do they save both money and time working outside of the office but they are able to spend time with their families, and most importantly, choose where they work from!

Hong Kong is one of the most popular places for remote work. It is swarming with people from all over the globe, offers countless business opportunities, and is renowned for its tech-forwardness. What more could a digital nomad wish for?

With the size of 1,106 square kilometers (110 times smaller than New York!) and a population of almost 7,500,000, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet! In fact, over 5% of its permanent residents are foreigners, and even more people stay and work there on a part-time basis.

It should, then, come as no surprise that coworking spaces in this thriving city are plenty? But how do you choose the best one for you? To our mind, it’s all about what separates them from the competition. Here are some that caught our eye:

  1. The Hive Central
  2. Uptown Co-Workshop
  3. Campfire — Kennedy Town
  4. BLOOM by Jumpstart
  5. Banyan Workspace
  6. Garage Society
  7. Kafnu Hong Kong
  8. Cocoon
  9. Dim Sum Labs
  10. Work Together – Yau Ma Tei
  11. The Desk Hong Kong
  12. OOOSH Coworking
  13. Metropolitan Workshop
  14. Ucommune
  15. WeWork

The Hive Central is our top pick for the ultimate globetrotters!

Source: The Hive Central

The Hive is one of the most well-established chains in Asia. Its office in the Hong Kong Central area is so welcoming it practically feels like home. It is a five-minute distance from the charming South China Sea, so you can easily take a break from work by stretching your legs for a stroll at the beach. Alternatively, take in some picturesque views from The Hive’s 14th-floor rooftop terrace. That way, you will filter out the bustling city noise and soak up some of that precious sunshine.

This coworking space offers open-plan hotdesk workspace, as well as dedicated desks and private offices. The indoor areas are air-conditioned, have a stable Wi-Fi connection, and are equipped with scanners, printers, photocopiers, and other technology.

They also promote community building by organizing weekly Language Mix events. Put on flag stickers for your language and any others you would like to learn, pour a drink, and chat someone up! That is an excellent opportunity to expand your network and hone in your second or third language skills at the same time. In a multicultural city like Hong Kong, where English is the primary language for business but surprisingly uncommon among the local population, an event like this one is awesome for meeting local entrepreneurs.

But what we liked about it the most is the advantages you can get by becoming a member. The Hive has several offices in Hong Kong, but also in Taiwan, Vietnam, Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, and Thailand. By joining one coworking space, you get unlimited access to any of their locations across South Asia. What better offer could a digital nomad get?

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: HKD 300
  • Per month: HKD 3,200
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype Rooms Yes
Coliving No

Uptown Co-Workshop is our recommendation for startups!

 

Source: Uptown Co-Workshop

Located merely five minutes away from the Uptown metro station, Uptown Co-Workshop could be the most all-encompassing coworking space we’ve ever come across. What amazed us is that they deliver on what they promise in their name — this establishment actually works with their young startup members to strengthen their ventures, connect them with others, and nurture their careers.

They support creative individuals by giving them the necessary resources they need. Founded by seasoned businesspeople, Uptown Co-Workshop offers guidance and instruction to untested entrepreneurs. Numerous networking events and workshops are organized on a regular basis so that young startups can adopt a variety of new skills.

Uptown has a lengthy list of businesses they’ve partnered up with so that their members can learn from professionals in different fields — marketing, design, and business development, to name a few. With their Accelerator program, they can also provide funding for startups from lots of investors and mentors they collaborate with.

Apart from all that, you will have access to meeting rooms, event spaces, virtual offices, excellent Wi-Fi, and a lounge and chill-out area. What’s more, they have a brand-new branch in Uptown Seoul. If you ever find yourself in Korea, you will be welcome there as well. An added bonus is that this place often gives discounts for free membership of up to two months, so make sure to check that out, too.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: HKD 60 (hot desk)
  • Per month: HKD 2,400 (dedicated desk)
  • Per month: HKD 10,800 (private office)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype room No
Coliving No

Campfire — Kennedy Town is our choice for trendy Millennials!

Source: Campfire

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: HKD 300 (open desk)
  • Per month: HKD 1,950 (open desk)
  • Per month: HKD 3,850 (dedicated desk)
  • Per month: starting from HKD 29,700 (private office)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6.30 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
Coliving No

BLOOM by Jumpstart is the most female-friendly coworking space in Hong Kong!

Source: LinkedIn

Basics
Pricing
  • 8-day pack: HKD 1,500 (part-time)
  • 10-day pack: HKD 300 a day
  • Per month: HKD 3,000 (full-time)
  • Private studio: HKD 7,000 a person
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
Coliving No

Banyan Workspace is the most eco-friendly coworking space in Hong Kong!

Source: LinkedIn

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: —
  • Per week: —
  • Per month: HKD 5,000 (hot desk)
  • 6 months: HKD 4,000 a month (hot desk)
  • Per month: HKD 6,500 (dedicated desk)
  • Per month: starting from HKD 14,000 (private office)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
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10 more exceptional coworking spaces in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers countless coworking spaces, and we struggled to pick the five that we think stand out the most. It seems unjust to neglect others. With that said, here are 10 more places that we also checked out and, frankly, loved:

  1. Garage Society
  2. Kafnu HongKong
  3. Cocoon
  4. Dim Sum Labs
  5. Work Together – Yau Ma Tei
  6. The Desk Hong Kong
  7. OOOSH Coworking
  8. Metropolitan Workshop
  9. Ucommune
  10. WeWork

Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Where to Stay in Hong Kong – a gateway to China

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Often referred to as ‘gateway’ to China and Southeast Asia, Hong Kong is a vivid metropolitan city. Despite severing its connections to the British Empire years ago, its influence can still be noticed not only all around the city but also among its citizens. As the world’s 7th biggest trading power, ‘Fragrant Harbour’ as is the meaning behind the name of Hong Kong, is one of the major business, financial, and commercial port hubs of the world. Numerous skyscrapers, double than New York, and impressive and modern buildings rising on all sides of the city dominate the city’s skyline. 

Hong Kong at night Image source: Pexels

5 best neighborhoods to stay in Hong Kong

Thanks to the harbor, many tourists assume Hong Kong is divided into two large regions, Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. But, this city has other areas located north of the Kowloon called New Territories where energetic and colorful districts of Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, and many others are found. 

Hong Kong Marine Image source: Pixabay

These neighborhoods were selected because of many popular cultural, shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions they have to offer to tourists from all over the world. Finding the perfect place to stay in Hong Kong largely depends on what you are interested in the most to visit during your stay in this city. Some of the best areas are the following ones: 

  1. Central Hong Kong 
  2. Admiralty & Wan Chai
  3. Causeway Bay
  4. Tsim Tsa Shui 
  5. Yau Ma Tei & Mongkok, Kowloon

Check out why we recommend staying in these areas:

Top recommendations 

Neighborhood

Ideal for

Why?

Central Hong Kong 

First-timers

Close to all main landmarks and well connected to other areas

Admiralty & Wan Chai 

On a budget

Cheap and comfortable accommodation

Causeway Bay

Long-term stay

Not so crowded, ideal for families

Tsim Tsa Shui 

Nightlife

The majority of restaurants and bars are in this area

Yau Ma Tei & Mongkok, Kowloon Bohemians

Plenty to see and do in this neighborhood

Where to stay in Hong Kong for the first time – Central Hong Kong

Map of Central Hong Kong

Central Hong Kong is well known as the financial and business center with the most expensive office spaces in the world. This area simply takes your breath away by all those high bank buildings and shopping malls. It is an attractive location especially for tourists since it is close to many important landmarks in the town. 

Central Hong Kong Image source: Pixabay

Through the city center modern electric tram passes and the Peak Tram is very near so the tourists can get around the town and visit the main sights much faster and easier. 

Tram Image source: Pixabay

Things to see and do in Central Hong Kong

This neighborhood is located near the most popular places among tourists:

  • Victoria Park
  • Lan Kwai Fong
  • International Finance Center
  • Man Mo Temple
  • Central to Mid-levels escalator

Victoria Park 

A great place to rest and at the same time enjoy the skyline filled with skyscrapers

Park Image source: dwlee6/

Lan Kwai Fong

This is a famous square of different streets filled with bars and restaurants.

Lan Kwai Fong Image source: narfagram

International Finance Center

IFC is one of the most prominent landmarks in Hong Kong. It is a skyscraper consisting of the IFC Mall and Four Seasons Hotel. 

IFC Image source: Pixabay

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple or Man Mo Miu is a temple dedicated to the god of literature Man Tai and the god of martial arts Mo Tai. 

Man Mo Temple Image source: parco_photography

Central to Mid-Levels escalator 

The world’s longest outdoor escalator which was built to connect Central and Mid-Levels districts. 

Escalator Image source: jessburtt

Where to stay in Central Hong Kong

While this neighborhood is particularly convenient for tourists, it is also quite expensive so finding the perfect place to stay in Central Hong Kong for every budget can be problematic. In case you are not willing to spend much money on the place to stay, AirBnBs are ideal for such occasions. The average price in Airbnbs is $80 per night. 

Here are our top three places to stay in Central Hong Kong:

Affordable optionCheck Inn HK – Affordable & Simple, fantastic location near Central Hong Kong.

Moderate priceThis Modern Self-Contained Studio in LKF Central

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Luxury optionIbis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan

Where to stay in Hong Kong for nightlife – Tsim Sha Tsui 

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The most popular area for crazy nightlife is definitely Tsim Sha Tsui. This is where most activities take place. Tourists visit this neighborhood usually by Star Ferry to enjoy the view of the astonishing skyscrapers located at the Hong Kong peninsula across the harbor. As the night falls, the nightclubs open their doors to hundreds of tourists and locals in search of drinks and parties, and often the fun does not stop until the early morning. 

Star Ferry Image source: Pixabay

Things to see and do in Tsim Sha Tsui

This area is famous for the Avenue of Stars which is a replica of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Ashley Road, one of the most popular bar streets

Check out:

  1. trendy Deck N Beer
  2. Egyptian restaurant and hookah bar RA Restaurant and Lounge and try one of the tasty pineapple mojitos
  3. Castro’s
  4. Road Side Bar
  5. Tequila Jack’s

Avenue of Stars

Similarly to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, here you find the tribute to the most famous stars of the film industry of Hong Kong in the form of statues or celebrity handprints. 

Avenue of Stars Image source: indonesian.rupiah

Castro’s

A place with great music and strong drinks.

Castro's Image source: _songkwan

Deck’n’beer 

Bar Image source: arniegvisuals

Tequila Jack’s

Tequila Jack's Image source: 123yumyumyummy

Where to stay in Tsim Sha Tsui

Unlike the center of Hong Kong, TST is cheaper and it is easier to find a place to stay. The average nightly price in Airbnbs is $65. 

Among the better Airbnbs are the following ones:

Affordable option

Moderate priceBright Family Quad Room in TST 

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Luxury optionPage148 Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Where to stay in Hong Kong on a budget – Admiralty and Wan Chai

Map of Admirality The best areas in Hong Kong for staying on a budget are Admiralty and Wan Chai. These two areas are very close to Central but more spacious. If the weather permits, a walk between these two areas will allow you to see their main attractions and experience the colonial feel which they preserve even today. 

Skyline Image source: Pexels

Things to see and do in Admiralty & Wan Chai 

In Admiralty, you should visit: 

  1. Hong Kong Park
  2. Bauhinia Square

Hong Kong Park 

In an urban setting, this beautiful oasis with natural beauty will surely help you relax and unwind after exploring the city all day. 

Park Image source: sabina.eclair

Bauhinia Square

One of the main attractions in Hong Kong, the gilded sculpture of Bauhinia blakeana which is a type of flower. 

Square Image source: didsbury05

While in Wan Chai:

  1. Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
  2. Hung Shing Temple
  3. Blue House 

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

HKCEC is an attractive building owing to its modern and peculiar architecture. 

Exhibition Image source: inamak629

Hung Shing Temple

This area has several temples dedicated to Hung Shing, and this is one of them. 

Temple Image source: mcstvc

Blue House 

This building is one of the last remaining examples of tong lau, similar to shophouses from the 19th century. 

Blue House Image source: timeouthk

Where to stay in Admiralty & Wan Chai 

Although these two areas are quite near Central Hong Kong, the accommodation costs are much lower and affordable. The average nightly price in Airbnbs in Admiralty is $105, while in Wan Chai it is $67.

We recommend these:

 

Affordable option – Hotel Ease Access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Room

Moderate price – Studio Flat in The Heart of Wan Chai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury option Island Shangri-La – Luxurious 4.5 average star hotel, with a breathtaking view and a comfortable interior.

 

Where to stay in Beijing

Where to stay in Beijing: our favorite neighborhoods

China’s enormous capital is a fascinating place in every way. Beijing was influenced by both imperial and modern trends and it took the best features from both. Fans of history will adore its landmarks from China’s imperial era, while others will fall in love with authentic modern Chinese culture. Whatever you want your visit to Beijing to be like, the city will give you what you need. What makes things even better is that Beijing is close to the Great Wall of China, so you can easily go on a day trip to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Photo credit: insta.beijing

5 best districts to stay in Beijing

Beijing is an enormous city by every standard. It is bigger and more populated than most cities in the world, and even larger than some countries, including Cyprus, Jamaica, and Luxembourg. For this reason, it is essential to choose the best district to stay in Beijing—you don’t want to travel all day just to get to the city center. To help you out, we have assessed major Beijing districts and picked the best ones:

  1. Wangfujing
  2. Xinjiekou
  3. Sanlitun
  4. Qianmen
  5. Dongcheng

 When analyzing the districts and choosing the winners, we paid attention to the following factors:

  1. Location
  2. Historical and cultural value
  3. Entertainment options
  4. The overall atmosphere
  5. How well-connected it is
  6. Cost of staying
  7. Safety
Where to stay in Beijing
Best for the first visit Wangfujing Central area with bars, shops, and tourist attractions
Best budget option Xinjiekou An affordable neighborhood that is well-connected to the city center
Best for partying hard Sanlitun The nightlife area with the oldest bar community in the city
Best for bohemians Qianmen Historical center with authentic Beijing culture
Best for expats Dongcheng A busy area with different accommodation options

Photo credit: insta.beijing

Where to stay in Beijing on your first visit—Wangfujing

Wangfujing

Wangfujing street and its surrounding area are an ideal place to stay in when visiting Beijing for the first time. It is the main tourist area and home to major attractions. There are plenty of historical and cultural sights to check out, as well as hundreds of shops, bars, and restaurants. You can enjoy the bustling atmosphere of its pedestrian streets while tasting culinary specialties from exotic food stalls. You will also find plenty of markets and shopping malls, so you can easily buy some gifts and souvenirs. 

Photo credit: cgtnenespanol

What to visit in Wangfujing

Wangfujing is the best place in the city for shopping and sightseeing. There are so many places worth checking out. We suggest you start with these:

  • Tiananmen Square
  • The Forbidden City
  • Gongmei Mansion
  • St Joseph’s Cathedral

Best for history buffs: Tiananmen Square

When visiting Beijing, you surely don’t want to miss one of the world’s largest city squares. On Tiananmen Square, you will find many interesting buildings to see, including the National Museum of China, the Great Hall of the People, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. 

Photo credit: miekelejeunevdven

Best for art lovers: The Forbidden City

Undeniably the most popular tourist destination in Beijing, the Forbidden City is the world’s largest imperial palace. Its magnificent architecture and historical artifacts will take your breath away. 

Photo credit: guicury

Where to stay in Wangfujing

Wangfujing is the central area of Beijing so the average price per night is not cheap: around $130. Take a look at our best picks:

Budget option: this cozy and affordable bungalow

Midrange option: this amazing house

High-end option: this luxurious apartment

None of these suits your needs? Browse for more AirBnBs here

Where to stay in Beijing on a budget—Xinjiekou 

Xinjiekou

An area of the city’s business district, Xicheng District, Xinjiekou is a great place to stay in without breaking the bank. It is not too far away from the city center, so you can easily move around the city. This area offers plenty of affordable hotels and Airbnb’s, as well as traditional Beijing hutongs. There are also plenty of interesting buildings to see, as it used to be home to imperial Beijing’s nobility. The area is well-known as the musical center of the city and you want to check out its musical instrument and CD/DVD black market. 

Photo credit: natsukisun0830

What to do in Xinjiekou

Although it doesn’t have as many tourist destinations as the central part of the city, there are plenty of things to do in Xinjiekou. Here are some places you could visit:

  • Shichahai lakes
  • Prince Gong mansion
  • Beijing Zoo and Aquarium
  • Temple of Ancient Monarchs

Best for relaxation: Shichahai lakes

The Shichahai area is where Beijing’s famous artificial lake trio is located. During the warm summer months, you can unwind in one of the cafes on the coast or rent a boat. If you happen to visit Beijing during the winter, you can have fun ice skating on the lakes. 

Photo credit: yg_xxchris

Best for entertainment: Beijing Zoo and Aquarium

Beijing Zoo and Beijing Aquarium, located near the Xinjiekou station, are a must-see for any animal lover. The Aquarium consists of seven halls, including the scary Shark Hall. The Zoo is home to almost 500 animal species, including some extremely rare animals. You will see golden monkeys, northeast tigers, and, of course, pandas. 

Photo credit: kumami_222

Where to stay in Xinjiekou

The average cost for one night in Xinjiekou is around $80. Here are some of our favorite AirBnBs:

Budget option: this super cheap private room

Midrange option: this cute little house

Luxurious option: this amazing apartment.

If you want to check out more options, visit this page

Where to stay in Beijing for partying hard—Sanlitun

Sanlitun

Sanlitun is a central area loved by the tourists for its trendy, urban vibe. There are plenty of things to do here, from exploring its hip cafes to visiting shops and markets. Sanlitun is where all the major bars and clubs are located, so you never have to worry about being bored at night. Its Bar Street is filled with great places to party, and it also happens to be Beijing’s first bar community.

Photo credit: vovalcano

Where to go at night in Sanlitun

Sanlitun has a lot to offer to its visitors. Here are some ideas where you could go and have fun at night: 

  • Aurora
  • Taikoo Li
  • Gongti (The Beijing Workers’ Stadium)
  • Mesh

Best for parties: Aurora

Set in Sanlitun Dirty Bar Street, Aurora is the place that will make any clubber happy. Although the club is not big, it’s known for having a vibrant atmosphere. Each night you will hear a different music genre and there are occasional theme nights. 

Photo credit: _aurora.beijing

Best for drinks and dining: Taikoo Li

Taikoo Li is a shopping precinct that doesn’t offer just boutiques: there are many fantastic bars, pubs, and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for tasty cocktails, Mediterranean cuisine, or Peking duck, you will find it in this amazing center.  

Photo credit: zhang_0220

Where to stay in Sanlitun

Besides bars and clubs, Sanlitun is full of affordable AirBnBs and the average price per night is around $70. Check out our top choices:

Budget option: this modern condo.

Midrange option: this amazing house with a big balcony.

Luxurious option: this gorgeous apartment

For other options, click here

Where to stay in Beijing for the bohemian vibe—Qianmen

Qianmen

Qianmen street and the area around it are an interesting mix of the ancient and modern worlds. It is the historical center of the city and most buildings are representative of the Qing dynasty architectural style. Although these buildings are centuries old, you will find trendy bars, international restaurants, and global shops, such as Zara and H&M, in them. This neighborhood is the true soul of the city and the best place for experiencing authentic Beijing culture. Besides museums and historical sights, it is also home to various street markets where you can find extraordinary jewelry and all kinds of souvenirs. 

Photo credit: dolcekitchenjeez

What to do in Qianmen

If you’re not sure where to start, you may want to check out these places:

  • The Temple of Heaven
  • Monument to the People’s Heroes
  • The Red Theater
  • Tiantan Park
  • Niujie Mosque

Best for culture vultures: The Temple of Heaven

During China’s imperial era, The Temple of Heaven was the major temple in Beijing. The architecture is truly unique and there are several gorgeous altars worth checking out. Once you get tired of strolling around the temple, you can watch people practicing tai chi and kung fu in its parks. 

Photo credit: casssrattray

Best for entertainment: The Red Theater

The motherland of kung fu, China is filled with martial arts theaters. The Red Theater is one of the most famous ones and has become incredibly popular among tourists. There are shows every night and we suggest watching the Legend of Kung Fu show. 

Photo credit: morgamm

Where to stay in Qianmen

Qianment offers a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from budget to high-end. The average price for one night is around $100. Have a look at our favorites:

Budget option: this affordable condo.

 

Midrange option: this artsy apartment

Luxurious option: this enormous loft.

For more accommodation options, click here

Where to stay in Beijing for expats—northeastern part of the Dongcheng district (Donzhimen/Yonghegong)

Dongcheng

Dongcheng is an enormous central district that consists of many neighborhoods. Its northeast area is the best place for expats due to its practical location, decent accommodation prices, and lots of shops and amenities. Many subway lines go through this district so you can move around the city with ease. There are plenty of options for expats here. If you want to stay in a more traditional neighborhood with lower prices, Yonghegong will suit you well. Those who prefer a more modern lifestyle will love Dongcheng’s Dongzhimen neighborhood. 

Photo credit: timeoutbeijing

What to visit in Dongzhimen and Yonghegong

Although this part of the city is mostly residential, there are several attractions that you may like. Here are some ideas:

  • The Confucius Temple
  • Yonghegong Lama Temple
  • Tiandi Theatre Acrobatic Show

Best overall: The Confucius Temple

This temple celebrating China’s most beloved philosopher is the second-largest Confucian temple in the world. It contains four courtyards, a large statue of Confucius, and many interesting artifacts from Chinese history.

Photo credit: davehouse86

Where to stay in Donzhimen and Yonghegong

These two neighborhoods are quite affordable and the average price for one night is around $70. These AirBnBs are our top picks:

Budget option: this cheap bungalow.

Midrange option: this cute apartment.

Luxurious option: this fantastic loft

You can browse for more options here.