Shanghai's beating heart lies to the west of the Huangpu River, in the districts of Huangpu, Jing’an and Hongkou. This vibrant urban core is a hotspot for luxury hotels, international restaurants and shopping. There are also key historic attractions here, like the lovely Yu Garden. You'll also find many of Shanghai’s most opulent hotels and rooftop bars lie along a waterfront stretch contained within Huangpu, known as the Bund. Then there is Pudong, the impressive and contemporary face of Shanghai. Stretching out along the seafront, this region is the city’s financial centre, home to an assortment of futuristic skyscrapers and modern attractions such as Century Park, the Oriental Pearl Tower and the New International Expo Center. Where Pudong hugs the river, just across from Huangpu, you’ll find a cluster of museums, galleries and shopping centres. In the residential district of Yangpu, north of the bustling centre, the vibe is quieter and offers a more authentic glimpse into the Shanghai way of life. This district is also home to a vast forest park called Gongqing, where you can rock climb and toboggan. West of the centre, the districts of Minhang and Qingpu boast preserved historic towns offering windows into China's past. Qingpu is also home to Lake Dianshan – a hub for golfing, hiking, rowing and sailing.