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My 3-Day Shanghai Trip (Day 1)

Last updated by wendysong at 2016/4/11; Destinations: Shanghai

As it’s made the post as Paris, New York, LA and Tokyo on magazine covers, Shanghai is never a dream too far away. Among plenty choices of transportation, flight is the most time-efficient means and will be an economic one if you get a great deal.

I take a Maglev as arrive and change to metro at Longyang Station. Checking in and all settled at 2pm, I plan my afternoon with a leisure walk at the Bund, which is quite near my hotel, Manhattan Bund Business Hotel.

The Bund, as one of the most popular attractions of this metropolis, stands as a display of Shanghai’s colonial days. Along the 1.5km (0.93 mile) pavement, towering buildings mark the colonists’ ambition when they started the establishment in 1846. Construction styles range from Baroque style (as the former Asia Building), Classicism style (as the former Hong Kong Bank Building) to Renaissance style (as the former Standard Chartered Bank Building). It truly is the exotic building exhibition.

The Bund

At the ferry of the Bund, I take a 15-minute boat to the other side of the Huangpu River. The exit of the ferry dock is located at the middle east of Lujiazui District. I get to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower by bus. There is a Zhengda Plaza (正大广场) right at the feet of the tower. It doesn’t take me much time to find a place for late lunch before the visit.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, just as the Bund, is the icon of Shanghai. One ticket to the top of its ball-sized viewing platform, I get a grand view of the city and a thrilling feeling as standing on the air. Comparatively, the wax museum inside the tower is more interesting. The official name for this smaller attraction is Shanghai History Museum (上海城市历史发展陈列馆).

The museum is a minimized model and flashback of Shanghai back in early 100 years of the 20th century. Every corner of Shanghai, no matter thriving or depraved, is showed by max works. The rich are smoking pot on their gold-lined bed while poor people pawn everything they have for medicine. Facial expression of each figure is so live-like that it makes you feel like you are also a part of the old days.

On my way back and bump into the exit of The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (外滩观光隧道). This tunnel is a good example of the creativeness of Shanghai people. A tunnel with unpiloted rail built under water, it takes just 5 minutes to get to the Bund from Lujiazui District. The interior is the play screen for something like lesser show, creating a magical feeling that throws you into a colorful dream. 

This half-day trip is totally spontaneous. The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai History Museum and The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel offer me a nice first impression of this lively city. 

The Bund

Attraction Information

1. The Bund (外滩)
Highlights: Pleasant walk along the riverside open sights to lots of colonial buildings. Nightscape is even more excellent when it is all lit up after 8pm.  
Address: Along the Huangpu River, also named Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening Hours: All-day
Suggested Visiting Time: 1-2 hours
Admission: Free
Getting There: Bus NO. 33, 37, 42, 55, 65, 71, 123, 135, 147, 868, 921 and 934 to The Bund; Metro Line 2 and 10 to Nanjing Dong Road Station (南京东路站)

2. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower (东方明珠电视塔)
Highlights: Bird’s eye view of the city and the Huangpu River sprawling wide. Shanghai History Museum inside the tower is one fun place to check and learn.
Address: NO.1, Shiji Avenue, Lujiazui District, Shanghai
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:30pm, ticket office closes at 9:00pm
Suggested Visiting Time: 2-3 hours
Admission: RMB160/person
Getting There: Bus NO. 81, 82, 85, 313, 314, 583, 774, 795, 798, 799, 870, 961, 972, 985, 992 and 993; Metro Line 2 to Lujiazui Station (陆家嘴站).

3. The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (外滩观光隧道)
Highlights: Pleasant walk along the riverside open sights to lots of colonial buildings. Nightscape is even more excellent when it is all lit up after 8pm.  
Address: NO.345, Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 10:30pm (1st May to 31st October), 8:00am – 10:00pm (1st November to 30th April)
Suggested Visiting Time: less than 30 minutes
Admission: RMB50 for single trip, RMB70 for round-trip
Getting There: Bus NO. 65, 910, 928 and 868 to the Bund

Transportation between Sites

1. Hotel to The Bund: Walk northward along Yuanmingyuan Raod (圆明园路) for 130m and turn right to Beijing Dong Road (北京东路), walk straight for 200m, cross the street and get onto the walking avenue of The Bund.
2. The Bund to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Walk along The Bund for 2km (1.2 miles) and get to a ferry dock, take the ferry boat for 10minutes to get to Dongchang Road Pier (东昌路渡口), take Bus NO. 81 (or 993, Lujiazui Route Bus and Rongcheng Line 1) to Lujiazui Hualu and Fenghelu Station (陆家嘴环路和丰和路站) and walk 10m to the tower.
3. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel: Walk northward from the tower for 30m before turning left, walk onto Fenghe Road (丰和路) and turn left after 20m, walk onto Mingzhuta Road (明珠塔路) for 160m before seeing the tunnel’s entrance on the right hand

Recommended Dining Places

1. Dashu Wujie (大蔬无界)
Notable Dishes: Clothed Fried Tofu (炸腐衣豆排), Rainbow Rolls (彩虹), Full Pocket (荷包满满), Chiloe and Bean Noodles (两面黄)
Price: RMB 80-120/person
Address: F4, NO.22, Zhongshan Dong Er Raod, The Bund, Huangpu District, Shanghai
Tel: +86 021-63752818

2. Seagull Restaurant (海鸥舫)
Notable Crab Tofu (蟹粉豆腐), Braised Pork (红烧肉), Pigeon Dipped in Sauce (酱乳鸽) and Roasted Goose (烧鹅)
Price: RMB 100-180/person
Address: Inside Binjiang Garden, NO.2852, Binjiang Avenue, Pudong New District, Shanghai
Tel: +86 021-58797201
Note: Ask for a table at the window, nice views of the Huangpu River.

Travel Tips

1. Best time for traveling
If you are in Shanghai only for sightseeing, spring and autumn might be the best time when it is neither too hot nor to cold. As the air pollution is a common issue for big cities, autumn seems like the only chance for a wide and clear vista.

2. Benefit from Visa-Free policy
At present, Shanghai is one of the cities with 72-hour Visa-free policy. Holding an airplane ticket to a third country, travelers can make the best of time applying a Visa-free stay. Policy only works for administrative area, not for neighboring Suzhou and Hangzhou.  

3. Shanghai metro rocks
Metro is an economic and fun way to explore the city, with comfort absent in a on-ground travel by bus or car. You should get a map of Shanghai attractions and mark the ones you’d like to visit. Connect all the sites by metro and you are good to go.
Security check is required at some metro stations but most of the time the guards won’t bother to order you to do it if you don’t have anything specious-looking.  

4. Clothing tips
Hot day arrives early in Shanghai, in the late May and whence you need at least 3 short T-shirts in your pack. Short T-shirt and pants are suitable wears until November. For winter, you should bring down coat and anti-slippery shoes.

5. Location, location and location
Although getting around in Shanghai is easy-peasy by metro or bus, a well-located hotel adds more value to your trip. Hotels around the Bund vary from high-end five stars to budget-friendly guesthouse. This is one of the ideal locations for stay. It is close to bunch of metro stations, bus stops and easy to hail a cab, not to mention a walk at the Bund anytime you feel like it. 
Other good choices are located around the People’s Square and the French Concession Region (from Huangpi Nan Road 黄陂南路 to Madang Road 马当路).