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Top Things to Do in Shanghai

1-Day Shanghai Highlights Tour

Shanghai is located in the Yangtze River delta and as we know this is a multi-culture city in China, affluence by Western culture in the early times and culture in southern China (Jiangna Culture), the city offers a great mix of old and new, you can see the bazaar in the street was jammed with a noisy crowd of buyers and vendors, people hanging up cloth in the middle of 10ft high of labyrinthine alleyways in the residential area, time-honored Chinese private gardens, and colonial-era buildings lies in the core city. On the other hand the rapidly expanding skyline that showing the booming economic and futuristic. The best things we suggested to do in Shanghai will illustrate the disinvite features of this city.

What to See in Shanghai

The Bund, Shanghai

Visit the Bund and Skyline

The bund in Shanghai is the iconic place that witness Shanghai’s growing. With picturesque waterfront view, You can both see amazing view of colonial buildings on Puxi side and new skyscrapers on Pudong side. The Bund is a great place to walk along and get a good appreciation of how the old Shanghai still co exists with the modern, bustling, high tec new world.

Best time to go: if your time is permitted, you can do it both at day time and the night, although night time visit is more scenes since the skyscrapers are lit up and you will amaze by the gleaming skyline.

The iconic buildings you can see along the bund: Fairmont Peace Hotel (buildings No. 20, build in 1854, the oldest and most famous hotel in Shanghai, Puxi), Asia Building (buildings No. 1, regarded as the first mansion, Puxi), The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower (go up to the observation floor for panoramic of Shanghai, Pudong), Jinmao Tower (with total of 88 stories, observation deck at 88 floor, Grand Hyatt on the 53rd-87th, Pudong ). Read more about the Bund>>

  • Add: East of Zhongshan Road
  • Getting there: by subway-metro line No.2 and get off at East of Nanjing Road Station(Nanjing Dong Lu 南京东路站), by bus- No.576, 317,868 and get off at Guangdong Road/East of Zhongshan Road Station(广东路站/)中山东一路站.

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Former French Concession

Walking Through or Cycling in Former French Concession

Things to see here are the western style age villas lines along the street here for hundreds of year, consider as the epitome of colonial area, since it become a French settlement in the early 1920’, the American, British merchant come to build the new house in the expansion area so that you can feel and experience the exotic cultures and history here. Stroll around, learn the story behind the buildings, or lingering at churches and orthodox cathedral, a good chance see the old Shanghai in the early days.

After hours of walking or cycling, do you want to find a place for refreshing? OK, the French concession is also a paradise for foodies, the fancy restaurants and coffee shops offering world class gourmet which will fulfill your taste buds.Read more about French Concession>>


  • Add: Between Huangpu and Xuhui district
  • Admission: Free, but it has several boxes for donations.
  • Opening Hours: you can go at any time
  • Suggested time for visit: 4 hours
  • Getting there: bus No. 167, 320, 42, 911, 920、926 and get off at middle of Huaihai Rd. station(淮海中路) or South of Shanxi Rd. Station 陕西南路站).

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Shanghai Maglev Train

Riding on Shanghai Maglev - the fastest train in the world

Put into use in 2003, the Shanghai maglev regarding as the world’s fastest passenger train, the maximum speed at 430km/hour (267mile/hour), but feels a very smooth ride with clean and comfort seats.

The maglev line in Shanghai is between Pudong airport and Longyang Rd. Station in Pudong, with the distance of 35km (21.7mi) that only takes 7 minutes. Read more about Shanghai maglev >>

  • Tips:
  • 1. A Child whose height is under 120cm can enjoy a free maglev trip but should go with an adult.
  • 2. A passenger can get a maglev ticket with a 20% discount based on a flight ticket on the same day, no matter a paper flight ticket or an electronic flight ticket.
  • Operation Hours: 6:45am --21:40pm
  • First Train from: Longyang Rd. Station 6:45am, Pudong Airport Station 7:02am . Last Train from: Longyang Rd. Station 21:40pm Pudong Airport Station 21:42pm
  • Ticket price: One way: ordinary seat CNY50, VIP seat CNY100 Round way (valid for7 days): ordinary seat CNY80, VIP seat CNY160
Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao ancient town is a quaint and lovely old town which is 1 hour away from shanghai, it has completely different lifestyle of Shanghai, regarding a great place for escape from bustle city. Things you expected to see- old houses lie on the river, ancient bridges right across canals, the town is quite busy during the day but everything are in great order, go though small alleys to the end, sometimes you may see local people washing clothes on the river bank, or just laid-back in a coffee shop watching people go and fro. Suggest coming in the morning for avoid crowds, thus get a better local experience. Read more about Zhujiajiao Water Town >>

  • Opening hours: you can go at any time, the sites in the town opening at: 08:30-16:30
  • Admission: Free for the main town, but it costs extra for the boat ride and sites in the town.
  • Suggested time for visit: 4 hours
  • Getting there from Shanghai:
    buses from Puan Road (People Square, close to Music Theater) the best way is to book a day trip with local agent.

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Yu Garden

Stroll Around Yu Garden (Yuyuan) – a Chinese classical private garden

Located at northeast of old district of Shanghai, and first build in 1559. The large garden has been partly restored, and now we can see the well maintain wooden pavilions, variety shape of bridges, grotesque rocks, and lovely shape of bonsai and flowers. The garden now is become a National historical sites under special preservation.

Every year in Yu Garden holds flower blossom festival that customers can see the feast the eyes. Read more about Yu Garden >>

  • Add: located in northeast of Shanghai's Old City, near by Chenghuangmiao bazaar.
  • Admission: April-June, September-November CNY40 per person, December-March, July-August CNY30 per person.
  • Opening Hours: 8:30-17:30 (1st, March-31st, October),8:30-17:00(1st, November-28th, February)
  • Getting there: Subway line 10, get off at Yuyuan Station (豫园站).

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Shanghai Sky Scrapers

Take a Panoramic View on Top of Sky Scrapers

There are three places we recommended to visit and take a great view of Shanghai:

The world financial center - reaching a height of 492 meters (1,615 feet). Take a thilling elevator to the floor No. 94,97,100 for sightseeing, the 100 floor have a viewing lounge with paddle glass walkway which will give you breath taking experience.

  • Locations: Lujiazui Trade Zone, Pudong District

Shanghai Tower - It is now a new landmark of prosperous Shanghai. 632 meters (2,073 feet) high with 127 stories. The sightseeing route includes the Top of Shanghai Exhibition Hall, Top of Shanghai Observatory and Top 632 exhibition area. The three areas are on floor B1, floor 118, and floors 125 and 126 respectively. (Top 632 exhibition area is coming soon.)

  • Location: Lujiazui Trade Zone, Pudong District

Oriental Pearl Tower - The iconic of Shanghai, many tourist groups line in a long queue for visit every day, so would expected to wait more than 2 hours to visit inside. The sightseeing floor builds as a round corridor as you can have panoramic views.

  • Location: Lujiazui Trade Zone, Pudong District

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What to Eat in Shanghai

Shanghai Steam Buns

Yang's Pan-Fried Buns – delight your taste buds

Try Shanghai Pan-Fried Buns in Wujiang Road – Yang's Fried Buns gets popular in the 25 years ago, the owner inherited this cooking skill from his parents who work as a chef on a well-known restaurant in Shanghai, it taste soft of the top and crispy of the bottom cause it fried on the pan without oil. Now the little restaurant become a renowned brand and used to line up a long queue of locals.

  • Locations: 54-60 Wujiang Rd, Jingan District
  • Average cost per person: CNY12

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Chenghuangmiao

Local Snacks in Chenghuangmiao Bazaar

This is the place for foodies paradise, you will find out the most authentic food here and some of it popular among locals more than hundreds of years, the vegetarian restaurants, local flavor stream buns, Ningbo soup dumplings. Steam cake, ect.
Nanxiang Mantou Dian (南翔馒头店): Steam bun is their specials, especially for buns with pork stuffing, crap stuffing, a juicy bit melt your mouth and it just a taste of Shanghai.

  • Cost per person: CNY 20-100

Ningbo Tangtuan Dian (宁波汤团店): A small restaurant always crowded, people crouching down in a table, have a bowl of soup rice dumplings, it may be a most pleasant things of the day. The sweet sesame stuffing and crab meat stuffing are recommended.

  • Cost per person: CNY 20-100

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