Top attractions in Shanghai
Top sights in Shanghai
Shanghai is veritably one of the biggest cities in the world. These 10 tips will help you start to piece together an idea of this vibrant metropolis.
This unusual skyscraper stands at 492 meters and is characterized by its unusual blunt tip. It features restaurants and a bar for visitors, and its observatory is by far the best place to catch a glimpse of the Shanghai cityscape.
Appropriately located on Shanghai's People's Square, this museum is a collection of ancient Chinese art with exhibitions in jade, calligraphy, and ceramics.
This "garden of the forbidden city" displays include traditional fountains, pavilions, and rock gardens.
These Maoist-era propaganda posters, now valued as art pieces by their collector, will help you understand China's Communist history.
During the Second World War, Shanghai received around 20,000 Jewish refugees - this museum goes into more detail about this little-known aspect of history.
A microcosm of corporate Shanghai, you'll see the buildings that are home to HSBC and North China Daily News.
This area of Shanghai could well also be called "Little France" - with its Parisian-looking suburbs and quaint bistros, the city has retained portions of its French colonial history.
Translated as the Temple of Peace and Tranquility, this Buddhist temple consists of three main halls testifying to culture from several Chinese dynasties.
Constructed during the Ming dynasty, the zig-zag bridge surrounding the tea house is meant to shut evil spirits out. It is considered one of the last authentic Chinese tea houses in Shanghai and has even been visited by Queen Elizabeth II!
Located in the Hongkou district and quieter than Yuyan, this park is dedicated to Chinese literary great Lu Xun. You can rent out a boat for the lake, or simply wander around enjoying the tranquility.
The fall months are the mildest, temperature-wise. Winter gets cold, but is not particularly snowy.
Beware of buying precious minerals like pearl necklaces and jade ornaments from markets - it is common that these are not the real deal.
Check out the English-language newspaper, Shanghai Daily, to see what's going on in the city.
If you suffer from respiratory issues, look into purchasing a mask that covers your nose and mouth before your trip, as the air pollution concentration in Shanghai is very high.
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- Best time to visit
- May through October is the most mild weather, but also the busiest time for Shanghai. Late March and October are ideal for weather and avoiding the peak times for tourists and business travelers.
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What people are saying about Shanghai
What a great evening. Between jet lag and all day sightseeing, it can be a little hard to stay motivated for evening tours. Jim made us completely forget about our tiredness as we were completely absorbed in his descriptions and stories of local neighborhood food, culture, and history. The amount of food and portions were great for us, so we didn’t feel guilty for not eating all that was presented, and we didn’t leave feeling hungry. Everything was so tasty and fresh. Highly recommended!!!!
the trip was value for money . notice that it is outside of the city if you plan to be close to the city. the trip with the boat is short just to take some good pictures. our guide Roy was very well educated friendly and spoke the English language pretty well .also he helped us for general info except the standard trip schedule infos such us providing us infoa for the nightlife etc..our day was a holiday day so consider that for the heavy traffic
What a great way to see a lot of the major Shanghai sights (in a day!). Tom was a fantastic guide and spoke perfect English. I have been to many temples throughout Asia, but learned more about Buddhist temples and Chinese Buddha statues through Tom than all previous temple tours combine. He’s extremely knowledgable, not just on Buddhism, but all of Shanghai and it’s culture and history.
We had an amazing tour with our guide Jim! He picked us up on time and showed us many different small restaurants and places were we get the chance to taste dumplings, noodles, bbq, tea,... The food was excellent and Jim told us a lot about the Chinese culture, people and mentality. We really recommend doing this tour!
Tom Zhang is a very knowledgeable guide who has been showing us not only the obvious highlights of Shanghai but also the more subtle beauties and hidden places. He was very flexible in adjusting his schedule to our needs and no matter which detailed question was asked always had the right and entertaining answer.