10 Things to Do in Shanghai That You Shouldn't Miss

January 1, 2018 Carley Gatson

The largest city in China is also its most cosmopolitan, offering visitors a chance to experience the past, present, and future all at once. The Huangpu River splits Shanghai into two districts: Pudong and Puxi. The Pudong skyline looks like it was ripped from the Jetsons, with the bulbous Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower looking a bit like a two headed lollipop. On the Puxi side, you can walk the Bund riverside district to get a taste of old Shanghai.
Restaurants in Shanghai

1. The Bund (Wai Tan)

Zhongshan East 1st Road, Shanghai, China
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

The Bund (Wai Tan)

This is a designated section of Shanghai’s port along the Huang Pu River lined with beautiful neo-classical buildings and a waterfront Promenade that is packed with tourists, locals and street sellers.

Reviewed By jennifer l

It was very crowded on a saturday evening. Just took a photo of the view and left. You cannot really enjoy the view and relax here. Some locals will even push you if you are in their way. I think during the weekday will be less crowded.

2. China Railway High-speed

Shanghai, China
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

China Railway High-speed

China High Speed Trains have greatly cut down the travel time as well as changed Chinese society and economy. Over the past 15 years, China’s High Speed Railway System (CHSRS) has developed abruptly. That means traveling around China becomes more and more convenient and efficient.Welcome to explore China by high speed train travel. More details: https://explorechinatibet.com/china-high-speed-trains/

Reviewed By nocares67 - Charlottesville, Virginia

I enjoy rail travel and had always wanted to experience a high-speed train, so I took this (G5, an express train with fewer stops) instead of flying from Beijing to Shanghai. A first-class (not the highest class, which is business) ticket got me a very generous seat with food rest and power/USB port, and the attendants provide water and snacks. I expect a second-class ticket would have been perfectly fine as well. The ride is very quiet and smooth and for a foreigner it was nice to have the chance to see more of the country, although there wasn't a ton of variation to see. Considering how prompt the trains are, I would consider doing this again, but it is worth noting that airfare for comparable service does cost less and get you there faster (flying is ~2hrs vs ~4.5 train); on the other hand, dealing with a train station is often far easier than the hassle of an airport.

3. Bund International Architecture Exhibition

Zhongshan East 1st Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002, China +86 21 6322 9988
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4.5 based on 788 reviews

Bund International Architecture Exhibition

Reviewed By Kari K - Shanghai, China

While visiting Shanghai one cannot miss the Bund. It has everything the romance, historical architecture, fine dining and beautiful view.
When you visit the Bund you must visit it right time or there are many tourists or you might miss the beautiful night view.
Already interested?

Anyway holidays are always full, police they have more now due the incident couple of years ago. If you have time to visit them in the morning or when the weather is bit cooler then you can avoid the tourist rush hours. Do go before 10pm because they close the lights after that.
- do try one of the restaurants at the Bund ( Hakkasan)
- stay at the peace hotel ( best room, glamour..)
- avoid holidays, because there are no light show anymore

4. South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market

No.399 Lujiabang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China +86 21 6377 5858
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4.5 based on 303 reviews

South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market

Reviewed By dsmajy - Montreal

Just picked up a suit, pants and 10 shirts from Joyce and Rita - they do not disappoint! Quick service, ready within 48 hours, and any alterations were taken care of as well. My suggestion is to bring a shirt to be copied to ensure you get the perfect size. Highly recommended!

5. Shanghai Tower

No479 Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China +86 21 2065 6999
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Shanghai Tower

Reviewed By Jstinziano - Syracuse

A friend and I took a ride- well, let’s say the world’s fastest elevator ride - to the world’s highest observation deck at the top of the Shanghai Tower to take in the 360 degree views of this spectacular city. Well, worth it. We went on a Friday morning - very light traffic. The weather was sunny, but still smoggy at the top - not sure there’s much you can do about that.

6. Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

62 Changyang Road, Shanghai, China +86 21 6512 6669
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4.5 based on 549 reviews

Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum contains the site of one of only two synagogues in Shanghai, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, along with two exhibition halls. Volunteers offer informative tours of the museum.

Reviewed By AFoolForTravel - Santa Monica, California

Such an interesting history housed here in the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue in the Hongkou District of Shanghai. The surrounding area was nice to see as well with a lot of old buildings including the former home of Michael Blumenthal (former Secretary of Treasury who lived here as a boy) Our volunteer guide at the museum was really insightful and helpful and his English was very good. The displays are self explanatory as well. This is a bite sized museum and easy to navigate. There is a wall outside in bronze with the names of the thousands of Jews who were saved by what they called 'the Ark'. Also there is an interactive data base where you can search to for people. If you have stories to add they would like to hear them FYI. The original Torah is not there because it was hidden when the revolution hit. Interesting fact that Peter Max the artist was one of the refugees and he returned to China to try and find his nanny who taught him to draw. That touched me.

7. Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Rm BOC, Basement, Block B, No.868 Huashan Road, Shanghai, China +86 21 6211 1845
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4.5 based on 717 reviews

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Reviewed By LoveandLive2Travel - Denver, Colorado

If you love history, you have to visit the museum. The owner of the collection is frequently there and loves to talk about how he built the collection. A unique glimpse of the progression of the PRC.

8. Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an)

No.510 Beijing West Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai, China +86 21 6321 3548
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an)

Reviewed By S_K_FOO_may_2012 - Singapore, Singapore

The Shanghai Natural History Museum has numerous exhibits. It is relatively cheap as children below 1.3m gets in for free.
The museum spans across 4 floors and there are Theaters that showcases some highlights for the various categories. For the non Chinese speaking tourists, you may like to rent a translator machine (about 40 RMB), this translator would provide you with the information on the exhibits in your desired language.
If you are carrying lots of bags, you can place them in lockers (free to use).
Inside the museum, there are interactive exhibits of animals where children could spend hours wondering and asking questions. You could spend easily 3 to 4 hours in this place.
There are 2 eatries within the facilities - One is a canteen-like (a little run down) and other is a cafe (a little expensive).

9. Pudong New Area

Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120, China
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4.5 based on 908 reviews

Pudong New Area

"Pudong, in its 13-year history, has surprisingly progressed in its economic strength and its urban development. This 556-sqaure-kilometer farmland 13 years ago is well on its way toward a modern metropolis. As the epitome of Shanghai' modernization and the symbol of China's reform and opening up drive, Pudong has become an ideal land for global investors." http://pudong.shanghaichina.org/jiangsx.htm

Reviewed By 30carat - Australia

In such a short time a wasteland has been transformed into an ultra modern forest of competing skyscrapers, including the cloud touching Shanghai Tower. A monument to the commitment of the Chinese to join the modern world in a hurry. Best to take the green line 2 train and get off at the Lujazui Metro station

10. Heping Fandian

No.20 Nanjing East Road, Shanghai 200002, China +86 21 6321 6888
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4.5 based on 608 reviews

Heping Fandian

Reviewed By Rod H - Caloundra, Australia

A very pleasing entry hall leads to an interesting collection of memories of past glories for this Hotel. the terrazzo and marble are crafted in an elegant style similar to art Nuevo but in a subdued way that is very pleasing to the eye... very calm compared to the rush and bustle of outside

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