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Shanghai, China

May 20, 2012  China
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

2 months i China, trying to combine work and fun. Want to see and do as much as possible.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Shanghai
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Shanghai
    Shanghai

    I'm living in Shanghai for 2 months, so this is the main city of my visit to China. Shanghai is large with crazy traffic. I have come to love the mix of traditonal chinese, modern and even european fell that this city offers. It's a city where you feel safe, nomatter in what hour your out. There's plenty to see and do, with smaller more traditional chinese citys around the corner, for weekend visits.

  • 2. People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang)
    People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang), Shanghai

    This is a big square and park, housing among other things the Bowuguan museum and Shanghai art museum. although in the middle of central Shanghai the park is a get away from the city. Have a lunch here, and watch people practise with their nanchucks, practise Qigong, playing the flute and just enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

  • 3. Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai Meishu Guan)
    China Art Museum (Shanghai Meishu Guan), Shanghai

    Not one of my favorite museum, mostly because of it's moderate size. Most of the paintings at my visit was contemperal and nice looking, but they do have different exibits. The thing I found intriguing about chinese paintings is the fact that you can look at them for a long time and still find new things as there are many things the painter has 'hidden'.

  • 4. Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)
    Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), Shanghai

    Since I went to Epicure on 45 first, I didn't find the view very different from that one. The highlight was the glassfloor on the second floor, 259 meters over ground. It costs 180CNY to go all the way up, a bit on the expensive side. We went one hour before closing and there was still alot of people.

  • 5. Shanghai History Museum
    Shanghai History Museum, Shanghai

    Situated in People's park it is a grand and well organized museum, with deifferent showrooms for differet thiings. If you're interested in history I think you'd like it, although you might want to pick out a few areas of interest. The area filled with just stamps was not my favorite, while I enjoyed the furnitures and statues areas.

  • 6. Shanghai World Financial Center
    Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai

  • 7. Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan)
    Shanghai Zoo (Shanghai Dongwu Yuan), Shanghai

    The nice thing about this zoo is the fact that it is set on a large piece of land and has a lot of lakes, ponds and green areas. The animal keeping was suprisingly well, I would recommend this for a family with children but maybe not for the avarange visitor in Shanghai.

  • 8. Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
    Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), Shanghai

    The main shopping street in Shanghai, mostly high street fashion and designer. A lot of the european brands can be found here, bur not a lot of genuine chinese things.

  • 9. Epicure on 45
    Epicure on 45, Shanghai

    The view from this restaurant is brethtaking, but make sure to go here on a clear night, to really enjoy it. The food is good, a bit on the expensive side, but with the view in mind, it's ok. The restaurant gives you a 360 degree view over Shanghai, as it spinns around in about an hour. We had drinks in the bar above after dinner, but the massive bars over the windows in the bar destroyd the views here, the interiour was a bit dated and the band where playing a bit to loud. I would still say that the restaurant is a must see, if it's within your budget.

  • 10. Wagas
    Wagas (Huaihai Road), Shanghai

    When in China, I think most people long for food with a western feeling now and then, since the chinese food is so different from western foods. Wagas is good for lunch, you can get a nice pasta dish for around CNY50.

  • 11. Fuxing Park
    Fuxing Park, Shanghai

    Come here on a sunday, and watch the older citizens dance and practice QiGong. Jazzbands are sometimes playing music, there's alot of kites in the sky, people are playing games and fishing. It's a park with a great atmosphere, and a must see from my point of view. It's also one of the few parks, from what I have seen, that your aloud to lye on the grass and have a picknick.

  • 12. Qipu Road Clothing Wholesale Market
    Qipu Road Clothing Wholesale Market, Shanghai

    Crazy market, with alot of things not worth having a look at. But you can really bargain here, and you can find nice clothing for 39CNY, if you just have the energy to look around.

  • 13. Las Tapas
    Las Tapas, Shanghai

    A spanish style tapas restaurant, with quite big tapas, so don't order too many. Our food was both great and disappointing. The goatcheese and bruschetta was hits, while the gambas and tortillas where a bit disappointing.

  • 14. Shanghai Qibao Town Street
    Shanghai Qibao Town, Shanghai

    Went here on a saturday, which might not be recommended, but when working, the only option. A lot of people but still a very nice place. We went on a boat trip on the canal, and enjoyed it very much, wasn't too long either. A lot of strange foods are beeing sold, and it's fun to look at the locals and their food traditions. You can find some gifts here, especially if you come during the week when it's not to crouded. We also went on a 5D cinema rollercoster, which we all enjoyed although we're 25=)

  • 15. Qibao Old Street
    Qibao Old Street, Shanghai

    Went here on a saturday, which might not be recommended, but when working, the only option. A lot of people but still a very nice place. We went on a boat trip on the canal, and enjoyed it very much, wasn't too long either. A lot of strange foods are beeing sold, and it's fun to look at the locals and their food traditions. You can find some gifts here, especially if you come during the week when it's not to crouded. We also went on a 5D cinema rollercoster, which we all enjoyed although we're 25=)

  • 16. Garden of Contentment (Yu Yuan Garden)
    Yu Garden (Yuyuan), Shanghai

    Before going to Shanghai, this was a must see on list. Unfortunatly it seems it was on everyone elses list also. Very crouded but you can shop some souveniers if you don't mind a crowd. The famous bridge was so crouded you could bearly take pictures. The garden had a entrence fee of 40CNY, but was the highlight of the visit, with less people and more relaxed atmosphere.

  • 17. Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao)
    Shanghai Temple Of the Town God (Chenghung Miao), Shanghai

    Situated in the market close to Yu Yuan garden, it stands nice and impressive. The huge crouds made it difficult to admire it, if you can come here on a weekday, that's better.

  • 18. Cantina Agave
    Cantina Agave, Shanghai

    Mexican food, which was good but not great. The margharitas where great while the sangria was a bit odd if you've ever had the real deal in Spain. I really love french consession, where it's located, but it's on a busy street.

  • 19. South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market
    South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, Shanghai

    Outside the market you can by necklaces cheap, and inside you can have a choise of houndreds of tailors to make you some item of clothing, either from a sketch you bring or to make a copy of one of your favorite pieces of clothing. There are also a lot of styles to choose from inside the market, although maybe not all to european taste. You can also find some scarfs and already sawn clothing and accessores.

  • 20. ERA Acrobats
    ERA Acrobats, Shanghai

    At CNY 90 for the cheapest ticket, it's a great value show. The seating is around a circlestage, so it doesn't really matter if you have the cheaper seats, sometimes it can be a bit annoying to be on the side when they face front, but the more expensive tickets are not that expensive either. The show lasted from 19.30-21.00, and had alot of adrenaline kicks and talented performers. I would recommend a Shanghai turist to book tickets here.

  • 21. La Fourchette

    A brasserie that was a bit disappointing unfortunatly. The wine was good but the pasta plain and not very tasty. French Concession, where it's situated, is a nice area though.

  • 22. Greek Taverna
    Greek Taverna, Shanghai

    Great greek food, with fresch meat and vegtables. Try the beef souvlaki made from beef tenderloin, it's lovely!

  • 23. The Bund (Wai Tan)
    The Bund (Wai Tan), Shanghai

    I would say it's Shanghai's number one must see, if you haven't been here, you haven't been to Shanghai. From the Bund you can experience the Pudong side, come here around five and experience it both in day and lit up at night. The Bund side is also great, and shows the european side of Shanghai, since the americans and english builed alot of houses on this side. Take a ferry over to the Pudong side and have something to eat and then stroll along the promenade overlooking the Bund side.

  • 24. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
    Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai

    Situated in People's park it's a great building. But I didn't think the exibition it self was al that nice. Shanghai was built up as a huge miniture city, but it was about the only cool thing about it. 5 floors is way to much for what's actully in there. Some of the old pictures of Shanghai is also a bit interesting. CNY30 is ok, but if you're only in Shanghai for a few days I'd prioritize something else.

  • 25. Shanghai Circus World
    Shanghai Circus World, Shanghai

    The ERA acrobats perform here. At CNY 90 for the cheapest ticket, it's a great value show. The seating is around a circlestage, so it doesn't really matter if you have the cheaper seats, sometimes it can be a bit annoying to be on the side when they face front, but the more expensive tickets are not that expensive either. The show lasted from 19.30-21.00, and had alot of adrenaline kicks and talented performers. I would recommend a Shanghai turist to book tickets here.

  • 26. Lost Heaven on the Bund (Yan'an East Road)
    Lost Heaven on the Bund, Shanghai

    Great rooftop terass, no views overlooking Pudong but still very nice, especially the decoration. Fresh flowers can be found around the restaurant and the interiour is very nice. Even the toilets is an experience. Food is chinesefusion. Try the saladtacos and the shrimprolles, they're great!

  • 27. Cotton
    Cotton, Shanghai

    Great atmosphere outside but not inside, so make sure to get a table in the garden. Food is good and western style. The restaurant is located in a garden in French Concession and is really cozy, but bring mosquitorepellant if you've got it!

  • 28. Huangpu River
    Huangpu River, Shanghai

    We took a one hour boattrip on the Huangpu river with Huangpu river cruises (CNY100). It was ok, but from my point of vue you might as well take the ferry from the Bund to Pudong for CNY2 and get a simular experience. Or just walk on the Bund.

  • 29. Shanghai Metro

    Clean and easy to navigate, if you've tried metros in other big cities, you'll recognize the layout. The only thing I miss is that the endstation is not on the board (at least not in english) which can cause problems when one line devides into two. And as in any other big city, avoid rush hour, normaly at 8.30am and 6pm.

  • 30. 85 Degrees Bakery
    85 Degrees Bakery, Shanghai

    I've tried two cakes from this shop and was disappointed both times. As in many countries the cakes don't taste all that much. There beautiful, but not tasty.