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Shanghai Travel Guide

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Best of Shanghai

3 days in Shanghai
3 days in Shanghai

Three days highlighting the best of Shanghai, from modern architectural wonders to historical temples and traditional gardens, plus the most worthwhile museums for completely experiencing Shanghai's culture and history.

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Family-friendly Shanghai

Shanghai for young kids
Shanghai for young kids

While Shanghai itself can feel like Disneyland for adults, there is plenty to keep the kids engaged as well. This list offers a variety of choices including an amusement park, an acrobatic show, and beautiful traditional gardens.

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Shanghai on a budget

Shanghai for free
Shanghai for free

With the abundance of parks and popular public areas in Shanghai, those who enjoy people watching will find plenty to do for little or no cost. The Shanghai Museum is one of the best deals in town, and charming neighborhoods offer independent exploration for history and architecture enthusiasts.

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Insiders' Shanghai

Shanghai off the beaten path
Shanghai off the beaten path

There is much to be discovered in Shanghai that many visitors miss. This list offers a couple of unusual small museums and monuments, a cooking class and even a tour of the city by vintage sidecar motorbike.

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Authentic Culture in Shanghai
Authentic Culture in Shanghai

Looking at Shanghai's ultra-futuristic skyline, it's easy to forget how rich the city's history is. Get in touch with traditional Shanghai culture at a bustling bazaar full of rare, exquisite teas, stroll through ancient hutongs or just stuff yourself with the Shanghai-style soup dumplings known as xiao long bao.

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Getaways from Shanghai

Daytrips from Shanghai
Daytrips from Shanghai

Shanghai is a perfect base from which to explore nearby water villages for a glimpse of "Old China" and to get away from the pace of the modern city. Tour a silk factory and stroll among the gardens of Suzhou. For nature lovers and bird-watchers, Chongming Island is a must and can be explored on foot or by bicycle.

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EveryTrail
Shanghai classic walking tour and the Bund
Shanghai classic walking tour and the Bund

One of the most recognisable landmark in Shanghai today is the Bund.There is a distinct contrast between the old and classical Bund at Puxi. On the other side of the river, are the sky scrapers and...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Shanghai Old Town
Shanghai Old Town

This tour takes you to the heart of old Shanghai. On the way it provides good opportunities to stock up on souvenirs, whilst getting a glimpse of traditional life. You will also get to sample some...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Xintiandi to Tianzifang, Shanghai
Xintiandi to Tianzifang, Shanghai

The route takes you through the French Concession via "restored" areas and places that have been left in their more natural state. Xintiandi is a well-known tourist destination and Tianzifang is...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Off the beaten path in Shanghai's Hongkou District
Off the beaten path in Shanghai's Hongkou District

This tour takes you to a part of Shanghai that is a little outside the main tourist haunts. It is, however, still very accessible.

Hongkou District is associated with the writer Lu Xun, and also for...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Shanghai Foodie Tour
Shanghai Foodie Tour

The purpose of this tour is to introduce the visitor to some of the tastes of Shanghai along with some of the food sights. Probably the two things Shanghai is best for are eating and shopping.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Exploring the Bund, Shanghai
Exploring the Bund, Shanghai

This tour shows the quintessential views of Shanghai contrasting the modern with the colonial past. If there is one place you cannot miss in Shanghai, this is it. It especially appeals to...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Shanghai: An Expat’s Guide
Shanghai: An Expat’s Guide

Shanghai is a city layered in symbols, shifting signs, mixed metaphors. The thing is, it can all be a little overwhelming. The sheer physical clutter of the place, its overlapping histories and...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
A Walk Through Time
A Walk Through Time

In this thriving metropolis with millions of cars down the road,it is a blessing that Shanghai enjoys a huge number of avid walkers.

Usually the roads at this area are very shady and not as much...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members

Perfect Day

Shanghai (hesspoint, May 10, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
My first golist (JoyPeer, Jul 4, 2008)
1.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote

Best Of

New Year in Hongkong (RobertPL, Nov 17, 2012)
3.0 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Shanghai for New Arrivals. (chadontheroad, Sep 29, 2010)
3.0 of 5 stars 1 Vote
Asia's Best Hotels (SilvanR., Aug 7, 2006)
2.0 of 5 stars 3 Votes

Recent Trip

Exploring East Asia with friends (Arvind M, Aug 23, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes
A Splendid Tour of China (serenaprincess, Aug 12, 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 8 Votes
Shanghai, China (janedoe28, May 20, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote