Things to Do in Shanghai

Things to Do in Shanghai, China - Shanghai Attractions

Things to Do in Shanghai

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  • 许嘉琦
    1 contribution
    In 2021, I flew to Shanghai for two hours. It was spring and the sun was shining, which made me feel very warm. I stayed there for three days. The first day was the night of arriving in Shanghai.
    The next day, I came to Nanjing East Road Pedestrian Street in Shanghai. Here I going shopping, tasting delicious food and enjoying the night. I had a full day.
    On the third day, I went to the Bund of Shanghai. I saw the famous Garden Bridge of Shanghai, the monument to the people's Heroes in Shanghai, many magnificent foreign buildings, and the night of the Huangpu River.
    In the evening, I returned to Beijing by plane. This trip is really unforgettable to me!
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,630 contributions
    It was a good experience but the attendants were giving us the runaround at the ticket office when we got there. They said they wanted our passports and if we didn't have them we had to go register at a machine near the entrance. We showed them the passports and they made us go "register" at the machine. While we registered they told our friends that they were not talking foreigners and when we went up to the counter they said we could go but wouldn't tell us which health code they wanted to see. A green arrow and QR code worked for health codes and they eventually agreed to sell us tickets and let us go up.

    They have a cool display near the elevator that has scale model and interactive displays for tall buildings around the world. They have many English descriptions to read as well to understand the construction and engineering technology behind this megatall building.

    The elevator is one of the world's fastest and takes you up to the 118th floor observation deck in 55 seconds! One there you can check out the surrounding panoramic views and look down on the 11th tallest Shanghai Finance Tower and 33rd tallest Jin Mao! The 119th floor has a cafe and the 118th floor has gift shops. There is a large display on the 118th floor but I think it was all in Chinese when I went and appeared to be related to the history of Shanghai's construction.

    If you buy the exhibition package for 245 RMB you get to go to to the 125/126 floors to see the dampening system. It was worth the extra money to see but I would say this attraction is a one and done kind of deal.
    Written August 7, 2021
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  • tatan miller
    Canada7 contributions
    The building is beautiful and the night view is beautiful,I'll go again if I go to China next tome..
    Written January 27, 2022
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  • Heather P
    Beijing, China25 contributions
    This is a beautiful garden. Peace in the centre of a thronging city. It's a fabulous place to go with your camera as every angle has a photo opportunity.
    Written February 6, 2022
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  • Stephen C
    1,070 contributions
    This attraction is best done on foot. Depending on how far and what you want to cover, it could be as long as 7 kilometers.

    The main draw for me was the old architecture, which is remnants from the French concession period. The local government has done a good job of preserving the buildings so that you can still get a flavor of how locals many decades ago.

    There are plenty of eateries and coffee shops along the way. There are also shops selling paintings and other creative items.
    The famous Xintiadi and Tianzifang are also part of this area.
    Written February 5, 2022
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  • FellowTraveler777811
    Brisbane, Australia21 contributions
    Extremely fast elevator. The views from the top were breathtaking and you could see the entire city. Luckily not much smog that day. If you are game enough there is a view/walk around the outer of the top of the building. Well worth the visit
    Written May 7, 2022
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  • Kristine K
    105 contributions
    Morning, afternoon, evening, or at night the river area is worth some of your time. The city views change minute by minute. The sights, the sounds, and experiences change with each step you take. Plenty of places to stop and sit or grab a coffee. Both sides of the river offer several venues for eating, drinking, and shopping. Several river cruise opportunities as well (day or night). Our recommendation, go anytime you can; however, be aware that holidays and dinner time (17:00-21:00) can be rather busy along the river, so mass transit will be your best option. If you have only 24 hours in the city, spend 30 minutes along the river, but be aware one could un-knowingly walk for hours along the river. Enjoy.
    Written October 7, 2020
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  • Jamie M
    1 contribution
    Had a great experience having a coat fitted and beautiful shirts made by Linda at Stitch and Co. She's a real expert and helped recommend amazing patterns that fit magnificently. A complete pleasure to visit and I'll be sure to come back again
    -Jamie
    Written February 25, 2022
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  • Sjakie S
    Hoorn, The Netherlands647 contributions
    The museum has free entrance, and if you know what's inside! But you have to wait in the queue for 1 hour. The audio guide is well worth the price. I think you can spend a whole day here.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Jo-Ann
    Washington15,461 contributions
    Surprisingly this temple is nice, a good size and historical. Just walking distance from the Changshou metro station line 7. There’s a variety of statues of gods and goddesses to be admired snd prayed (if you are a Buddhist). There are 2 Jade buddhas, one reclining and one sitting upright. Both in different parts of the temple. The reclining buddha is in white jade and the sitting buddha is in green jade. Sitting buddha sits in an airconditioned room where no photography is allowed. Pretty cool visit!
    Written August 2, 2021
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  • Kristine K
    105 contributions
    Electric. Fun. Fascinating. Ever changing. Versatile. Busy. Big business. Shopping. Tourists. Numerous restaurants & dining opportunities. Several museums in the immediate area. Can be a little congested at times. Take public transportation if possible. Glorious views of The Bund area. Can pick-up a hop on / hop off bus from this area. All towers within walking distance. Very western feel, new & modern, sleek. Majority of people in this area speak some English. The night experience much different than day time so walk around & visit the area both times of day. Holidays the area will be busy so be prepared. The time you spend in the area will depend on your purpose could be an hour could be all day. You decide! Enjoy.
    Written October 20, 2020
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  • gl0baltr0tter
    Shanghai, China1,077 contributions
    It has a temple built in the Yuan dynasty circa 1341 and a post office used in the Qing dynasty circa 1000 years ago. With a river run through the town, it offers enough bridges, footpath, restaurants, cafes, and curiosity shops that reminded me a little of Venice. However due to the COVID pandemic, there weren't enough tourists to support the local businesses with completely empty seats in many cafes and restaurants and whole sections walled off. A little sad to witness.
    Written July 1, 2020
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  • Daniel C
    Middlesbrough, UK163 contributions
    Head into the front doors and you can pay for different tickets depending on how high up the building you want to go, however don't pay for the most expensive ticket. You may think that the most expensive ticket takes you up to the top floor, but it actually lets you take the Sky walk, you walk around outside the top floor of the building with only a harness keeping you from falling. If you want to do that, I admire your bravery and it probably would be good fun, but don't accidentally buy the wrong ticket. Once you go up the building you can look down and see the countless floors of the huge building and can see the other huge buildings in Shanghai. You can see Shanghai tower, the Oriental pearl and other parts of the city. Wait until it gets dark and you'll see the whole city light up in all of its colours.
    Written November 3, 2020
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  • Mark F
    5 contributions
    Excellent place! It's nice to see the Jewish history being celebrated in Shanghai. They genuinely saved lives.
    Written October 11, 2021
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  • C0ppola
    Oulu, Finland242 contributions
    Very nicely designed buildings.

    It is a good idea to set aside time to tour the area without rushing.

    Stalls selling souvenirs and small shops in the area.

    Overall a great looking place.
    Written March 18, 2022
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