China’s largest city Shanghai offers many picturesque sightseeing opportunities for the tourists. Although this city is packed with people and has a population of over 24 million, still you will find much historic attraction and that too in quiet surroundings. The presence of worlds busiest port makes it a charming adventure ride for travelers looking for ship rides around Chinese coasts and waterways. The main attraction here varies from museums, art galleries, world-class gardens, big shopping malls, and temples. So as a tourist you will need to have good planning so that you get enough time to explore these places and attractions.
Read below to find the top-rated places you should see in Shanghai:
If you are looking for a European style building that touches the sky in China then Bund is the place you need to be. This place was once the capital of the European settlement and host a number of building in French and European styles. Maximum building present from that age has been restructured and used as offices, grocery stores, restaurants and spas.
The city is situated along the Huangpu River. which flows through the city and hence dividing it into two. You can stroll along the bridge for a nice view of the city and also has the option of a boat trip to explore a different region of the city skyline. Apart from that, you can also hire a jeep to travel inside the city.
If you are like to see historical places then Ming Dynasty’s last garden is a place you should visit. The Yuyuan garden is the last surviving garden of this Dynasty situated in Shanghai. The garden is quite close to Bund and it is the city’s primary attraction.
The garden contains many colorful pagodas, beautiful bridges and enclaves partitioned by dragon walls. Before visiting the place hire a guide who can explain to you about this place history. The place is always crowded so try to visit during night time.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the most decorated towers in the city. This tower has a revolving hotel which is a remarkable structure and apart from it, there is a space module from where you can have a complete aerial view of the city. This space module is 1,148 feet above sea level. The tower has different levels of observatory which is around 15 and consists of 11 spheres.
One of the spheres has the Shanghai Museum located inside it and exhibits many artifacts for display. The place is always filled with people and tourist so the best time to visit is arriving early during its opening hours. Usually, you are going to find yourself in a queue for 1-2 hours.
If Oriental Pearl Tower wasn’t enough then Shanghai has another tower to showcase known as Shanghai Tower which will surely blow your mind. The Shanghai Tower is China’s biggest building in terms of height and the world’s second-tallest building.
From this tower, you can see the entire city of Shanghai and you can also witness and experience the fastest elevator in the world. The tower comprises of 128 floors and only 119 floors are accessible via elevator. So according to us, you should visit this tower once as the waiting time is quite low as compared with the Oriental Pearl Tower.
Nanjing Road is one of the most prolific streets in Shanghai and looks like a mirror copy of New York Fifth Avenue. Visit here to experience the commercial market of China and be rest assured you are going to find products from all over the world.
The pre-historic Chinese sculptures are present at the “Golden Belt” shop located at Nanjing Road. The architecture of the place is quite intriguing and tourists can learn about the city plan from “37 Manhole covers”.
Zhujiajiao is a Watertown located an hour’s drive away from the center of Shanghai city. Here you have the options to roam around by foot or take boat rides and can explore canals, bridge structures and architectural wonders of this historic Watertown.
The boat rides take you across the town and you can have a close look at the lifestyles here. Zhujiajiao is a historical town of China so if you want to explore the ancient town with modern wonders then a trip to Shanghai and Zhujiajio is a must for you.
Shanghai Museum is located in People’s Square, Nanjing Road and has the largest collection of ancient relics. The count of these relics is over 120K and also includes some antiques decorated bronze arts. Apart from bronze antiques, you will also find English descriptive historic Ceramics and Sculptures.
One more attraction here is the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall which showcases how Shanghai has developed so far as a city and what are the upcoming city plans for the year to come.
Tianzifang and Xintiandi
Tianzifang is famous for its old French buildings and is a paradise for shopping lovers. The cafe area here showcases all big outlets and you are also going to find shops related to relics and different varieties of tea.
Xintiandi is more developed when compared with Tianzifang and has a wide variety of french structure which are used for restaurants and shopping stores. Xintiandi development and renovation were done all at once whereas Tianzifang’s was done in batches. Visiting both places are a must as they showcase the traditional aspects of China and are a favorite place for couples for a visit.
Disneyland Park and Maglev Train
Disneyland Park in Shanghai is China’s first Disney themed park that captures the magic of Disney’s characters with China’s unique culture. The park is divided into 6 themes and on entering each one of them you will feel like you are in a totally different world. The adventure park is the best way to spend time with your family and friends. This helps you to relive your childhood and enjoy it like no one is watching.
Have you ever wondered about traveling on the world’s fastest train? If yes and you are in Shanghai then you have the chance to fulfill your desire. The ride on Maglev train from the airport towards the city center is the best way to feel the power of speed. The train travels at a whopping speed of 431kph which is twice the speed of roller coaster ride on Disneyland. The train is super clean and works on electromagnetic force. The train can cover a distance of 30 km in just 7.8 seconds.
Always tried Chinese food in local restaurants in your country but ever wondered how it would taste in its originating country. Shanghai is world-famous for its cuisines which are different, unique and tastes differently from anywhere else.
Here you will find authentic Chinese and international restaurants. You will also find every local snack which is used in the Chinese menu and they will never be spicy. Chinese don’t like oily or spicy food and Shanghai cuisine is the best example of Mandarin food.