Shanghai is one of the 21st century’s most vibrant cities. Travellers will find plenty of things to do in Shanghai, from its modern district of Pudong to the historic buildings of Puxi.
Shanghai’s top attractions
The Pudong skyline is the first thing many people see as their aeroplane descends into Shanghai’s international airport. For spectacular panoramic views over the city, visit the Orient Pearl TV Tower and take the elevator up to its glass-bottomed observation deck.
Across the Huangpu River in Pixu, The Bund offers fascinating insight into European influence in Shanghai. This expansive boulevard is lined with buildings that fuse a range of international styles, including Baroque, Renaissance and Art Deco.
For a glimpse of Shanghai’s classical Chinese heritage, visit Yuyuan Garden, home to the famous Jade Rock, and the picturesque waterways of Zhujiajiao – known as “the Venice of Shanghai”. Take a trip to the Chenghuang Temple and the Jade Buddha Temple as well, to experience Shanghai’s spiritual side.
To learn more about the history and culture of Shanghai, explore the Shanghai Museum in People’s Square. This attraction boasts one of the largest collections of Chinese art and artefacts in the world.
Shopping in Shanghai
One of Shanghai’s favourite things to do is go shopping. On Nanjing Road – Shanghai’s equivalent of Oxford Street – international boutiques sit alongside local electrical shops to create one of the world’s liveliest shopping areas. Each day, Nanjing Road attracts around a million shoppers and looks particularly striking when illuminated at night.