An electrifying city that buzzes with energy and excitement, Shanghai harmonises futuristic skyscrapers with ‘old-world China’ charm. There’s so much for your family to explore in the Paris of the East, from scenic outdoor spaces to the world’s largest Disneyland. Fun and entertainment are guaranteed with our selection of unforgettable things to do in Shanghai with your family.
Watch daredevil acrobatics at Shanghai Circus World
You can’t miss Shanghai Circus World’s gleaming golden geometric dome, an iconic landmark of the city. Within the architectural masterpiece is an auditorium of wonders, showcasing China’s most dazzling acrobatic displays and performances. The multi-sensory ERA – Intersection of Time will wow the whole family with its spectacular visuals, costumes, rotating stages and motorcycle stunts. For a more traditional circus experience, Happy Circus has plenty of clowning around.
Get your nature fix at Century Park
Just a few moments’ walk from Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, Century Park is the city’s largest; a verdant oasis offering leafy respite from the city’s frenetic energy. The splendid green space is a marriage of lakes dotted with islands, meandering pathways and pretty floral displays. There’s an avian reserve where you can catch the sounds and sights of birds chirruping and a children’s playground with fun activities to absorb the little ones.
Meet Mickey at Shanghai Disney Resort
Bringing that irresistible Disney magic to the city, Shanghai Disney Resort unites everyone’s favourite characters in one fairytale kingdom. The largest Disney theme park in the world, it’s home to a Pirates of the Caribbean ride, an Alice in Wonderland maze and of course, the Enchanted Storybook Castle. The whole family will find thrills, spills and endless adventures at Shanghai Disney Resort. It’s best to dedicate a whole day to exploring the attractions Shanghai Disney Resort has to offer.
Get a bird’s-eye view from the top of Oriental Pearl Tower
The unmistakable monument that pierces the clouds above Shanghai, Oriental Pearl Tower dominates the city’s skyline. When you’re visiting, ascending to one of its many observation decks is one of the best things you can do in Shanghai with your family. Go at nighttime when the cityscape will twinkle like a million dazzling fireflies and don’t descend without first taking a ride on the hair-raising virtual reality roller coaster.
Spot sharks at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Showcasing incredible marine life from all corners of the globe, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium whisks you off on an aquatic journey around the world. Starting at China’s Yangtze River, you’ll travel to the South American Amazon, the mangroves of Australia and rainforests of Southeast Asia, meeting their weird and wonderful wildlife along the way. There are indigenous Yangtze alligators and giant salamanders along with penguins, seals and sharks. You’ll love walking through the watery depths along Shanghai Ocean Aquarium’s submarine viewing tunnel, which is the world's longest.