Shanghai has long served as the gateway to China on the Yangtze River delta. It is hardly a wonder that it is the largest economic and trade centre in China, and also one of China’s cultural centres. The city Shanghai retains China’s last vestige of its unusual colonial past. In fact, the architecture along the Bund is a living museum of the colonial history of the 1800s. Other than its colonial architecture, there are loads to do in Shanghai. If your time in the city is short, here are some of the top things to do in Shanghai to maximise your visit. Have fun!
1. Visit Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum is located in People’s Square, and it’s one of the best museums to visit in the city. It is home to an impressive 120,000-strong collection of rare items, featuring bronzes, sculptures, and ceramics. It’s also a great place to find out about the history of the city as well as its plans for the future.
2. Ride the Fastest Train in the World
The Shanghai Maglev is the fastest train in the world. It travels from Pudong Airport to the city using magnetic levitation to reach speeds up to 270 mph, and it’s like no other train you have been on. It could well be the future of travel, making it one thing you don’t want to miss. You can find out more about it at the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.
3. Enjoy a Spectacular View
This is a city you will want to see from up high, so travel to the top of the World Financial Center, which is one of the tallest buildings in the world. Visit Sky Walk 100, the highest observatory in the world on the 100th floor, which is over 1,500 feet up, and step on the glass floor (if you’re brave enough!). It’s located right in the centre near to many of the big hotels like the Marriott, making it easy to visit. Or head to the Oriental Pearl Tower for another great view of the city, where you will also find a revolving restaurant and another observation deck.
4. Spend a Day at Disney Resort
Shanghai Disney Resort in Pudong is easy to reach during your stay. It opened in 2015 and is the first of its kind in China. It has six areas to explore, and it’s the perfect treat for the kids.
5. Explore Zhujiajiao Water Town
Walk around Zhujiajiao in Qingpu District to explore the stunning canals and architecture. Take a boat trip down the main canal or go on a longer trip around the other small rivers, and see the Fangsheng Bridge, the largest stone bridge in the city.
6. Visit the Aquarium
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium in Pudong is the largest in China and one of the largest in the world. Boasting the longest underwater tunnel in the world at over 500 feet, it is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon, and you will see a wide selection of exotic sea creatures including many endangered species of China.
7. Take a River Cruise
Huangpu River is perfect for going on a cruise and exploring The Bund, which is a beautiful waterfront area where you will see the amazing skyline of the city at its best.
8. Explore the City’s Parks
There are also lots of open spaces to explore in Shanghai, including People’s Park and Century Park, as well as the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. These are perfect for taking a relaxing stroll in the city and enjoying some natural surroundings.
See the Best of Shanghai During Your Stay
Shanghai is an exciting city to explore, and with so much to see you will never find yourself without anything to do. Check out all of the highlights on this list, and enjoy seeing the best of Shanghai during your stay.