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Keeping Up With Shanghai: Top 25 Things To Do In The City

Keeping Up With Shanghai: Top 25 Things To Do In The City
Megan
Megan
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The rush of the city is definitely its own charm. Being the most populous city in the People’s Republic of China, saturate yourself in the energy of Shanghai with its cohorts of lively crowds and a never-ending list of enthralling attractions.

It’s as if Shanghai has a fast forward mechanism; the striving forward and ripening energy brings everything to its fast-paced nature. But that is why Shanghai is good at everything.

With continual improvements made over the past century, Shanghai has found its way to be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. From moreish local delicacies like the xiaolongbao to Shanghai’s arresting night view of illuminated skyscrapers and reflective river waters, here are the top 25 things to do in the dynamic city.

(Psst! If you haven’t been won over, Shanghai Disneyland is somewhere on the list.)

1. Take the Maglev, the world’s second-fastest train from Pudong Airport to the city centre

Maglev from the airport
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Travel at 431 km/h (268 mph) on the Maglev and get your first taste of Shanghai’s buzz. Experience the thrill of being on the second-fastest train in the world as you zoom past faster than all the highway’s traffic and capture sights of the industrial buildings and housing estates that complete with the stretch of blue sky, abundant greenery, and pockets of lakes. The world’s first commercialised Maglev train line in operation, transport (or near teleport) to the city centre from Pudong International Airport in a mere 8 minutes and arrive ahead of others.

Maglev Ticket Counter

Address: SMT Ticket Center, 2F, Shanghai Maglev Pudong International Airport Station, east of the terminal of Pudong International Airport

Opening Hours: First train at 7.02 am / Last train at 9.42 pm

Ticket Price: 50 CNY (7.20 USD) for single trip / 80 CNY (12.17 USD) for round trip

Website: http://www.smtdc.com/en/

Contact: + 86 021 28907700

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2. Marvel at the view framed by the Huangpu River and Shanghai’s skyline from the Bund

The Bund at night
Source: Wikipedia

Originally an embankment along a muddy waterfront, the Bund has since transformed into one of Shanghai’s most iconic spots. The waterfront area is home to a charming spectacle of 52 buildings of different architectural charms, from Romanesque Revival to Beaux-Arts styles, and delights you with a view of Shanghai framed by the Huangpu River and Pudong’s skyscrapers.

Come in the morning and find locals and tourists under a colour of umbrellas saturated with sweat and awe for this popular destination. Or visit in the peace of the night and join the languid stroll of the people. With the majestic skyline, LED-lit boats, and reflective waters, the Bund is placed under a different spell at night.

The Bund

Address: Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

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3. Take a breather at Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden
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Reputed as “the crown of beauty in Southeast China”, many visit the 400-year-old garden for its timeless tranquillity. The esteemed garden was once the private garden of the Pan family, built by Pan Yun Duan, an officer in the Ming Dynasty for his parents to have a restful life in their old age.

With koi ponds and chirping birds, enjoy the shade under pavilions and trees, and inhale the fragrance of the magnolia grandiflora, Shanghai’s flower, and seek overall comfort in the lull of Yuyuan Garden. Harnessing an oriental charm, individual areas showcasing the nation’s exotic rocks and cultural relics are separated by dragon sculptures atop the walls. You’ll find that nothing beats such simple peace.

Yuyuan Garden

Address: 218 Anren St, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 4.45 pm

Ticket Price: seasonal price 30 / 40 CNY (4.56 / 6.08 USD)

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4. Stroll down the water town of Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao
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Step into the dream of an antique world with Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town. Retained with bridges built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the little fan-shaped town may be a surprising find in the midst of a bustling city like Shanghai.

Spend some time admiring the landscape of the town from Fang Sheng Bridge, the largest stone arch bridge in Shanghai. Home to some 60,000 people and a history of 1,700 years, Zhujiajiao, with its assortment of hutted houses, pagodas, and the winding river, feels like a place untouched by time.

If you are looking for some shopping to do, the alleys are filled with an assortment of rice shops, banks, spice stores, and even a Qing dynasty post office. With store owners welcoming you at the entrance of their little shops and speakers blaring promotions, you will not only walk away with a bagful of commodities but also a touch of Shanghai’s vigour.

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5. Get a taste of French life at Shanghai French Concession

Shanghai French Concession
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Shanghai is commonly dubbed as the “Paris of the East”, and with much reason too! With the city’s blend of modernity and class, the Shanghai French Concession is the place to go if you are looking for hints of French influence.

The area, which was previously designated for the French, retains the old architecture while bringing in the city’s own quirky elements including art deco design elements that colour the pedestrian space. Additionally marvel at the architectural display of the Sinan Mansion, the most concentrated area of classic residences in Shanghai. And further down the road, spot a European country-style house; the former residence of Sun Yat-sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China.

When your hunger pangs kick in, don’t worry for the Shanghai French Concession doubles as a food paradise. With gourmet delights ranging from great coffee and western brunches at Wukang Lu to outdoor restaurants and wine bars at Ferguson Lane, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Home to Huaihai Road, one of the busiest shopping streets in Shanghai and the famous “Avocado Lady”, a tiny neighbourhood shop that sells local fresh produce, oils, and everything else (she’ll order it herself if you need something you cannot find), be prepared to splurge on things you never thought you needed.

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6. Eat, pray, love at City God Temple

City God Temple at night
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Built to protect the safety of the people in the city, the 600-year-old temple is popular with locals coming to pray for good fortune and peace. Full of life and incense, a visit to the Old City God Temple does not end with praying.

Most famous for its local snacks, the snack streets of Old City God Temple serve up your favourite soup dumplings, barbequed pork buns, chop rice cakes, and the list goes on. Surrounded by a growing number of shopping centres to boot, indulge in this winning combination of eating and shopping after the surreal experience in the temple.

City God Temple

Address: Renmin Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

Ticket Price: 10 CNY (1.52 USD)

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7. Visit the white jade Buddha at the Jade Buddha Temple

White jade Buddha
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Here’s another temple to put on your list – the Jade Buddha Temple. As the name may suggest, this Buddhist temple, built in the style of the Song Dynasty, is most venerable for the two jade Buddha statues that were brought from Burma by sea. Carved from whole blocks of white jade, the agate and emerald encrusted Sitting Buddha is 1.9 metres (6.2 feet) tall and portrays the Buddha at the moment of his mediation and enlightenment. The serene looking, smaller Recumbent Buddha adopts the “lucky repose” and represents the Buddha’s death.

Other attractions can be found in the numerous halls, including the Hall of Manjusri Bodhisattva where students go to pray before exams, and the Jade Buddha Tower where more than 7,000 Dazang sutras are kept. There’s even a vegetarian restaurant attached to the temple, so choose among the 80 dishes on the menu and complete your visit with a full heart and stomach.

Jade Buddha Temple

Address: 170 Anyuan Rd, Jing'an, Shanghai, China

Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Ticket Price: 20 CNY (3.04 USD), additional 10 CNY (1.52 USD) to see the jade Buddha statues

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8. Hike up to the classic beauty of Sheshan Basilica

Sheshan Basilica
Source: Wikipedia

Take a hike up Sheshan Hill and visit the Sheshan Basilica that rests on its peak. Along the path up the steep hill that leads to one of the prominent Roman Catholic churches in Shanghai, the 14 Stations of the Cross greet you at every end of the zig-zag path. When you finally arrive at the church, the 38-metre-high (124.7-foot-high) bell towers with the bronze 4.8-metre-tall (15.7-foot-tall) Madonna and Child statue is your first glimpse of the church’s splendour. Take in the beauty and history of the place as you visit the two shrines, one devoted to the Sacred Heart and the other to the Virgin Mary. Make time for the viewing deck at the very end, and spot iconic Shanghai attractions like Happy Valley Shanghai and Playa Mata Waterpark.

If you are planning to visit in May, be prepared for a crowd. Since 1874 when Pope Pius IX declared that pilgrims who went to Sheshan in May would receive a Plenary Indulgence, the church has become the destination for pilgrims from all over the world. Swarmed with Catholics praying the Way of the Cross, the Rosary, and attending Mass, the creeks around Sheshan are often packed with boats with enthused local Catholics whom continue the tradition of making the pilgrimage by boat.

Sheshan Basilica

Address: China, Shanghai, Songjiang, Sheshanzhen, Huanshan Rd, 西佘山山顶

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9. Experience real-life Tinder at The Shanghai Marriage Market

Shanghai Marriage Market
Source: Wikipedia

It may be quite a culture shock but a visit to the Shanghai Marriage Market held in People’s Park is both eye-opening and thought-provoking. Started in 2004, the venue sees anxious parents taking their child’s marriage into their own hands by advertising personal particulars, endearing qualities, and even a picture of their unmarried child.

See parents waiting to pick out a suitable candidate from the sea of people as they stand behind their little “stalls” – multi-coloured umbrellas that are pasted with advertisements. Additionally, look out for the marriage brokers that have their own designated areas where countless profiles are laid on the floor for a fee of 3.20 USD.

Don’t be too startled when you get stopped a few times by note-taking parents and grandparents. They mean no harm except showing interest in you as a potential in-law.

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10. Occupy yourself at People’s Square

People's Square
Source: Wikipedia

Join in the movement at People’s Square, a 140,000-square-metre (1,506,947-square-foot) space that will see you rushing from one place to another, trying to catch all the attractions (before they are closed for the day). Formerly a course for horse racing, it has since transformed into the largest public square of the city.

Starting from the central of the square is the Shanghai Museum, one of China’s first world-class modern museums featuring ancient Chinese art. Lying in the centre of the northern People’s Square is the new Municipal Government Mansion and to the north-west corner sits the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

That is not all, for you can find several large underground structures beneath People’s Square. To name a few, Shanghai’s first underground shopping street, Hong Kong Famous Shops, and Di Mei Shopping Centre are located right under the public square.

If you are feeling more languid, opt to take a leisurely stroll down People’s Avenue, a 600-metre-long (1,968.5-foot-long) pavement flanked by green belts at the side and pause to admire the colossal constructions.

People’s Sqaure

Address: Wusheng Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

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11. Unleash your inner child at Fengyun Zaiqi Game Centre

Video Arcade
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Time travel back to the 70s and relieve the golden era of video arcades in Fengyun Zaiqi Game Centre. Since the universal closure of many arcades due to declining business, relieve your fondest memories here with console classics like Street Fighter II, Raiden 4, and Tekken, or show off your talents with Dance Evolution, Guitar Freaks XG, and Drum Mania XG.

Just beside People’s Square, this energy-buzzing, spacious locale is also readily accessible by subway. So what are you waiting for? With basketball hoop games and shooting games, including the likes of Razing Storm and Operation G.H.O.S.T, the only thing you have to be wary about is losing track of time in this gamer’s paradise.

Fengyun Zaiqi Game Centre

Address: B1, D-Mall 221 People’s Avenue near Wusheng Lu, Huangpu district

Opening Hours: 10.00 am - 12.00 midnight

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12. Have a day time adventure at Happy Valley Shanghai

Happy Valley Shanghai
Source: Wikipedia

Composed of seven different themed zones, namely Sunshine Beach, Happy Times, Typhoon Bay, Gold Mine Town, Happy Ocean, Shanghai Bund and Shangri-la Woods, experience the joy of more than 100 attractions in Shanghai’s largest amusement park.

Test your fear factor and try plummeting from 60 metres (197 feet) above ground on the Diving Coaster or swing up to 15 stories high on the Gyro Swing. If adrenaline rushes are not your thing, head for Happy Ocean! With rides that are child-friendly, you’ll find yourself having fun even without being a thrill seeker.

Don’t leave without trying the Wooden Coaster Fireball in the Happy Times area. As interesting as the name suggests, the ride is the first wooden roller coaster in China, so belt up and get ready for an interesting twist on this rollercoaster.

Happy Valley Shanghai

Address: 888 Linhu Rd, Songjiang, Shanghai, China

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm

Ticket Price: 230 CNY (34.97 USD) for adults and children above 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) / 120 CNY (18.25 USD) for children between 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) and 1.5 metres (4.9 feet)

Website: http://sh.happyvalley.cn/flash/

Contact: +86 21 3355 2222

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13. View marine life through the world’s longest submarine viewing tunnel at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Source: Wikipedia

If you want to come up close and personal with creatures you were only familiar with on animal documentaries, then a trip to Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is a must. The largest ocean aquarium in Asia, it gives you a tour of the world’s five continents and four oceans, with nine different thematic zones and special exhibitions that showcase 300 types of water creatures and rare fish. Around 15,000 creatures call the aquarium home.

Also the only aquarium in the world to have a China Zone, be sure to check out the exclusive exhibits of aquatic organisms and ecology of the Yangtze Valley and the endangered aquatic species in China, such as the Chinese sturgeon and Yangtze alligator.

Do not startle when a shark lurks around the corner and swims past you. Viewing the animals through the longest submarine viewing tunnel brings you to such close proximity to the shark cove that you may just forget that visitors are still separated by glass.

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Address: 388 Lujiazui Ring Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China, 200120

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

Ticket Price: 160 CNY (24.33 USD) for adults and children above 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) / 110 CNY (1.73 USD) for children between 1.0 metre (3.3 feet) and 1.4 metres (4.6 feet)

Website: http://www.sh-aquarium.com/en/html/index.aspx

Contact: (86-21) 58779988

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14. Visit the giant pandas at Shanghai Zoo

Giant pandas at Shanghai Zoo
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Divided into 5 different exhibition areas, namely the Primates, Herbivores, Carnivores, Birds, and Amphibians, seeing your favourite animals in real life will no longer be a dream. The largest zoo in Shanghai exhibits more than 6,000 animals, including 600 rare animals, so get ready to be endlessly captivated by the charms of the cheeky golden monkeys to the ferocious cougars.

The zoo’s newest additions, seven fennec foxes, are also increasingly popular among children for their adorable features. However, the giant pandas are undoubtedly the main attraction of the zoo. Considered as a conservation reliant endangered species, the bear is native to south central China and is well-loved by all. Watch them in sheer delight as they simply lounge around their enclosures or snack away on stalks of bamboo.

Shanghai Zoo

Address: 2381 Hongqiao Rd, Changning, Shanghai, China

Opening Hours: 7.30 am - 5.00 pm (March – October) / 7.30 am - 4.30 pm (November – February)

Ticket Price: 40 CNY (6.08 USD) for adults / 20 CNY (3.04 USD) for students aged 6 - 18 / 30 CNY (4.56 USD) for elderly aged 60 - 65

Website: http://www.shanghaizoo.cn/

Contact: 86-21-62687775

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15. Appreciate ancient Chinese art at Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum
Source: Wikipedia

Considered as one of China’s first world-class modern museums, the venerated Shanghai Museum is a museum of ancient Chinese art with a collection of over one million objects. Featuring 120,000 national-graded works of art and 11 galleries showcasing collections of bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy, the museum is a complete marvel of history and culture. The colossal architecture is fitted with a round top and a square base and is symbolic of ancient Chinese philosophy where the square earth is regarded to be under the round sky.

If you do not have time for all the extensive displays, make sure to at least save some for the Gallery of Ming and Qing Furniture. Transport back to the peak of Classical Chinese furniture where the Ming and Qing dynasties presented different allures of furniture that are sought after till this day. Complete with exhibitions of a study room and a drawing room, experience what it was like living in a traditional Chinese house in that age.

Shanghai Museum

Address: 201 Renmin Ave, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Ticket Price: Free

Website: http://www.shanghaimuseum.net/en/

Contact: (021) 63723500-132

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16. Watch a performance The Shanghai Grand Theatre

Shanghai Grand Theatre
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Standing in the north of People’s Square is one of the largest and best-equipped automatic stages in the world, The Shanghai Grand Theatre. Having staged over 6,000 performances from original Chinese operas to classical ballet shows, the theatre is renowned for its excellent light and sound system, and its three capacious theatres.

The architecture is a wonder alone. Designed by acclaimed French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier, the place is described as a crystal palace at night and it looks like a dream. It is no wonder that among so many iconic landscapes, the Shanghai Grand Theatre is still widely recognised as the landmark for Shanghai.

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Address: 300 Renmin Ave, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

Website: http://www.shgtheatre.com/main.jsp

Contact: +86 21 6386 8686

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17. View Shanghai from Jin Mao Tower, the third-tallest building in Mainland China

Jin Mao Tower
Source: Wikipedia

Seen the skyline from the Bund? Now soak up views of the crowd-mesmerising skyline when you visit Jin Mao Tower, the 18th-tallest building in the world and the third-tallest in China. Borrowing influences from traditional Chinese architecture like the tiered pagoda, the building’s proportions also revolve around the number 8, associated with prosperity in Chinese culture.

The 88-storey postmodern skyscraper stuns you with a spectacular view of Shanghai from its observation deck situated at the highest level. Prepare for sights like the Oriental Pearl Tower, Huang Pu River and the Bund, the most dazzling at night. With an array of shopping malls, restaurants and even a 5-star luxury hotel, occupy yourself with a slew of entertainment activities after you are done with the view.

Jin Mao Tower

Address: 88 Century Ave, Pudong, Shanghai, China

Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 9.30 pm

Ticket Price: 120 CNY (18.23 USD) for adults / 60 CNY (9.11 USD) for kids between 0.8 metres (2.6 feet) and 1.3 metres (4.3 feet)

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18. Shop at Nanjing Road, the world’s longest shopping district

Nanjing Road
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The 6-kilometre-long (3.7-mile-long) shopping district is the longest in the world. Consisting of two parts, East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road, the main shopping street of Shanghai is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets, seeing over 1 million patrons daily.

One of the earliest shopping streets of the city, the century-old outdoor market houses almost everything from fast food chains, like KFC, McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut, to high-end brands, like Tiffany & Co., Mont Blanc, and Dunhill. Although traditional stores now share the space with modern shopping malls, speciality stores, theatres, and international hotels, take time to visit the smaller traditional businesses where locals typically sell silk goods, jade, embroidery, wool, and clocks. Take a rest stop at one of the restaurants and cafes when your limbs tire, and soak in the entire scene of buskers singing on the street amidst haggling customers.

Nanjing Road

Address: Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

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19. Feast on xiaolongbaos at Din Tai Fung

Xiaolongbao
Source: Wikipedia

Chances are if you are in Shanghai, you won’t be unfamiliar with the xiaolongbao. The famed soup dumpling is recognised universally as Shanghai’s food icon, which you’ll find for good reason so after you have had your first one.

Juicy pork filling is wrapped by delicate dumpling skin and presented straight out of the kitchen in small bamboo steaming baskets. Take a bite and the shot of tasty broth explodes in your mouth. Not long after you’ll see yourself ordering another batch because these soup dumplings disappear at an astonishing rate.

The popularity of xiaolongbaos has seen many restaurants creating their own recipes to manufacture their own bites of heaven. But for a long time running, it has been Din Tai Fung taking home the title for the best xiaolongbaos served.

Although ironically a Taiwanese restaurant chain, the soup dumplings here are of amazing consistency and never disappoint. Packed with regulars and soon-to-be regulars, customers are always amazed at the level of skill demonstrated through the 18 precise folds of the delicately pleated dumplings, and the melt-in-your-mouth dumpling skin.

Din Tai Fung

Address: Xintiandi, South Block Plaza, 2/F, Lane 123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu

Opening Hours: 11.00 am - 3.00 pm & 5.00 pm - 11.00 pm (Monday – Thursday) / 11.00 am - 3.00 pm & 5.00 pm - 1.00 am (Friday) / 11.00 am - 1.00 am (Saturday – Sunday)

Website: http://www.dintaifung.com.cn/

Contact: 021-6385-8378

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20. Dine at the Oriental Pearl Tower Revolving Restaurant, the highest revolving restaurant in Asia

Oriental Pearl Tower
Source: Wikipedia

If you haven’t had enough of skyscrapers, include the Oriental Pearl Tower as your next dining destination. The first building to define Shanghai’s skyline, dine 267 metres (876 feet) above ground at Asia’s highest revolving restaurant.

Come during the evening to catch both the sunset and the night view of Shanghai’s landscape. Overlooking the Huangpu River, and on clearer days even the Yangtze River, delight in the panoramic view of the city as the restaurant makes a full rotation in 2 hours.

The restaurant’s international buffet spread offers hundreds of Chinese and Western delicacies. Diners of the restaurant are also entitled to a free visit to the Municipal History Museum found beneath the Oriental Pearl Tower and the three main sightseeing floors. It is truly fine dining at its best.

Oriental Pearl Tower Revolving Restaurant

Address: 1 Century Ave, Pudong, Shanghai, China

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21. Indulge in cheap seafood supper until 4 am at Shouning Lu

Crayfish
Source: Wikipedia

If you are looking for a cheap supper spot in the middle of bustling, clean Shanghai, we’ve got just the place for you – Shouning Lu.

A one-block stretch of seafood restaurants, Shouning Lu is well-known and patronised for its crayfish. The crayfish typically comes in three different spice levels and are sold by every 500 grams (1.1 pounds). Every spice level is mouth-watering and tongue-burning delicious, but choose the spiciest level for a challenge that you can try washing down with a cold Tsingtao Beer.

Really dig in to the food by putting on plastic gloves and unpeel the shells of the crayfish. It is messily therapeutic! With Sichuan-peppercorn-marinated fingers and piles of seafood shells on the plastic tablecloth, you’ll want to do this again.

Shouning Lu

Address: Shouning Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

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22. Club the night away with a shark in the room

Clubbing at the M1NT
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Clubbing in the same room as sharks is a pretty big deal and that’s what M1NT does best. Boasting multiple awards including “Club of the Year”, this immensely popular nightclub brings a modern twist and a luxurious edge to Shanghai’s night life.

Featuring themed events such as “Shanghai All White Affair” and “Masquerade Ball”, dressing up for a party has never been more fun. This is the chance to throw on that ridiculous dress or suit you never knew there was an occasion for. Drink and dance your night away while you mingle with the fashionable crowd. In a classy interior complete with a red and black colour palette, paintings and leather sofas adorned with white cushions, the night view of Shanghai dazzles from the full-length windows reminding you that the night is young.

M1NT

Address: 24 Floor 318 Fuzhou Lu, Shanghai, China, 200001

Opening Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 pm to late

Website: http://www.m1ntglobal.com/club-shanghai

Contact: +86 21 6391 2811

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23. Take a romantic walk along Waibaidu Bridge

Waibaidu Bridge at night
Source: Wikipedia

Opened in 1908, the bridge has witnessed all of Shanghai’s changes for the past century. One of the few constants in the city’s skyline, the first all-steel bridge and the only surviving example of a camelback truss bridge in China, Waibaidu Bridge is a marriage of history and beauty.

A favourite hangout spot for couples, keep your plans for the night simple and bring your date for a romantic walk along the bridge. A stroll hand-in-hand above the calming river waters, you’ll soon discover that admiring the spectacular night view (and each other) never was a sweeter affair.

Looks like a scene from a movie? That is because it is! The popular movie, The Last Tycoon, sees the protagonist and his girlfriend on Waibaidu Bridge, with the glistening river waters and the molten sunset as the romantic backdrop, when a confession of love is dropped. Seize the scenic venue and recreate those heart-stopping moments with your significant other.

Waibaidu Bridge

Address: Waitan Tunnel, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

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24. Cross the river with the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
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You asked to cross the river to get to Pudong, but instead you get a flight to the core of the Earth. Sounds strange? That’s because it is.

Taking the metro dulls in comparison when you can choose to go on this psychedelic journey across the river. Proudly described as one of a kind, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel truly is unique. Having entertained two million visitors since its opening, the bewildering ride is popular among curious tourists looking for an alternative way to cross the river.

Get ready for a simulated space adventure accompanied with dizzying multi-coloured lights and an awkwardly-paced commentary of “shining stars” and “space swirls”. While the journey takes less than 5 minutes, the 647-metre (2,123-foot) voyage seems to stretch longer than that.

The ride is a terror, but a fun one at that.

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

Address: 300 East Zhongshan No 1 Rd

Opening Hours: 8.00 am - 10.30 pm (May – October) / 8.00 am - 10.00 pm (November – April)

Ticket Price: 50 CNY (7.59 USD) for single trip / 60 CNY (9.11 USD) for round trip

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25. Make your dreams come true at Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai Disneyland
Source: Wikipedia

Yes, I saved the best for last.

Set to open on June 16 2016, the first Disney Park in mainland China is estimated to be 3 times the size of Hong Kong Disneyland. Constructed under Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the flagship park will be built in a style similar to Disney’s other Magic Kingdom-style parks and will boast two themed hotels, an entertainment district, recreational facilities, a lake, and associated parking and transportation hubs.

Built with an aim to combine Disney stories and their characters with attractions that are specifically designed for Chinese guests, visitors can expect a Disneyland with a cultural taste. From the small details like decorations of Chinese-style kites flown by Disney characters in The Toy Story Hotel’s Sunnyside Café, to the first-ever Mandarin stage presentation of The Lion King at Walt Disney Grand Theatre, it’ll be a guaranteed delight.

Shanghai Disney Resort

Website: https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/

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Recharge with Shanghai

It’s easy to find yourself becoming staler with the day as you drown in the monotonies of school or work. However, what life has to offer is far beyond that, and that is why a trip to Shanghai is a must this holiday. Experience the vivid energy of the city and let it recharge your soul. Never a dull moment in Shanghai, you may find yourself extending your trip to include more attractions and activities on your list.

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*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.

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