What to see in Shanghai: guide with practical tips about the city

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With its over 20 million inhabitants, it is the most populous city in the entire globe. It is defined as "the pearl of the East", where the two souls of Chinese civilization live together: the traditional, historical one, full of charm and mystery, and the contemporary one, made up of skyscrapers, efficient public transport, unbridled shopping. It would take a lifetime to get to know Shanghai, but it only takes a moment to fall in love with this extraordinary oriental metropolis.

Are you ready to leave with us? So let's find out together what to see in Shanghai with this guide with practical tips about the city!



Index

  1. bunch
  2. Jade Buddha Temple
  3. Yu Mandarin Garden
  4. Shanghai Museum
  5. Shanghai Grand Theater
  6. Longhua Temple
  7. Lujiazui and Shanghai World Finance Center
  8. Shanghai tower
  9. Oriental Pearl Tower
  10. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
  11. China Art Museum
  12. Xin Tian Di
  13. Nanjing
  14. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
  15. Madame Tussauds wax museum
  16. Disneyland Shanghai
  17. City Gold Temple
  18. Other attractions to visit
  19. 7 things to do in Shanghai
  20. User questions and comments

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1 - Bund

The Bund is the riverside overlooking the Huangpu stream, along which period buildings coexist with new, hyper-technological skyscrapers.

Along what we can improperly call "course", we find some of the main attractions of the area: a group of sculptures called Light of the Huangpu River, Vela and Vento; Chenyi Square, where the homonymous statue stands, a tribute to the first Mayor of Shanghai; the panoramic tunnel, the first pedestrian underwater tunnel in the whole of China. It is also a must to admire and photograph the very famous skyline on the Shanghai River.

In Zhongshan Lu, the Bund can be reached by bus, with lines 20, 22, 37, 42, 55, 65, 126, 212 or 401, or with metro lines 2 and 10. East Nanjing Road landmark stop. The riverfront can also be reached on foot from the city center by crossing Fuzhou Road - Get Directions.



Visit it at dawn: walking here at dawn you will find elderly people intent on practicing tai chi, to savor a slice of local life. You can also take a scenic cruise on the Huangpu River to admire the city from another very suggestive perspective.

2 - Temple of the Jade Buddha

Built in the early decades of the twentieth century, the temple of the Jade Buddha is currently "operational". Inside, in fact, About seventy monks live there, engaged in prayer or daily work. The structure, internally, conveys an atmosphere of peace and contemplation, enriched by the beauty of the place.

With its white jade Buddha statue (the highlight of the temple), the saffron yellow walls and the perfect symmetry of the halls and courtyards, the Jade Buddha temple is right on the list of dream attractions in Shanghai. Dating back to 1882, the temple consists of three rooms where various sacred statues and a collection of Buddhist manuscripts are kept.

It is forbidden to take photographs: during the visit, it is essential to scrupulously respect the privacy of the monks who do not want to be immortalized, as well as (unfortunately) it is not possible to photograph or film the jade statue, almost 2 meters high.

  • in 170 Anyuan Road, it can be reached by subway taking line 2. Reference stop Nanjing Road West Station. Or by taking Line 7 to Changshou Road - Get Directions
  • every day 8: 30-16: 30. Closed on major holidays
  • 10,00 yuan (€ 1,25)

3 - Yu Mandarin Garden

The "Garden of Happiness", built about 400 years ago by the legendary Ming dynasty, is today one of the flagships of Shanghai tourism. Characteristic garden developed on over 40 hectares, characterized by bamboo groves, ponds with koi trout and pavilions of the Ming dynasty.

During the walk you will encounter pavilions with rather poetic names. Among all, the largest is the room of the Three Spikes of Wheat, which contains intricate carvings representing a bountiful harvest. In the Ten Thousand Flowers Pavilion it is possible to admire a giant fern planted there 400 years ago! Finally, one of the most popular attractions of the gardens is the Exquisite Jade Stone. The last section which is accessed is the internal garden where the Sala della Serenità and the Tower for the Observation of the Waves are located, where the works of local calligraphers are often exhibited.

Also worth mentioning the main hall of the park, Sansui Tang, famous for its rich ornamentation on the roof and walls decorated with dragon paintings.



How to visit it: the ideal tour route involves starting from the top of the artificial rocky hill from which you can enjoy an excellent overview of all the gardens, and then follow the main path clockwise. Furthermore, next to the Garden there is a large bazaar made up of several typical shops. Fangbang Road, south of the bazaar, is one of the best in Shanghai for shopping for paintings, carvings, sculptures and other handicrafts. We recommend a guided tour which also includes the Bund.

  • at 168 Fuyou Road, Huangpu District. By public transport, it can be reached by taking the bus (n. 980, 930, 736, 24, 11), or line 10 of the Metro. Yuyuan Station Reference Stop - Get Directions
  • Tue-Sun 9: 00-16: 30, closed Mon except national holidays
  • High season (1 April-30 June and 1 September-30 November) 40 yuan (€ 5,00); in low season (1 July-31 August and 1 December-31 March) 30 yuan (€ 3,80). Free for children under 6 years old or under 1,3 meters tall. 50% confrontation for over 60s and students

4 - Shanghai Museum

One of the most important museums of classical Chinese art. Located in the suggestive Piazza del Popolo, which deserves to be visited inch by inch, it is a majestic structure, structured on 4 floors and, incredible but true, can be visited free of charge.

Inside, over one hundred thousand finds of all kinds that tell, in eleven well-organized galleries, 5 thousand years of Chinese history: ink paintings, bronze and ceramic objects, Ming and Qing period furniture, ancient coins, and much more. On top of this modern structure (already a work of art in itself) an unmistakable round dome stands out, which gives an elegant appearance to the construction.

What is its shape inspired by? Its structure, apparently very modern, is actually inspired by an ancient Chinese ding vase.



  • in Piazza del Popolo, it can be reached by metro (lines 1-2-8), People's Square stop, exit 1. In front of the Shanghai Concert Hall and a 10-minute walk from the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai - Get directions
  • every day 9: 00-17: 00
  • free

5 - Shanghai Grand Theater

Also located in Piazza del Popolo, the fascinating Shanghai Grand Theater stands for 10 floors (2 of which are underground), offering all sorts of shows to opera and ballet enthusiasts, also proposing itself as a location for the most varied performances. Inaugurated in August 1998, its construction took four years of work, from 1994 to 1998. It covers an area of ​​11.528 square meters and it hosts three stages: the main one with 1.800 seats, a medium theater with 600 seats for chamber orchestras, and a small one with 200 seats, for dramas and fashion shows.

Inside, moreover, they are present a whole series of services: cafeteria, restaurant, VIP area and underground parking.

Discover the magic of the evening: the theater offers a real show even from the outside when, when darkness falls, it shines with its own light, as if it were entirely built of crystal.

  • in Piazza del Popolo, from the center can be reached on foot in just 3 minutes, along Renmin Avenue; by metro, lines 1-2-8 with People's Square stop, exit 1 - Get directions
  • variable based on scheduled events
  • variable according to the schedule

6 - Longhua Temple

The Longhua Temple is a Buddhist temple dedicated to Maitreya Buddha. Despite subsequent reconstructions, the temple retains the architectural design of the Song era. This is the largest temple in Shanghai and includes 5 buildings: the Maitreya Hall (Mile Dian), the Hall of the Emperor of Heaven (Tianwang Dian), the Hall of the Great Treasury (Daxiong Baodian), the Three Halls of the Sages (Sansheng Dian) and the Hall of the Abbot (Fangzhang Shi) .

Developed on an area of ​​over 20.000 square meters, the tallest structure in the complex is the Longhua Pagoda, which rises to 40,4 m high. On seven floors, it is one of the most admired and appreciated, as well as one of the 16 oldest in the whole city. Due to its age and the fragility of the building, the pagoda is unfortunately not open to the public.

The temple fair: every third day of the third month of the lunar calendar, the temple hosts a fair.

  • take metro line 3 and get off at Longcao Road stop; then continue on foot for 15 minutes. Or take the bus (lines 41, 44, 733, 734, 864, 809), reference stop Longhua Station - Get directions
  • every day 7: 00-16: 30
  • free

7 - Lujiazui and Shanghai World Finance Center

The new financial district of Shanghai developed on a peninsula formed by a bend in the river. Currently the district hosts over 30 buildings and over 504 between national and foreign financial and insurance companies. For some years this neighborhood has been also become a tourist destination, thanks to the presence of five-star hotels.

Among the best known buildings we point out the Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest skyscraper in the city, a multi-purpose building, which also houses observation decks and shopping centers, equipped with 31 elevators and 33 escalators (daily 11: 00-21: 00, 180,00 yuan / € 22,70). On the 79th floor it houses the luxurious Park Hyatt Shanghai, the second tallest hotel in the world. And again the Shanghai IFC, a building complex consisting of two towers, the north tower and the south tower, respectively completed in 2009 and 2010. The south tower houses the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The district is connected to the rest of Shanghai via ferry services, which operate from two piers, located at the north and south ends of the district: at the southern end, Dongchang pier, at the north end, Xichang pier. Served by the homonymous metro station, which is on line 2 - Get Directions

Go up to the observation platform: climb the Lujiazui tower, called "Corkscrew" due to its picturesque shape (online ticket from € 27,00). Furthermore, when the sun goes down this part of the city lights up, creating a spectacular play of light and colors, not to be missed! And for the best photo of the illuminated Shanghai skyline, head to the Bund!

8 - Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower, also located in the city's financial district, is the tallest tower in the entire Asian continent, but it's also one of the tallest towers in the world, second only to Dubai's Burj Khalifa! This skyscraper stands out above all the other buildings in the district thanks to its height of 632 m, with 128 floors, for a total area of ​​380.000 square meters.

A building of records: inside there are, in fact, the fastest elevators in the world e the highest observation platform in the world, located at a height of 562 m. From here you can really enjoy the most beautiful view over the whole city! Inside it is divided into 9 public areas, which include atrium, gardens, bars, restaurants and several platforms with spectacular views over Shanghai. Shopping centers and events are located at the base of the tower.

  • at 501 Yincheng Middle Rd, Lu Jia Zui, Lujiazui Residential District, Pudong, a 14 min walk from the Oriental Tower. Reachable with metro line 2 and get off at Lujiazui stop - Get directions
  • every day 8: 30-21: 00
  • 180,00 yuan (€ 22,70)

9 - Oriental Pearl Tower

One of the landmarks of Lujiazui district. 468 meters high, the Oriental Pearl Tower currently ranks third in the ranking of the tallest buildings in Asia, after the Tokyo Sky Tree and the Canton Tower, as well as in fourth place among the tallest buildings in the world.

Its design is very interesting. The tower is indeed composed of 11 spheres, between large and small. The two largest are connected by three columns, each 9 meters in diameter. The large lower sphere houses a futuristic city and a visitor's room, while the smaller spheres house a hotel with twenty-five rooms. In the upper sphere there is a revolving restaurant (one turn per hour, entrance with buffet from € 60,00), a piano bar and twenty rooms with karaoke.

At the base of the building is the Shanghai City History Museum (open from 9: 00-21: 00, 35 yuan / € 4,40), while, returning to the upper floors, we find 3 observation platforms: Space Module, 350 meters high, Sightseeing Floor, 263 meters, and Space City, 90 meters. On clear days you can see the hills of Sheshan, Chongming Island and the Yangtze River in the distance.

Walk the two bridges over the river: the river that flows at the foot of the tower is crossed by two bridges that the Chinese have renamed "the two dragons playing with the pearl". Once you arrive on the opposite bank, in the Bund, you will be in the best position to take a photo of the tower! To visit the tower, however, we recommend the online skip-the-line ticket.

  • in the Pudong district, opposite the Bund. To get there, take metro line 2 and get off at Lujiazui stop - Get directions
  • all attractions every day 8: 30-21: 30
  • Combo Ticket Upper Sphere + Shanghai Municipal History Museum 198,00 yuan (€ 25,00) / Space Module, Upper Sphere, Lower Sphere and Shanghai Municipal History Museum 246,00 yuan (31,00 euro) / Upper Sphere, Lower Sphere and Shanghai Municipal History Museum: 175 yuan (€ 22,00)

10 - Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

The largest museum in China dedicated to science and technology, as well as one of the most visited in Shanghai. Housed in a vast and futuristic glass structure, it is divided into two large sections, one dedicated to the Earth and nature and the other used for a series of interactive exhibits ranging from computer science to robotics, from human sciences to astronomy.

To complete the cultural proposal there are also 4 state-of-the-art cinema halls offering thousands of screenings every year. The museum is certainly a great attraction for those traveling with children and for science and technology enthusiasts.

  • on Century Avenue 2000, 4 km from the Shanghai World Financial Center. Accessible by public transport by taking the underground line 2 or the bus (n.184, 638, 640, 794, 815, 975, 983 and 984) - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun 9 am-00pm, closed Mon
  • full 60,00 yuan (€ 7,60), reduced 45,00 yuan (€ 5,70)

11 - China Art Museum

Important museum of modern Chinese art located in Pudong. Set up in the former China Pavilion of Expo 2010, it is one of the largest art museums in all of Asia. Inside, a collection of approx 14.000 works of art, mainly of modern Chinese art.

The museum is developed on the basis of permanent exhibitions. "The Bright Moon Rises from the Sea - Origin of the Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art" tells the development of contemporary and modern Chinese art, from the Shanghai School to the end of the Qing dynasty; the exhibition dedicated to famous painters concerns the works of some of the most famous modern Chinese artists, including Hua Tianyou, one of the founders of modern Chinese sculpture. Very interesting "Art with the history and culture of Shanghai" where works of art created for a government project that encourages works of art that represent the historical and cultural development of the city are exhibited. Themes include people, historical events, folk costumes and architecture.

Inside the Expo 2010: the building that houses it was the most expensive pavilion at Expo 2010, with an estimated cost of 220 million dollars. 63 meters high, it is also the tallest structure of the Expo, and is nicknamed "the crown of the East" due to its resemblance to an ancient crown.

  • at 205 Shangnan Road, Pudong. It has its own station, China Art Museum Station, on Shanghai Metro Line 8. It is also accessible via Yaohua Road Station on Line 7 and Line 8 - Get Directions
  • Tue-Sun 10 am-00pm, closed Mon
  • free. In case of temporary exhibitions 20 yuan (€ 2,50)

12 - Xin Tian Di

Distinguished by a decidedly retro air, Xin Tian Di (literally: "New heaven, new earth") is the pedestrian area of ​​the charming French Quarter of Shanghai.

Perfectly divided by Xiengye Lu (seat of the first Congress of the Chinese Communist Party) into two areas that coexist well with each other (the northern area hosts the restaurants, the southern one is boutiques, cinemas, entertainment venues), the atmosphere that reigns in this area is really pleasant, also thanks to the mixture of maintaining the ancient architecture Shikumen and integration of modern clubs, shops of all kinds, meeting points for natives and tourists.

It is located south of Piazza del Popolo and can be reached on foot from the center, taking Huang Pi S. Road (15 min). Alternatively, subway, (Line 10), Exit 6 Madang Road - Get Directions

Take your time to visit the French Concession: take some time to visit this district, which remained under the control of France from 1849 to 1943, thus influencing its architecture. In the 20s it was the luxury residential district in the city, while it still represents a bit of the Catholic center of Shanghai today. Absolutely not to be missed!

13 - Nanjing

The most famous shopping street in Shanghai consisting of a pedestrian area surrounded by traditional and luxury shops. This commercial area has a history spanning over a century. The street was once the heart of the trade in imported and western products. Today it is divided into two sections: Nanjing Dong Lu (east) and Nanjing Xi Lu (west). The pedestrian section to the east is characterized by historic sites and recently added irregular branches, while the western half boasts a more modern style and numerous luxury shops.

One of the main attractions in the area are the so-called "Big Four": the Department Store, the Provisions Store, the Shanghai Fashion Company and the Hualian Commercial Building. After sunset the road offers the best of itself: is illuminated by the multicolored neon lights of the signs and cheered up by street musicians.

This area extends over 5km in central Shanghai, from the Bund in the east to Jing'An Temple in the west. To reach it you can use a tourist bus or the subway. Landmark Stops Nanjing Lu East or West - Get Directions

Also visit it in the morning: in the square next to the Hualian Commercial Building you can often see various kinds of shows, while in the morning it is populated by local people who practice tai chi, traditional dances or ballroom dances.

14 - Xiang Yang Fake Market

It might seem a paradox, but if at least once in your life you were able to stroll through the pleasant streets of Shanghai, you will never, ever, ever give up on a "raid" of wild shopping, strictly for counterfeit items!

There are numerous areas dedicated to "fake" merchandise, that is to say to copyright fakes, from DVDs to high fashion clothing, passing through artifacts, bags, shoes. The most "famous" market for this display of merchandise is that of Xiang Yang, thanks to which it is possible to take home some Chinese souvenirs at very low prices.

The market is located near the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, reachable by bus 49 from the People's Square stop (Piazza del Popolo) - Get directions

15 - Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

A journey into the deep sea of ​​the Earth, with over three hundred marine species and over 12.000 rare fish and endangered species from all continents. An unparalleled experience for young and old, enjoyable thanks to the beauty of 180 meters of pure crystal galleries.

The structure of the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is developed on 20.500 square meters and consists of 2 pyramid-shaped buildings. One is the main building and another is an annex. The main building is on 3 floors and a basement. 8 the exhibition areas: China Zone, South America (Amazan) Zone, Australia Zone, Africa Zone, Cold Water Zone, Polar area Zone, Sea and Shore Zone and Deep ocean Zone. Recommended for families, enthusiasts and newbies, for all those who want to carve out a dream moment identifying themselves, perhaps, with the famous Nemo fish!

And after the visit, shoppingAt the end of the visit you can reach the nearby Nanjing Road, the main shopping street of Shanghai, which attracts hundreds of shoppers looking for fashion and bargains from all over the world every day.

  • at Yingchuan North Road, 158 Pudon. It can be reached by metro line 2, from Lujiazui Station, or by buses 85, 81 and 797 - Get directions
  • every day 9: 00-18: 00. In July and August until 21pm
  • full 160,00 yuan (€ 20,00), reduced 110,00 yuan (€ 13,90)

16 - Madame Tussauds wax museum

A real world institution. Currently Shanghai is one of the 11 locations of the dedicated Madame Tussauds museum to faithful wax reproductions of the most important living and non-living institutions in the field of politics, sport, showbiz.

The museum houses 7 exhibition areas, with reproductions of public figures such as Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Jackie Chan, Bill Gates, Sylvester Stallone, Diana Princess of Wales, Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Barack Hussein Obama II, Winston Churchill, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yaping Deng, Liu Xiang, Yao Ming, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

  • at 10th Floor, Xinshijie Commercial Building, Nanjing West Road 2-68. By underground take lines 1, 2 and 8; alternatively use the buses (18, 20, 37, 46, 167 and 518). Reference stop Piazza Renmin - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-22: 00
  • full 135,00 yuan (€ 17,00), reduced 100,00 yuan (€ 12,60)

17 - Disneyland Shanghai

The Shanghai Disneyland Resort is Disney's first resort park in mainland China and the second in Greater China, after that of Hong Kong. Opened in June 2016, it features a large Disney theme park, two thematic hotels, various recreational facilities, a parking lot, a lake, and a transportation hub to and from the park. Like all the other Disney parks in the world, Shanghai also boasts a castle in the central part but, for the first time, this building is not dedicated to Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. The Enchanted Storybook Castle has a design of its own, the result of a mix between the styles already adopted and something still new.

Le thematic areas they are: Mickey Avenue, the park entrance which corresponds to the classic Main Street USA; the Gardens of Imagination, a classic Chinese-style garden spread over 5 hectares; Tomorrowland, the futuristic area; Fantasyland, dedicated to classic Disney animated films; Treasure Cove, a themed area set in an th century Spanish port city located on a Caribbean island; and Adventure Isle, themed the lost and mysterious world full of hidden treasures.

Buy your skip-the-line ticket online: definitely an attraction to visit if you are traveling with children! The queue is impressive, buy your admission ticket online with skip-the-line option or, better yet, the combined ticket + entrance + transfer We recommend that you dedicate a whole day to it and, if you like, you can even spend a night in the magnificent resort.

  • in Chuansha New Town, Pudong New Area, reachable by metro line 11 to the last stop; or use Pudong bus lines 50/51/52 to Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone West Transport Hub, then take a short walk or board a Disney Resort shuttle - Get Directions
  • generally 9: 30-20: 30, times vary according to the season. Consult the official website
  • full 399,00 yuan (€ 50,00), reduced 29,009 yuan (€ 38,00)

18 - City Gold Temple

One of the most important Taoist temples in the city, which boasts a 600-year history! Developed on an area of ​​2.390 square meters, it is consisting of 9 buildings: Huo Guang Palace, Sixty Year Cycle Palace, God of Fortune Palace, Cihang Palace, City God Palace, Empress Palace, Parents Palace, Guansheng Palace and Wenchang Palace.

The City God Temple is dedicated to three important personalities / deities of the city: Huo Guang, a famous chancellor of the Han dynasty, remembered for deposing a young emperor and replacing him with another; Qin Yubo, who served in civilian service during the late Yuan dynasty and was proclaimed a deity after death; and Chen Huacheng, general of the Qing dynasty, responsible for the defense of Shanghai during the First Opium War, killed in battle by the British army.

Shanghai residents attend the temple for offer incense to their favorite deity, hoping to get lucky. In addition to praying, you can also attend some folk performances, take part in cockfights, special calligraphy and other acrobatic performances.

Lunch break around the temple: and after the prayer, nothing better than a typical snack in one of the many restaurants scattered on the streets around the temple. The most famous are Lu Bo Lang restaurant, Nanxiang small steamed buns, Songyue vegetarian restaurant and Shanghai De Xing Guan.

  • at 650 Gongyuan Rd, Qingpu District, in the vicinity of Yu Garden. Reachable by metro line 10, Yu Garden stop (exit 3). By Bus, Line 932 to City God Temple Station or Lines 11, 26, 64, 304, 736, 805 and 920 to Xinbeimen Station - Get Directions
  • every day 8: 30-16: 30
  • 10,00 yuan (€ 1,25)

Other attractions to visit

With more days available, you can afford to explore Shanghai's "secondary" attractions. We point out a few.

Let's start with the neighborhoods! ll Qibao neighborhood it is a popular and very suggestive place, characterized by sensational views of the canal that crosses it and its delicious street food. The Tianzifang district, in colonial times the French quarter of the city, today is the perfect destination for art and craft enthusiasts: in fact, sophisticated art galleries and craft shops are concentrated here where you can buy unique pieces. In the area you will find the Fuzing Park, the largest public park in the city, where fountains and gardens in the French style of the early twentieth century are preserved.

On a religious theme, in the center of the city, north of the French Concession, is the Jing'An Temple, which literally means the Temple of Peace and Tranquility. The main center of Catholicism in southern China is instead represented by the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, a massive Gothic building.

To finally see another face of China and spend a relaxing day, we recommend a walk through the canals of one of the many villages on the water in the surroundings. Houses, bridges and cobbled lanes of past eras, where life flows slowly, according to traditional rhythms.

7 things to do in Shanghai

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  1. Cruise on the Huangpu River: the river divides the city into two parts (Puxi and Pudong). Ideal for having a different perspective of the city, perhaps at sunset. Info and costs here
  2. See a show at Shanghai Circus World: choice between national and international shows by circus artists, acrobats, dancers and singers. There are two regular main shows: "Happy Circus" and "ErA Intersection of Time"
  3. Take a photo at People's Square: the main square of Shanghai, where previously seen attractions are located, with the Shanghai Museum. Ideal for relaxing in the green even after many visits
  4. Stroll along Duolun Lu Cultural Street: a street that will take you back in time, around 1930. Ideal for enjoying a nice walk among historic buildings, art galleries, antique shops and wonderful cafes
  5. Enter the Peace Hotel: one of the symbol hotels of the city, recently renovated and restored to its former glory. Inside you will find a jazz club and a beautiful tea room. To enter even just to discover its history and take a photo
  6. Take a lunch (or dinner) break at Din Tai Fung: a Taiwanese chain that offers the best in steamed ravioli and spaghetti. Infinite variety of xiaolongbao, dumpling, baozi ... from the more traditional to the more sophisticated ones
  7. Discover Suzhou and Zhouzhuang: Sail along the waterways of Zhouzhuang on a Chinese-style boat to explore the beauty and history of these two ancient cities. Including a visit to the Master of Nets Garden and the Grand Canal. Info and excursion costs here

Plan your stay in Shanghai: tips, flights and hotels

Shanghai has two airports: Pudong e Hongqiao: most foreign airlines land first (compare flights - from € 325,00). Difficult to find a direct from Italy, which would still cost a lot. A stopover is usually enough, in Moscow, Munich or Vienna, for a total duration of about 15 hours.
The best times are spring and autumn, with a mild climate. High season periods are not recommended: the week of the Chinese New Year (between January and February), the May Day bridge (1-3 May) and the first week of October (1-7 October), dedicated to the celebration of the foundation of the People's Republic of China.

As far as accommodation is concerned, the districts to be preferred are the Bund, Nanjing Road, Renmin Square ("People's Square") and the area of ​​the skyscrapers of Pudong (compare the accommodations on booking). We do not recommend walking, there is too much traffic and you would get lost easily. Better to opt for the excellent city subway system.

The nightlife is crazy. The pedestrianized Xintiandi island has dozens of crowded bars and clubs, some of the poshest venues on the Bund, but most are concentrated in the former French Concession.
Shanghai is also suitable for families with children: between the Aquarium, the Zoo and Disneyland, there is plenty of choice. It is finally about a not particularly expensive destinationAttractions such as neighborhoods, the riverside promenade and the Sahngai museum are all easily enjoyed without breaking the bank! Even for meals you can spend little, the highest expense is certainly the plane ticket!


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