Top Things to Do in Shanghai

Shanghai, China's largest and most prosperous city, exudes an atmosphere of self-confidence and vitality, and for that reason alone is worth a visit, even though the city isn't exactly brimming with sightseeing venues . Instead, the beauty of Shanghai lies in the city's more subtle charms, for example, its contrasts between the old and the modern, between Colonial China and the New China. You can also check out recommended top things to do, attractions and destinations to visit in China

Shanghai Maglev Train

Maglev train ride from Pudong Airport to the city center is a perfect way to feel Shanghai.

Fuxing Park

It offers an out-of-the-ordinary facet of Shanghai in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of this great metropolis.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum has large collection of rare cultural relics which are over 120,000 pieces.

50 Moganshan Road

From here, you will find the best of Shanghai’s contemporary artists as well as emerging talent.

Dongtai Road Antique Street

It is the only remaining flea market in Shanghai that is still devoted to selling antiques.

Huangpu river night cruise

The cruise boats offer an excellent view of the famous colonial-era buildings that make up the Bund.

Xin Tian Di

Xin Tian Di in Shanghai has groups of historic Shanghai-style architecture, a cluster of western bars and cafés.

The Bund

The Bund is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road is one of the most important commercial and tourist streets in Shanghai,

2Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

If you’re stunned by Shanghai today, go to see how it will look in 2020.

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Towering high above Pudong New Area, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower has been the outstanding landmark of Shanghai .

Shanghai World Financial Center

The structure features 3 floors of underground parking, shops and a conference center.

Questions and Answers About Top Things to Do in Shanghai

Wolfgang 2014-04-10
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My wife and I, both 67, will be in Shanghai 18 to 23 May and in Hangzhou 24 to 26 May. We would like to hear Chinese classical music, see a Chinese opera, go to a Chinese circus and visit cultural attractions. Could you give us some advice, please?
Dear Wolfgang, Here are some options for you. Shanghai: Shangcheng Acrobatic Show(acrobatic), Shanghai Grand Theatre(opera), Shikumen(Shanghai folk houses), Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Hangzhou: Impression West Lake, Ancient Village Wuzhen Lussie Lu replied on 2014-04-11
Mazhar Alam 2014-04-10
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Hi, I am going for trianing to Shanghai. And i have one sunday during training that is 25 May 2014 . I want to plan for shoping and outing. is it possible in one street or area.? plz let me know.
Dear Mazhar Alam, Shanghai is a big city in China, so it is unavailable to shop in a day. We listed some good shopping place for reference. You could select some ones you are interested in. Please click: Lussie Lu replied on 2014-04-11
Ron 2014-02-08
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We are coming to Shanghai for a cruise to Japan, we are looking for idea of somewhere to go for a few days before arrival.... have been to Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok so those are out... next ideas?
Dear Ron, Thank you for your inquiry. May I know how many day do you have in Shanghai? Usually we recommend 1 day within Shanghai, and spend 2-3 days in the near cities such as Hangzhou and Suzhou. Hangzhou is famous for the West Lake and the water town Wuzhen. Suzhou is famous for classical Chinese gardens. I would love to tailor made a tour for you, do you mind to let me know your travel date and the number of people? Regards Doris Huang replied on 2014-02-08
Thet 2013-10-11
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Which nightclub is most relax & enjoyable?

Hi Thet, it is hard to tell which  nightclub is most relax & enjoyable as they are different. Below are some Bars for your reference:

Cloud 9 Bar

Situated on the 87th floor of Grand Hyatt, the world's tallest hotel, Cloud 9 Bar is one of the most favorite bars in Shanghai for visitors from all around the world. It is quite a romance for people to sit peacefully in the bar, and looking down the city to appreciate the 360 degree splendour of Shanghai. Westerners like to enjoy their tall drinks in the Sky Lounge one floor up where they can sit on the deck and gaze out on the curve of the earth.


  • Cloud 9 Bar is not so easy to be found, especially for foreigners who have never been in the hotel before. People should take lifts for three times before they can find the bar. First take a lift to 54th floor, then again take a lift in the hall of the 54th floor to the 85th floor, and then take another life on the 85th floor to the 87th floor, where the bar is located.
  • However, if you are tired of looking for lifts, feel free to let the discreet waitors show you the way.

California Club

The Club is located in quiet Renaissance Park. It is divided into infield and outfield. The infield is a lounge bar. People can relax themselves by lying on the soft sofas. The outfield is a garden. Every weekend, the bar holds different parties about different topics.

  • Address: Renaissance Park, NO.2 Gaolan Road
  • Open Hours:
    Sunday to Wednesday: 9:00 pm to 2:00 am
    Thursday to Saturday: 9:00 pm to 4:00 am


B.A.T.S is like a big storehouse. Every month, there is a topic party. Every 21:30, a band begins to perform. Every 4 months the band is changed. Most of the bands are from America or Canada.

  • Address: Basement of Shangri-la Hotel, NO.33 Fucheng Road
  • Open Hours:
    Sunday to Thursday: 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
    Friday to Saturday: 6:00 pm to 3:00 am

Bar 505

You may think Bar 505 is located on the 5th floor but it is located on the second floor. It is a German country style bar. You can choose beer brewd in different German cities. The foods, such as salads, beef and sausages, are also German style. They also supply German stytle buffets.

  • Address:Second Floor of Helen Hotel, NO.505 Nanjing East Road
  • Open Hours:
    Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 pm to 1:30 am (next day)
    Friday to Saturday: 11:00 pm to 2:30 am (next day)


It a Rockin' Roll Bar. Every one is dancing crazily. The lights are very impressive. They have ball-shape lights, branch-shape lights, and droplights. Every light is encouraging the desire of dancing. More than 600 CDs are at your disposal. No Chinese CD.

  • Address: NO.907 Julu Road
  • Open Hours: 6:30 pm to 2:00 am


It is a music bar. You can feel the attractiveness of music at every corner of the bar. Romance, heartthrob, gentleness and music are four main elements of the bar.

  • Address: NO.48 Qinghai Road
  • Open Hours: 10:00 pm to 0:00 am


It is a disco bar. You'd better wear your dancing shoes because the great music would force you to dance with people around you. The first sunshine is the signal to end your dancing party. Happy hours are from 5:30 PM to 20:30 PM. Every kind of alcoholic beverage is cheaper than usual.

Address: NO.180 Maoming South Road

Open Hours: 5:30 pm to 9:00 am


Paulaner was originally used as a name of an abbey in 1643. 3 centuries have passed, the abbey has disappeared but its name was used as a famous beer's name. The band in the bar is excellent, they can sing both Chinese and English songs very well.

  • Address: No.150 Fenyang Road
  • Opening Hours: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am

Blues & Jazz

It looks like an old European bar. Wooden tables, wooden chairs and big black and white photos of famous Jazz singers make you think Jazz music is so beautiful.

  • Address: NO.2419 Hongqiao Road
  • Open Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 2:00 pm to 2:00 am

Luna Bar

The bar is also a restaurant. They provide Italian-style food. People usually just go there for lunch. In the evening, there are performances by Philippine bands. The bands are good at making you excited. It is a good place to hold parties with your friends.

  • Address: NO.169 Taicang Road
  • Open Hours: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Soho Pub

Cups of whole-hearted-prepared red wine and warm ray make you think you are in old America. Music pulls you back to the colorful times. Waiters' decent uniforms can also warm you.

  • Address: NO.907 Julu Road
  • Open Hours: 8:00 pm to 0:00 + am(not fixed)
Simon Huang replied on 2013-10-11
Sam 2013-04-08
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Thank you for this website, it is very interesting and informative. May I ask what day trip on the water would you advise a tourist to take?
Dear Sam, You could visit water town and have a cruise, it takes about 1 hour by boat. The famous water town are Zhouzhuang and Wuzhen. Please click here to relize the details about the tours. Lussie Lu replied on 2013-04-08
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