Shanghai Travel Tips & Articles

Experience the Best Nightlife by Visiting Top Night Spots in Shanghai
With a bounty of high-class skyscrapers and ancient architectures, Shanghai's nightlife is different from the one in Beijing, which is more sophisticated combining fashion and traditional culture.
The Top 9 Ancient Towns Near Shanghai — Which Should I Go To?
Want a day trip from Shanghai? These ancient water towns are a nice choice. China Highlights has listed the best nine ancient water towns near Shanghai.
How to Plan a Day Trip in Shanghai
One of China's "layover cities": Shanghai has one of China’s most important airports, Pudong International Airport, making Shanghai one of the main arrival/departure cities for China. Travelers flying from Shanghai may need to wait half a day to a day before boarding an onward flight.
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Experience a Distinctive Shanghai Looking at L. E. Hudec’s Architecture

L. E. Hudec was an important architect in Shanghai. Follow our Hudecian Itinerary to see his very wide range of buildings.

Annie Wu
Enjoying Shanghai's Waterfront

Shanghai has a thriving waterfront complete with riverside walks, docks, riverboat restaurants, towering skylines, and gardens.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Top 5 Shanghai Bars If You Are on a Budget

Here are five spots where you can chill with friends, or by yourself, over some creative drinks that won’t bite your pocket.

Anusuya Mitra
Discover Foot Binding in Shanghai — the Culture of 4-Inch Feet

Foot binding became popular in the Song Dynasty, when a women with a pair of small feet was regarded as a beauty.

Annie Wu
Best Shanghai Art Galleries — Shanghai's Art Escapes

If you love to view the world through brush strokes, sculpted clay and the canny eye of a spectacular photographer, read on...

Christy Campbell
The Most Romantic Places in Shanghai

Shanghai offers many romantic places and date activities: beautiful parks, art galleries, restaurants, ice-skating, ballroom dancing...

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Shanghai Massage Centers and Spas

There are many massage centers and spas in Shanghai: from themed spas to specialists like Liangzi Foot Massage.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Shanghai Cultural Performances

Shanghai Cultural Performances include puppet and shadow theater productions, orchestral music, acrobatics, and kung fu.

Christy Campbell
Locally Grown Coffee: Where to Try and Buy in Shanghai

A brief lowdown on coffee in China and where to try and buy the best coffee in Shanghai.

Christy Campbell
Shanghai's Live Music Scene

From crooners to rockers, Shanghai's live music scene covers a broad range of genres and venues and is well worth a little exploring.

Christy Campbell
Unusual Things to See in Shanghai

Keep a look out for interesting things that you may see in Shanghai, like sidewalk barbers, pulled noodles, and dancing in the parks.

Christy Campbell
Sundowners in Shanghai

There are many high-end bars to watch the sunset with a drink, but the best views are often in 5-star hotels.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Shanghai Marriage Market – An engrossing experience!

In People’s Park desperate parents and grandparents are milling about, looking for a mate for their unmarried offspring.

Anusuya Mitra
Top Water Parks in Shanghai

The top 3 Water Parks in Shanghai with Address, opening hours, transportation and other travel tips.

Annie Wu
Rafting around Shanghai - the 7 Best Places

The 7 best rafting places around Shanghai with location, rafting details, transportation and other travel tips.

Annie Wu
Redefining Made in China

While "Made in China" might not be the best earmark, a bevy of local brands are disproving the stereotype and providing something better.

Christy Campbell
Shanghai’s Top 7 Attractions for Autumn Outings

The article introduces 7 best places for autumn outings in and around Shanghai.

Ruru Zhou
The Key Places in Shanghai That Every Tourist Needs to Know

Bars and restaurants spring up and disappear in a single season, and the benchmark for luxury hotels changes on a yearly basis.

Kit Onslow Smith
Shanghai's Best Hidden Cafes and Bars

This article introduces you the best hidden cafes and bars in Shanghai, including Boonna, the Secret Garden and Monkey Lounge.

Kit Onslow Smith
The 5 Best Apps for Tourists in Shanghai

We have compiled a list of the 5 most useful and navigable apps for travelers to Shanghai for both Apple and Android devices.

Kit Onslow Smith
The Best Parks in Shanghai

The Best Parks in Shanghai are Century Park, People's Park, Xujiahui Park, Zhongshan Park, and Gongqing Forest Park.

Kit Onslow Smith
Uncovering Shanghai's Oldest Buildings

The oldest buildings in Shanghai including Jing'an Temple, the Astor House Hotel, and St. Ignatius Cathedral.

Kit Onslow Smith
Shanghai: A Global Centre of Art Deco

The best architectural sights in Shanghai are not just the sky scrapers, but also include some best art deco architecture in the world.

Kit Onslow Smith
The Best Laundries in Shanghai

The Best Laundries in Shanghai include Shanghai-USA GEP Dry Cleaning Chain, Fornet, and Witters Laundry Shop in Qingpu.

Michael Yang
10  Disappearing Things of Shanghai

These 10 things were quite common in old Shanghai, but they are disappearing, and people will never see them in the near future.

Annie Wu
When in Shanghai, Do As the Shanghainese Do

Although it's common for travelers to visit the typical tourist spots, it's always enjoyable to view the city like a local.

Annie Wu
The 10 Most Unusual  Museums in Shanghai

The 10 most unusual museums in Shanghai include Shanghai Typewriter Museum, Animation Museum, and Chopsticks Museum.

Anusuya Mitra
The Top 9 Ancient Towns Near Shanghai — Which Should I Go To?

It is a list of top 9 ancient water towns near Shanghai, ordered by the distance from central Shanghai, guiding you which one to travel.

Lynn Ye
Top Five  Free Things to Do in Shanghai

This article will guide you to several brilliant things to do for free in Shanghai: an increasingly experiential city.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Best Cycling Routes around Shanghai

This article recommends you several best cycling routes around Shanghai, and offers information about how to rent a bike.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Travel Tips for Senior Travelers to Shanghai

Here are some suggestions for senior travelers to Shanghai, including preparations, the best time to visit, and useful tips.

Candice Song
A Three-Day Tour to the Ancient Towns around Shanghai

This travel story covers Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Liantang Town, Qiandeng Town, and Fengjing Town.

Lynn Ye
Experience the Best Nightlife by Visiting Top Night Spots in Shanghai

This article introduces you the best 10 night spots in Shanghai, including the Bund, Nanjing Road, and Xintiandi.

Candice Song
Love the Leisure in Xitang Ancient Water Town

A travel story recording a leisurely trip to Xitang Ancient Water Town, which is about 90 kilometers from central Shanghai.

Lynn Ye
The Best Seven Museums in Shanghai

The top seven Shanghai museums include Shanghai Museum, the Natural History Museum, and Urban Planning Exhibition Center.

Michael Yang
Top Five Old Streets in Shanghai

The old streets and old buildings in Shanghai could tell you the history of Shanghai, so let's take a journey through time...

Lynn Ye
A Two-Day Trip in Shaoxing

It is an authentic record of traveling to Shaoxing and Shanghai, taking two days, including attractions, costs, and accommodation.

Lynn Ye
How to Plan a Day Trip in Shanghai

Have a free day in Shanghai? Read this article for the best things to do and places to visit for a Shanghai day trip.

Lynn Ye
Enjoy a Lemon-Yellow Autumn in Shanghai

A guide to where to take photographs of lemon-yellow ginkgoes in Shanghai during late autumn.

Lynn Ye
Best Places to see Fall Foliage in Shanghai

Best places to see fall colors in and around Shanghai with photos, best time to go, transportation, tours and more.

Lynn Ye
Shanghai Travel Tips & Articles

Shanghai Travel Tips, Articles and Stories collect personal travel experiences from travelers from all over the world.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
Top 3 Lavender Gardens around Shanghai

The article introduce the three best places to see lavender around Shanghai.

Annie Wu
Popular Ski Sites around Shanghai

The popular ski resorts around Shanghai include Lin'an Daming Mountain, An'ji Jiangnan Tianchi, and Ningbo Shangliang.

Michael Yang

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