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Best of Shanghai — Places to Go, Things to Do

We have explore every corner of the city. We have written these articles to introduce you to the top places to go and top things to do in Shanghai, and many fun activities you might not have even thought of.  Find below the tips and suggestions from local travel experts to help you plan your Shanghai tour.

The Top 10 Reasons to Visit Shanghai

Discover what Shanghai is famous for and why you might want to visit the city, its special features and what you can expect if you visit Shanghai.

The Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai

No idea what to do and where to go in Shanghai for the first time? Don't worry, this will get you started.

The Top 10 Interesting Things to Do with Kids in Shanghai

Want to visit Shanghai with your kids? We have selected 10 fun activities and things to do for children in Shanghai to make your trip more enjoyable.

The Top 10 Ancient Water Towns Near Shanghai

It is a list of top 10 ancient water towns near Shanghai, ordered by the distance from central Shanghai, guiding you which one to travel.

Cindy Tang
Downtown Shanghai: Our Helpful Guide for Travelers

Discover what downtown Shanghai is defined as and what it offers for travelers. Check out our tips for planning a trip to explore Shanghai’s downtown.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
How to Spend a Night in Shanghai: Top 10 Things to Do

Don't know what to do in Shanghai at night? Here we've listed 10 things you should not miss to experience the colorful nightlife in Shanghai.

Cindy Tang
The Shanghai Skyline — Redefining ‘Iconic’

Discover the Shanghai skyline: intros to the key buildings, when to see it, where to see it from, why it is so iconic, touring ideas, with stunning photos.

Anusuya Mitra
The Best Places for Shanghai Skyline Views

Most go to the Bund to see the Shanghai skyline. However, there are many other vantage points for grand views and great photos...

Anusuya Mitra
Top 10 Spots to Enjoy the Awesome Night View of Shanghai

Recommended the best places to see night scenery in Shanghai, including the Bund, Nanjing Road, Xintiand, People's Square, Xujiahui and more.

Ruru Zhou
Top Five  Free Things to Do in Shanghai

A list of top five free things to do in Shanghai, including visiting free museums, appreciating Chinese artistic works, strolling the best streets and visiting ancient water towns.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Top 7 Museums in Shanghai

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

Top 5 Old Streets in Shanghai to Explore Old Shanghai

Introducing to the old streets and old buildings in Shanghai which tell you the history of Shanghai, including Sinan Road, Huashan Road, West Wuding Road, Changle Road and more.

Enjoying Shanghai's Waterfront

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

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Best Parks in Shanghai

Recommended some of the Best Parks in Shanghai for leisure and relax, including Century Park, People's Park, Xujiahui Park, Zhongshan Park, and Gongqing Forest Park.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
The Top 8 Festivals in Shanghai

Find top 8 festivals in Shanghai, including Chinese New Year, National Holiday, music festivals, tea festival, peach blossom festival, Longhua Temple festival, Christmas...

Anusuya Mitra
The Top 10 Churches to Attend in Shanghai

There are many churches of various denominations to attend while on a trip to or tour of Shanghai.

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
The 10 Most Unusual  Museums in Shanghai

Information about the 10 most unusual museums in Shanghai, including Shanghai Typewriter Museum, Animation Museum, Chopsticks Museum and more.

Anusuya Mitra
Top 3 Water Parks in Shanghai

Information about the top 3 Water Parks in Shanghai, including Maya Beach, Dino Beach, Dakang water parks with Address, opening hours, transportation and other travel tips.

Cindy Tang
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
Top Golf Courses in Shanghai

This article provides some data about golf courses in Shanghai.

Shanghai Massage Centers and Spas — Relaxing Recommendations

Recommended massage centers and spas in Shanghai, including the themed spas and specialists like Zen Massage, Taipan Spa, and Skin city 5.5.

The Best Laundries in Shanghai

Location and contact information of the Best Laundries in Shanghai, including Shanghai-USA GEP Dry Cleaning Chain, Fornet, and Witters Laundry Shop in Qingpu.

Cindy Tang
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.

Cindy Tang
Top 9 Art Galleries in Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the contemporary art capitals of Asia if not the world. In such a huge city finding the art venues can be difficult but art is often found in extraordinary places. Here are few of the best places to explore.

Christy Campbell
Shanghai's Top Cultural Performances

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

Ruru Zhou
Uncovering Shanghai's Oldest Buildings

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

Cindy Tang
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
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
Top 6 Lavender Gardens in or around Shanghai

The article lists 6 best places to see lavender around Shanghai, including Shanghai Ancol Dreamland Herb Farm, Chongming Island Zihailuyuan Romantic Garden and more.

Cindy Tang
4 Best Places to Escape the Summer Heat in Shanghai

When it gets sweltering and humid in Shanghai, enjoy a nearby cooler locale nearby — islands, mountains, lakes, water parks.

Gavin Van Hinsbergh
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
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.

Shanghai’s Top 7 Attractions for Autumn Outings

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

Ruru Zhou
Popular Ski Sites around Shanghai

A recommendation of the popular ski resorts around Shanghai, including Lin'an Daming Mountain, An'ji Jiangnan Tianchi, and Ningbo Shangliang.

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.

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
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
The Best 7 Shanghai Walking Tours in 2019

We recommend 7 walking tours in Shanghai to discover 7 sides of the city, including the Bund, the French Concession, old streets, and modern avenues.