Shanghai is the world’s most populous city, with over 24 million inhabitants in this city. In this massive city in China, you can rest easy knowing that you will not suffer from boredom here as there are endless things to do in Shanghai.
Here are the very best things you’ll see and do while you’re in Shanghai.
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Yu Garden is a historical and legendary part of Shanghai’s past having been built in the mid-16th century. Today, the Garden is full of lush greenery and ponds full of carps and a small museum.
When you come to Yu Garden you’re stepping into one of Shanghai’s historical and beautiful treasures.
On Shanghai’s waterfront is the Bund and it is a long boulevard that exhibits what Shanghai street life is like. From tai chi demonstrations to admiring the beautiful architecture of Shanghai’s waterfront, there’s just so much to take in when you walk on the Bund.
Take a leisurely stroll along the Bund as you get a sense for the pace of life in Shanghai.
Shanghai Museum houses some of the most precious artefacts in Chinese history with over 120,000 pieces on display spread out over 11 separate galleries. From paintings, to sculptures, and jewellery, many sacred objects from the Ming and Qing dynasties, are in this museum.
To get a greater appreciation for Chinese history and the dynasties that ruled before it, come visit the Shanghai Museum.
Longhua Temple is Shanghai’s largest and most active temple. The five halls and two towers that make up this temple are an amazing sight to behold along with the massive 7-story pagoda that is unfortunately inaccessible to visitors.
You might recognise Longhua Temple from Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun film!
The Shanghai World Financial Center is the fifth tallest building in the world and offers dazzling views of Shanghai from way up in the sky. The observatory here, The Sky Walk, is on the 100th floor and is the best place to come to watch the sun set.
If heights aren’t a problem for you, make your way up to the observatory in this skyscraper.
The fastest passenger train in the world is the Maglev that transports people from Pudong Airport to the city centre. Travelling at speeds that top out at 431 km/hr (270 mph), this smooth train ride only takes eight minutes to reach the city centre.
Take a ride on the Maglev as you watch the world whizz (literally) on by.
With over 24 million people inhabiting this city, a visit to the Urban Planning Exhibition Centre just might give you proper perspective on Shanghai’s urban planning. Here, you’ll be able to take a look at models of Shanghai’s past, present, and future of urban planning.
The biggest attraction here is the world’s largest scale mode, a 6,500 square foot model of Shanghai that shows developers and guests what Shanghai will look like in 2020.