The Bund. Photo: Shutterstock
The Bund. Photo: Shutterstock


Things to do in Shanghai

While visiting Shanghai, you'll hardly get bored. There are loads of wonderful things to do and see, here are a few suggestions.

All That Glitters

It goes without saying that a nighttime stroll along The Bund, with the illuminated Pudong skyline as its backdrop, is a must while in Shanghai. From sundown to around 9:30pm, when the famous Oriental Pearl Tower switches off its lights, it can get a little busy, but there are plenty of bars to seek respite in along the way.

The Bund

The Bund, Huangpu District

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Frozen History

If you don't get creeped out by ultra-realistic wax figures, you'll surely enjoy the underrated Shanghai History Museum. Located at the base of the iconic Pearl Tower, it tells approximately 100 years of history - from the opening of Shanghai's port in 1843 to founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 - through a series of incredibly intricate life-size dioramas.

Shanghai History Museum

No.1 Shiji Avenue, Pudong New Area

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Green in the City

Sculpted by a rich Ming Dynasty family between 1559 and 1577, the Yuyuan Gardens are an oasis of tranquility - unless you go on weekends when they're likely to be mobbed. Scattered among the weeping willows, cherry trees and towering redwoods lie pools teaming with carp, expertly manicured lawns, voluptuous blooms and shady pavilions.

Yuyuan Gardens

218 Anren Street, Huangpu District

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Open daily 8.30am-5.15pm, last entry at 4.45pm

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French Kiss

Shanghai's former French Concession, operating with impunity from Chinese laws between 1849 and 1943, is one of the most attractive parts of the modern-day city. With its wide tree-lined streets, much of its original European architecture and some fantastic international restaurants and boutique shops, it's an agreeable place to while away your time and your spending money.

Drifting Through Time

Although very slowly turning into a tourist trap, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is still worth a visit if you find yourself with a free afternoon. Situated in the Qingpu District on the outskirts of the city, this traditional water town, established 1,700 years ago, demonstrates a whole different side to China life. The quaint community is a tapestry of stone bridges and winding waterways, dappled with historic buildings including rice shops, spice stores and a Qing Dynasty post office.

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Qingpu District

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