Itenerary Suggestion: Shanghai 3 Days 2 Nights

This itinerary example for 2 nights and 3 days is jam-packed with the key highlights of modern and traditional Shanghai.


Day 1

  1. Shanghai World Financial Centre
  2. Wander past the towers Jin Mao and the new Shanghai Tower
  3. Dongcheng Road Wharf and ferry to the Bund (金陵东路)
  4. Stroll north along the Bund
  5. Nighttime stroll and shopping along Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street

Day 2

  1. Shanghai Urban Planning Museum & People’s Square
  2. Jing’an Temple
  3. Xintiandi & The French Concession
  4. Foot Massage
  5. Shopping at Huaihai Middle Road

Day 3

  1. Shanghai Confucian Temple
  2. Yuyuan Garden
  3. Huangpu River Cruise
  4. Science and Technology Museum
  5. Ride the world’s fastest train – Maglev (if leaving via Pudong Airport)


This plan is designed to spend the least amount of time possible in-transit making use primarily of Metro Line 2. For places to stay, I would suggest a hotel close to a metro station on that line, see here for my picks of hotel picks along Nanjing Road which includes several near line 2 stations.