The Must-See Top Ten Attractions in Shanghai
1. The Bund for it’s spectacular and diverse Colonial-era architecture, and the majestic Huangpu River with its views across to Pudong, providing an amazing contrast of old Shanghai and new Shanghai, and perhaps a greater story about China itself.
4. Yuyuan Garden & City of God Temple – it’s touristy but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a piece of classical Chinese architecture and culture represented through a garden.
5. People’s Square and the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum & Shanghai Museum – at the end of Nanjing Road pedestrian street lies the “green lung” of the city, People’s Park, the Urban Planning Museum is here too and it’s highly recommended.
6. Jing’an Temple – the easiest temple to access in Shanghai and it’s a very beautiful one too.
8. Zhujiajiao Water Town and ancient towns and streets – there are several traditional Chinese ‘towns’ and even streets that have managed to maintain their presence all these years amongst progressive modernisation. Some are on the well-trodden tourist path and some are known mostly only to locals.
9. Science & Technology Museum – easily reached on Metro Line 2 it’s a fascinating multi-level journey through life sciences and futuristic exhibitions. You’ll also find the underground AP Plaza here, once a notorious market for fakes and copy products it’s slowly moving towards selling legit goods. The massive Century Park is here and also the Shanghai Pudong Expo.
10. Shanghai Disneyland – yes it’s a western thing aimed at Chinese locals, but it’s still a fascinating world of wonder, and what a wonderful thing, that no matter where we are from, we can all share in joy and wonder together.
Shanghai Top Ten Attraction Map