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15 Epic Places to Visit in Shanghai & Shanghai Bucket List 2023

Even if you're not mesmerized by the Shanghai's soaring skyscrapers, you'll be blown away by its flourishing fashion and nightlife scenes. Shanghai is modern and untamed. It is also traditional and exotic with Yu Garden and The Bund as its proofs. It's anything you want it to be. You can spend your morning browsing Nanjing Road, your afternoon catching stunning city views from the top of the Observation Deck on the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the night cruising on the dazzling Huangpu River. Or, if you're a museum-goer or an art lover, you can admire the various collections and striking works on display at Shanghai Museum and Tianzifang. So, let's go! Explore these 15 unmissable places and discover what it is that you LOVE about Shanghai.

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The Bund Night Views

The Bund - Witness the Past and Present of Shanghai

The Bund, “a gallery of international architectures”, is the landmark of Shanghai. It is always the best place to view Shanghai. Take a stroll along the embankment of the Huangpu River, and you’ll get various architectural styles from Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque to Classicism and the Renaissance in your camera. The modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui across Huangpu River in Pudong New Area provide another backdrop. The night view here is more breathtaking, how about taking an evening cruise or a stroll by it?

Type: Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sights & Landmarks
Opening Hours: All Day
Tickets: Free Entry
Address: On the bank of Huangpu River, Shanghai, Huangpu District, Shanghai 上海市黄浦区中山东一路(临黄浦江)

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Yuyuan Bazaar Shot by Our Customer Paul

Yu Garden & Bazaar - Classic Chinese Garden in Shanghai

Dating back to the 16th Century, Yuyuan Garden is the most revered green space in Shanghai. Known as the “Mountains and Forest within the City”, it is crowded to bursting point every day. And yet, it managed to maintain something of its air of serenity. Here, you’ll find ornate structures as well as intimate enclaves that are divided by “dragon walls”. Highlights include the Heralding Spring Hall, the Jade Magnificent Hall, and the Lotus Pool. Out of the Yuyuan Garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you could explore how elaborating and cute the traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works are, and also savor some local flavor snacks here…

Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks, Bazaar
Opening Hours: 09:00-16:30, No entry after 16:00, closed on Monday
Tickets: CNY 40 - Peak Season (Apr to Jun, Sep to Nov); CNY 30 - (Jul to Aug, Dec to Mar)
Address: No. 168 Fuyou Street, Huangpu District, Shanghai 上海市黄浦区福佑路168号

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Life in Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road (Nanjing Lu) - The Busiest Pedestrian Street in Shanghai

Running west from the Bund, Nanjing Road is Shanghai’s foremost shopping street and is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. The Shanghai equivalent of New York’s Fifth Avenue, Nanjing Road boasts retailers from all over the world. In the daylight, you’ll admire the graceful architecture of the surrounding buildings. At night, you’ll marvel at the illuminated logos and brand names that line the avenue.

Type: Shopping, Street, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Opening Hours: All Day
Tickets: Free Entry
Address: Nanjing East Road & Nanjing West Road, Huangpu District & Jing’an district, Shanghai 上海市黄浦区&静安区,南京东路&南京西路

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Zhujiajiao Water Town - Relax in the Quaint & Charming Jiangnan Area

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town - "Venice of Shanghai"

Known as the “Venice in Shanghai”, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town has a history of 1,700 years and is a well-preserved waterside ancient town. In Zhjiajiao Water Town, You could take the traditional boat to cruise along the canals and see the old residences, shops and bridges that are filled with classic architectural tone in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911).

Type: Known as the “Venice in Shanghai”, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town has a history of 1,700 years and is a well-preserved waterside ancient town. In Zhjiajiao Water Town, You could take the traditional boat to cruise along the canals and see the old residences, shops and bridges that are filled with classic architectural tone in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911).
Opening Hours: All Day
Tickets: Free Entry
Address: Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 上海市青浦区朱家角古镇旅游区

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Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China

Shanghai Museum – No. 4 Museum in China

Shanghai Museum is not only the cultural landmark of Shanghai but the biggest museum in China with numerous fine Chinese artifacts. It contains over 120,000 items rated precious cultural relics. Unlike many museums in China, it arranges its exhibits by theme rather than by dynasty. The collection consists of 21 categories, having its highlights bronze wares from Shang and Zhou Dynasties, pottery and porcelain spanning 8,000 years, and a large variety of calligraphy works and paintings.

Type: Comprehensive Museum, historical & Cultural site
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00, no entering after 16:00, closed on Monday (except national holidays)
Tickets: Free Ticket (ID card or passport is needed)
Address: No. 201, Peoples Avenue, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China (上海市黄浦区人民大道201号)

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Woo's group visited Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple (Yu Fo Si) - Enshrine Two Jade Buddha Statues

Quite different from many other temples hidden in mountains and forests, Jade Buddha Temple shows itself in the center of Shanghai city. It enjoys a high reputation both home and abroad for the extraordinary jade Buddha enshrined within it, hence the temple’s name. Among the clouds of incense smoke, it’s kind of unexpected to see so many pilgrims in such a modern city, no fewer than in Tibet.

Type: Buddhist Temples, Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Opening Hours: (Except for Major Festivals, No entry after 16:00)
Tickets: CNY 20
Address: No. 170 Anyuan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 上海市普陀区 安远路170号

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474 M High Glass Walkway in World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center - One of the Tallest Skyscrapers in Shanghai

Shanghai World Financial Center in the key CBD is a new and vital landmark in Shanghai. Being the fifth tallest building in the world with a total height of 492 meters, SWFC provides visitors the world's highest observatory at 474 meters high that is the best deck to appreciate the panorama of the whole old and new Shanghai, including the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower, and Huangpu River, and so on.

Type: Observation Decks & Towers, Modern Buildings & Landmarks
Opening Hours: 11:00~21:00 (No entry after 20:00, except for major festivals)
Tickets: Free Entry (Sky Walk: CNY 135 per person, CNY 200 for two)
Address: 88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区世纪大道88号

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Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai Disney Resort - The 6th Disneyland in the World

Shanghai Disney Resort is the first Disney resort in mainland China and the sixth one in the world. In Disneyland Park, you can lignite your dream by exploring Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, and Tomorrowland with different themes, characters, and activities. It is about 18 kilometers from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, about 27 kilometers from the Huangpu River area. Disney is a dreamland for both children and adults. With Disney Resort, your Shanghai tour will be more enjoyable.

Type: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
Opening Hours: 09:00~21:00
Tickets: CNY 261 - CNY 1250
Address: No. 310 Huangzhao Road, Chuansha Town, Pudong New District, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区川沙镇黄赵路310号

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The Pearl Tower Oriental Pearl Tower stands proudly among the modern skyscrapers of Shanghai

Oriental Pearl Tower – See the Whole Shanghai & Seek Thrill

Standing at the end of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower soars 468 meters, setting the character of the new urban area as well as its cityscape. An all-around panorama view of Shanghai from the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third tallest in the world can be amazing, walking on the glass bottom and feeling your adrenaline pumps is also cool. It is worthy to visit in the late afternoon that you could see the sunset and the city come alive with lights.

Type: Observation Decks & Towers, Modern Buildings & Landmarks
Opening Hours: 8:00-21:30
Tickets: CNY 35 - CNY 458
Address: No. 1, Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China 上海市浦东新区世纪大道1号

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Enjoy A Leisure Time in Xintiandi

Shanghai Xintiandi - Represtative of Traditional and Fashionable Shanghai

Located in the downtown area of Shanghai City, Shanghai Xintiandi is a historical site as well as a fashionable center full of entertainment, restaurants, and shopping malls. You could enjoy the antique and rebuilt Shikumen structure which is a witness of the communication between the building cultures of western countries and China. Despite in old appearance, the inside life is tailor-made for people in modern society, you can feast on the international art galleries, fashion shops, coffee houses, themed restaurants, and so forth.

Type: Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping & Entertainment
Opening Hours: All Day
Tickets: Free Entry
Address: Xintiandi, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200021, China 上海市黄浦区新天地

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Spend  Leisure Time at the Mazy Lanes of Tianzifang

Tianzifang – Blend of Shanghai Ordinary Life & International Charm

Tianzifang at Taikang Road in the Old French Concession is one of the coolest places to wander in Shanghai. A lot of artistic and cultural studios of celebrities and young creatives set here in the typical Shikumen houses of both Shanghai and western styles make the mazy lanes full of artistic culture. Strolling along the old paths to see the daily life of the residents here to feel the old Shanghai flavor, watching people chatting and laughing in the restaurants and bars from many other countries, and finding various kinds of interesting items and Chinese crafts are especially funny!

Type: Historical & Cultural Lanes, Artistic Shops, International Restaurants
Opening Hours: All Day
Tickets: Free Entry
Address: No. 210, Taikang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

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Space Motorcycles Performed in Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai Circus World - Enjoy the Best Chinese Acrobatics

Referred as the No. 1 Circus World in China, Shanghai Circus World is a world-renowned comprehensive recreational venue with a uniquely designed building and acrobatic performance. It enjoys excellent hardware like complete facilities, advanced devices, and full-equipped functions as well as preeminent acrobats. Two great programs are performed in the Shanghai Circus World. One is ERA - Intersection of Time, from which the audiences could watch the most magical scenes and breathtaking acrobatics. The other is the Happy Circus, which is most loved by the kids and recommended as a family tour.

Type: Architectural Buildings, Theatre, Shows & Performance
Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 19:30
Tickets: 130 RMB ~ 880 RMB
Address: No. 2266, Gonghexin Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai 上海市静安区共和新路2266号

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Wukang Mansion - Iconic Landmark of Former French Concession

Shanghai French Concession – Authentic Old Shanghai in Exotic Flavor

Shanghai French Concession (上海法租界) located in Huangpu district (黄浦区) and Xuhui District (徐汇区) is the earliest, largest and most prosperous French Concession in Modern China. Since its opening up in 1849, groups of foreigners from many countries came to Shanghai and settled down. After Wang Jingwei (汪精卫) Regime took back this important area, Shanghai French Concession ended its nearly 100-year-old history as a leased territory. Travelers can appreciate the diverse types of old buildings in exotic styles and feel the rich culture mixed with local Shanghai features and Western styles, with leafy trees side by.

Type: Historic & Cultural Site, Walking Streets, Old Exotic Buildings
Opening Hours: All Day
Tickets: Free Entry
Address: 22 Jianguo Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 上海市黄浦区建国中路22号

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Take a Huangpu River Night Cruise to View Dazzling Lights on Skyscrapers

Huangpu River Cruise - Gorgeous West-Meets-East View by the Riverside

The Huangpu River, known as the Mother River of Shanghai as well as the largest river in Shanghai, is a 113-kilometer long river flowing through Shanghai which is the last tributary of Yangtze River ends in the East China Sea. Puxi (West Bank) and Pudong (East Bank) are bounded by it, forming the world-famous Bund, Lujiazui financial zone, and other important landmarks. The western side of Puxi is home to “An Exhibition of International Buildings”. The eastern side of Pudong is a recent development of the last few decades and is the new business and financial district boasting many awesome glass and steel towers.

Type: River Cruise; Bodies of Water
Opening Hours: 11:00~21:30
Tickets: CNY 120 per person (without dining and snacks onboard)
Address: Huangpu River, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区黄浦江

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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center – Witness the Development of Shanghai Over Time

Are you curious about what turned Shanghai into today’s super city? Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is a must-see to witness how Shanghai became a cosmopolitan city from a shabby fishing village. With the theme of “ City, man, environment, and development” it serves for exhibition, research, communication, consultation, education, and sightseeing. The 3rd Floor is perhaps the most impressive, which displays a scale model of Shanghai. A cup of coffee on the top will be a good ending to this time travel.

Type: Museum, Exhibition Hall, Points of Interest
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00; Tuesday to Sunday
Tickets: CNY 30
Address: No. 100, Peoples Avenue, Huangpu District, Shanghai 上海市黄浦区人民大道100号

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