The world’s most populous city is always going to be an exciting place to visit, and Shanghai has no shortage of amazing sights to see, both ancient and modern. A thriving, prosperous and ever-changing city, Shanghai has well-developed facilities for tourists, with everything from cheap and cheerful hostels to lavish hotels like The ONE Executive Suites Shanghai. This quick guide outlines just a few of the things to see while you’re there – you’re bound to find many more!
Comprising 11 huge galleries dedicated to various themes, from Chinese ceramics to paintings and calligraphy, this is probably the most comprehensive collection of ancient Chinese art in existence. See coins once used on the Silk Road, a Chinese magic mirror and much more. Entry to the museum is free, although only 5,000 people are allowed to visit each day so it may be worth reserving a ticket.
Oriental Pearl Tower
It’s hard to miss this ornately-decorated radio and TV tower, which rises up above the Pudong district and is one of the most recognisable features of the Shanghai skyline. The tower has 15 observatory levels where visitors can look out over the city, and even a glass-floored platform for the brave!
Designed in the French style, Fuxing Park is a beautiful open area of covered pavilions, fountains and a central lake. Take a relaxing stroll through – in the morning it’s a good place to see tai chi artists, dancers and local people playing mah-jong. There’s also a children’s playground with a carousel and bumper cars.
This waterfront area is one of Shanghai’s biggest attractions, with dozens of historical buildings to see in a variety of architectural styles – everything from Gothic and Baroque to Classical and Romanesque, which has earned it the nickname of “the museum of buildings”. Equally beautiful in the daytime or lit up at night, it’s one of the city’s must-see sights.
This artsy, bohemian area is packed with boutiques, galleries and craftspeople’s shops, making it a great place to pick up souvenirs for people at home, or just explore at your leisure. Its maze-like network of alleyways is quite secluded from the rest of the city, so it’s ideal for visiting if you want to escape the hustle and bustle for a while.