10 Awesome Things To Do in Shanghai, China [with Suggested Tours]

By Lyza Paloma January 21st, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 36 Comments

Are you planning to travel to Shanghai, China, soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Shanghai, with suggested tours.

10 Awesome Things To Do In Shanghai, China
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Shanghai is the most populous city in China; it’s the country’s financial center. Once a fishing village in China, it is now the world’s busiest container port. Shanghai is really one of the best cities to visit in China. So, don’t you dare miss all the things on this list!

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List of Things to do in Shanghai, China

1. Stroll along the Bund

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Getting There: You can walk for about 10 minutes from East Nanjing Road Station

Near the Huangpu River is a waterfront area called The Bund or Waitan. It is a protected historical area as there are many international historical buildings, consulates, and trading houses. It is 1.6 kilometers long, filled with about 52 buildings with fantastic architecture. This is something you should not miss as you visit Shanghai, China.

Suggested Tour: Yuyuan Garden & the Bund Half Day Tour from Shanghai 

2. See the view from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

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Getting There: From the Bund Sight Seeing Tunnel, you can walk here and exit at the Pudong Side; you can also take the metro and stop at Lujiazui Station and use Exit 1

One of the top-rated (5A) scenic areas in China is the Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower. There are 15 levels where you can check out the city’s view; the highest, Space Module, is 351 meters high, while the Sightseeing floor (glass floor) is 259 meters high. Aside from the view, there’s a revolving restaurant, a hotel, and a shopping area.

Suggested Tour: Oriental Pearl Tower

3. Relax at Yu Garden

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Getting there: Ride a bus to Xinbeimen Station and walk to the garden or stop at Line 10 Yuyuan Garden Station

Yuyuan Garden, the Garden of Happiness, was built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty; however, it has been damaged several times until it was repaired during the 1960s. Aside from the gorgeous plants and ponds, there are also buildings, halls, and pavilions like the Huxinting tea house. It’s a wonderful place to appreciate Chinese Culture!

Suggested Tour: Yu Garden Admission Ticket

4. Tour a Water Village

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Getting there: You can take a metro to Zhujiajiao Station, you can then walk to the water town

If Italy has Venice, Shanghai has water towns like Zhujiajiao. It is an ancient water town with many waterways, so you can try riding a boat to see it. You can catch a glimpse of the rural life of the Chinese here. This will be something you will surely remember.

Suggested Tour: Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town Day Trip

5. Walk along Nanjing Road

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Getting there: Take the metro and stop at East Nanjing Road Metro Station

Want to visit one of the world’s busiest shopping streets? Go to Shanghai’s Nanjing Road. There isn’t much crowd in the mornings, but people will gather as the shops start to open at noon. You can also shop here as big brands like Chanel, Tiffany & Co., and Uniqlo is present.

Suggested Tour: Essential Shanghai 3 Day Private Tour

6. Binge on Shanghai Cuisine

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When traveling to another place, you should not miss their food! Shanghai, Hu, or Benbang Cuisine is what you should eat when you are off to Shanghai, China. Taste their sweet dumplings, Tangyuan or steamed buns, Xiaolongbao. There’s also Shanghai hairy crab, Beggar’s Chicken, and Red Braised Pork Belly. Your taste buds will be happy!

Suggested Tour: Shanghai Evening Food Tour

7. Cruise on the Huangpu River

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A 700mile manmade river in shanghai is the Huang Pu River. You can enjoy the views it offers, especially at night when going on a cruise. It’s surreal and magical, so you should book a tour and relish the sight when you are in this charming city.

Suggested Tour: Huangpu River Cruise

8. Check the shops at Tianzifang

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Getting there: Stop at Dapuqiao Station and use exit one

One of the most quirky and artsy areas in Shanghai is Tianzifang. The houses here are of Shikumen architecture built in the 1900s. There are many small shops here, from craft stores to art galleries, to cafes and restaurants. Support local and buy souvenirs here!

Suggested Tour: Shanghai Shikumen Half-Day Bike Tour

9. Bike Around Dongping National Forest Park

Getting there: Use exit 2 at WuzhouDadao Station and take Shenchong Line 6 bus. Get off the South Gate Bus Station of Chongming. After that, take a Nandong or Nanjiang Bus to Forest Park Station

The Dongping National Forest Park is a man-planted forest located in Chongming Island. It was once a farm developed into something big and beautiful. Rent a bike and tour around this 3-km wide area. There are also other activities like go-karting, grass-skiing, wall climbing, and paintball here. It’s a great place to breathe in the fresh air after your trip to the buzzing city center.

Suggested Tour: Dongping National Forest Park Admission Ticket in Shanghai

10. Feel the magic of Shanghai Disney Resort

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Getting there: Stop at Disney Resort Station

Just founded in 2016, Shanghai Disney Resort is the 3rd Disney Resort in Asia. If you’ve been to Hong Kong Disneyland, don’t worry, as Disneyland is three times bigger. I love Disney Resorts; they just have this vibe and aura that makes you very happy. So don’t miss this magical place!

Suggested Tour: Shanghai Disneyland Admission Ticket

11. Find accommodation in Regensburg, Germany

Where to stay in Shanghai, China

Budget Hotel

Meego Yes Hotel

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Meego Yes Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with cable flat-screen TV in the Jing’an district of Shanghai. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation provides room service, a shared lounge, and organizing tours for guests.

Price: Starts at USD 24 for a Double Bed Room for two

Luxury Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

10 Awesome Things To Do In Shanghai, China

Luxurious living in the city is offered at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, a property with views of Huangpu River and The Bund. It boasts an indoor pool and exclusive spa. Designed in elegant Art Deco style, the air-conditioned rooms come with large clear windows and a flat-screen TV. Modern comforts include BOSE sound systems.

Price: Starts at USD 441 for a Deluxe Room for two

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How to go to Shanghai, China

By Air: Two airports are serving Shanghai; Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). Pudong Airport serves domestic and international destinations all over the world from even from Africa. Hongqiao serves mainly domestic flights. There are also international routes but are mostly in East Asia. You can ride a metro to the city center.

From Beijing, China: You can also ride a train from Beijing South Station to Shangai Hongqiao Station. It would take about 4.5 hours on a bullet train or 12 hours on a sleeper train.

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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36 thoughts on “10 Awesome Things To Do in Shanghai, China [with Suggested Tours]

  1. I love what you said here about: “Nothing makes you wiser and spiritually richer than seeing the world.” This is one of the reasons why I travel the world as much as I possibly can in a matter of months and years! Shanghai China is very beautiful, if that isn’t obvious yet!

  2. I’ve read that July’s the hottest month in shanghai. We’re going this September, first week. I was wondering if it rains there, will the temperature drop? Or wearing shirts and shorts are manageable? Thanks.

  3. taking the subway is a superb idea for all travelers. Cheap and really convenient to use so. might not be walking under the rain though. hehe

  4. The tea is a good souvenir too. I love its genuine taste from Shanghai and same goes with the other authentic chinese food.

  5. Shanghai is lively destination. One can easily enjoy here as solo traveler. With the food and things to do around, it will always be a great stay.

  6. Taking the bus for tour will always be a good idea at the first day then discover the rest from yourself. Thanks for this lovely guide, dear.

  7. I went to Shang Hai around ten years ago and loved it! Would love to visit again now because I’m sure it is vastly different.

  8. Shanghai gives NYC vibes to me! Would love to visit there someday! Thanks for sharing this amazing list of things to do out there!

  9. China is definitely the state that I would love to visit, because it’s so different and pretty. I love to get new experience over there, traveling anywhere is basically just amazing.

  10. My fiancé’s cousin lives in China, close to Shanghai. I’ll have to bring this list with me when we travel over there. Thanks for the suggestions!

  11. I have visited China in 2011 but I didn’t have enough time to visit Shanghai too, even if I wished to. It wouldn’t have fit in with my visa time. I remember though how nice the tea is in China and how fun I had going tea shopping in Beijing. I bet it’s the same in Shanghai. 🙂

  12. cant wait to get that opportunity to be in china someday. hopefully sooner than i think though, amazing pictures to thrill the live of good.

  13. Wow! You’re so brave! I am so jealous how brave you are to venture out on your own. I look forward to seeing where you go next!

  14. There are so many wonderful places to go and China is one country I would love to visit. Too funny eating Japanese food in China! I adore Chines food so would definitely indulge while I was there.

  15. I’ve never had the chance to explore Shanghai on this level. It would be nice to take a tour and try the food! It’s a lovely place full of rich history and beautiful sights.

    1. Yes Elizabeth 🙂 There’s so much to explore in Shanghai, and I’m sure you’ll love their authentic Chinese cuisine too! I hope you can visit this gem of Asia oneday ❤️️ Happy travels!

  16. This makes me want to travel Shanghai in the very near future. Nice article! It inspires me to go there. Expecting more from you and twomonkeys! Kudos!

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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