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Top attractions in Shanghai
Shanghai is veritably one of the biggest cities in the world. These 10 tips will help you start to piece together an idea of this vibrant metropolis.
This unusual skyscraper stands at 492 meters and is characterized by its unusual blunt tip. It features restaurants and a bar for visitors, and its observatory is by far the best place to catch a glimpse of the Shanghai cityscape.
Appropriately located on Shanghai's People's Square, this museum is a collection of ancient Chinese art with exhibitions in jade, calligraphy, and ceramics.
This "garden of the forbidden city" displays include traditional fountains, pavilions, and rock gardens.
These Maoist-era propaganda posters, now valued as art pieces by their collector, will help you understand China's Communist history.
During the Second World War, Shanghai received around 20,000 Jewish refugees - this museum goes into more detail about this little-known aspect of history.
A microcosm of corporate Shanghai, you'll see the buildings that are home to HSBC and North China Daily News.
This area of Shanghai could well also be called "Little France" - with its Parisian-looking suburbs and quaint bistros, the city has retained portions of its French colonial history.
Translated as the Temple of Peace and Tranquility, this Buddhist temple consists of three main halls testifying to culture from several Chinese dynasties.
Constructed during the Ming dynasty, the zig-zag bridge surrounding the tea house is meant to shut evil spirits out. It is considered one of the last authentic Chinese tea houses in Shanghai and has even been visited by Queen Elizabeth II!
Located in the Hongkou district and quieter than Yuyan, this park is dedicated to Chinese literary great Lu Xun. You can rent out a boat for the lake, or simply wander around enjoying the tranquility.
The fall months are the mildest, temperature-wise. Winter gets cold, but is not particularly snowy.
Beware of buying precious minerals like pearl necklaces and jade ornaments from markets - it is common that these are not the real deal.
Check out the English-language newspaper, Shanghai Daily, to see what's going on in the city.
If you suffer from respiratory issues, look into purchasing a mask that covers your nose and mouth before your trip, as the air pollution concentration in Shanghai is very high.
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- May through October is the most mild weather, but also the busiest time for Shanghai. Late March and October are ideal for weather and avoiding the peak times for tourists and business travelers.
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What people are saying about Shanghai
Both guide and a chauffeur were very mindful about what each group member wants, were very customer oriented while on duty, which is a pleasure to see. On top of that, they were both interesting interlocutors and were genuinely invested into every conversation with us. If every team of guides had been like that at any destination I was travelling to, I would have been the happiest tourist. The route was planned and adjusted (when needed) extremely well. Mr. Wang was driving safely and comfortably. Jessie was answering all our questions professionally and coherently in cheerful manner, and could elaborate on everything that we were encountering during our tour around Shanghai. If I didn’t praise some aspect of the tour, it’s not because it wasn’t on par with everything aforementioned, it is because I am running out of characters capacity here. I believe I have outlined the key factors that every tourist wants to find on their journey abroad in a guided tour. Firmly recommend this tour.
I enjoyed the bus tour, routes etc...audio was also quite informative. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the long stops we would take. Sometimes sitting around at a bus stop for 5 or more minutes. Sometimes it seems so the driver could take a smoko break? The driver also stopped and let a man hop on the bus who was selling fake watches to all the passengers. Apart from this, we got to see all the main tourist areas that interested us, it was good value for money. We paid the extra for Bund tunnel and observation deck. Probably not worth the extra we paid.
Sean was a great tour guide and took plenty of photos for us and was really patient and informative with all the questions both i and my kids had. He also helped us to find something to eat as the kids were starving and never had a chance to eat before we started the tour... was v flat and easy to ride... was such a great way to experience Shanghai by bike - we loved it
I really loved this food tour. The joints we visited are not the most obvious place to eat for a tourist, but the food was amazing and we went to place which were on Michelin guide – and you would never guess from how it looked like=)
My favourite part of this tour was the personality of Julia, the tour guide. She speaks great English, she explained everything in detail, she is funny and she cares a lot to get you home safe. Highly recommended tour!