This year my husband and I made a trip to China and we got to spend 4 eventful days in Shanghai. I have collected a list of things you could do while you are there especially if you are a new vacationer to China. Of course, we did a lot more than these, but if you want to know Shanghai in short, then below are the things you can’t miss!
1) Go to the Bund
One wouldn’t miss going to the Bund while in Shanghai. It is the symbolic waterfront (Pudong Side) that speaks of Shanghai as a city so unique to itself.
You can witness the city with its beautiful collection of outlandish high-rise buildings with the Huangpu River flowing across resonant to several cruise ships and other vessels. You might as well want to take one of the evening cruises to experience the night view of Shanghai. Even if you think you are running out of time, you must somehow try and see both the day and night views of the city and Bund would be an ideal location to do that.
Just as serene as it is during the day, it is equally magical in the night with dizzy running lights.
2) Take a day trip to Zhujiajiao
If you are one of them who have come to Shanghai to experience being a part of the Chinese dynasties then all you need is a short trip to Zhujiajiao. I know it is not easy to pronounce it, but won’t take you long to learn it either. We took our pre-booked cab to this place, but you may also take a bus from People’s square which would be a lot cheaper than a taxi. Though it is just an hour from Shanghai, it is totally opposite to the fast moving life of the city. Here you would find a primeval river with the villagers staying on the banks.
The place is filled with history and you will see the village is very introverted! This is also called the Venice of China and you can take a gondola like boat for about a 30 min ride in the river. I would suggest buying knickknacks here if you think you have found something interesting – It is way cheaper than the main city if you think you want to go back and re-check the rates.
3) The Old Town in Shanghai – Nanshi
If you love seeing Asian Markets, then this is the place for you. Souvenirs, Food, shopping – you just name it! Of course, this side of Shanghai needs some haggling skills for buying souvenirs and you must be watchful of the numerous scams Nanshi has to offer. But leaving these apart, it is a must see place for typical ancient Chinese Architecture and the shops and culture will manifest a 200 year history in the vicinity.
From the Huangpu River coast, it won’t take you more than 15 minutes to be here. Oh yeah, there are tons of eateries around – assorted Chinese snacks, dumplings (not to be missed) and of course Starbucks and Dairy Queen for those missing some luxury!
4) Shanghai Tower
I always need some kind of an outing that includes overlooking the landscape of the city from a high-rise building. If that is true with you too, then you need to climb up (not literally!) the Shanghai Tower which is the tallest and swankiest viewing point in Shanghai. Go there during the twilight and it is all worth your money!
5) East Nanjing Road
East Nanjing Road is lively with action at all times. Cars are not permitted here and wherever you go there is some shopping to do around you. As this is also the nearest subway station to the Bund, you might possibly walk past it not knowing you are there.
All big names and brands are exemplified on Nanjing Road. To add to this, there are interesting eateries around. It is certainly an overvisited place, however; if you want to witness the heart of Chinese consumerism and some more upbeat illuminations than the Times Square then you might want to stop over at the Nanjing Road East.
The Subway connectivity in Shanghai is excellent and regardless of where you stay you can always hop on these explore the city!