Shanghai is China’s largest economic centre and an important international financial centre city, and is one of the first coastal open cities. It has a long history, wonderful modernisation, beautiful modern attractions, ancient attractions, fun Disney, sweet-smelling food, flavourful food streets, magnificent architecture, the spirit of the sea and so much more. If you want to know China, Shanghai is a must-visit place, so what are the top 10 attractions in Shanghai? Let’s take a look.
Located on the banks of the Huangpu River, the Bund is about 1.5 kilometres long and is a symbolic attraction of the city of Shanghai, with a cluster of very different styles of universal architecture and the night view of the Pu River as its essence.
The Bund is home to dozens of classical revival buildings in different styles, including the famous Bank of China Building, Peace Hotel, Customs Building and HSBC Building, which recreate the style of the former “Wall Street of the Far East”. Surprisingly, these buildings were not designed by the same designer or built in the same period, but they have a unique harmony. The Bund’s many architectural styles, including French Classical, French Residential and Gothic, are important historical sites and representative buildings of modern China, as well as a beautiful scenery along the Huangpu River.
At night, the neon lights on both sides of the river reflect each other, take a cruise or ferry on the Huangpu River, the river wind gusts on your face, on one side there is the Bund which witnesses the development of history, on the other side there is Lujiazui which is the landmark of Shanghai’s modern construction, and there is also the beautiful figure of the Waibaidu Bridge, which will allow you to appreciate the beauty of this bustling city in a different perspective.
Huangpu River Night Cruise
A night cruise on the Huangpu River is the perfect choice if you want to take in the sights of the Bund complex in Pudong and the Lujiazui Financial Centre in Puxi, which stands on the tip of the clouds. The classic and modern architectural styles of the bustling city complement each other, revealing the beauty of the riverbank and the lights on both sides at night.
Shanghai Centre Tower
With a total height of 632 metres, 127 floors above ground and 5 floors below ground, the Shanghai Center Tower was completed on 12 March 2016 and opened in October 2008, making it currently the tallest skyscraper in China and the second tallest in the world. With a speed of 18 metres per second, the Shanghai Centre Tower’s express lifts can take visitors to the 119th floor observation deck in less than 55 seconds. The architectural appearance of the Shanghai Centre Tower is in the form of an ascending spiral, with openings in the surface of the building rotating from the bottom until they run up to the top of the building, just like the city skyline of the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. That’s why it’s in the top 10 must-do things in Shanghai.
Shanghai Disneyland is a theme park with pure Disney style and a blend of Chinese flavour. It is the first Disneyland in mainland China and the sixth in the world, with the theme of Magical Kingdom, full of creativity, adventurous spirit and endless excitement. Shanghai Disney Theme Park boasts a number of global projects and world’s best, including the world’s first “Adventure Island” park and Pirates Park in a Disney park, the first castle to bring together all the Disney Princesses, the first attraction themed on the live-action Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland, and the music and children’s music from the classic Disney film Fantasia. Fantasia”, the first Disney and Disney-Pixar animated characters to take on the Chinese zodiac, the tallest and largest Disney castle in the world, and the largest Disney Store in the world.
It’s recommended to avoid holidays and weekends, as you’ll have to wait in long queues if you go during these times.
Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street
Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street is a shopper’s paradise, where many famous brands are located, such as Nike, Adidas and Apple. In addition, there are also many speciality shops on both sides of the pedestrian street, selling a variety of creative gifts, snacks, local specialities and so on. While shopping, why not pay attention to the historical buildings on Nanjing Road and feel the flavour of old Shanghai? Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street is home to a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, from Shanghai’s local favourites to exotic dishes. Famous Nanjing Road food stalls, such as Shen Dacheng and Wang Jia Sha, serve a variety of delicious pastries, such as pan-fried buns, xiao long bao and sugar gourds. In addition, there are numerous restaurants around the pedestrian street, such as Lugang Town and Money Leopard, to satisfy your taste buds.
Yuyuan Garden is one of the must-see places in Shanghai. It is a private garden in the Ming Dynasty, with the name of “Yu Yue old relatives”, built during the Jiajing and Wanli reigns, with a history of more than 450 years, covering an area of more than 30 acres. Inside the garden, there are different pavilions, lofty mountains and rocks, verdant trees, and to this day, there are still preserved the “Collection Building”, the birthplace of the “Hai School of Calligraphy and Painting”, and the “Spring Hall”, where the commanding headquarters of Shanghai’s Small Dagger Society Uprising is located, Jade Linglong, one of the three most famous stones in Jiangnan, and other historical relics. Yuyuan Garden is favoured by tourists from all over the world, and dignitaries and celebrities such as American President Bill Clinton and British Queen Elizabeth II have visited the garden.
Chenghuangmiao Snack Street
Adjacent to the Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Chenghuangmiao Snack Street is a famous snack street in Changhai. It deals with all kinds of Shanghai flavour snacks: the special snacks of Green Wave Gallery, the vegetarian buns of Songyue Building, the pigeon egg rounds of Guihua Hall, the eight treasures rice of Songyun Building, Nanxiang Cage, Ningbo Soup Dumplings, and Stuffed Wine Round, and so on. Shanghai Old City God Temple Snack Plaza is located in Shanghai City God Temple Snack Street, is a large operating area of Shanghai Yuyuan Shopping Centre supplying a rich variety of food, receiving consumers more flavour characteristics of snacks restaurant.
As one of the most famous tourist attractions in Shanghai, Tianzifang is a place full of culture, preserving many traditional buildings and cultural heritages, such as Shikumen buildings, lane halls and temples. In addition, Tianzifang has many art studios and galleries, providing visitors with a platform to learn more about local artists and culture. If you like food, there are many snack bars and restaurants offering a variety of flavours. If you like art, there are many art shops selling all kinds of art. Tianzifang is also very beautiful with many gardens and landscaped gardens for visitors to stroll through.
Nightlife on Hengshan Road
Hengshan Road is most famous for its bars and pubs, which are synonymous with “bar street” in many people’s minds. At night, it is a flashy place with a lot of people and the French sycamore trees on the roadside, illuminated by the lights, also shed their quietness during the day and appear a bit ghostly in the darkness. Bubble bar among the people and many foreigners, lights, European-style buildings, ghostly French sycamore, these elements are mixed together, the tune is a strong European and American mood.
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is located in Qingpu District, Shanghai, is one of the four major historical and cultural towns in Shanghai, known as the “Pearl of Jiangnan”. With a total area of 136.85 square kilometres (including water), Zhujiajiao has humanistic landscapes that are more characteristic of an ancient town, i.e., a bridge, a street, a temple, a temple, a hall, a pavilion, two gardens, three bays and twenty-six lanes, which present the simple and rustic style of the Jiangnan water town of “small bridges, running water and homes”. The ancient town has rivers and harbours, nine long streets stretching along the river, a thousand buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasties standing by the water, 36 stone bridges still surviving in the ancient style, and places of interest abound, such as Chenghuang Temple, Humanities and Arts Museum, Zhuxi Garden, Lesson Planting Garden, Tai’an Bridge, and Yuanjin Zen Temple.