Things To Do
Shanghai is filled with hidden treasures to explore. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the main attractions and jot down a bucket list, otherwise it is easy to get a bit overwhelmed. Movie theatres throughout the city will usually have at least one Western movie playing in English with Chinese subtitles. You can count on big blockbusters releases, although they may be a little delayed. And for something special, the Shanghai Center Theatre puts on an incredible nightly two-hour performance showcasing a number of jaw-dropping acrobatic talents. Great fun for all ages!
The Former French Concession: Spend an afternoon strolling around this scenic area and take in the beautiful architecture. Visit Sun Yat-sen’s former residence or pop into to a trendy café for a bite to eat.
The Bund: Walk along the Huangpu River for views of Shanghai old and new. Visit nearby Nanjing pedestrian shopping street and treat yourself to something from one of the many luxury malls or allow the hawkers to tempt you with all sorts of fake Rolexes and Prada bags.
Yu Garden and Bazaar: Tour the beautiful Gardens in the center of Old Town, but leave some time to explore the surrounding outdoor marketplace and its assorted flotsam and jetsam.
Moganshan Road Art District: Shanghai’s contemporary art community and home to numerous modern art galleries and artist studios.
Xintiandi: This Western district has lots of great little shops and restaurants to choose from. It is very popular with expats and has a lively nightlife as well.
The Shanghai Museum: One of the best in China, this museum has 11 galleries and over 120,000 historic artifacts. Don’t miss it!