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Shanghai is the shiniest gem in modern China’s jewel box. It’s a hip, contemporary city that’s charging into the future with all the energy of its famous Maglev train. Yet if you veer away from the sleek highways and glitzy shopping streets you can still stumble upon a more traditional Shanghai, with all its character and flavour. In the tiny back streets, wet-market vendors peddle their wares - buckets of bright green vegetables, fish flapping in shallow plastic bowls and heaps of crayfish crawling over each other.

Find your trip

The Bund / 外滩
Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Shanghai’s best-known attraction is impressive any time of the day, but it’s at its most glam in the evening when floodlighting illuminates the colonial piles and the neon across the river, where Pudong gaudily glitters. Take a stroll along the waterfront walkway and watch the world go by.

Shanghai Disneyland / 迪士尼乐园
310 Huangzhao Lu, Chuansha Zhen, Pudong New District, Shanghai

Shanghai Disneyland is the 6th Disneyland in the world. It opened in 2016 and covers 91 hectors of land. In line with the company's promise, this Disneyland is "authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese". The park has seven themed areas: Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, Tomorrowland, and Toy Story Land. This is also the only Disneyland where you can see all the Disneyland princesses introduced so far, including Mulan.

Crystal Jade / 翡翠酒家
1438 Hongqiao Lu, Changning District, Shanghai

With its menu featuring scrumptious dumplings, pork belly and roast meat, this place serves some of the best Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine. This (originally Singaporean) chain restaurant offers a unique dining experience with exceptional food quality and good service.

M On The Bund / 米氏西餐厅
7F, 20 Guangdong Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Created by Australian restaurateur Michelle Garnaut, M on the Bund serves high-end Asian and Western food in classy surroundings. With its terrace overlooking the Bund, it has one of the best locations in town. The restaurant has been distinguished by multiple awards.

Three on the Bund / 外滩三号
3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Try Three on the Bund for seven floors of glamour, art, culture, cuisine and music, with the Shanghai Gallery of Art located on-site. Hours can easily be spent at this historic building offering up some of the best views of the Bund and Pudong across the river.

Tianshan Tea City / 天山茶城
520 Zhongshan Xi Lu, Changning District, Shanghai

The ground level of Tianshan Tea City really is a tea lover's paradise: the variety of teas on offer is seriously impressive, and most shop owners will conduct free-of-charge tastings to help you decide on a variety to purchase. Floors two and three are given over to porcelain and tea-making paraphernalia.

Best Time To Visit

Most of Shanghai attractions are city sights, so the change of seasons has little impact. However, given the weather, it is recommended to visit in spring or autumn, for winter might get too cold and summer too hot for comfort. There is also the possibility of typhoons during summertime and even early autumn. Try to avoid Chinese public holidays such as between October 1st and 7th, during which the city could be flooded by local tourists.


For citizens of the following countries, a visa is not requested for short term stays: - 90 days: Bosnia and Herzegovina, San Marino - 60 days: Mauritius - 30 days: Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Tonga, United Arab Emirates. - 15 days: Brunei, Japan, Singapore. Holders of passports issued by the following 49 countries do not require a visa for a 144-hour stay if they are transiting through Shanghai Airport. However, passengers need to provide a ticket showing their first destination, which should be outside China, nor could it be in the same country as the inbound flight. - All European Union citizens, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States. - Passengers who enter China via Shanghai Airport under transition condition cannot leave the area of Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

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