Shanghai, China's largest and most prosperous city, exudes an atmosphere of self-confidence and vitality. For those reasons alone it's worth a visit, even though the city isn't exactly brimming with sightseeing venues. Below are the top things you should do in Shanghai.
Sit inside a revolving restaurant at The Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Not only do you get to enjoy sitting inside a revolving hotel in this revered and outstanding land mark, but you also get to see Shanghai metropolis from a "Space Module" — the highest observatory level set at 350 meters (1,148 feet) above the ground.The attractive building has 3 legs, 11 spheres and 15 observatory levels.Get to know the city via the various artifacts exhibited at the Shanghai Municipal History Museum located in this building.
Cruise along Huangpu River on your way to The Bund
Strolling along The Bund is one of the things you should never miss when on a tour to Shanghai.The Bund displays Shanghai's classic skyline views of colonial architecture and skyscrapers along the 500m wide Huangpu River, which dissects the city into two. A boat or ferry cruise is the most recommended method of exploring The Bund.
Walk and Shop along Nanjing Road
Famous Nanjing Road is an equivalent of New York's Fifth Avenue. Get a taste of bustling Chinese commerce where retailers from all over the world display their products on streets.Tourists admire the different buildings with attractive architecture. Looking down is also interesting: learn the city's construction history from the attractive 37 Manhole Covers.Nanjing Road features historic Chinese sculptures at the "Golden Belt".
Bird's-eye views at Shanghai World Financial Center
Resembling a gigantic bottle opener, the Shanghai World Financial Center stands as one of the world's tallest buildings, glittering majestically on the skyline. Competing with the Oriental Pearl TV Tower for the best bird's-eye views, this structure touts an array of digital Shanghai depictions that illustrate the city's rapid evolution. And that's just at the bottom floor. Take the 49-second elevator, which is one of the fastest in the world, to the 94th and 97th floors where you'll be treated to a jaw-dropping urban panorama. However, the true highlight is on the 100th floor. Here, the Sky Walk – the world's highest observatory – allows guests to marvel at this Chinese metropolis from 1,555 feet above ground.
Have Fun at Disneyland Park
Shanghai Disneyland Park is the first Disney theme park in mainland China, which blends the magic of Disney and unique cultural elements of China. There are six themed lands in the park. On entering the park, you will be captured by the feeling of being in another world with countless excitement and adventures. It is a good place to visit with family and friends.
Take a ride on the Maglev — the world's fastest train
A ride in the Maglev train from Pudong Airport to the city center is a perfect way to feel super-modern Shanghai.At 431 kph (270 mph, twice the speed of a theme park roller coaster), this air-conditioned, super-clean, magnetically-levitated train covers 30 km (19 miles) in only 8 minutes, though you hardly feel you're moving!Visit the Maglev Museum to understand the engineering feat and its history. Address: Maglev Longyang Road Station, floor 1.
Enjoy green spaces at Yuyuan Garden
Not far from the Bund, Yuyuan is the most revered and the only surviving Ming Dynasty garden in Shanghai. It has become a city highlight due to its beautiful scenery, characterized by decorated bridges, colorful pagodas and intimate enclaves separated by "dragon walls" — partitions with dragon decorations on top.The magic Exquisite Jade Rock, said to have been one of Song Emperor Huizong's private collection, is definitely worth seeing.
Stroll around in a Watertown — Zhujiajiao
You can choose to stroll around by foot to admire the numerous fascinating canals, bridges and architecture in this old water town in Shanghai. Alternatively, you can take boat or ferry rides. The shortest ride takes you up and down the main canal in the middle of the town while the longest takes you around the town and back. One notable feature is the Fangsheng Bridge — the largest arch bridge in Shanghai. It is about 70 meters long and 5.8 meters tall.
To have a rest in Tian Zi Fang
TianZiFang locates at Kangtai Street in shanghai. Comparing with the brand new modern buildings, you can find the special architecture of old shanghai city. Peoples, who lived in shanghai in their life, still live here. It’s such a peaceful and quiet place to live. On the other hand, it’s also a good shopping area. There are a lot of beautiful, special and unique goods. The stores are little, but very characteristic with full of art beauty. The whole shopping area is not so large, but you will enjoy walking here and find out a lot of fun. When you’re tired, you can go to one of the little cafe or bar to have a drink or cake.
Shanghai Botanical Garden
Occupying a total area of about 81 hectares, Shanghai Botanical Garden is the largest municipal botanical garden in China. There are more than 3,000 species of plants peculiar to this region, including 108 sorts of rare plants or plants on the verge of extinction. In the botanical garden, many specialists and engineers are engaged in scientific research business, education, gardening, scene instruction, the interior design business treating plants, etc.
The Shanghai Botanical Garden is divided into four spacious sectors that specialize in magnolias, peonies, azaleas, roses, osmanthus, ferns, bamboo, maples, and conifers. The orchid garden is considered the best in China. The gardens are a tool for education, scientific research, sightseeing and production. The gardens also act in the training of introduced species. A new area known as the 'Plant Evolution Section' has been built inside the complex where where horticultural experiments are conducted. This is a more traditional garden in which medicinal plants are grown and harvested.