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Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai

Shanghai is located in the central-eastern China, confronting the East China Sea. Roughly, Shanghai is sectioned into two parts: Pudong ( to the east of the Huangpu River ) and Puxi ( to the west of the Huangpu River ). Most of the historical and scenic sites in shanghai are in Puxi while Pudong is the new development area teeming with plentiful futuristic high-rise constructions.

If it is your first time to visit Shanghai, then you may wonder what are the most important things to do in Shanghai for a short trip of 2-3 days. There is huge information on what to see in Shanghai, which you may get either from some popular travel guide books or numerous quality websites including tripadvisor.com and about.com. As local travel advisors, we are happy to present you our version of Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai for your reference. You are kindly advised to visit Shanghai per your personal taste. Hope our Top 10 Things to Do in Shanghai will be helpful in planning your Shanghai trip.


Top 10 Attractions or Things to Do in Shanghai
The Bund Shanghai Nanjing Road People's Square Lujiazui Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai
The Bund Shanghai Nanjing Road People's Square Lujiazui Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai
Shanghai Xintiandi Tianzifang Street Zhujiajiao Water Town Cruising on Huangpu River (Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi) Shanghai Acrobatics
Shanghai Xintiandi Tianzifang Street Zhujiajiao Water Town Cruising on Huangpu River Shanghai Acrobatics

The Bund The Bund (Waitan) is one of the most noted architectural symbols of Shanghai. The word "Bund" derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront. The Bund in Shanghai was first used when the first British company opened a office there in 1846.

The Bund, or the waterfront,is now surrounded by about 50 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance along from No.1 to No.33, west of No.1 East Zhong Shan Road.

Admission Fee: Free
Bus Route: 20, 22, 37, 42, 55, 65, 71, 123, 503



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Shanghai Nanjing RoadNanjing Road is a walking street that is always packed with people watching other people. It is regarded as the first commercial road in Shanghai. The 5.5-km long Nanjing Road is the most bustling and prosperous street in Shanghai. Extending from the Bund to Jing An Temple, its eastern end has an all-weather pedestrian street. The large traditional stores no longer dominate the market since modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theaters, and international hotels have mushroomed on both sides of the street.

Transportation
Subway Line 8 or Subway Line 2 and get off at East Nanjing Rd. Station.



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People's SquarePeoples square is located in the center of Shanghai, covers 140,000 square meters, surrounded by the municipal government office building, the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Hall and the Grand Theatre. There are a huge green area and trees, encircled by all kinds of buildings on all sides.

All of these buildings make up a beautiful view. In the center of the square is a smart musical fountain. Crossing through the square is a 100-meter-wide pathway from the west to the east. Many townsfolk go to the square for a walk. The Square is particularly spectacular at night, when steam appears to seep out of the roof of the museum and the light bounces off the glass walls of the Grand Theatre.

Address: No. 300, People’s Avenue, Huangpu District
Transportation: Metro: Line 1, Line 2, Line 8 and get off at People's Square

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LujiazuiLujiazui literally means "Lu's Mouth". It is located in the Pudong New Area on the eastern bank of Huangpu River just acrossing the Bund. Lujiazui is one of the four economic districts in Pudong New Area. The other three economic districts are Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, the Jinqiao Export Processing Zone and Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park is a special area for technology-oriented businesses.

Lujiazui is teemed with the futuristic, avant-garde buildings - Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Building, Bank of China Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center and Shanghai Tower.

How to get there
Subway Line 2, 4 and 6, get off at New Century Avenue Station

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Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar ShanghaiYuyuan is the most famous garden in Shanghai. It is located in the heart of Shanghai's Old City, one of the few existent old tourist places in Shanghai. Close to the gardens is Shanghai's bazaar, a great number of small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people.

Now a hot tourist destination, Yuyuan Garden was first built as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan. He used almost 20 years and all of his savings to construct a garden in an attempt to please his parents in their high ages.

Entrance Fee: RMB 40 (Yuyuan Garden )
Open Hours: 08:30 to 17:00
How to Get there
Take subway line 10 ( transfer from Subway line 2 at East Nanjing Road ) and get off at the station of Yuyuan Garden (豫园) and exit from the Exit No.01.

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Shanghai XintiandiXin Tian Di (or spelled "Xintiandi") will be something like Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong and Clarke Quay in Singapore. It is is situated at Lane No.181 of Taicang Road Shanghai, the old Shikumen residential area near "Zhonggong yidahuizhi" ( site of the 1st National Congress of the Communist Party).

It occupies an area of about 30,000 square meters. It was a former old Shikumen which has been given restoration. Now it is a good blend between the modern and new buildings around and the old area, hence Shikumen Xintiandi. The past and the present and the East and West makes Xintiandi very charm, making it into the most ideal site for visitors home and abroad to have a good view of the history, culture, and modern lifestyle of Shanghai.

How to get there
Take Subway Line 1 or Line 8 and get off at Huangpo South Road. Station.

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Tianzifang StreetTianzifang is an artsy area that has developed from a renovated residential area (old Shanghai shikumen buildings) in the former French Concession area of Shanghai. Now it houses bars, cafes, crafts shops, design studios, galleries and boutiques. Many local residents still live in the narrow lanes. Just be mindful and respect their privacy.

How to get there
Take Metro Line 9 and get off at Dapuqiao and exit from Exit 1.






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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town also known as the Shanghai's Venice. Zhujiajiao is full of the old buildings combined with the water canals, really authentic water village which represent the old Shanghai. A boat trip down the river and then walk through the small shopping streets, cross the amazing bridges, visit the beautifully laid out gardens and old houses. There are great opportunity for some great photographs

Public Bus:
Special Bus Line from People's Square (RMB 9, 1 and 45 minutes);
Special Bus Line from Puan Road Bus Station( RMB 12, 1 and 10 minutes)
Extended Metro Line 2 of Zhuxu Line: RMB 6, 1 and half hours



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Cruising on Huangpu RiverHuangpu River winds about 114 kilometers from Dingshan Lake, the source, northward to Wusong Kou, where it meets with the Yangtze River. 40 km of the river is within the area of the big Shanghai. It is only about 400 meter wide and 9 meter deep, but it holds about one third of the China's total international trade It supplies water to the 13 million people in the metropolis and is also important for navigation, fishery, tourism and receiving wastewater.

Shiliupu Wharf
Add: Zhongshan Donglu 127 & 219 by the Bund





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Shanghai AcrobaticsThe Acrobatics at Shanghai are not to be missed. They are held each night and last for about 2 hours. The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, established in 1951 is one of the best in China. It frequently tours internationally and perform routinely at Shanghai and other cities in China. An acrobatic show has become one of the most popular evening entertainments for tourists in Shanghai. You can enjoy gravity-defying contortionism, juggling, unicycling, chair-stacking, and plate-spinning acts at the following stages. Acrobatics Theatres in Shanghai:

Shanghai Center Theatre:
Address: No. 1376 Nanjing Road (W), Shanghai
Shanghai Circus World - Middle Theatre:
Add: Gonghe Xinlu 2266, Baoshan District, Shanghai

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Top 10 Lists for Unique Things to Do in Shanghai

More Top 10 lists for unique things to do in Shanghai to help you plan your Shanghai trip in your taste.

1. Top 10 Things to Do at Night in Shanghai 2. Top Things to Do for Kids in Shanghai
3. Top 10 Most Romantic Places in Shanghai 4. Top 10 Shanghai Museums
5. Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai 6. Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
7. Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai 8. Top 10 Shanghai Classic Vegetarian Restaurants
9. Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai 10. Top 10 Shanghai Budget Hotels
11. Top 10 Shanghai Boutique Hotels 12. Top 10 Shanghai Luxury Hotels
13. Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Shanghai 14. Top 10 Attractions in Winter in Shanhai
15. 10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai
16.  Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
17 . Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
 



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