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Things to do in Shanghai

An intoxicating blend of ancient culture and cutting-edge modernity that pushes the boundaries to their limits. Uncover the hidden treasures as you experience the variety of things to do in Shanghai.

As western customs and Chinese traditions intertwine, you’ll be greeted by extraordinary skyscrapers and enchanting ancient towns. This glittering metropolis will enchant you with its exciting culinary scene and eclectic nightlife. Explore the bustling markets, learn about culture and history at the art galleries and museums or join the locals at a live jazz session. Get to grips with the city’s sights on a Shanghai hop-on hop-off tour or the Huangpu River Cruise and Bund city lights evening tour.

Shopping.

Shopping

As China’s fashion capital, Shanghai has an appetite for new trends and cutting edge design. Your first stop for shopping should be Nanjing Road, miles of retail heaven that will not disappoint. Pick up custom made clothes at the South Bund’s fabric market or look for treasures at the open-air antiques market on Dongtai Road.

Museums and attractions.

Museums and attractions

Whilst in People’s Square, visit the Shanghai Museum which gives an insight into art and history and houses thousands of artefacts. See the stunning acrobatic show at Shanghai Circus World – which combines Chinese arts and modern technologies. Or be wowed by the hands-on activities and life-size exhibits at the Shanghai History Museum.

Dining.

Dining

Shanghai has an exciting culinary scene, with food very much at the centre of social life. Dine at one of the Xinkiangnese restaurants, which are open 24 hours and scattered all over the city. Or join the locals and pick up late night street noodles, which you’ll find on nearly every street corner. Enjoy spectacular views of The Bund from the 36th floor of the Shangri-la hotel or enjoy a truly unique sensory dining experience at Ultraviolet.

Nightlife.

Nightlife

For great food and ambience head to Sasha’s, a French colonial-style bar with a large outside patio garden. Indulge in cocktails at super stylish People 7 or take in the amazing views from the terrace at Bar Rouge. Dance the night away at Muse, one of the city’s hottest clubs or hang out at California Club, where a different band plays every night.

Experiences in Shanghai

Book one of our carefully selected sightseeing tours in Shanghai.

Shanghai hop-on hop-off tour
Shanghai hop-on hop-off tour.

See Shanghai's highlights on this hop-on hop-off tour. Visit Jade Buddha Temple, Nanpu Bridge, the Bund, Jing'an Temple, Xintiandi, the People's Plaza and more. Your pass is valid on all three routes and you can hop off at any of the 22 stops to explore attractions by foot. Your 2-day pass includes a Huangpu River cruise and admission to the Jin Mao Tower observation deck. Based on the attractions you want to see, choose the Shanghai City Tour (red route), Temple Tour (green route) and Pudong Tour (blue route).

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