Shanghai Off The Beaten Path

  • The 1911 Jewish Club on Nanjing road west.
    The 1911 Jewish Club on Nanjing road...
    by gaolei
  • Qibao Church
    Qibao Church
    by cheezecake_deli
  • Bridges and canals
    Bridges and canals
    by cheezecake_deli

Most Recent Off The Beaten Path in Shanghai

  • cal6060's Profile Photo

    Sinan Mansions

    by cal6060 Updated Jun 15, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sinan Mansion is located on Fuxing Middle Road, opposite Fuxing Park. After visiting Fuxing Park, the history continues with the neighborhood near the park. The neighborhood was the former French Concession of Shanghai, a lot of big houses with colonial styles architecture including churches, houses for the rich and famous. The former residence of Zhou Enlai was staying in the neighborhood.

    Due to war and revolution, this neighborhood was once lost its charm of being glamour and luxury. Most of the houses were in destruction conditions, and even stayed by construction workers from rural migration.

    The development of Sinan Mansion has transformed this place becoming one of the most expensive real estates in Shanghai. The developer immerses redevelopment of 49 colonial mansions from the 20s and 30s to a new classical zone named Sinan Mansion. It consists of The Hotel Massenet, commercial stretch F&B & retails, luxury condo, and corporate villas. This place looks like another Xintiandi, but not yet discovered by most locals and tourists. I believe the developer does not want to create another Xintiandi here, but a peaceful, glamour, luxury neighborhood that mostly gather the rich and famous.

    In Chinese: 思南毫宅, si nan hao zhai

    Sinan Mansions, Shanghai Sinan Mansions, Shanghai Sinan Mansions, Shanghai Sinan Mansions, Shanghai Sinan Mansions, Shanghai
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Luxury Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • cal6060's Profile Photo

    Fuxing Park

    by cal6060 Written Jun 15, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    On my way to discover Former Residence of Zhou Enlai, I passed by this beautiful french garden between Chongqing South Road and the corner of Fuxing Zhong Road. It is located in the former concession of Shanghai in Luwan District.

    Fuxing Park is one of the earliest parks in Shanghai. It has been here for almost 80 years. It was a farmland of a local family. In Jun 1909, the French Concession Bureau of Public Director bought this land as recreation center for the French community in Shanghai and also French army barrack. During that time, only French were allowed to enter the Park. In 1944, the park was renamed " Daxing Park " by the Chinese government. Since 1946, most people called it " Fuxing Park ".

    Today, this is the only French Park remain in Shanghai. It still retains a lot of its French culture and heritage in this park, for example the European fountain, center lake, covered pavilions, and the flowerbed. The locals enjoy coming here for daily activities including dancing, tai chi, singing, and morning walk. Occasionally, you can find local or international events here. I saw them setting up for International Fashion Show during my visit.

    Admission: Free

    In Chinese: 复兴公园, fu xing gong yuan.

    Fuxing Park, Shanghai Fuxing Park, Shanghai Fuxing Park, Shanghai Fuxing Park, Shanghai Fuxing Park, Shanghai
    Related to:
    • Birdwatching
    • National/State Park
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • cheezecake_deli's Profile Photo

    Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Shanghai's ultra-modern Science and Technology Museum is located (surprise, surprise) in Pudong, on the western border of Century Square. A humungous glass and steel building, it holds exhibits of all disciplines of the sciences, plus there is an IMAX theatre. Perfect for kids on a rainy day. Tickets cost RMB60 per person. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 0900 to 1715. Nearest metro station: Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (Line 2).

    SSTM
    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • koolkatz_76's Profile Photo

    Get A Massage... A Little Piece Of Heaven

    by koolkatz_76 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In most cities where a massage on your arms and legs costs you an arm and a leg, Shanghai proves to be a pleasant surprise. In fact, China is probably one of the last cosmopolitan cities on the planet where massages are so affordable.

    Some people might be wary that they are stepping into the unknown, but Chinese massage (sometimes known as tui-na) is really one of the most effective massages I've ever tried, and it can be very soothing as well. It works away the tension knots in your body, and I find it especially good on the shoulders after a long day thumping away on my laptop.

    Though many massage places are fronts for more dubious activity, by and large the ones I've come across in Shanghai are still legitimate ones offering actual massages minus accessorial services.

    Dragonfly is a prime example, and it's impressed me so much that I have to share this with fellow travellers. I've only been to one outlet so far (the one in DongHu Road), and can't speak of the experience in any of its other outlets. But the Donghu Road one is really out of this world.

    The atmosphere can match that of any high-class spa and is entirely soothing, with tasteful dark wood furnishings, and soft low lighting. Once you step into the massage area, you find yourself in little cubicles separated by curtains. I didn't have any regular masseuse, but the one assigned to me did a fantastic job. Let's put it this way... My head was feeling so disconnected from the rest of my body, after putting in an all-nighter for a rush project. But after the massage, the world looked right again. :-)

    If you've got time to try only one massage place, go to Dragonfly. I would go there every day if I could.

    Oh, did I mention the price? It cost about RMB 120 (USD 15) for a 90-mins massage. Though it's not the cheapest in Shanghai, it's a steal.

    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Spa and Resort

    Was this review helpful?

  • Renee44's Profile Photo

    Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence

    by Renee44 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    For those who are interested in Sun Yat-sen, you can visit this place. Sun Yat-sen and his wife Soong Ching Ling stayed there from 1918 to 1924. After his death, she continued to stay there until 1937. Entrance fee is about RMB 8.

    There was a guide who explained the various rooms etc in both Chinese and English.

    The address is at 7, Xiangshan Road. (Near Huaihai Road)

    Was this review helpful?

  • tuff's Profile Photo

    Ancient Water Town

    by tuff Written Feb 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Located only 11 miles from downtown Shanghai and easily accessed via subway line 9; Qibao Station, Qibao ancient town is the only ancient town forming part of the greater Shanghai, you can visit this water town without the long distance travel if you only have limited time in Shanghai.

    The town of Qibao is dating from the period of Five Dynasties, the town was built in Northern Song dynasty and grew into a business center and largely renovated during the Ming Dynasty. Aside from the waterway, bridges and architectures, there are a few museums around town, but I believe the best this town has to offer is the variety of sacks; from dumpling to sugar coated fruit, and from this looks good to what is this?

    Qibao provided visitors with a feel of traveled back through the centuries through its history, culture, architecture and local people; a day spent in the unique and historic town is very rewarding and memorable.

    Town Bridge Main entry to town Local snacks Local wine

    Was this review helpful?

  • Zadig's Profile Photo

    M50 - Moganshan Rd.

    by Zadig Updated Oct 5, 2010

    This is a small road in the north part of Shanghai which has an incredible density of artists. It seems to all be in a single block but we spent hours going in and out of small to medium sized galleries. Just about every one you go in has a sign telling you not to take pictures which is understandable but there were some great art for sale but most of it was more than I had prepared to spend during the duration of my trip.

    Moganshan Rd also had the the only grafitti we found in the entire town. It wasn't the just some kids spraypainting scribbles on the walls either, these were actual artists creating something that you'd actually care to look at.

    Anyway, if you have time and can get your taxi driver to understand (and I think he had to call someone for directions after he'd gotten close), I recommend making the trip.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • five_toes's Profile Photo

    June Clouds in Shanghai

    by five_toes Updated Jun 6, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    At the very beginning, i just wanna go and handle some personal affairs.
    And the weather was so good. Then, i took out my camera and enjoyed a whole day tour on foot.

    I'm working here since last September, and i've been to some places, such as the Bund, Yuyuan garden. So, it didn't take me long this time when i passed by. But for new visitors, be there in different days would be much more comfortable.

    Destinations,
    the Jade Buddha temple-also be called Yu Fo temple;
    M 50 factory- an innovation place for art;
    Lao Xi Men- the old street- and Yu Yuan garden;
    the Bund
    Ferry across Huang Pu river
    the Super Brand Mall
    Oriental Pearl Tower and the skyscrapers--JinMao Tower and the highest Shanghai World Financial Center.

    Leave your email, i'd like to send u my maps.

    Inside the Jade Buddha temple brocarded carp pool in the backyard of temple M 50 factory Yu Yuan Garden SWFC the highest
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • rabbit06's Profile Photo

    Farmer Country?

    by rabbit06 Updated Jan 14, 2010

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Even Shirley is not sure of the name, but a small village with one main street, somewhere between Shanghai and the West Lake near Haining, we stopped at a resteraunt for one of the best lunches i had enjoyed in China!!!! The free range chicken was just so delicious, oozes with flavour, falls apart, melts in your mouth and you cannot stop eating this untill there is nothing left!! Best i have ever eaten!!!!

    Outside the resteraunt & that is the Toyota! Happy Chicken & Redrock!!!
    Related to:
    • Beer Tasting
    • Food and Dining
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • gaolei's Profile Photo

    Qi Bao

    by gaolei Updated Nov 11, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Qi Bao is one of the old preserved water towns in, or near Shanghai. It is actually not far from the subway line.

    One Sunday I set out to try to find it by subway. It was all going well until I got to subway 3 and 4. They run on the same track, but one will go to the station that brings you to the subway to Qi Bao. I missed it and had to back-track one stop, change subways and get off at the next stop. It took about an hour to get to Qi Bao from Jing An station.

    It is about a mile from the subway station to the entrance of Qi Bao. It consists of one street that is very narrow, like many typical old towns. There were many interesting foods on display, and an arched bridge over a canal. It was kind of interesting, but I would not go there again and I would not recommend it to anyone looking for something to do in Shanghai. There are many more interesting things to do there.

    The outer entrance to Qi Bao, 1/2 mile from subway The added 1/2 mile to the real Qi Bao entrance Qi Bao Entrance, finally! The Arched Bridge (Not an ancient concrete bridge) Interesting food in Qi Bao
    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • conniechong's Profile Photo

    For those who never visited Sex Toys Shop before

    by conniechong Updated Oct 4, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Opposite of Peace Hotel, there's a tiny shop selling quite a variety of sex toys. They are local manufactured under a foreign license. Prices are cheaper than the developed countries.

    Don't be surprised by the "professional" attire of the sales representative ;p

    Have a nice tour!

    p/s. This exotic shop has moved to somewhere nearby. Another new and upscale shop can be found in Hong Mei Road, www.hm3822.com (dated 5 Oct 09)

    adult shop in 2005 No more adult shop, but Swatch! :)  28.8.2011
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Singles
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • simcard's Profile Photo

    Eric Moller's House

    by simcard Updated Aug 1, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This house was built in early 20th century by a Swedish business man Eric Moller. It was built according to his daughter's dream. The whole house is in old scandinavian style. The interior design of the house is very classic. It is pretty amazing!

    Now the house is used as café, restaurant (where you can eat in a private room) and hotel.

    It's located on Shanxi Nan Rd, right across City Hotel.

    Mr. Moller's House
    Related to:
    • Study Abroad

    Was this review helpful?

  • cheezecake_deli's Profile Photo

    Century Avenue

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jun 7, 2009

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Century Avenue in Pudong was designed as Shanghai's Champ-Elysees, a broad tree-lined avenue that stretches 5 km from the financial district of Lujiazui to Century Park in the heart of Pudong. The final 1 km of Century Avenue runs between Century Square and Century Park - this section is pedestrianised, slightly raised and undulating, and makes for a pleasant walk, offering views across Pudong with its multitude of towers. It appears to be a popular place for strolling families and couples. Nearest metro stations: Shanghai Science and Technology Museum or Century Park (Line 2).

    The pedestrianised section of Century Avenue
    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Budget Travel
    • Business Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • The Undergrond Music Scene

    by Anniexpat Written Feb 18, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I arrived in Shanghai last week, and found this venue down the road from my university. Its located right next to West Yanan road metro stop line 3/4 at the edge of this beautiful park called Tian Shan Park. It's a great place if you love discovering new underground bands and cheap beer.

    Yu Yin Tang is one of the oldest underground live music houses in shanghai, and has become a staple in Shanghai. Featuring regular gigs every weekend, It brings in underground acts both worldwide and local. There's something different every night of the month. This place has it all: cheap drinks, great atmosphere, friendly staff and a knack for booking the top up and coming Indie acts around!!!

    Upcoming bands to check out: I really dig the group coming on the 21st
    2/21, Folk Night – Asiaeyes&WuZhuoling
    http://www.myspace.cn/a_z

    2/22, Experimental Night -- RESO 4

    2/27, Experimental Night --Boojii, Triple Smash

    2/28, FrozenStreet (Nanjing)
    http://www.myspace.cn/officialfrozenstreet

    Related to:
    • Music
    • Arts and Culture
    • Study Abroad

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo

    The greatest thing about...

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 3, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The greatest thing about travel is the bizarre things that happen sometimes. I am sitting in Renmin Park waiting for the Shanghai Museum to open and marvelling what a strange and unfamiliar place China was. Then I heard a Frank Sinatra song playing. I turned my head and saw a bunch of people in formal dress ballroom dancing in the park. How surreal! Evidently it was a fad there to gather in parks and dance ballroom.

    Related to:
    • Work Abroad
    • School Holidays
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Shanghai

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

27 travelers online now

Comments

Shanghai Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Shanghai off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Shanghai sightseeing.

View all Shanghai hotels