Shanghai Travel Guide

  • Century Avenue, Pudong
    Century Avenue, Pudong
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    Nanjing Road, a mini Hong Kong of sorts
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    From Cloud 89 overlooking the Bund and...
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Shanghai Highlights

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     Great people, good metro and bus, pedestrian friendly, sophisticated , bookstores, Boonna Cafe, Xinle Road boutiques, cutting edge fusion restaraunts, a haven for shopping! 

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    ahoerner says…

     Summertime it is incredibly hot and humid!!! 

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     One of the world's greatest cities. 

Shanghai Things to Do

  • Nanjing Lu

    Nanjing Road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street. Today it is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world. We started this shopping walk at the centre point, the tour guide point to the east wanted us to meet at...

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  • The Bund

    The Bund is the famous road that runs along Shanghai's waterfront on the Huangpu River. It is 1500 meters (0.93 mile) in length. It was once part of the British settlement of Shanghai. When Shanghai became a trading port in 1846, the street by the river was paved and the banks of the river were reinforced. Then a long row of commercial buildings...

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  • Oriental Pearl Tower

    Take an elevator up to the Oriental Pearl Tower to get a fantastic view of Shanghai and Pudong. There are actually three levels (spheres) you can visit -- at heights of 90 m, 263 m, and 350 m. One of the levels has a glass floor, where you can look directly beneath your feet to the street below. A very cool experience! Tickets are not cheap -- 180...

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Shanghai Restaurants

  • Cloud 9 Sky Lounge

    Cloud 9 is located at the 87th floor of Grand Hyatt Shanghai. It is a great place to enjoy the skycrapers at Pudong area with a seat enjoying the music and the drink. Although the drink is quite expensive, it might still be an option to stay comparing the expensive entrance fee of the other observatory at Shanghai.

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  • Lu Bo Lang

    This very famous restaurant was a real pleasure to dine at after a stroll around YuYuan Garden offering many of the local dishes such as the fresh River Fish, Crab, Eel, Lotus Root etc and the Dumpling! We were lucky enough to have an upstairs private room with fantastic service by two waitresses! They even had a pic of President Bill Clinton and...

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  • Nanxiang Mantou Dian

    This restaurant is very popular with tourist. Travel guides states that it is about 113 years old. Ground floor has the longest queue and it's for take-away. 2nd floor is for dine in and there is no minimum amount spent. 3rd floor is more luxuriously decorated and you need to order minimum 50yuan per person. It's a great experience to enjoy steamed...

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Shanghai Nightlife

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  • Fresh stroll

    It's a show that no one can miss, the reflection of Pudong's lights in the river, while enjoying the cool of the night in the Bund's walkways. Night and day are, really, different programs in the Bund.

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  • Nice Views

    We spent only some minutes in this bar, time enough to notice the good cocktails at a reasonable price, and the fabulous views from the terrace. Western music, international clients (carefully selected as we saw at the door), it could be a bar anywhere if it wasn’t the Bund “rising” across the windows.The views from the terrace are fabulous.

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  • Astonishing View of the Bund!

    After shopping on the Pudong side of Shanghai, Sammy wanted us to grab a drink so I could get the view of the Bund from this side - then, we would have dinner on the other side (where the actual Bund is located) and get the view from there.Located in the Shanghai World Financial Center (the building shaped like a bottle opener), the Park Hyatt...

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Shanghai Transportation

  • Better than expected

    I didn't use public transportation in Shanghai, and only used the bus in a couple of short trips, but found the traffic much more organized and fluent than expected. Lots of people, of course, but not the mess seen in the films; some narrow streets, yes, but also many large avenues, where the traffic seems to flow in an intense but efficient...

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  • Shanghai Metro

    The Shanghai Metro is a cheap way to get around the city. Trains and stations are clean and air-conditioned, though can be very crowded at peak times. Beware that some of the stations are humungous, and changing between lines may involve a lot of walking. Fares cost between RMB3 and RMB6 depending on distance. The stored value card is a convenient...

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  • Shanghai Railway Station

    This is one of the four railway stations in Shanghai. It has been renovated and the station looks new and modern. It is well connected to the Shanghai metro line 1, 3, and 4 (Shanghai Railway Station). I prefer this railway station than other railway stations in shanghai as being closer to the City. I took a taxi from the North Bund, and cost me...

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Shanghai Shopping

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  • A Long shopping mall

    Door after door, modern shopping malls and shops line this always crowded avenue, allowing you to find everything. At night, fairylike advertising gives to the street an American look, where the Chinese references may only be noticed in details. Shopaholics will feel in paradise.

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  • Tailor-made Cheongsam

    If you intend to tailor made your own cheongsam but do not intend to spend too much, you should bring your own cloth/material to the shops in Changle Road or Maoming Road. This shop charges 600yuan for cotton materials or 800yuan for silk material. It's is only 4 shops away from the famous shop Hanyi - whose tailor made cheongsam for the movie...

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  • Nanjing Road

    Our hotel was very close to Nanjing Road - one of the main shopping streets in Shanghai. The street is about 3 and a half miles long. It starts at the Bund and runs to the junction of Jing'an Temple and Yan'an West Street. This street has lots of shops, restaurants and some interesting sculptures. It is busy day and night and is good for people...

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Shanghai Local Customs

  • Displayed cooking

    In many restaurants in China, the invitational sight is... the kitchen. Usually hidden in western restaurants, the Chinese like to show cookers at work. The famous dumplings (not so special for my taste) are a good opportunity to show the cooker's skills.

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  • Dancing

    As everywhere in China, it was easy to see in Shanghai people dancing in the streets. It's amazing to notice that it is mainly middle aged people (women in majority), and most of the dances show a collective formation. Fading signs of their political education?

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  • Street orientation

    Not really a custom, but a tip to make it easier to know where you are:The Pu River divides the city into two parts—Pu Dong (east side) and Pu Xi (west.) East-West streets are named for other cities.

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Shanghai Warnings and Dangers

  • Be aware and smart

    First, you have to know this sentence = whatever the color of the rat, the cat should catch it.This sentence means a lot in China = whatever you have to be bad, good or very bad, the point is to win money.One rule on all: you are going to a new place, take easy, dont do stupids things neither crazy.The police is here to help you as long as you act...

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  • Jade Rock

    One of the highlights in Yuyuan Garden is a rock, that, without being alerted, you risk not to notice. It is… just a big rock, in a beautiful garden, but someone will tell you the stories: the rock diverted from their official destination to embellish the garden, the many holes and the effects of the poured water downwards, and so on. Listen to it,...

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  • "Excessive" quality

    The quality of the painting and the preservation of the materials in Yuyuan quarter is so perfect that it seems... phony. Here and there we feel like in a rebuilt replica, and not in the real place, but... beautiful... yes, it is! Very much. And natural!

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Shanghai Tourist Traps

  • Tea as gold

    We had a good demonstration, by the Bund, of several qualities of tea, with the final offer of "special conditions", as usual. We bought just one box of white tea, for... big money. I'm not an expert in tea, and paid. But, in the airport, we checked the price. I know that airports are always expensive, but... half the price, for the same...

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  • Touristy train

    After walking a while in Nanjing Road, I reached People's place too tired to go any further. We saw some small trains, announcing " A tourist circuit of Shanghai". It seemed to be, exactly, what we needed.Boarding the train is a tricky competition, with a learning period: When the train approaches the stopping point, several men start walking with...

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  • nanjing lu walking street but not just...

    i'm not sure this happens to female travellers but occassionally you will get hit up by one or two attractive young women wanting to improve their english skills and if you would like to have tea - coffee or a small meal with them. if you agree - they will take you to a small restaurant or similar and everything will be fine and you will chat. then...

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Shanghai What to Pack

  • You can get most anything

    If you plan to take the metro to your hotel, pack fairly lightly so you can easily maneuver your bags. You can easily pick up an extra bag/suitcase here if you buy lots:-) Comfy shoes/closed-toe shoes. If you don't bring an umbrella, no worries--they'll be all over the streets for cheap. You can get almost anything here, even lots of familiar...

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  • It Gets Sooo Cold!

    body bags/backpacks to bring your essentials. if you're going to Shanghai or Beijing in Oct-Nov, a thermal jacket is a must! or you can layer your clothes though this will entail a larger/bulkier luggage!boots come cheap in bazaars but it's safe to go around in rubber shoes or sneakers. thick socks and gloves also a necessity. petroleum jelly,...

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  • Bring what you would have at home!

    You can always purchase extra luggage at good prices. Comfortable shoes, the rest you can purchase if you have a good hunt around....enjoy! Well i took what i would normally have in the bathroom at home and pleased i did. Woke up one morning requiring the aid of diastop..lol..(blush, blush), but you try and purchase this from a local pharmacy...

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Shanghai Off The Beaten Path

  • Furniture

    I felt the emptiness in many monuments in China, mostly in the Forbidden City. I think that the political convulsions in Chine in the recent years may have damaged a lot. This small display in the museum reinforced my sensation: China has wonderful furniture that would easily enrich many historic buildings, but... where is it?

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  • Sculpture in Shanghai's Museum

    Not one of the most visited areas, it deserves a quick visit to see several Buddha statues in a respectful display. Not much stuff, but good quality.

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  • Minorities

    A special section in Shanghai's museum is dedicated to ethnic minorities in China. It is a curious and wide display, somewhat mixed (I think), but very rich and interesting.

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Shanghai Sports & Outdoors

  • Hyuan Action Billiards

    This is not the Shanghai masters!......lol but a world wide pastime, shooting pool over a few beers and having a great time, Rabbit's coming back to this place! The sevice is fantastic, the tables are set up for your next game before you know it and happy hour seems to be on all the time, after nine games, forgotten how many beers the total spend...

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  • Explore China on top of a mountain bike

    We've all seen the usual lists of boring reasons: money, health, fitness, environment and so forth. The reason most people ride a bike, however, is simply because it's stupid simple fun.Whether you go slow or fast, you bike because you like to ride. The fresh air invigorates you. Exposure to the environment awakens and heightens your senses....

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  • Gym

    It is not outdoor activity at all, merely Physical Gym. They sell monthly/quarterly/annual membership. Once you become a member, you may go either one of three Physical gyms at Metro Mall(Xu Jia Hui), Raffle's Capital Land near People's Square and Hong Kong Plaza at Huangpi South Road. By the way, annual membership cost me RMB3,200, approximately...

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  • Lujiazui / Pudong

    the view of the ultramodern district of shanghai! Shanghai is home to more than 4,000 buildings, but it is the Huangpu's east-bank development, Pudong, that is the star of the Show in Shanghai. In 1990, this area was still marshy farmland but now in 2009 or 19 years later, Pudong has become a New Open Economic Development Zone, and has emerged as...

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  • The Bund

    You look at the Bund, with futuristic buildings in one bank of the river, and classical ones in the other, and something looks... odd. I was not very familiar with Chinese architecture but... those buildings... it seems that I saw them somewhere else, but not in China! Russia! Of course! The old Bund is a mixture of styles and epochs, displayed...

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  • Nanjing Lu

    The city is so huge, if one has just a few days, the best thing to do is... to go back for more! I liked that we stayed along Nanjing Road. That way, we got to stroll along this long avenue filled with so many interesting things to see. The food, I must say. I loved the steamed dumplings, Xiao Lung Bao.

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  • Mar 12, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Once go to Shanghai for travel a couple days, while strolling Tian Zi Fang, find a fantastic spa lounge in a quite lane, just about 3 minutes walk. The spa named "diva Life", it said built in 1933, which is full of gentle purple, makes me feel comfortable. Here provides almost every spa services, including facial, body massage, waxing, manicure, pedicure and nails. It's so good to have a nice place sit down and enjoy a leisure time here. The staff can speak English well, and alao be good talk to, they are always kind and funny.

 
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