Shanghai Travel Guide

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

  • Yuyuan Gardens

    4 out of 5 stars

    Had my vacation from Hangzhou to Shanghai China in Mar, and I am really fascinated by the beautiful city that lined with colonial-era buildings. Here are the ten places that I find it interesting and worth sharing - See more photos from my blog at: http://www.travelwithmegan.com/china-shanghai-city/

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  • Bund

    From reading up on the subject, it would appear that 'The Bund' was initially constructed as a barrier to prevent flooding of the colonial era buildings that line the Huang Pu River bank. Today it is a one mile long, very wide pedestrian only promenade giving an ever-changing vista of what must be one of the most spectacular city-scapes in the...

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  • Oriental Pearl Tower

    Oriental Pearl Tower is a distinct landmark in Pudong. It is said to be the 6th highest tower in the world. The 2nd sphere contains shops, restaurants, (including a rotating restaurant) and a sightseeing floor. At night, it gives a very enchanting view due to its colorful led lights. My colleagues and I didn't bother to take a look inside (due to...

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Shanghai Hotels

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Shanghai Restaurants

  • Xiao Nan Guo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This larger restaurant branch is fantastic with formal dinning, great service, relaxed, clean, tidy, pleasantly decorated with hardly an empty table. If you get yourslf a private room you will have your own balcony.....ya! The food is very Shanghainese with some great award winning dishes. Crab, Crayfish, Paua, Tuna to sharks fin soup, they are all...

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  • Street Food

    4 out of 5 stars

    you can buy drinks and refreshment and even eat streetfoods or a full meal at the food court. this food court cum street stall is just located across the street facing Oriental TV Tower and my suggestion is that you eat and buy drinks here first before embarking on a jaunt to Oriental TV Tower as the prices of the food and drinks here are cheaper...

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  • Nanxiang Mantou Dian

    4 out of 5 stars

    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 the light of Pudong 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 just bar anywhere if it wasn’t the Bund “rising” across the windows.The views from the terrace are fabulous.

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  • Acrobatic show

    After Opera in Beijing and ethnic arts in Xi'an, our third nigh out was in Shanghai, with a good acrobatic show. It didn't add much to what we had seen before, but the movements were perfect, absolutely secure, and the visual and musical treatment were also very well conceived.

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Shanghai Transportation

  • Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Train

    If you've read my other travels, it will be painfully obvious to the non-believers that I am a confirmed 'train nut.' Almost every holiday (long-suffering Lady Gaw prefers the word 'trip') there is the obligatory train ride somewhere, somehow – even if it means going out of our way to 'have a ride.' Shanghai was no exception.Through the travel...

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  • Flight from Shanghai to Beijing

    If you book well in advance you get a great fare for the flight from Shanghai to Beijing.Both www.ctrip.com and www.elong.com have good reputation as travel agencies. I bought my ticket with the latter one.

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  • Cab

    If you don't have anybody else to fetch you in the airport, then take the cab. However, you should have the patience to fall in the long line of passengers and prepare basic Chinese language since the drivers don't speak English. It will be also better if you have the Chinese name of your hotel or the place where you're heading to. My colleague and...

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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, fairy like 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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  • Get carried away!

    This is the ultimate place for M&Ms lovers and kids at heart! I’m sure if you have a kid, nephew, niece (kids at heart relatives/friends) back at home, you won’t miss this shop and bring something for your loved ones. I was mesmerized seeing this big chocolate shop! I’m a big fan ever since I’m a kid! I remembered when my mom used to bring...

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  • Main Shopping Area of Shanghai

    a 5.5 kilometer long area of stores, stalls and restos and is the main Shopping and Commercial Center of Shanghai. It is divided into Nanjing Road East and West and the eastern end it starts from the in Huangpu District and extends from The Bund west to People's Square. The Western end starts from People's Square and continues westward towards...

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Shanghai Local Customs

  • Displayed cooking

    In many restaurants in China, the invitational sight is... the kitchen. Usually hidden in most 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 else 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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  • DON'T PICK THE FLOWERS! Outdoor...

    Foliage - bushes, trees, mini gardens, etc - lining the sidewalks and streets are essentially public toilets for children. Don't be surprised to see both boys and girls urinating (or more) right there on the sidewalk. In China that is perfectly normal, especially since many parents don't like to bother with diapers. You will see many little...

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Shanghai Warnings and Dangers

  • 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 was diverted from its official destination to embellish the garden, the many holes and the effects of the poured water downwards, and so on. Listen to...

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  • Crowds versus details

    The Yuyuan garden is magnificent, with precious details deserving attention and… time.No chance!You will feel always “pushed” by the moving crowds, in the narrow passages really pushed forward. Enjoying the details is only possible here and there, and, suddenly you will find out that you are leaving the garden, with no return. And you will be...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Yu Yuan Garden Souvenir Shops

    unless you know how to haggle, this can be described as a tourist trap. The Yu Yuan Gardens is a major tourist attraction in Shanghai, located in 218 Anren St, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China. The Yu Yuan Gardens, built in 1577 AD host the City God Temple and other attractions and there are tons and tons of Souvenir Shops and stalls where you can...

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Shanghai What to Pack

  • Plus Sizes - Made in China But Not Sold...

    There are no plus sizes in China in general, though Shanghai has more than elsewhere. A few international stores like Forever 21 or H&M carry XL, especially near touristy areas. That said, if you have to hunt for XL, and there is nothing higher. Make sure it says "US XL" - Chinese XL is a US medium or so. You can sometimes find higher sizes in...

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  • Large Luggage & Extra Carry On Bag is...

    So if you are a shopaholic like me, you pack light on your travels so that you can have many space in your luggage to fill up with goodies since here in Shanghai ,you can shop till your drop at the various Stores along Nanjing Lu Street, various Shopping Areas around Old Town Area of Shanghai and Xin Tian Di and the various souvenir stall along the...

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  • Use a Powerful Optical Zoom Camera +...

    etc that you would spend lots of time taking pictures and vidoes around the many things to do in Shanghai like the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, City God Tempe, Oriental Pear TV Tower! and if you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x...

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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 China, 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 in display, but good quality.

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  • Minorities

    A special section in Shanghai's museum is dedicated to the 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Shanghai Meseum (People's Square)

    Nowhere else in China the idea of modernity is so strong! Maybe because the modern buildings are everywhere, with remarkable diversity and architecture, maybe because nowhere else is so noticeable the contrast with traditional construction. Day or night, Shanghai is proud of its look.

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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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