There’s something almost mystically enchanting about Shanghai. Maybe it’s the seductive soup of awe-inspiring modern skyscrapers and busy streets, slow-cooked with the more languid green spaces and ancient architecture from a bygone era that serves up its unique flavor. If you find yourself with just 48 hours in Shanghai, and are wondering how to cover such a sprawling metropolis, then look no further: this is your ultimate guide on the hotspots you need to visit and things you need to experience.

 

Bustle Along the Bund
A major promenade of the city, the Bund runs along the Huangpu River and is a popular gathering place for locals. For tourists, it’s a great photo op with amazing architecture to be captured along the waterfront, with old colonial buildings that were once international trading houses and banks showcasing Gothic, neoclassical, and renaissance stylings.
You can also get a fantastic view of the imposing modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui in the Pudong District just across the river. If you feel like getting on the water, there are river cruises available so you can enjoy the old and the new aspects of the city.
Find Some Tranquility
Just a few blocks from the Bund, you’ll find Yu Garden – a sprawling garden of 5 acres that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. If the traffic and sweltering heat of the city get the better of you, then this is the perfect place to escape to.
Within its well-manicured gardens, elegant bridges, and placid ponds, you’ll find examples of classic in architecture in structures like the Nine Lion Study and the Pavilion of Listening to Billows. The famous centerpiece of the garden is the large boulder called the Exquisite Jade Rock.
Explore the City’s Amazing Skyscrapers
You can start exploring Shanghai’s mega structures in Pudong by visiting the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower – the unique space-needle-like building that has become a Shanghai landmark. The tower is brightly lit at night, has 15 viewing, and also has a mall and a revolving restaurant too.
You should also check out the Shanghai World Financial Center, which you can’t miss for its bottle opener-looking shape; Jin Mao Tower, which offers an adrenaline rush with a harnessed walk outside its 88th floor ledge; and the second-tallest building in the world -- Shanghai Tower.
People Watch, Get Some Culture, and Shop Till You Drop
People’s Park is the best place to go to soak up life at the pace of the locals. Here, you’ll see elderly men and women coming together to socialize, exercise, or play mahjong while young children play in the park.
Just nearby, you’ll find some great places to appreciate Chinese art and history at the Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. If shopping is on your two-day itinerary then don’t miss out on the shops at Nanking Road. You’ll find everything from souvenir knick-knacks to fashion and high-end electronic gadgets.
Sink Your Teeth into Some Amazing Food
A trip to Shanghai isn’t compete without sampling some of its culinary delights. Head to Chenghuangmiao Old Street (near Yu Garden) or Qi Bao Old Street to sample some street food favorites like pan-fried buns stuffed with pork (Sheng Jian Bao), pork balls, spare ribs, and crab shell cake.
If a sit-down dining experience is what you’re looking for, there are no shortage of great restaurants pushing the boundaries of fusion cuisine in the city. Try the exciting small plates at Oha Café and the classic Sichuan dishes at the very elegant space at The Peacock Room.
Bustle Along the Bund
A major promenade of the city, the Bund runs along the Huangpu River and is a popular gathering place for locals. For tourists, it’s a great photo op with amazing architecture to be captured along the waterfront, with old colonial buildings that were once international trading houses and banks showcasing Gothic, neoclassical, and renaissance stylings.
Bustle Along the Bund
A major promenade of the city, the ...
You can also get a fantastic view of the imposing modern skyscrapers of Lujiazui in the Pudong District just across the river. If you feel like getting on the water, there are river cruises available so you can enjoy the old and the new aspects of the city.
You can also get a fantastic view o...
Find Some Tranquility
Just a few blocks from the Bund, you’ll find Yu Garden – a sprawling garden of 5 acres that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. If the traffic and sweltering heat of the city get the better of you, then this is the perfect place to escape to.
Find Some Tranquility
Just a few blocks from the Bund, yo...
Within its well-manicured gardens, elegant bridges, and placid ponds, you’ll find examples of classic in architecture in structures like the Nine Lion Study and the Pavilion of Listening to Billows. The famous centerpiece of the garden is the large boulder called the Exquisite Jade Rock.
Within its well-manicured gardens, ...
Explore the City’s Amazing Skyscrapers
You can start exploring Shanghai’s mega structures in Pudong by visiting the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower – the unique space-needle-like building that has become a Shanghai landmark. The tower is brightly lit at night, has 15 viewing, and also has a mall and a revolving restaurant too.
Explore the City’s
You can start exploring Shanghai’...
You should also check out the Shanghai World Financial Center, which you can’t miss for its bottle opener-looking shape; Jin Mao Tower, which offers an adrenaline rush with a harnessed walk outside its 88th floor ledge; and the second-tallest building in the world -- Shanghai Tower.
You should also check out the Shang...
People Watch, Get Some Culture, and Shop Till You Drop
People’s Park is the best place to go to soak up life at the pace of the locals. Here, you’ll see elderly men and women coming together to socialize, exercise, or play mahjong while young children play in the park.
People Watch, Get Som
People’s Park is the best place t...
Just nearby, you’ll find some great places to appreciate Chinese art and history at the Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. If shopping is on your two-day itinerary then don’t miss out on the shops at Nanking Road. You’ll find everything from souvenir knick-knacks to fashion and high-end electronic gadgets.
Just nearby, you’ll find some gre...
Sink Your Teeth into Some Amazing Food
A trip to Shanghai isn’t compete without sampling some of its culinary delights. Head to Chenghuangmiao Old Street (near Yu Garden) or Qi Bao Old Street to sample some street food favorites like pan-fried buns stuffed with pork (Sheng Jian Bao), pork balls, spare ribs, and crab shell cake.
Sink Your Teeth into
A trip to Shanghai isn’t compete ...
If a sit-down dining experience is what you’re looking for, there are no shortage of great restaurants pushing the boundaries of fusion cuisine in the city. Try the exciting small plates at Oha Café and the classic Sichuan dishes at the very elegant space at The Peacock Room.
If a sit-down dining experience is ...

 

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