Shanghai is one of the largest global economic hubs in the world. It is the biggest city in China with a population of more than 24 million. As it was an official host for Expo 2010 and recorded the greatest number of visitors in any event. Shanghai is one of the top 10 places to visit in China with kids and so let’s go for a Quick Shanghai Tour or read about the best things to do in Shanghai and why it should be included in highlights of China.
This beautiful city is a perfect blend of modern & traditional cultures. Skylines of high rise buildings and Chinese traditions makes this city very unique. If you have a layover in Shanghai then read about tips to utilize your maximum time.
I went to Shanghai as a small stopover for attending a wedding in Xinyu(a small province in China). And if you want to feel true authentic China then go for a biking trip in China. Know more about Cycling China – Bicycyling touring across. I had got only 24 hours in this city for visiting all the tourist attractions. There were continuous rains in Shanghai, but it did not drop my travel spirits. I still managed to do my Shanghai Tour. I stayed in Shanghai Marriott City Center Hotel.
Top Things To Do in Quick Shanghai City Tour
Walk along Nanjing Road
Shanghai’s busiest shopping street with many colorful & traditional Chinese shops with classy shopping malls. It also has many restaurants, cafes, and bars. Evenings/Nights are the best time to visit this place as whole Nanjing road is illuminated with colorful signboards and lights.
Bund is a long walkway stretch along waterfront promenade on the banks of river Huangpu. The other side of Bund has various architectural styled Building. Famous skyline of Shanghai with Oriental Pearl Tower can be viewed from the promenade.
Jing’an Temple (Buddhist Temple)
This is also known as Temple of Peace & Tranquility. Jing’an Temple has the largest Jade Buddha in China. The temple’s history is 780 years back. There are three main halls – The Mahavira Hall
– Hall of heavenly kings
– Three sage hall
There is a peaceful atmosphere in the temple and I got some time for meditation away from hustle and bustle of the city. Some more pictures from the temple –
YuYuan Garden (Happiness Garden)
This garden is built by the Ming Dynasty around 400 years back. It covers 20,000sq. meters area. Glimpses of ancient China can be seen in the garden in the form of Pagodas, arches, trees, and walkways.
Oriental Pearl Tower
This tower is located on banks of Huangpu River and also it is the FIFTH highest tower in the world. This tower has 3 Observation Decks on 3 Pearl shaped spheres. Due to lack of time and rains, I skipped going to the Observation deck.
French Concession – Popular for boutique shopping and high range dining spots. It is quite popular among tourists. It is the area where the French Government administered from 1849 to 1946. Buildings are quite influenced by the French style of architecture.
Eating out Local Cuisine in Chinese Restaurant
Though language is a problem as many people don’t understand English and I cannot speak Chinese, somehow I managed to find an authentic Chinese restaurant with delicious food.
Buying Traditional Chinese Handicrafts
There are lots of colorful Chinese stuff for home decor, jewelry, dolls which are very unique and cannot be found anywhere else.
Enjoy Skyline views in evenings from high rise restaurant or hotel room
There are many tourist attractions in Shanghai like Disneyland, Traditional water Villages at about a couple of hours drive. For them, you may require 2 to 3 days more.
There are special scooters in China, which I have seen the first time. The specialty of this two-wheeler is that it is covered by plastic to protect from rain.
I wish I could have more time to explore more things in Shanghai. Also, it was raining but it could not stop my travel spirits. The only thing which I missed is if it would not rain then I could have taken more pictures with blue sky.
General Tips Visit to Shanghai
The currency of China – Yuan (Exchange can be done in Banks, Exchange machines at hotels and on International Airports). You must have these 10 Apps downloaded to your device when visiting China.
People are friendly though not understand our language and cheerful. Shanghai is basically a safe place. Vegetarians can also find lots of eating options here. Internal traveling in China can be done through Bullet Train which is very fast and speedy. Also, China has a Visa Free Transit policy for some countries so you can go to China Without a Visa.
So KEEP TRAVELING whether it rains, snows, hot or humid. Keep your Travel Spirits high in whatever circumstances you are into it.
Shishya (Thank you in Chinese)
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