China Travel Guide

This insightful museum expertly tells the history of the city's Jewish migration waves—in particular, when Shanghai welcomed 30,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Europe.

An excellent day trip if you're interested in the architecture and development of the city. This expansive space features five floors with intricate models, exhibits devoted to urban planning, and a 3D movie on the subject.

A fantastic walking tour company with knowledgeable, friendly guides. Choose from a plethora of interesting historical tours, or itineraries based on specific neighborhoods or topics, to learn more about the origins of this rapidly developing city.

Zoom around Shanghai in a vintage sidecar motorbike to get the adrenalin pumping during your stay. This group will help you explore Shanghai's hidden lane house communities, or take a ride to see the skyscrapers of the city's financial district up close and personal.

This food tour company offers friendly and explanatory public or private tours, focusing on the wonderful tastes of Shanghai street food. Highlights include learning the impressive art of dumpling making and being advised on the correct way to eat snake at a night market.

This rowdy bar street was once a quiet road with a handful of restaurants and bars, catering to foreign tastes. Fast forward a couple of years, and it's overflowing with expats bar-hopping down the street, while almost every storefront offers international food and drinks.

Zotter, a renowned family-owned Austrian chocolate company that prides itself on producing organic and fair trade, high-quality chocolate, have opened a chocolate theater on the outskirts of Shanghai.

A visually dazzling display of authentic Maoist-era communist propaganda posters, as well as a popular gift shop that sells prints of the real thing.

Housed in a heritage Bund-side building, this contemporary art museum was restored by David Chipperfield in 2007. With no permanent collections, it instead hosts rotating international and Chinese exhibitions from the likes of Cai Guo-Qiang and Zeng Fanzhi.

Established in 2012, this renovated power plant is the first state-run museum dedicated to the contemporary arts in Mainland China. It hosts the Shanghai Biennial, as well as a rotating cast of international and local artists.

This late-night market is famed for having lines of storefronts pedaling the crayfish that's made it famous. Stroll around long after the sun has gone down and sample barbecued meat, vegetables, and seafood like grilled oysters and scallops, and chase it down with a Tsingtao beer.

Sitting squarely in Shanghai's premier arts district, this gallery promotes contemporary South East Asian, Buddhism-inspired artwork (the letters stand for "Live with Heart"). The funky space encourages quiet reflection and it's an intimate setting for art-lovers.

Mainland China's first and only full-time stand-up comedy club that's become enormously popular since its opening in 2011. There are performances by expat and local comics five nights a week in both English and Mandarin, and the crowd that comes to belly laugh reflects a similar mix.

Originally a wool factory, this industrial art park spans 36 acres, housing more than 130 artists and galleries, graphic designers, architects, film and television production companies, jewelry-makers and more, from 17 countries.

This sculptural haven of 110 acres just north of Beijing Road is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Life-size sculptures are strewn throughout, made by internationally recognized artists like Alex Rinsler and Wim Delvoye.