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Things to do in Shanghai

Shanghai is a popular spot for night owls who never miss out a chance to enjoy the nightlife. Travelers wondering what to do in Shanghai should visit Huangpu River Cruise, with each tour ranging from 30 minutes to 6 hours. This is a great way to see the city’s striking skyline, one of the best things to do in Shanghai. Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Huangpu Park, the Bund, and Jin Mao Tower are other attractions.

Another thing to do in Shanghai is to visit a traditional Chinese tea house. The city has many, the best of which may be Tang Yun tea house, where you can serve yourself many varieties of tea, along with traditional Chinese delicacies.

If you’re wondering what to do in Shanghai with kids, check out one of the city’s many theme parks, like Shanghai Happy Valley or Jinjiang Amusement Park. Also worth visiting are Madame Tussauds Shanghai, the Shanghai Propaganda Poster and Art Centre, and Shanghai City Beach, a beautiful city beach is on the north bank of Hangzhou Bay. It has golden sands, blue waters, and outdoor activities like beach volleyball, boating, bungee jumping, and 4-wheeling.

  • Around Space Gallery

    Art and photography space hidden away in an old mansion turned industrial building. More
  • Art Scene Warehouse

    The space is located in an enclave of art studios and antique shops in a row of converted warehouses. More
  • Bar Rouge, Shanghai

    Have a nightcap at decadent Bar Rouge, high above the Bund in Shanghai. More
  • Brocade Country

    This unassuming shop with a white front and simple black signage stands out on a road of fashion shops. Owner Liu Xiao Lan, a member of the Miao et... More
  • Bund

    Stroll the riverfront promenade known as the Bund, with its Art Deco, Neoclassical, and Beaux-Arts façades, bars and shops, and views of the space-... More
  • Chinese Classics Bookstore

    The store carries a surprising breadth of products: from reproductions of communist-era comic books to artist's backpacks. More
  • Chinese Hand-Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall

    The exhibition hall displays samples of batik prints dating back to the 1890's. More
  • Design Republic

    Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu’s modern design and furniture boutique. More
  • French Concession

    The leafy, rustic French Concession is the favored destination for cutting-edge fashion and designs for the home. More
  • Glamour Bar

    It’s all about glitz at this aptly-named bar on the sixth floor of Five on the Bund. Owned by the M Group, the bar has an Art Deco and vintage Holl... More
  • Grand Cinema

    Original Debut: Unveiled in 1932 by Hungarian architect L. E. Hudec (responsible for more than 60 Shanghai landmarks), Grand Cinema had Art Deco fl... More
  • Guo Chunxiang Family Collection

    The shop's memorabilia merchandise includes retro vinyl Chairman Mao and Lin Biao buttons. More
  • Laiyin Art Garden

    The shop stocks a wonderful collection of Shanghai Deco lampshades and accents. More
  • Lane 248

    Shanghai’s latest secret?Lane 248, a gritty, narrow street now inhabited by artsy cafés and intimate boutiques, hidden behind Taikang Road. More

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