Shanghai

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.

A stylish, contemporary warehouse space with pared-down simple ceramics. The packaging in wooden boxes is beautiful and thoughtful—it’s great for gifts.

Denise Huang and her employees sew silk slippers. The elegant slip-ons come with names like Mandarin Duck and Propaganda, and each pair comes in a velvet bag. The shop is a little hard to find, tucked into a section of older buildings near the now-hip Bund neighborhood.

Semisecret cocktail bar off a grungy alley with a fun, well-heeled crowd.

Throughout its history, the Paramount building has played multiple roles, including traditional ballroom and dance club. Built in 1933, it once hosted crowds of socialites seeking a night of live jazz and dancing. Two floors of the building were converted into a nightclub that opened in 2007.

The Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe performs here. The show is simultaneously touristy and indescribably brilliant.

Art and photography space hidden away in an old mansion turned industrial building.

This shop still produces hand-painted pictures that resemble the hand-tinted photographs from the Cultural Revolution.

Part museum, part teahouse, and part salon.

Have a nightcap at decadent Bar Rouge, high above the Bund in Shanghai.

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu’s modern design and furniture boutique.

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

Original Debut: Unveiled in 1932 by Hungarian architect L. E. Hudec (responsible for more than 60 Shanghai landmarks), Grand Cinema had Art Deco flourishes, a glistening three-tiered roof shaped like a water lily, and—unfortunately for the warm-blooded—no inner cooling system.