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.
In People’s Park you’ll find the Shanghai Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Weekdays are the best time to wander among the pine trees and ponds of the 16th-century Yuyuan Gardens.
An up-and-coming gallery and boutique run by three young artists who trained at Qinghua University's Art Academy.
Towering 101 floors above the hub of the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, this skyscraper contains offices, the Park Hyatt Shanghai, and places to take in city views. Visitors begin at the ground-level Sky Gate, where multimedia presentations and a Shanghai model set the stage before the ascent.
The leafy, rustic French Concession is the favored destination for cutting-edge fashion and designs for the home.
An old villa is the setting for this spa in the French Concession. A Qin brick façade and Ming-era furniture add to the authentic feel. A stream bubbles in the foyer, and the massage rooms are neat and warmly-lit.
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-age towers of Pudong.
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 ethnic group, sells handmade items with an emphasis on Miao-crafted goods. The variety can include handcrafted tapestries, ornaments, and shoes.
The bar on the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, with great views and a clubby vibe.
The shop represents some of China's best-known contemporary artists and was the first gallery in the country to participate in major fairs such as Art Basel.
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.