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Shanghai has served China as its major industrial and commercial center throughout history. Look around and you’ll see traces of each glorious era mingle effortlessly with the modern energy of the metropolis. Get a feel of the thriving city as you hit up Shanghai’s top tourist destinations! From its colonial-style architecture and traditional shikumen (石庫門, stone gates) houses to multi-colored skyscrapers and bustling shopping districts, we’ve got you covered!

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The Bund

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Go for a stroll along Shanghai’s most iconic landmark! The Bund (外滩) is a waterfront walkway lined with 52 buildings of different architectural styles from various Western influences: Gothic, Neoclassical, Renaissance, and Beaux-Arts among others. Located on the west bank of the Huangpu River, it also faces Pudong District’s high-rises which light up the city skyline as soon as the sun goes down. Drop by at night to experience the Bund in its liveliest and most vibrant; the crowd may be thick, but the spectacular atmosphere makes it all worth it!

  • Zhongshan East Road, Waitan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
    上海市黄浦区外滩中山东一路 邮政编码

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Oriental Pearl Tower

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Across the Bund, the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower sits majestically at the tip of Lujiazui in Pudong District. Standing at 468-meters high, it is made up of 11 spherical structures which are home to observation desks, entertainment facilities, exhibition halls, and even a revolving restaurant! Go straight to the Space Capsule (the highest sphere) to get a 360-degree view of the city!

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Nanjing Road

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Nanjing Road is more than just the city’s main shopping street. It’s also one of the world’s busiest shopping districts, inviting over a million locals and tourists to scour its 5.5-kilometer stretch. Start at West Nanjing Road where you’ll discover a plethora of luxury fashion boutiques, upscale restaurants, and five-star hotels. Then, make your way to East Nanjing Road to see some of Shanghai’s oldest department stores and local traditional eateries. There are over 600 commercial establishments here, so you definitely won’t run out of places to go!

  • Nanjing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China

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Yu Garden

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Surround yourself with grand pagodas, impressive rockeries, and glittering ponds at Yu Garden! Also known as the Garden of Happiness, it was originally built during the Ming Dynasty by Sichuan governor Pan Yunduan as a private garden for his parents. Nowadays, it is frequented by visitors from all over, thanks to its breathtaking scenery worthy of a dozen snapshots! From the entrance, follow the trail going clockwise to witness the garden’s six main areas. Remember to plan your trip on a weekday, since weekends tend to draw bigger crowds.

  • 218 Anren Street, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
    上海市黄浦区安仁街218号 邮政编码

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Din Tai Fung (Shanghai Centre)

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Enjoy Din Tai Fung’s famous xiao long bao (soup dumplings) right in the heart of Shanghai! The world-renowned joint has 10 locations all over the metropolis, but we highly recommend its branch in Shanghai Centre for its top-notch service. Don't miss out on Din Tai Fung’s classic offerings like the Steamed Pork and Shrimp Shao-mai and Steamed Pork and Vegetable Bun. For dessert, order the Steamed Red Bean Paste Xiao Long Bao—your tastebuds (and belly!) will thank you right after!

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  • Shop 104A, Shanghai Centre, Number 1376 West Nanjing Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai, China
    上海市静安区南京西路1376号上海商城1层104A单元 邮政编码

  • http://www.dintaifung.com.cn/
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Longhua Temple

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Famous for being the largest and oldest temple in Shanghai, the Longhua Temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha according to Buddhist eschatology). It is also the most preserved of its kind, retaining its original architectural design of a Song Dynasty monastery. Explore the area’s five halls, which includes the legendary Longhua Pagoda—the tallest edifice within the temple at 40.4 meters in height!

  • 2853 Longhua Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
    上海市徐汇区龙华路2853号

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Xintiandi

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Xintiandi’s narrow alleys are dotted with reconstructed shikumen houses, which are now occupied by various posh establishments. Spend a quiet afternoon at one of the sidestreet cafes; or, wine and dine the night away at any of the classy restaurants around. It’s also the perfect place to get a feel of old Shanghai, but with the comforts of urban living!

  • 123 Xingye Road, XinTianDi, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
    上海市黄浦区新天地兴业路123弄号 邮政编码

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Tianzifang

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Shop for clothes, souvenirs, and random bric-a-brac at Tianzifang! Situated in the former French Concession, this charming enclave is flanked with all sorts of boutiques, craft stores, art galleries, and design studios. There’s also a significant amount of shikumen houses here which have remained intact after all these years. Rub elbows with expats and tourists as you peruse each shop to find the best deals to take home. In case you get hungry in between purchases, feel free to choose from the variety of food options and cuisines hiding in Tianzifang’s nooks and crannies!

  • 210 Taikang Road, DaPuQiao, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
    上海市黄浦区打浦桥泰康路210弄号

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