Shanghai (population 23.9 million),…. wait what?!? Yes, you read that right. Famous as one of the most populated cities on the planet, Shanghai has a population density of 700 people per sq. mile. Only when you get over that mind-numbing fact and apparent lack of privacy, you realize that the city has much more to offer.
Exotic Glamor or Mystic History
Shanghai looks like a city from the future with those gleaming skyscrapers and glitzy architecture, but it is not all about razzmatazz. It also presents a treasure trove of architectural styles and its mix of Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues and Jesuit cathedrals are literally unparalleled. The Bund is the city’s most notable attraction, but places like the People’s Square, Zhujiajiao (an ancient water town), Yu Garden and the Pearl Tower Roller Coaster also tend to leave you mesmerized. Shopping is another must-do while in Shanghai. There are no half measures in terms of shopping in the city and the locals love to splurge. They aren’t called Little Capitalists by the rest of the country for nothing!
When to Go
The best time to visit Shanghai is during fall, between the months of October and November. The temperatures are comfortable and the city lacks the crowds of the peak summer season, making explorations enjoyable.
Getting Around Shanghai
The best way to explore Shanghai is to use the metro. The city presents an efficient metro system and a vast metro route that covers most major tourist attractions. Other options include buses and taxis.