Shanghai - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips
Shanghai Travel Highlights
- Stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s financial center, and take in the art-deco and neoclassical buildings. Shop in the exclusive boutiques, have a coffee and snap a shot of the Pudong skyline.
- Explore the ‘Old Town’ for a sense of traditional China.
- The neighbourhoods of the French Concession offer the best of laid-back entertainment from retail therapy to fine food.
- See a Buddha carved from pure jade at the aptly named Jade Buddha Temple.
- For those wanting to seek out Shanghai’s edgier side, head to M50 design space.
- The Yuyuan Gardens are an unmissable experience of fine Chinese landscaping. Avoid the weekend for a peaceful visit.
- Shanghai Tower is China’s tallest building - no easy feat.
- Shanghai Museum perfectly displays Chinese history for all.
Shanghai Travel Tips
- Avoid the heat and crowds of summer and visit Shanghai in early spring (March to May) or fall (September to November).
- Tipping is becoming more common in Shanghai. Though 5% tip is sufficient in restaurants.
- Street food is second-to-none in Shanghai. Make the most of it if you need to watch your budget.
- If eating alone, ask for ‘Xiao Pan’. You’ll be given smaller, cheaper portions suitable for one.
- The Shanghai Metro is huge but also quick and easy to use and machines have an English option.
- Get a transport card and recharge it to use on buses, ferries, metros and even taxis.
- Drink bottled water.
- If you have respiratory problems, consider bringing a mask to fight the fog.