Shanghai Top Sights – Best Sights in Shanghai
Last Update: 12th November 2019
What are the top Shanghai Sights?
Are you looking to the top sights for your Shanghai Tour on holiday? Are you interested to make Shanghai into the must-visit list? If so, let’s see the top sights in Shanghai.
Shanghai Top Sights
- The Bund
The Bund is one of the spots most tourists love to explore in Shanghai. Walk at the Bund and you will see tens of old European buildings among which Shanghai Fairmont Peach Hotel is always showing its own charm for tens of years. At night, the views along the Bund are also gorgeous as well.
- Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is the nearest to the Bund in Shanghai. It is a fusion of modern and classical hotels, local time-honored and international brands, Western and Chinese restaurants, etc. At the small lanes connected to the road, you will find delicious snacks from all over China. The retro classical telephone booths, street lamps and stone benches there are another types of significant elements.
- Xujiahui Catholic Church
Opened to the public, Xujiahui Catholic Church is worth visiting, especially for those who have strong interest in architecture and churches.
It is 50 meters tall with two outstanding Gothic bell towers on the top of the main hall. The white archways and stained glass inside create amazing views. In addition, the night views of the church is also a feast for eyes.
- Zhujiajiao Water Town
If you would like to explore one of the typical towns in the region south of Yangtze River during your stay in Shanghai, Zhujiajiao Water Town is one ideal option. It is divided into several parts by a river.
Some local traditional boats on the river make the town more attractive. If you are interested, you could visit Zhujiajiao Handicraft Exhibition Hall and the site of the old post office in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) and try local snacks.
- Shanghai French Concession
Old Spanish, French and the British neoclassical buildings at the Shanghai French Concession will offer you an illusion that you visited Europe.
Some of the buildings are still home to locals, while some of them are transformed into cafes, bars or restaurants. When you feel a little tired, you could refresh yourself with a cup of tea or coffee.
- Nanxiang Ancient Town
Just like Zhujiajiao Water Town, Nanxiang Ancient Town is also divided into parts by a river. Old well-preserved Chinese buildings in the late Qing Dynasty decorate the town.
The deeper you explore in the lane, the more tiny beauty you will find. In addition, it is a paradise for foodies offering tens of delicious food to enjoy.
- Shanghai Tower
Tower offers the best spot on the 118th floor which is more than 520 meters tall to admire the skyline and the panoramic views of Shanghai. You will take a super high-speed lift to the floor within 30 seconds.
Temporary art exhibitions are held in the tower. Stunning light shows at weekends and festivals add more beauty to the tower too.
Xintiandi is famous for the local distinctive structure – Shikumen. When you see the facade of Shikumen, you will feel that you are back to the 1920s’ Shanghai.
However, if you step into the building, you could be amazed at the modern furnishing and decorations. Some creative stores are hidden in Xintiandi. If you spend some time exploring it, you will find the unexpected excitements there.
- Yuyuan Old Street
Yuyuan Old Street is well-known for a variety of local snacks and Shanghai Temple of the Town God and Yu Garden. The garden was privately owned in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Although the classical Chinese buildings were rebuilt about 10 years ago, they are exquisite and present local characteristics. Local handicrafts will let you know more about the local culture in Shanghai.
- Huangpu River
Huangpu River is surrounded by old European buildings in the late 19th Century and the early 20th Century at he west bank and the modern skyscrapers at the east bank. One of the landmarks in Shanghai – Garden Bridge of Shanghai lies over the river. Taking a night cruise to appreciate the views along the river is one of the great ways. Or, you could experience its charm with the river wind on foot.