Things To Do In ShanghaiFind out about the best things to do in Shanghai!
Last Update: 17th November 2019
What are the Best Things To Do In Shanghai?
Shanghai is a combination of traditions and fashion. It offers a variety of things to do in Shanghai. The traditional Chinese culture and the Western culture coexist in harmony there. Let’s see the things to do in Shanghai.

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The Bund

As an old historical and cultural block in Shanghai, The Bund stretches for 1.5 x kilometres long. It features 52 old classical buildings in different styles which are the representatives in modern China. It has 9 roads to explore. In addition, tens of luxury hotels stand there.

Shanghai Tower
With a total height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is one of the landmarks in Shanghai. It rises into the sky in a shape of rotation. It offers the sightseeing hall on the 117th floor to the visitors to appreciate the skyline and the panoramic views of the city. In addition, it is a combination of office space, hotels, bars, KTV and restaurants.

Huangpu River

Huangpu River is the most important of its kind in Shanghai. Along the river stand the Bund International Architecture Exhibition, Oriental Pearl Tower and other modern building. You could just walk along it to refresh yourself or take a cruise in the day or at night to get an unforgettable experience.

Shanghai French Concession
Featuring the old buildings in the most European-style, Shanghai French Concession is mainly situated in the two districts of Huangpu District and Xuhui District. The residential buildings there including the garden houses, apartments and lanes all present a perfect combination of the Chinese and Western cultures in one aspect.

Best time to enjoy the Li River Cruise?

It is safer to enjoy the cruise from October to March and in May, July and August as it rains a little in Yangshuo.


How to get to the Li River Cruise?

There is no direct bus from Guilin city to the pier in Guilin. The only option is to rent a vehicle to the pier (the pier for the 3-star cruise is called Mopanshan Pier and the pier for the 4-star and 4.5-star cruises is Zhujiang Pier). For the private rafting, there are piers in Yangdi and Xingping.


Additional Li River Cruise Advice

  • As at 4th October 2020, the return cruise from Yangshuo to Yangdi is available & operating. It typically operates between April to October. The same applies for the Yangshuo to Guilin return cruises.
  • There are one or two vegetarian dish options on the 4-star and 4.5-star boats. If you are vegetarian, it is suggested that you have lunch at the very first beginning as some meat may drop into the vegetables when other passengers pick it.
  • There is a security check at the pier just like that at the airport. It is recommended that you arrive at the pier 30 minutes at least in advance.
  • All types of tickets on the 4-star and 4.5 star boats are capped with the same pricing due to the accounting reason. But the actual pricing is higher than that on the ticket.
  • For the Private Li River Cruise Rafts, persons over 65 years of age and under 120 cms tall are not permitted on-board.

Oriental Pearl Tower

Originally built in July 1991 and put into use in May 1995, Oriental Pearl Tower offers the amazing views of Shanghai. The revolving restaurants has delicious food to enjoy. In addition, you could know know some on the history of Shanghai at Shanghai Urban History Development Exhibition Hall at the base of the tower.

Nanshi Old Town
If you are interested to explore the local life, Nanshi Old Town offers you a great chance to do that. The town is composed of Lujiabang Area and Pudong Shangnan Area. You will find old buildings and some ruins. And sometimes, you will walk above the rope to which clothes is hung. You could also try authentic local food there.

M50 Creative Park

Themed on visual creative art, M50 Creative Park features the atmosphere of art, fashion and creativity. More than 50 industrial buildings from the 1930s to the 1990s are transformed into tea houses, art workshops, galleries, bars, or dessert shops. It offers the oldest and most complete graffiti wall in Shanghai to admire as well.

Yuyuan Old Street
With a length of more than 100 meters, Yuyuan Old Street was originally built in 1907. Many antique buildings in the late of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) witness the development of the society there. The street features various types of local snacks, handicrafts and Old Shanghai cosmetics made in the traditional ways.

Nanjing Road

Acclaimed as the most famous commercial street in Shanghai, Nanjing Road was originally built in 1860. The Century Square offers a show while the Grand Bright Theater has movies to appreciate. You could also find the world-famous hotel – Shanghai Fairmont Hotel there. There are a variety of restaurants and hotels to explore on the road.

Shanghai World Expo Museum
With an exhibition area of approximately 12,000 square meters, 8 permanent exhibition halls and 3 temporary exhibition halls, Shanghai World Expo Museum is one-of-a-kind museum which is themed on the Expo. The permanent exhibition halls – Hall 1 to Hall 4 mainly present the development status and historical appearance of the World Expo between 1851 and 2008. The collections at Hall 5 to Hall 7 reflect the situation of China’s 2010 Shanghai World Expo.



Interested in the Best Things To Do In Shanghai ?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours in Shanghai, among other cities and areas. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.

Reed Flute Cave
​Would you like to know why several former US presidents had spoken highly of the Reed Flute Cave after visiting it? It features its own unique charm, which some consider to be distinct from any other attractions in the world!

Elephant Trunk Hill
​Have you visited a hill standing in the middle of a river in the center of a city before? How about one shapred like an Elephant? In Guilin, there is such a hill – the 300 million year old Elephant Trunk Hill. It looks just like an elephant drinking water from the Li River!

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin Exterior

Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel, Guilin Interior

Elephant Trunk Hill Hotel, Guilin Exterior
Zizhou Panoramic Hotel, Guilin Interior