Must sees in Shanghai in 72 hours – Part 2
Shanghai has many hidden treasures in the city, for sightseeing, shopping and eating. As with any exploring in a new city, it’s worth walking as much as you can as you then get a better sense of what the city is like as a whole. Saying that, Shanghai does also have a fantastic subway system to help you with your visit too.
Here are 5 more things to see and do in your 72 hours in Shanghai!
Xintiandi – 2 hours
A place to eat and drink, shop and be entertained, Xintiandi is a reconstructed 19th century street with traditional stone gate houses on each side.
It is said that “when people walk in Xintiandi, they walk on the same gray flagstones and see the same red and black bricks, lacquered doors and Baroque doorframes as those who walked there generations and generations before them,” and this gives a very exciting mix compared to the new shops and bars that dot the area nowadays. It’s a great place to be to watch day turn into night and watch the world go by.
Lujiazui – Pearl Tower/Shanghai Tower – 1 hour
In the previous Shanghai post I talked about the Bund; Lujiazui is the view that you see from the Bund to the other side of the river and is populated by all the famous skyscrapers in Shanghai, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Also taking over the Financial Center’s record of being the tallest building in both Shanghai and China overall, is the Shanghai Tower, due for completion in 2014. The Shanghai Tower will only be succeeded in height by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
All of the towers have observation decks where you are able to look out over Shanghai, which would be best to do at night with all the glittering lights.
Huangpu River Cruise – 1 hour
In order to best see the sights of Lujiazui and the Bund, a cruise along the Huangpu River (Yellow Bank River) is a must. Whilst the river itself is not a tempting prospect because of the colour and what is dumped in it, it gives the best view of modern and traditional Shanghai. There are also two suspension bridges over the river itself which are seen with the Pearl Tower as “two dragons playing with a ball.” Cruising the river at night is another must, as you will get the reflections from the lights of the skyscrapers all around in a glittering display of colour.
Fuxing Park – 1 hour
An oasis of green in such a modern city, Fuxing Park offers you a slice of everyday Shanghaiese life. From retirees practising their Tai Chi in the morning, people of all ages playing cards or flying their kites, this lush park shows you what normal life is like in such a bustling city. You may even see a wedding photo shoot, which is traditional for the Chinese to do before the wedding, in at least 4 different outfits and with various props.
Shanghai Museum – 2 hours
With over 120,000 articles covering the spectrum of Chinese bronzes, ceramics, jade, calligraphy, sculptures and paintings, the Shanghai Museum is situated just off the People’s Square. It’s also free, which is an added bonus in my mind. Depending on your interest in history you could spend hours looking at all the artefacts here, and with there being English information boards too, it’s a very engaging visit for anyone.
And one for the future:
Shanghai Disney Resort
The magic of Mickey and co are coming to the Chinese mainland. Not content with just having a resort in Hong Kong, the new park will be open in Shanghai in December 2015. This will no doubt excite many millions of Chinese, as well as theme park goers all over the world.
Where would you most like to visit in Shanghai?
China, notoriously difficult in its visa processes, has recently made itself more accessible to foreign tourists for 45 countries by offering 72 hour visa-free access to several cities throughout China when arriving by air.
Having started with Shanghai, this policy is now in place in 4 other major cities, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing; Dalian and Shenyang are 2 more cities who will soon be granted the policy early in 2014.
This series will give you ideas about what you can do in your 72 hours in each city and introduce China as a new stopover destination for anyone wishing to break up their long haul journey, as the flights are, for example, around 12 hours to London and 12 hours to New Zealand.
Are you interested in going to China? Plan your trip now with the China specialists.
The visa itself is still a transit visa, so those wishing to use it must have an onward ticket to a third country, declare their intentions to their airline and must not leave the particular city itself. For more information on the visa-free rules, check this page out.
Bennett from The Further Adventures of Bennett planned to spend 6 months teaching English in China and left 2 years later. She can currently be found residing in New Zealand, having swapped teaching children English for babysitting dogs and cats and you can follow her on Twitter.
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