Top 5 Things to Do in Shanghai, China

With its dazzling neon lights and futuristic skyline, Shanghai, China truly is a jewel in the crown of China.   I could spend hours viewing the neon lights of the skyscraper capital of the world.  After summiting to the top a tall building, stop for a lunch of delicious dumplings.  It’s one of those cities that I’ll keep coming back to.  Despite all the crowds, there is just so much to do and see.  I’ve narrowed down my list.  Here’s are my top 5 favorite things to do in Shanghai, the city of tall buildings:

1 – Stroll Along the Bund

Bring your camera during your walk along the Bund, Shanghai’s walkway along the Huangpu River.  Enjoy amazing skyline views of the best skyline globally.  By day you can see more, but at night the neon lights are stunning.  I recommend staying in a hotel near the Bund, as it’s really the highlight of Shanghai.  Walk freely for hours taking in the dynamic views.  When you like you can diversify your Bund experience by sailing in one of the many river boats.

The Bund, Shanghai, China
The Bund, Shanghai, China

2 – Summit the Shanghai Tower

As of this article Shanghai Tower is the 2nd tallest building in the world (and the tallest in China).  The skyscraper makes an incredible 90 degree turn, making it a stunning masterpiece.  Enjoy wonderful views of Shanghai from the top.  Try to arrive early to beat the crowds as it’s a very popular destination.  My breath always increases as the elevator soars up to the top, but the views are always worth it.

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China (courtesy of Wikipedia)

3 – Eat at Yuan’s Dumplings

Let’s talk about those delicious mouthwatering dumplings from Yuan’s.  These are some of the best I’ve ever eaten.  Get the sampler so you can try a few.  Inexpensive and fast service, this is a must eat!  They are like eating mini clouds of yummy deliciousness.  Perhaps the only dumplings I’ve had that compare were in Hong Kong.  When we were in Shanghai we ate here almost everyday they were that good!

Yuang's Dumplings, Shanghai, China
Yuang’s Dumplings, Shanghai, China

4 – Visit Yu Garden

Yu Garden is a quintessential Chinese Garden built in 1577.  The garden highlights classical Chinese architecture, exquisite chinese carvings and sculptures and a busy bazaar.  Try visiting in the Spring when the trees and flowers are in bloom.  Although the Garden takes up approximately five acres, it shows the sophisticated art of joining several different features to form a world in miniature – ingeniously mingling pavilions and corridors, small hills and carefully selected and well-placed rocks, lotus ponds, bridges, winding paths, and trees and shrubs.

Yu Garden Shanghai, China (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Yu Garden Shanghai, China (courtesy of Wikipedia)

5 – Visit the Oriental Pearl Tower

The three spheres of the Oriental Pearl Tower make it look like something from outer space.  It’s actually a TV and radio tower but also serves as a top tourist attraction.  Furthermore it’s what makes the Shanghai skyline so visionary.  It was built in 1991 and reaches a height of 468 meters (1535 feet).  Currently it’s listed as the 5th tallest tower in the world.

The Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China
The Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China

Happy travels,

Matt Weatherbee

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Hi, I’m Matt.  In 2008 I quit my job, sold everything and drove from Boston to Mexico to start a business.  Now I live and work in the Carribean, and spend my free time traveling the globe.  Learn more.

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