10 Amazing Facts Every Traveler Should Be Aware of Before Travelling to Shanghai

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Barsbold Baatarsuren Travel tips May 06 min read
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Shanghai is regarded as "Asia's Pearl" and "The East's Paris." It's a city of youth, commerce, and a global beat that pervades every side street and Riverwalk.

Shanghai Is China’s Largest City

Shanghai is China's largest city in terms of population, but it is not the largest city in terms of geographical area. Although it has a total area of 7,037 square kilometers, ranking 31st in China, it has a population density of 3,810 per square kilometer due to the presence of over 2,300 thousand inhabitants. And the population of this metropolis is steadily increasing.


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Stroll Along the Bund

Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in the world at night. Without any nighttime events, your Shanghai tour will be incomplete.

The Bund is beautifully lit in the evening. Across from the Bund promenade, the historic colonial-era buildings are charming.

Many skyscrapers line the Huangpu River, including the Oriental Pearl Tower, which has lights that change color. There are many vessels on the channel, all of which are lit up.

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It's a relaxing way to spend an evening strolling along the riverside promenade while admiring Shanghai's impressive skyline.

Cruise Along the Huangpu River

Shanghai is divided into two regions by the Huangpu River: Pudong ("East Bank") and Puxi ("West Bank") ("West Bank"). Taking an evening boat ride along the Huangpu River is the perfect way to see Shanghai's skyline lit up in brilliant colors.

There are a variety of tour lengths available, ranging from a 30-minute cruise to a 312-hour cruise.

From both sides of the Huangpu River, the cruise will show you the stunning contrasts between classical European buildings and soaring urban skyscrapers.


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Watch an Acrobatic Show

Seeing an acrobatic show is one of the most common nightlife activities in Shanghai for visitors, and there are numerous acrobatic show theaters throughout the area, including Shanghai Circus World, Shanghai Centre Theatre, and Shanghai Huxi Grand Theatre.

The shows are incredible, with juggling, balancing, acrobats, and cycles in the air on high wires among the acts. These high-quality actions will ensure that you have a good time.


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Shanghai is the most appealing city for expats in mainland China.

International Talent Magazine called Shanghai the most glamorous city for expats for the fourth time in six years in 2016. A total of 48,000 expats were surveyed and asked to rate their city in categories such as living climate and international professional policies. As of 2015, Shanghai was home to over 170,000 expats.

Walk and Shop Along Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road is Shanghai's busiest shopping street lined with top-end shopping malls, old-brand shops, and traditional eateries.

When nighttime approaches, the street is lit up and becomes crowded with shoppers and tourists. Whether it's just going for a walk among the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, shopping, bar hopping, or dining in restaurants, this is the ideal place to find everything in one area


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From the Shanghai World Financial Center's observation deck, you can get a bird's eye view of the city.

Shanghai World Financial Center, located in Pudong District across the Huangpu River, is one of the best places to see a nighttime view of Shanghai.

On floors 94, 97, and 100, there are three observation decks. The 100th floor deck is recommended because it has a 55-meter-long observation gallery with a glass skywalk that allows you to see the scenery below through the floor.

At Xintiandi, unwind in a bar.

Old Shikumen stone houses can be found in Xintiandi, as well as numerous Western restaurants, bars, and pubs. It's particularly lovely in the evenings, when the streetlamps turn on and the sun sets.

This area is a beautiful mix of history, culture, and, of course, a grand food and drink festival. In the zone where there are many tourists, you may have a European-like experience.


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Take a stroll through Tianzifang's alleyways.

Tianzifang, tucked away in the old French Concession, is well worth a visit. It is notable for its typical Shikumen structures and narrow alleyways.

There are plenty of boutique gift shops, clothing stores, galleries, and art shops jammed into the maze-like alleyways.

Roaming around the stone-paved alleys will allow you to absorb the art and culture of Shanghai at a slower pace than the city's bustling streets.

Taste Local Snacks at City God Temple

City God Temple is a Taoist temple in Shanghai's old city, next to Yuyuan Garden. The temple's surroundings are known for their traditional Chinese architecture and a variety of local snacks.

With temples, pavilions, halls, and hanging lanterns, this place stands out in the concrete jungle.

Crab shell cakes, begonia cakes, and pan-fried buns are among the foods and snacks available at several street stalls in Shanghai.

There are several shops selling handmade crafts, counterfeit products, and folk art, among other things.


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Old Street is a great place to learn about Shanghai's past.

Shanghai Old Street, or Fangbang Road as it is officially known, is an excellent place to learn about Shanghai's history.

The Ming and Qing dynasties are responsible for a large number of structures. Shanghai's growth has been witnessed by a host of century-old traditional restaurants, money shops, and tea houses.

To get a sense of the culture and history of old Shanghai, walk down the street or stop for a cup of tea at a tea house.

Shanghai Old Street, or Fangbang Road as it is officially known, is an excellent place to learn about Shanghai's history.

The Ming and Qing dynasties are responsible for a large number of structures. Shanghai's growth has been witnessed by a host of century-old traditional restaurants, money shops, and tea houses.

To get a sense of the culture and history of old Shanghai, walk down the street or stop for a cup of tea at a tea house.

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