Short Perfect Trip – Things To See In Shanghai In One Day

Bushra Jawaid
Bushra Jawaid Jan 27 6 min read
Short Perfect Trip – Things To See In Shanghai In One Day

Shanghai is one of the most prosperous cities in China and considered the world’s third-biggest city as well. Shanghai covers the area of 2,448 square miles with a population of 24.5 million people. The city is famous for its tradition and culture as well as known as the global financial hub for its modernity. Shanghai is always the attraction of tourists. There are several things to see in Shanghai, different things to do, explore and eat so one day in Shanghai is not enough.

But we truly understand what it’s like to travel a huge country like China when travelers want to cover it’s most of the cities as much as they can within a limited time and budget. 

Or if you visit Shanghai for business purposes and luckily manage to get a spare day, then it will be a perfect day to explore Shanghai.

So here we are helping you to manage your time and make a list of those places you never want to miss in Shanghai.

Start Your Day By Visiting People’s Square:

There are many places in Shanghai but to select a place for starting a tour is challenging. The people’s Square is a wonderful choice since it is a hub of major transportation. There are three subway lines and several bus lines available and accessible from any part of the city. 

People’s Square is one of the famous tourist sites in Shanghai.

  • Shanghai Grand Theatre,
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art,
  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre,
  • Shanghai People’s Government offices
  • Shanghai Museum are the attraction of tourists.

The Nanjing Road is nearby and popular for shopping malls where fashionable clothes and electronic items are available. There are several places to get your morning meal.

Costa Coffee is a little nice and famous shop that offers different hot drinks, snacks, and sandwiches. This coffee shop is found in Nanjing Road near the first shopping mall. 

Explore Shanghai Museum:

The Shanghai Museum is one of the first modern world-class museums in China. The museum displays Chinese art, furniture, money, and clothing of ancient times. There are numerous jade and bronze artifacts, paintings and sculptures. 

Shanghai Museum

The entrance of the museum is free. You can opt for a guided tour or a free audio guide, available in English which allows you to tour the museum.

You can also enjoy snacks at the cafeteria inside the museum, or take souvenirs from one of the souvenir shops.  

Go For The Visit Of Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre:

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre is located on the People’s Square. It is the six-story modern building of Museum detailing the development and history.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre

The lobby of the museum is featured a large monument to Shanghai modernization. Do not miss to go till the end of the museum which includes an amazing virtual flight through Shanghai. If you do not know what to do in Shanghai this realistic and exciting experience will amaze you. 

Enjoy The View Of The Bund:

The Bund is one of the most iconic sights of Shanghai. Tourist likes to visit the Bund to see the towering skyscrapers across the river in Pudong. 

It is also a famous hotspot for dining and drinking with a variety of restaurants and rooftop bars that allow the best view of the city.

Although these restaurants and bars are not cheap they are worth every cent. 

Take A Ferry Ride To Lijjazui:

The Lujiazui is located in the west of the Huangpu River. It is the bright financial district famous for its tall skyscrapers, hotel nightlife, and exclusive dance clubs. 

Pudong traditional area and Pudong New Area are now under the Lujiazui. 

Ferry Ride To Lijjazui

There are several ways to get to Lujiazui but taking a ferry ride is one of the best choices as it lets you experience some amazing scenic view of new and old Shanghai.

Select A Spot For Satisfying Your Lunch Time Hunger:

After exiting the ferry wheel and 15 to 20 walk along the waterfront, you able to see two large restaurants equally attractive for the lunch. 

Blue Frog which is in front of the mall towards the river offers classic American food with a twist of the Shanghai as well as several local dishes with a good variety of beer and cocktails.

Ding Thai Fung is the major food chain with several locations near various Shanghai tourist sites. These restaurants give a spectacular view of the bund.

Do not forget to try the typical Shanghai dish Xiaolongbao and Dumplings. You will like the different taste of Shanghai food.

Enjoy The Downtown View From The Oriental Pearl TV Tower:

After getting refreshed from the meal, visit the most iconic landmark of Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The tower is located 10 minutes’ walk to the North. The Oriental Pearl Tower is the third tallest TV and radio tower in the world with a height of 468 meters. 

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Tower offers 360° of the city from three different levels. The glass floor is not recommended for those who have a fear of heights. 

Explore Shanghai Old City:

Old City is considered as the heart of the ancient Shanghai. It is the best place to peep into the history and culture of Shanghai. 

Shanghai Old City

Temple, tea houses and markets are the norms of the Old City. There are a few things to see in Shanghai Old City. 

  • City God Temple: It is the largest and most decorated temple is Shanghai Old City.
  • Food, Art And Souvenir Stall:  There are several stalls and city vendors lined up the street of the Old City of Shanghai.
  • Chenxiang Ge Temple:  it is a small temple featuring beautiful wooden carving on the will of the temple. 
  • Old City Wall (Dajing Tower): as small remaining section of the ancient city wall was designed in 1509s during the Ming Dynasty.
  • Baiyun Guan Temple: it is a white cloud temple built in the 14th century.

Visit Yu Garden: 

Do not miss the chance of visiting the Yu Garden while you are in the old city of Shanghai. It has arched bridges and enchanting ponds. The garden is the best 9lace to relax and enjoy the moments in Shanghai.

Visit YuGarden

End Your One Day Trip By Enjoying Shanghai Most Famous Show:

The Era- Intersection Of Time show is an extraordinary performance of acrobatics telling a timeless love story. 

There is dropping performance will leave you mesmerized. It will a great way to wind up your one day Shanghai trip.  

So here are the guidelines for the things to see in Shanghai in one day. We hope it covers maximum places possible to visit in one day tour of Shanghai.

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