City Guide Shanghai, China

Visiting Shanghai

With its breathtaking skyline, fast-paced lifestyle, and endless attractions, Shanghai is one of Asia's most exciting cities. With a population of approximately 20 million people, it is China's largest city. This is quite something for a town that began its existence as a fishing and textiles town. And as modern as it looks, it is still a city which is steeped in history.

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Shanghai City Reviews

  • 80%


    "London on steroids"

    Is what I've heard. I'd call it concentrated China. If you're aware of where to go and you have the privilege of say, being young and foreign-looking, you have a lot of opportunities to have fun for cheap/free. The city itself is also attractive. If Beijing's charm is it's old imperial relics, Shanghai's is its remnants of treaty port era modern China.

    Insider Tip:Coffee and bread in the French Concession!

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    Shanghai is like a massive Disney Land.. it's glitzy and showy, it has heaps of cool things to look at, but it's quite impersonal, and it can be expensive for what it is. I think you can get a decent taste of Shanghai in 2-3 days (if you are excluding the Museums). Alot of walking and just simply absorbing the feeling of different neighborhoods. Must check out The Bund, Xintiandi (the pedestrian-only section), Tianzifang, East Nanjing Road (pedestrian-only stip) and People's Square.

    Insider Tip:It's a pretty easy city to get around, metro is great- but be sure to get a metro card for a 20RMB deposit and then load say 30-50RMB (depending on you) as this saves you from having to line up in super long ques each time you catch the metro, just tap in/tap out system. I think of all Chinese Cities, you're least likely to encounter problems here, so no real "insider tip" needed I don't think.

  • 90%


    City of Lights

    I really love Shanghai. Especially The Bund. The sight was very majestic and I could like chill and just enjoy the magnificent view. The architecture is something to be amazed about. I really would love to come again.

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    Shanghai has its endless joy worth digging into!

    I found out that Shanghai has more diverse aspects within so it is hard to define this city into one word. The longer you stay, the more you would like to explore. Hence, almost everyone can be satisfied with their experience because there are various things to meet their tastes.

    Insider Tip:Just be careful of using a toilet because Chiness people still prefer to use squat toilets. So it is natural for you to be suprised at these toilets if you go to China for the first time.

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    Alternative Shanghai

    To me Shanghai is too crowded and pretty stressful, but it's surely full of things to see and deserves a visit.

    Insider Tip:I would recommend the Propaganda small museum and M50. Tong Li as a water town outside Shanghai.

China: Itinerary

Asian cities, and particularly Asian capitals, are wonderfully fascinating. The continent’s love affair with technology is evident in every city you go to, yet they all manage to maintain many of the characteristics which make them some of the most historical cities on the planet. Beijing is no different.

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