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

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    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.

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    A great place to visit! Very busy, though. Brace yourselves for struggles in the Shanghai metro, especially if you have to travel with a lot of luggage... ;)

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    Nice city, but not much to visit

    The must visits of the city are the views of the Pudong from the Bund (day and night), the views from the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Finance Centre, the Museum of Communist Posters and Propaganda, the Yuyuan Gardens and Tian Zi Fang. Xitiandi is not worth a visit at all. There's not much to see beyond these places. The Shanghai Museum is also interesting, but not for kids. You can visit the city in a couple of days and then move on. Too many shops, malls and crowd.

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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