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

  • 40%


    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.

  • 80%


    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... ;)

  • 40%


    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.

  • 90%


    get yourself to Shanghai!

    The coolest city I have ever been too - so modern and so historical at the same time. Adored the Yuyan Gardens, the expat bars in YKL and taking the ferry between the Bund and Pudong - will be back to again soon!

    Insider Tip:Captain's Hostel rooftop bar for watching sunset over the Bund! In case of a typhoon - head to the main Museum - it's amazing!

  • 50%


    Pretty much just another big city

    It's like most big cities has a party district, shopping district, foreigner district etc. Also super expensive for pretty much everything places to stay. to eat, taxis, entries to clubs and so on. If you like to party this is as good as any city and they have a lot of foreigners here.

    Insider Tip:Learn to use to metro and know when the lines you use close and open so you don't end up needing a taxi

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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