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5 Things To Do In Shanghai [VIDEO]

If you’re looking for classic things to do in Shanghai, these 5 must-dos should be on your bucket list.

From Insta-gazing at its iconic skyline from The Bund to escaping the glitz and glamour of downtown in Yu Garden to eating the best soup dumplings on the planet and more, these 5 ideas listed in our video check all the classic boxes.

Take a gander, safe travels, and you’re welcome…

Video Transcript
Shanghai is one of the most visited cities in China.

But with so much to see and little time, how should you best spend your time?

Well here are the 5 things that you have to see and do in Shanghai.

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A must-see in Shanghai is of course their iconic skyline. And the best place to see it would be from The Bund.

Located on the west side of the Huangpu River, from here you can see the major landmarks of Shanghai, like the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

Other than the amazing view across the river, on the Huangpu side you can enjoy the museum of international architecture: 26 unique buildings; all constructed in western-inspired styles dating back to the 1930s.

Spend sometime walking along the river, enjoy the night lights, and architecture.

Yu Garden
This famous classical garden is a perfect short escape from the modern-fast-paced Shanghai city.

The Yu Garden built in the Ming Dynasty by a government officer as a tranquil rest place for his parents, has undergone many changes in its 400 years of existence, but this all adds to its cultural value.

The garden is over 20 000 square meters, and has many pavilions, halls, ponds, and more to enjoy.

Tian Zi Fang
Tian Zi Fang is a place that is uniquely Shanghai, representing the mix of the old and the new.

The area used to be of residential buildings and factories. Now, it is filled with artsy cafes, crafts stores, bars, studios, galleries, and more.

These establishments not only represent the local culture, but, with world wide expats has brought in since. A perfect place for souvenir shopping, micro bars, and food from all over the world.

Soup Dumpling
You cannot come to Shanghai without eating some Xiaolongbaos. If you don’t have the time to head to Nanxiang where the famous soup dumplings originated, your next bet would be to head to Din Tai Fung.

Din Tai Fung is known world wide for their Xiaolongbaos, although they are not the originator of these soup-filled dumplings, if you’re short on time, one of their many franchises is easy to locate and you’ll be guaranteed an authentic soup dumpling experience.

Nanjing Lu
Nanjing Lu is the place to be for shopping.

This shopping street stretches 3.4 miles long, and is lined with over 600 businesses offering everything from famous luxury brands, traditional stores, restaurants, and fast food.

The road is so long that there is a small train that runs along the street that you can take for 5 yuan.

There are also street performances, open air bars, and at night, the neon signs illuminating is a sight to be seen.

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