Fun Things to Do in Shanghai – The Ultimate Tourist Guide for Your Trip

Shanghai’s rich history, iconic skyline, blended Eastern and Western cultural influences, vibrant nightlife, luxury shopping, picturesque landscapes, and memorable things to do, make Shanghai one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Experience Shanghai the way you want to – whether you’re traveling with kids in tow, planning a quick weekend itinerary, visiting a friend, traveling for business, or going solo, our Shanghai experts have put together helpful guides, outlined in this post, to help you make the most of your trip and ensure you have a blast in Shanghai – it’s an amazing city.

What are some popular attractions to visit?

  • Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour – the perfect introduction to Shanghai. Get an overview of the city layout, the city’s rich history, diverse culture, and hop on or off at your leisure
  • Shanghai Zoo – your one-stop location to see over 6,000 animals up close and learn all about their habitats and daily life around the world
  • Pujiang River Cruise – enjoy a scenic cruise along the river that divides the city into 2 parts and get unbeatable views of the city skyline on both sides
  • The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower – a Shanghai must-see to get the most iconic photos of the city’s skyline from one of its most iconic buildings (the one with the 3 spheres)
  • Happy Valley Shanghai Theme Park – this world-renowned theme park features over 100 action-packed thrill rides and attractions, just outside downtown Shanghai
  • Grand View Garden – explore over 2 acres of traditional Chinese garden landscaping and see classic Chinese architectural structures, ponds, indigenous plantlife, and more

These are just a few. Want more fun ideas for things to do in Shanghai? Head over here for more Shanghai attractions and things to do during your trip.

How long are you visiting?

Depending on how long you are planning to visit, these sample itineraries are designed to showcase a number of most popular things to do in Shanghai.

From popular attractions to iconic landmarks, these suggestions will help yfun-filledn filled days of sightseeing.

Who are you visiting with?

No matter who you’re traveling with, there are a ton of fun things to do in Boston, particularly for families.

We’ve put together a list of top attractions and activities geared towards young kids to help you plan your family vacation.

What type of activities interest you?

When are you visiting?

Check out our lists of things to do in the city throughout the year to make the most of you itinerary and experience unique, calendar-based events.

What’s the best way to get around?

Getting around Shanghai might seem daunting, but the city is actually pretty easy to navigate.

There are tons of transportation options and a concentrated area of attractions, shopping, and restaurants, so you’ll start learning your way around fairly quickly.

The downtown area is compact, and with so much to do in one area comes busy streets and sidewalks. Although easy to navigate, allow extra time to get from attraction to attraction. Check out our Getting Around Shanghai Guide for a few helpful tips and tricks to make the most of your time in Shanghai.

Fun Info from a Local

  • “shang” and “hai” literally translates to “above sea”
  • Shanghai is the largest city in China and one of the largest in the world
  • Bring your sweet tooth – the food in Shanghai is the sweetest as the city consumes the most sugar per capita than any other city in China
  • Shanghai is home to the world’s fastest train and the longest metro system in the world with over 365 miles of track
  • The local dialect spoken is “Shanghainese” which is unique to Shanghai and said to be only 70% comprehendible by Mandarin speakers
  • Shanghai was originally a large fishing and textile production village, it still serves as a major Chinese port today

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