The most influential city in China, Shanghai pulsates with life amongst the bright lights from towering skyscrapers, fashionable folks strolling along the scenic banks of The Bund, and old temples with rich culture and history.
Here at the heart of the huge metropolis, you can find the perfect blend of cultures – old and new, western and oriental – exemplifying what contemporary China is all about.
Top Must Do’s
The Bund is a symbol of Shanghai’s colourful past and thriving future, this 1.5km-long waterfront on the banks of Huangpu River is lined up with avant-garde buildings that are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical-inspired.
Across the river is an astounding skyline of Shanghai’s skyscrapers, including the famous Oriental Pearl Tower.
One does not think of tranquillity when you come to the Yuyuan Gardens. A souvenir paradise, there are countless vendors surrounding the lively square amongst impressive classical Chinese architecture.
Shop for jade, jewellery or handicrafts, or even splurge at the more popular brands within the gardens.
Located in the French Concessions Area is Xintiandi, the ultimate car-free shopping, dining and entertainment area. Traditional Shikumen (stone gate) buildings have been turned into cafe and restaurants, bars and chic boutique stores.
Translated as “New heaven and earth”, Xintiandi is a great place to soak in the historical and cultural elements of the city set amidst modernity.
Shanghai Art Museum
From the outside, the building strikes an opulent modern pose but once inside, the Shanghai Art Museum is a sanctuary for ancient art appreciation. Take a look at the intricate beauty of thousand-year-old Chinese bronzes, sculptures, ceramics, jades, seals, calligraphies, coins and currencies, paintings, furniture as well as crafts of China’s ethnic minorities.
A true shopping paradise! Nanjing Road is one of the world’s longest and most vibrant shopping districts, and a must-see for fashion shoppers and tourists!
This 6km-long street is constantly buzzing with excitement all day, and when night falls, the vibrant lights from the stores and restaurants illuminate the street brilliantly.
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One of China’s most modern cities, Shanghai is fast becoming more accessible for disabled travellers. The Shanghai Pudong International Airport is disabled-friendly, but visitors with special needs are advised to contact their respective airlines in advance to ensure a smooth process.
Public transportation is mostly accessible but sometimes involves assistance from transport staff, so it is best to plan ahead.
For a taste of art history, the Shanghai Museum in People’s Square exhibits Chinese art and artefacts including calligraphy work, pottery, paintings and textiles, among others. The museum is wheelchair accessible and admission is free.
Other activities that people with disabilities can enjoy in Shanghai include taking an accessible tram ride through the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.
This 647m futuristic tunnel features a spectacular multimedia light and sound display to entertain passengers on the tram, which connects Puxi and Pudong districts.
Quick facts about Shanghai
|Train (Shanghai Maglev Train)||Longyang Road Metro Station||8 minutes||Standard – 50 RMB
VIP – 100 RMB
|Train (Shanghai Metro Line 2)||Longyang Road, Lujiazui, People’s Square, Hongqiao International Airport||30 minutes – 1 hour||Starts from 6 RMB|
|Airport Bus||City Terminal Building, Luxun Park, Shanghai Railway Station, Zongshan Park, Nanhui Bus Station||1 hour – 1 1/2 hours||From 8 RMB to 24 RMB|
|Taxi||City center||1 hour||Starts from 150 RMB|
|Currency||Chinese Renminbi (RMB)|
|Time zone||UTC +8|
|Telephone code||+86 21|
|Religion||Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity|
DEC – FEB
Winter, average: 1°C to 9°C
Dry and cold, bring a winter coat to keep warm on cold nights
MAR – MAY
Spring, average: 9°C to 24°C
Sunny and clear, best time for sight-seeing and shopping!.
JUN – AUG
Summer, average: 20°C to 31°C
Hot and rainy, drink plenty of water and bring an umbrella just in case.
SEP – NOV
Autumn, average: 9°C – 27°C
Cool and pleasant, bring your camera as the leaves turn golden red.