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Discover Attractions and Things To Do in Shanghai

The metropolitan Shanghai is defined by skyscrapers such as the Jin Mao Tower, Bank of China Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower, leading in financial developments and the latest of fashion and trends.  Lying in stunning yet subdued contrast, nonetheless, is the Old Shanghai that is made of temples, gardens that are classically Chinese or French-styled and historical landmarks that once had a part to play in its rich history.

Today, these cultural monuments and places of interest offer some reprieve from the urban jungle and just like the many shopping places, high-end bars, entertainment and fine dining around the city, all of these are set to make any traveller’s itinerary as exciting as Shanghai should be. 

Shanghai Silk Museum

Learn about how silk worms are grown and fed, how their threads are collected and eventually how the textile is produced, and if you wish, take home some of the quality bedding products at haggle-free prices.

Shanghai Exhibition Centre

This significant landmark built in 1955 is notable not just because of the fact that, standing at 110m, it used to rule as Shanghai’s tallest building for decades, but also that as a symbol of the China-Soviet alliance, which saw the architecture deeply inspired in the Russian and Empire style

Yu Garden

The garden of 20,000 sqm may not impress with its size but sure does with its unique scenic structures; and of course, for the never-relenting shopper, this is also a great place for tea, antiques, Chinese seals and souvenirs.

Xintiandi District

In a new world that is defined by the heaven and earth, as its Chinese name suggests literally, the venue offers a window to Shanghai’s past that is now preserved with restaurants, boutiques, cafes, bars and entertainment of international standing.  

The Bund

A symbol of modern and classic Shanghai, the Bund is widely visited not just for it sculptures, statues and the underwater tunnel, but also for the boat rides and sightseeing that accompany the wealth of dining, nightlife and shopping options available. 

Jingan Temple

Originally built in 247 BC, relocated and rebuilt in the 1880s and recently thoroughly reconstructed, this Buddhist “Temple of Peace and Tranquility” is home to the largest jade Buddha in China, in addition to the historical figures and ancient gods of China’s indigenous religion, Taoism

VUE Bar, Hyatt on the Bund

The elegant and stylish fashion bar atop the Hyatt hotel offers a great place to unwind and relax after work, indoors or out in the open terrace, as you sip from among an extensive selection of premium beverages and refined champagnes in full view of the Huangpu River.

Glamour Bar

Open throughout the night, the sumptuous bar is home to Shanghai's International Literary Festival, with an appeal to all types of people who bring with them a variety of personalities and expectations to the shiny, curvaceous bar that was inspired by the twists of a lady’s shoe. 

Big Bamboo

One of the longest running sports bars in Shanghai, Big Bamboo features live feeds of virtually all championship games in virtually all sports, along with beer, pool, darts, foosball and a full menu of western dinner options and pub fare.

M1NT

One of the poshest clubs in Shanghai, the highly exclusive club combines fine dining, funky music, dance floors, the best wines and beers in town, shark tanks, luxurious décor and a horizon to the city skyline.

JZ Jazz Bar

Get a flavour of the “Old Shanghai” vibes in the city’s well-loved bar that features dim lighting, lots of red plush and nightly live jazz.   

Boxing Cat Brewery

The American-style brew pub features Pilsners, lagers, stouts and a rotating cast of others that accompany authentic Americana food fare

Shanghai Wild Animal Park

One of China’s biggest wild animal parks, the 153-hectare park is home to 200 rare species and over 100,000 animals from all over the world, including those under protection. 

Shanghai Botanical Gardens

Admire the rose garden in full bloom with cherry, peach and plum trees, visit the Bonsai Garden or feed the doves here at the 81-hectare Shanghai Botanical Gardens, where flora and fauna are just part of all that it has. 

Shanghai Zoo

Although the ecologically friendly zoo is well-known for the Giant Panda, which is the very reason why children would throng the place, equally significantly is that it is also home to more than 6,000 animals, among which 600 are Chinese. 

Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

A perfect exploratory ground for the young and the old, the 68,000-sqm museum has 4 science theatres that constitute the largest science education cinema in Asia and 13 permanent exhibitions that cover anything about life, earth, robots, humans, space, spiders and lots more. 

Century Park

Located in the New Pudong District, the park promises a-little something for everyone in the family with its sprawling green areas, lake with paddle boats, bird sanctuary, golf course and more.

Franck

 Arguably one of the best French restaurants in Shanghai, the menu changes almost daily and is based on a fine selection that takes after the season’s freshest ingredients, all done with a high level of attention to detail and quality.  

Light & Salt

Located in the former site of China's first YWCA, Light & Salt uniquely features contemporary renditions of European cuisine with Shanghainese accents in a broad range of flavours unimaginable. 

Lost Heaven

Specializing in the tribal cuisine of China's Yunnan province, Lost Heaven is the perfect place for that all important date with its exotic cuisine, attractive décor and an ambience that spells romance.                                                           

Paulaner Braeuhaus (Binjiang)

The hugely popular German restaurant has 3 grandiose outlets on both sides of the Huangpu for the obvious reasons none other than its beer and the authentic German cuisine done to the strictest traditions.

Tai Thai

Tai Thai bar-cum-restaurant serves superb fine Thai cuisine, including some vegetarian options, in an ambience that makes the dining experience even more memorable. 

Din Tai Fung (Super Brand Mall)

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain and well-loved by many around the world for their renditions of Chinese snack food, such as dumplings, noodles, steamed buns and simple vegetable dishes, made to a remarkable consistency regardless of when and where you last ate there.   

Art Scene Warehouse

At almost 1,000 sqm, the gallery is one not just one of Shanghai’s leading galleries but also the city's biggest, with an outstanding collection of works by young Chinese contemporary artists.

Qianshuiwan (QSW) Culture Centre

The huge music and arts center hosts musical and stage performances from classical to rock; in addition, it helps to promote the development of musical creative talent through its dance lessons, recording facilities onsite.  

Ke Center

The official venue for local theatre group Shanghai Repertory Theater (SRT) performs anything in English, by the professionals or the amateurs, from the contemporary Shakespearean classics to the provocative.

Shanghai Centre Theatre

Do not miss this acrobatic show that features a captivating storyline along with some of the most challenging and stunning contortionist acts presented in a modern and sophisticated theatre, perfect for everyone in the family. 

Shanghai Binhai Golf

Opened in 2003, the Binhai Golf club boasts two 18-hole courses, both of which are par 72 and about 6,400m (7,000 yds) in length, and a driving range with 20 bays, in a location close to the Pudong International Airport.

Shanghai International Tennis Center

Boasting the largest and most complete recreation facility, the club is everyone’s ultimate playground in Shanghai with variety of sports activities, party packages and lessons for would interest every sports enthusiast. 

Big E Entertainment Centre

Enjoy 2,000 sqm of unbridled fun in this hugely popular entertainment centre that offers the country’s first and only 3D black light laser tag, mini golf, KTV, billiards, air hockey and lots more, appealing to visitors of all ages.  

Shanghai Century Star Skating Club

It’s time for some great twists and turns on board the 1,025 sqm of slick ice, in the largest, newest and probably also the nicest ice-rink in Shanghai.

Yanwu Space Rock-climbing Center

The old factory convert is an awesome sports centre that features a climbing center with eight indoor climbing walls and six bouldering walls, an indoor basketball court, a snooker club, badminton courts, table tennis facilities plus an outdoor track.

Shanghai Disney Resort

 When it opens in 2016, the $4.4 billion theme park and resort in Pudong will be home to the largest Disney’ castle.

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  • Shanghai Silk Museum

    Learn about how silk worms are grown and fed, how their threads are collected and eventually how the textile is produced, and if you wish, take home some of the quality bedding products at haggle-free prices.

    Distance from Hotel 5.4 km 1 h 7 mins 39 mins 14 mins
  • Shanghai Exhibition Centre

    This significant landmark built in 1955 is notable not just because of the fact that, standing at 110m, it used to rule as Shanghai’s tallest building for decades, but also that as a symbol of the China-Soviet alliance, which saw the architecture deeply inspired in the Russian and Empire style. 

    Distance from Hotel 6.5 km 1 h 25 mins 38 mins 12 mins
  • Yu Garden

    The garden of 20,000 sqm may not impress with its size but sure does with its unique scenic structures; and of course, for the never-relenting shopper, this is also a great place for tea, antiques, Chinese seals and souvenirs.

    Distance from Hotel 3.5 km 43 mins 28 mins 10 mins
  • Xintiandi District

    In a new world that is defined by the heaven and earth, as its Chinese name suggests literally, the venue offers a window to Shanghai’s past that is now preserved with restaurants, boutiques, cafes, bars and entertainment of international standing.  

    Distance from Hotel 4.9 km 1 h 49 mins 14 mins
  • The Bund

    A symbol of modern and classic Shanghai, the Bund is widely visited not just for it sculptures, statues and the underwater tunnel, but also for the boat rides and sightseeing that accompany the wealth of dining, nightlife and shopping options available. 

    Distance from Hotel 3.5 km 56 mins 32 min 10 mins
  • Jingan Temple

    Originally built in 247 BC, relocated and rebuilt in the 1880s and recently thoroughly reconstructed, this Buddhist “Temple of Peace and Tranquility” is home to the largest jade Buddha in China, in addition to the historical figures and ancient gods of China’s indigenous religion, Taoism.

    Distance from Hotel 7 km 1 h 31 mins 28 mins 12 min
  • VUE Bar, Hyatt on the Bund

    The elegant and stylish fashion bar atop the Hyatt hotel offers a great place to unwind and relax after work, indoors or out in the open terrace, as you sip from among an extensive selection of premium beverages and refined champagnes in full view of the Huangpu River.

    Distance from Hotel 8.1 km 1 h 43 mins 1 h 14 mins 19 mins
  • Glamour Bar

    Open throughout the night, the sumptuous bar is home to Shanghai's International Literary Festival, with an appeal to all types of people who bring with them a variety of personalities and expectations to the shiny, curvaceous bar that was inspired by the twists of a lady’s shoe. 

    Distance from Hotel 3.6 km 45 mins 28 mins 9 mins
  • Big Bamboo

    One of the longest running sports bars in Shanghai, Big Bamboo features live feeds of virtually all championship games in virtually all sports, along with beer, pool, darts, foosball and a full menu of western dinner options and pub fare.

    Distance from Hotel 10.4 km 2 h 9 mins 1 h 43 mins 17 mins
  • M1NT

    One of the poshest clubs in Shanghai, the highly exclusive club combines fine dining, funky music, dance floors, the best wines and beers in town, shark tanks, luxurious décor and a horizon to the city skyline.

    Distance from Hotel 3.6 km 46 mins 28 mins 10 mins
  • JZ Jazz Bar

    Get a flavour of the “Old Shanghai” vibes in the city’s well-loved bar that features dim lighting, lots of red plush and nightly live jazz.   

    Distance from Hotel 7.3 km 1 h 32 mins 50 mins 16 mins
  • Boxing Cat Brewery

    The American-style brew pub features Pilsners, lagers, stouts and a rotating cast of others that accompany authentic Americana food fare. 

    Distance from Hotel 5.4 km 1 h 7 mins 51 mins 13 mins
  • Shanghai Wild Animal Park

    One of China’s biggest wild animal parks, the 153-hectare park is home to 200 rare species and over 100,000 animals from all over the world, including those under protection. 

    Distance from Hotel 36.4 km 7 h 24 mins 3 h 6 mins 49 mins
  • Shanghai Botanical Gardens

    Admire the rose garden in full bloom with cherry, peach and plum trees, visit the Bonsai Garden or feed the doves here at the 81-hectare Shanghai Botanical Gardens, where flora and fauna are just part of all that it has. 

    Distance from Hotel 13.5 km 2 h 46 mins 1 h 26 mins 26 mins
  • Shanghai Zoo

    Although the ecologically friendly zoo is well-known for the Giant Panda, which is the very reason why children would throng the place, equally significantly is that it is also home to more than 6,000 animals, among which 600 are Chinese. 

    Distance from Hotel 15.7 km 3 h 15 mins 1 h 6 mins 22 mins
  • Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

    A perfect exploratory ground for the young and the old, the 68,000-sqm museum has 4 science theatres that constitute the largest science education cinema in Asia and 13 permanent exhibitions that cover anything about life, earth, robots, humans, space, spiders and lots more. 

    Distance from Hotel 4.8 km 59 mins 26 mins 11 mins
  • Century Park

    Located in the New Pudong District, the park promises a-little something for everyone in the family with its sprawling green areas, lake with paddle boats, bird sanctuary, golf course and more.

    Distance from Hotel 6.2 km 1 h 17 mins 28 mins 13 mins
  • Franck

    Arguably one of the best French restaurants in Shanghai, the menu changes almost daily and is based on a fine selection that takes after the season’s freshest ingredients, all done with a high level of attention to detail and quality.  

    Distance from Hotel 8.4 km 1 h 46 mins 54 mins 17 mins
  • Light & Salt

    Located in the former site of China's first YWCA, Light & Salt uniquely features contemporary renditions of European cuisine with Shanghainese accents in a broad range of flavours unimaginable. 

    Distance from Hotel 4.1 km 51 mins 25 mins 11 mins
  • Lost Heaven

    Specializing in the tribal cuisine of China's Yunnan province, Lost Heaven is the perfect place for that all important date with its exotic cuisine, attractive décor and an ambience that spells romance.                                                           

    Distance from Hotel 8.2 km 1 h 43 mins 54 mins 17 mins
  • Paulaner Braeuhaus (Binjiang)

    The hugely popular German restaurant has 3 grandiose outlets on both sides of the Huangpu for the obvious reasons none other than its beer and the authentic German cuisine done to the strictest traditions.

    Distance from Hotel 1.8 km 23 mins 28 mins 5 mins
  • Tai Thai

    Tai Thai bar-cum-restaurant serves superb fine Thai cuisine, including some vegetarian options, in an ambience that makes the dining experience even more memorable. 

    Distance from Hotel 6.3 km 1 h 19 mins 50 mins 15 mins
  • Din Tai Fung (Super Brand Mall)

    Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain and well-loved by many around the world for their renditions of Chinese snack food, such as dumplings, noodles, steamed buns and simple vegetable dishes, made to a remarkable consistency regardless of when and where you last ate there.   

    Distance from Hotel 2.7 km 33 mins 34 mins 7 mins
  • Art Scene Warehouse

    At almost 1,000 sqm, the gallery is one not just one of Shanghai’s leading galleries but also the city's biggest, with an outstanding collection of works by young Chinese contemporary artists.

    Distance from Hotel 8.4 km 1 h 48 mins 59 mins 17 mins
  • Qianshuiwan (QSW) Culture Centre

    The huge music and arts center hosts musical and stage performances from classical to rock; in addition, it helps to promote the development of musical creative talent through its dance lessons, recording facilities onsite.  

    Distance from Hotel 8.9 km 1 h 53 mins 1 h 18 mins
  • Ke Center

    The official venue for local theatre group Shanghai Repertory Theater (SRT) performs anything in English, by the professionals or the amateurs, from the contemporary Shakespearean classics to the provocative.

    Distance from Hotel 10.5 km 2 h 11 mins 48 mins 18 mins
  • Shanghai Centre Theatre

    Do not miss this acrobatic show that features a captivating storyline along with some of the most challenging and stunning contortionist acts presented in a modern and sophisticated theatre, perfect for everyone in the family. 

    Distance from Hotel 3.8 km 49 mins 31 mins 9 mins
  • Shanghai Binhai Golf

    Opened in 2003, the Binhai Golf club boasts two 18-hole courses, both of which are par 72 and about 6,400m (7,000 yds) in length, and a driving range with 20 bays, in a location close to the Pudong International Airport.

    Distance from Hotel 60.7 km 12 h 20 mins 6 h 5 mins 1 h 11 mins
  • Shanghai International Tennis Center

    Boasting the largest and most complete recreation facility, the club is everyone’s ultimate playground in Shanghai with variety of sports activities, party packages and lessons for would interest every sports enthusiast. 

    Distance from Hotel 8.4 km 1 h 45 mins 1 h 2 mins 18 mins
  • Big E Entertainment Centre

    Enjoy 2,000 sqm of unbridled fun in this hugely popular entertainment centre that offers the country’s first and only 3D black light laser tag, mini golf, KTV, billiards, air hockey and lots more, appealing to visitors of all ages.  

    Distance from Hotel 4.2 km 55 mins 33 mins 11 mins
  • Shanghai Century Star Skating Club

    It’s time for some great twists and turns on board the 1,025 sqm of slick ice, in the largest, newest and probably also the nicest ice-rink in Shanghai.

    Distance from Hotel 6.2 km 1 h 16 mins 54 mins 11 mins
  • Yanwu Space Rock-climbing Center

    The old factory convert is an awesome sports centre that features a climbing center with eight indoor climbing walls and six bouldering walls, an indoor basketball court, a snooker club, badminton courts, table tennis facilities plus an outdoor track.

    Distance from Hotel 6.3 km 1 h 21 mins 1 h 19 mins 17 mins
  • Shanghai Disney Resort

    When it opens in 2016, the $4.4 billion theme park and resort in Pudong will be home to the largest Disney’ castle.

    Distance from Hotel 23.6 km 4 h 47 mins 2 h 34 mins 38 mins