[Featured Destinations: Shanghai]: Top 5 Attractions in Shanghai

Shanghai is the city that contains the historic homes, museums, parks and colonial neighborhoods that speak a unique legacy of its own.

To fully experience the culture and sightseeing, 3 days will be the minimum needed as the attractions are situated over the city. The best way to explore Shanghai is to arm with a good map and explore the city without a guided tour. Most of the attractions are user friendly even for the non- Chinese speaking.

For travellers who are pressed for time, an organized tour by an English speaking guide will be a good way to cover most of the major attractions.

Yu Garden

Yu Garden, Image: beggs under CC BY 3.0 

A place that offers a sense of peace and beauty with rocks, trees and walls curved to resemble dragons, bridges and pavilions.

The Bund

The Bund, Image: SF Brit under CC BY 3.0 

The most famous waterfront boulevard in Shanghai, lined with art-deco buildings and souvenir stands. A good place to shop for chic clothes and mesmerize by the postcard view of the futuristic skyline in Pudong.

Shanghai Museum

The best museum in Shanghai that houses a wide collection of art inclusive of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furnitures and fantastic bronzes.

Nanjing Dong Lu

The most premier shopping street in Shanghai, with trendy designer boutiques emerged alongside the pre-1960s stores and traditional silk shops.

Oriental Pearl Tower or Jinmao Tower

View from the Jinmao Tower, Image: ToastyKen under CC BY 3.0

Head to the top of either the Pearl Tower or the Pagoda inspired Jin Mao, you will get to have a bird’s eye-view of the city. At the top of the Jin Mao is CloudNine, where you can sip a cocktail while admiring the zillions twinkling lights.

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