What to do in Shanghai in one day

09:00 – Fairmont Peace Hotel

09:30 – The Bund (Wai Tan)

10:30 – The Press Coffee

11:00 – Shanghai Museum

12:30 – Barbarossa Restaurant & Lounge

14:00 – Jade Buddha Temple

16:00 – Awfully Chocolate

17:00 – Yu Garden (YuYuan)

18:30 – Observatory of Shanghai World Financial Center

19:30 – Dinner at Hakkasan

21:00 – Shanghai Circus World

22:30 – Bar Rouge

23:59 – M1NT

 

We mapped out your day trip in Shanghai

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Shanghai

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

On China’s central coast, the city of Shanghai lurks as the country’s largest city and its financial core. The heart of Shanghai lies at the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Spend your Shanghai day trips relaxing at one of the city’s many spas or indulge your senses with an opera performance. Chinese acrobat shows are also a great way to spend the day. Wander around the Yuyuan Bazaar, bartering for goods, and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea at a local teahouse, conversing with natives. Shanghai is a city rich in both culture and history that everyone should experience

Visit the Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building that dramatically spirals into the sky. The sprawling Yuyuan Garden is a must-see, with its towers, pavilions, and ponds. The Jade Buddha Temple and Oriental Pearl Tower are also attractions to see in Shanghai

In Shanghai, the fish is always fresh. Dive into smoked fish, crab, and water-boiled fish. Help yourself to heaping plates of noodles and braised eggplant. Buy puffy sweet rolls, called jindan bing, and crispy golden potstickers, named guo tie, from the many rolling street carts

Brush up on your Chinese. “Niha” means “Hello” and “Charchiye” means “Goodbye”. To ask someone “How are you?” ask “Ni haw ma?” “Thank you” is “Susiye” and “Excuse me” is “Doi fuchi”. “Yes” in Chinese is “Shida” and “No” is “Huaw”

Summer temperatures in Shanghai are in the 80s, and this time of year is very humid. Fall weather is mild, with averages in the mid-60s. Winter sees highs in the 40s, but there is rarely snow. Springtime is nice and temperatures warm to the 50s

To get from the airport to the city center of Shanghai, take a taxi for between 150 to 200 Yen, depending upon the time of day. Buses are convenient and inexpensive, costing 2 yen. Take the Maglev subway train for around 50 yen per trip

Taxis, buses, and the subway are best way to get around Shanghai. You can buy metro cards at many stations around the city for a 20 yen deposit. Travelers may also take a ferry around the coast or walk to get from destination to destination

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