Shanghai is an incredible city to visit. It has the perks of a hugely successful metropolitan, but at the same time has so much history and culture to be explored.
Aside from the Chinese influence and culture, the influence of the British, French and Americans is evident especially in the architecture.
Today, it is a hub for business, with tall skyscrapers and an energy that is worth experiencing. Here are 5 things to experience whilst in Shanghai.
Sundowner From the 87th Floor
Whilst sipping some wine, tea or a killer cocktail, watch the sun go down over the Shanghai skyscrapers.
The Level 87 bar will give you an incredible view at any time of the day, but the sunset on a clear day is especially beautiful.
Of course as one can expect, it is pricey, but it is worth it. As an alternative, you could go up the Jin Mao tower for a similar view but perhaps more of a touristy experience.
Either way, you might want to don a pair of Bvlgari BV8123G to keep your look classy, but also to avoid squinting as you try to spot the many Shanghai landmarks.
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Nanjing Lu is said to be the Shanghai equivalent of Times Square. It definitely is a buzzing place and worth a walk around.
If anything, the experience of all the lights and people isn’t to be missed. If you are looking for some shopping, you will find a lot of the main retailers here, as well as some good food options.
But remember – it can get busy, so keep an eye on your pockets and valuables when walking through the street.
Afternoon tea in one of Shanghai’s luxury hotels is a fun experience if you have the time. Most of the top hotels offer some form of afternoon tea, including The Peninsula Shanghai, The Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai, The Four Seasons Shanghai at Pudong, The JW Marriott etc.
That being said, there are also some more pocket-friendly options as well. Whatever your price-range, enjoy the ambience, the people watching, and of course, all the amazing food.
If afternoon tea isn’t your….cup of tea, fear not. Shanghai has an incredible array of foodie experiences, so you will not be short of places and things to try out.
Revel in the The Bund
The bund is one of my favourite landscapes, the density and variety of form is somehow incredibly pleasing to the eye (at least from an architecture point of view).
There are many cafes where you can admire the views of the Bund, but you can also take a stroll along the river and admire it in motion.
We also took the Huangpu river tour which was a great way to see a lot more of the city from the river. It does take a couple of hours so make sure to schedule your day accordingly.
Also, bring a pair of sunglasses or a hat if you are doing it on a summer afternoon – it can get hot.
Use the Spring Tour Bus
The Spring Tour bus is a great way of getting around the city. Hop on and off at your convenience and get yourself to the main attractions in a quick and easy way.
If you are looking for a better narrated tour, try out the Big Bus tours. The Big Bus is more expensive, but you may choose this option if you want better hop-on-hop-off experience with more detailed commentary.
However, if you are taking these buses more as means of getting from point A to point B, the Spring Tour bus comes at a fraction of the price.
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