Shanghai Disneyland, the world’s newest Disneyland, and Shanghai Center, the tallest building in Asia, have opened one after another, and Shanghai, China is now attracting the most attention in the world.
In this article, I will introduce the latest information on Shanghai and the spots that I recommend with confidence, including my impressions from my actual visit.
★When I went to Shanghai, I was able to get a round-trip ticket for about $200 by using HIS! If you are planning to go, please refer to this article.
My first impression when I landed in Shanghai was ‘surprisingly little smog’. As you can see in the top photo, the sky was blue and it was not the kind of scene you see on the news where you can’t see more than a few dozen meters ahead.
Even so, the air quality is worse than in Japan, so masks are a must.
3 must-see spots in Shanghai
If you’re looking for a place to visit in Shanghai, you probably don’t know where you should go first, even if you look in travel magazines or on the Internet.
Here are three places that you should definitely visit in Shanghai.
1. The Bund, a place where you can enjoy “Shanghai’s famous scenery”.
The most typical scenery of Shanghai is probably the scenery in the photo. The Bund across the Huangpu River is a place where you can see the world’s tallest buildings in Pudong, such as the eye-catching Downtown Pearl TV Tower, the tallest building in Asia, the Shanghai Center, and the Shanghai World Financial Center all in one place.
However, the Bund is not just a place where you can see the buildings of Pudong, but rather, historically, the Bund is more important.
This area was originally developed as a joint concession by the powerful nations, and the Western-style buildings constructed at that time are still preserved and used today.
The beauty of these buildings is indescribable and makes you feel as if you are in a historic European city.
2. Enjoy Chinese style and gourmet food at Yu Garden.
Originally, this place called “Yu Garden” was a garden built in the Ming Dynasty. Many years have passed since then, and now it has been developed as a garden that preserves historical gardens, and around it there is a district called Yuyuan Tourist Mart where various kinds of stores are gathered.
Yu Garden is of course a place of historical buildings, but it is also a place where tourists can enjoy a variety of gourmet foods, goods, and souvenirs.
The best time to visit is in the morning. It is crowded from around noon to afternoon.
The night view is also beautiful, but be aware that it closes surprisingly early.
Yu Garden information
Access: 10-minute walk from Yu Garden Station (Line 10 subway).
・Yuyuan Tourist Mart (shopping street)
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (depending on the store)
Entrance fee: NT$40 (NT$30 during July-August and December-March, approximately $4.80-$6.40)
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eating Shanghai Gourmet at Yu Garden
Shanghai’s specialty is, after all, shoronbao.
There are many different types of shoronbao, including steamed, baked and fried ones. Surprisingly, shanghai has very few stores that sell xiao long bao in the city. You should definitely try them in Yu Garden.
There is also a Starbucks in Yu Garden, which is said to be the most beautiful Starbucks in the world. How about taking a break at Starbucks, which blends in perfectly with the cityscape of Yu Garden?
From cheap sundries to fine art. A tour of souvenir shops in Yu Garden.
The charm of Yu Garden is not limited to gourmet food. Yu Garden is not only a place for gourmet food, but it is also a place where you can find a variety of stores selling everything from cheap sundries to expensive works of art that are hard to get your hands on.
Bargaining is also one of the charms of traveling abroad, so if you want to enjoy bargaining as well, by all means do it.
3. Looking down from Asia’s tallest building at one of the world’s most famous skyscrapers.
In 2016, in addition to Shanghai Disneyland, another new symbol of Shanghai was completed. It is the Shanghai Center (Shanghai Tower), the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa and only 2 meters lower than the Skytree at 632 meters.
Although it is shorter than the Skytree, the Shanghai Tower has the world’s tallest observation deck at 546 meters.Incidentally, the tower is only tentatively open on the 118th floor at the moment, but at the time of the grand opening, the observation deck on the 125th floor will also be open.
The view of Shanghai from here is sure to excite you.
In particular, the author recommends nights when you can enjoy the night view from the time the sun sets! However, Shanghai’s buildings light up surprisingly late (not right after dark), so if you want to enjoy the night view, I recommend the time when it is well dark.
Depending on how crowded it is, you may not be able to enter right away, but you may be given a numbered ticket to enter from a certain time until a certain time. So if you want to enter at a certain time, we recommend you to act early.
If you want to get in at a certain time, we recommend you to act early. Inconveniently, you can’t find out about this admission restriction in advance on the Internet. Let’s go to the site first.
Shanghai Center information
Access: 15 minutes walk from Lujiazui Station (Subway Line 2)
Entrance fee: 160 yuan (about $26)
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
More sightseeing spots in Shanghai
I have introduced three places that I would definitely recommend seeing, but there are still many more fun places to visit in Shanghai.
There are many more fun places to visit in Shanghai, including fashionable spots that you can’t find in Japan, places that look just like China! I would like to introduce you to Shanghai Disney Resort, the newest and most talked about resort in the world.
Xintiandi, the former French Concession, is known as the most fashionable spot in Shanghai
The city looks like a part of Europe, not Asia.
You can find stylish cafes and souvenirs.
5-minute walk from Jiangnan Road Station (Line 1 subway) or Xintiandi Station (Line 10 and 13 subway).
East Nanjing Road
Nanjing East Road is Shanghai’s busiest shopping street.
The center of the city is open to the public as a large pedestrian mall, with many stores lining both sides of the street.
If you are hungry, you can come to East Nanjing Road and enjoy Shanghai gourmet food.
A short walk from People’s Square Station on subway lines 1, 2, and 8, or Nanjing East Road Station on lines 2 and 10.
Shanghai Disney Resort
The newest Disney Resort in the world opened in June 2016. Its size is about four times the size of Tokyo Disney Resort. It is the second largest after Disney World Resort in Florida, USA.
No matter how large China is, it’s still too big…
As Shanghai Disney Resort is the newest park, all the attractions are state-of-the-art.
In particular, I recommend Pirates of the Caribbean, Soaring, and Tron. The show Tarzan is also a must-see.
If you visit Shanghai, why not visit the Shanghai Disney Resort?
For more information, please refer to the Shanghai Disney Resort article.
A 5-minute walk from Disney Station on Metro Line 2.
One-day Shanghai sightseeing tour model course with 3 recommended spots.
The three places I just mentioned are actually not that far from each other, so you can visit them all in one day! Please refer to the recommended model course and enjoy Shanghai!
Tour starts from Yu Garden.
Arrive at Yu Garden at 10:00 AM.
Now we arrived at Yu Garden.
Here we would visit the gardens and look for souvenirs.
The entrance to the garden is a bit secluded, so we will go through the souvenirs first.
10:30 AM Enter the tea shop.
11:00 AM Arrive at the entrance of the garden
Finally, we arrived at the entrance of the garden.
Here we pay the entrance fee of 40 Yuan to enter.
12:00 PM We finish looking at the garden. I’m hungry and enjoy Shanghai’s specialties.
1:00 PM Looking for more souvenirs.
Now that I’ve bought some souvenirs, it’s time to move to the Bund.
Some souvenirs were on sale at a discount, so I was able to buy a lot!
It was time to move to the Bund.
But it’s a bit far from Yu Garden to the subway station.
We were a bit tired of walking, so we decided to take a take a taxi.
2:00 PM: First attempt at a cab in Shanghai.
This is my first time taking a cab. I’m nervous, but it’s okay.
You can raise your hand to stop a cab that is flowing, but in some places you have to get in from the cab stand.
Unlike in Japan, the doors are manual, so please open them yourself.
The fare is metered, so please at least check the meter when the car starts moving to see if it is running. If it doesn’t seem to be working, you can complain.
The approximate fare from Yuyuan to the Bund is about 14-20 yuan (roughly $2.20-3.20) at the most.
Basically, English is not spoken, but in that case, show them a map or say the name of a famous hotel. In that case, show them a map or say the name of a famous hotel and they will be able to understand you and take you there.
Incidentally, I was able to get to the entrance of the hotel when I told them the name of the Peninsula (the closest hotel to the center of the Bund). I was a little embarrassed when the hotel staff opened the door (of course, I didn’t stay at the Peninsula, lol).
2:15 PM Arrive at the Bund!
You have arrived at the Bund.
In front of you is a sight that says Shanghai! You see a scene that says Shanghai!
After you have admired for a while the so-called Shanghai, this is Shanghai scene, look back.
You’ll feel like you’re in Europe, and you’ll see all kinds of buildings that you wouldn’t expect to see in Shanghai.
These are buildings that were built over 100 years ago during the Shanghai concession era.
If it weren’t for the five-star flag (Chinese flag) fluttering above the buildings, no one would believe that this is China.
That’s how many Western buildings line the streets.
These buildings are still in use as banks, hotels, and commercial buildings, so you are not free to visit them. Please enjoy them from the outside.
But if you still want to go inside! If you still want to go inside, I recommend you to exchange money at a bank.
If you still want to go inside, you can do so at a bank. However, due to the location of the bank, you will be warned if you take pictures without hesitation, so please be careful.
2:40 PM A walk along the Huangpu River.
Sandwiched between the buildings of Pudong and the historical buildings of the Bund, the Huangpu River is navigated by ships that are much larger than you would expect from a river in Japan.
The Huangpu River is between the buildings in the east and the historical buildings on the Bund.
Please take a walk along the Huangpu River.
3:00 PM: Tired of walking a bit, I took a break at a cafe.
There is one thing that I notice when I walk around Shanghai.
It’s that there are so many cafes.
Moreover, there are an inordinate number of Starbucks.
That’s no wonder, the number of cafes is the second largest in the world after the United States! There are more than twice as many stores as in Japan.
There are more than twice as many Starbucks stores as there are in Japan. It’s true that the country and its population are much larger than twice the size of Japan, so you could say that it’s natural, but Starbucks stores still stand out.
Anyway, everywhere you go, there is a Starbucks. .
By the way, not only Starbucks, but also Costa Coffee from the UK, which has not yet landed in Japan.
It’s a good place to take a break.
Starbucks in China also has a good selection of cakes, so be sure to try some of those as well.
3:30 PM Move to Pudong.
Now that we’ve had a break at the cafe, it’s time to head to the other side of the Huangpu River, Pudong.
There are two ways to get to Pudong. There are two ways to get to Pudong.
So what are the two recommended ways to get there?
1. The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.
Although it is called a tunnel, there are unmanned trolley buses running inside.
The tunnel, which connects the Bund and Pudong in five minutes, is a tunnel of light, creating a fantastic world. .
Fare: 50 yuan (about $8) one way
Opening hours: 6:00 to 22:00
Bus stop: The Bund, basement in front of the Bank of China (the entrance to the basement is on the building where Starbucks and Haagen-Dazs are located)
Pudong There is an underground entrance near the China International Convention Center.
There it is, the cab! Taxis in Shanghai are cheap anyway! Shanghai taxis are just so cheap!
You can go from the Bund to Pudong (central Shanghai) for about 20 yuan! And the price is the same for any number of people, so the more people you have, the better off you are!
As before, when you get into the cab, raise your hand and say Shanghai Tower. As before, when you get into the taxi with your hand raised, “Shanghai Tower,” pointing to the center of Shanghai (it’s so tall that you can see it from most places) will be more effective.
4:00 PM Arrive at Shanghai Center.
We made it safely to the center of Shanghai in Pudong.
If you want to see the city lit up by the setting sun, you can climb the mountain now.
However, there are times when you can’t go up right away because of the limited number of people. In that case, you will be given a numbered ticket with the time written on it, so come back at that time.
If you want to see the night view, you can go up, but there is no café at the observatory, so you will just sit on a bench and wait for it to get dark.
Since you’re here, don’t go up right away, but take a walk to the banks of the Huangpu River.
This area, where the center of Shanghai is located, has been rapidly developed since 2000 and has become one of the most famous skyscrapers in China as the new center of Shanghai.
It is definitely overwhelming to see several buildings that are much taller than buildings in Japan.
4:30 PM Stroll to the banks of the Huangpu River.
When you come to the bank of the Huangpu River, you can see the buildings of the Bund that you were looking at earlier lined up nicely.
It is also nice to see these buildings with the sunset in the background.
By the way, there are some Starbucks and restaurants around here, so it would be nice to have a meal here.
6:30 PM Finally reach the observation deck at 546m above the ground in the center of Shanghai.
The world’s fastest elevator will take you all the way up to the 118th floor observation deck.
Shanghai’s cityscape glistens before your eyes as you step off!
I was even moved by its glittering beauty.
It’s a chaotic, yet glittering, colorful nightscape, unlike any other in Tokyo!
Take a spin around the observatory.
The night view of Shanghai goes on forever.
All the buildings in Pudong that you have been looking up at are now below you.
This is also a view that cannot be experienced in Tokyo.
7:30 PM After enjoying the night view, we went souvenir shopping.
After an hour or so of enjoying the night view, it’s time to look for souvenirs.
On the 118th floor observatory, there is a souvenir corner selling souvenirs and Shanghai-centric goods.
There are a lot of cute goods for sale here! There are also souvenirs that can only be bought at the Shanghai Centre, so be sure to take a look!
We recommend Shanghai Center postcards (5 yuan) and mineral water in the shape of the Shanghai Center (8 yuan).
8:00 PM Enjoy the night view again.
After looking at the souvenirs, we enjoyed the night view again.
The colorful cityscape is enchanting.
8:00 PM Return to the ground with a sense of regret.
It’s time to go home.
We take the elevator down to the ground again.
It’s not the fastest elevator in the world, but it’s still pretty fast, so it’s even more ear-piercing than when going up.
And in the blink of an eye, we were on the ground.
I went outside and looked up to see the 118th floor observation deck that I had been on earlier, far up in the sky.
One-day Shanghai Recommendations Tour comes to an end.
It was a fun day today as we went to many places from this morning. I’m sure you are tired from going back and forth to various places.
From here, let’s take a cab or subway back to our hotel.
Shanghai is a bustling city and not particularly safe, but please be careful until you get back to your hotel.
There are many other places you can enjoy. Let’s go back tomorrow and see what else we can do!
What do you think of Shanghai?
Shanghai is very close to Japan, but we don’t have many opportunities to go there. It’s not like Japan or Korea, but it’s another East Asia.
There are many direct flights from all over Japan, so please try to visit Shanghai!