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Best Things To Do in Shanghai

Shanghai is overflowing with things to do. Your challenge will be to prioritize the city's attractions and accomplish all of your goals in the limited time you have here. Should you want a glimpse of Shanghai's past, hurry over to Longhua Temple and Zhujiajiao, a traditional water town with numerous canals and bridges. But if you're itching to see what's on the horizon, head to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center or to the river's edge at the Bund to admire the futuristic skyline. Just don't forget to pay homage to the city's commercial gods (or "retailers"), who have set up shop along Nanjing Road

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#1
The Bund Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Shanghai's picturesque waterfront, known as "The Bund," is where you'll find those classic skyline photo ops. With the ... read more»

#2
Shanghai Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located on the People's Square near Nanjing Road, the Shanghai Museum is hard to miss thanks to its distinct ... read more»

#3
Zhujiajiao Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The "Venice in Shanghai" is open for business, so grab your wallet and come to this ancient water town. Comprised ... read more»

#4
Shanghai World Financial Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Resembling a gigantic bottle opener, the Shanghai World Financial Center stands as one of the world's tallest buildings, glittering ... read more»

#5
Yuyuan Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Dating back to the 16th century, the Yuyuan Garden is the city's most revered green space. Although this urban ... read more»

#6
Longhua Temple
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As Shanghai's oldest and largest religious complex, Longhua Temple is a natural tourist attraction, drawing droves of travelers. Announced ... read more»

#7
Jade Buddha Temple
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: One of the city's most popular attractions, the Jade Buddha Temple impresses visitors with its legion of statues. While ... read more»

#8
Shanghai Maglev
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: It's simple: The Shanghai Maglev is one of the fastest passenger trains in the world. Traveling at about 270 ... read more»

#9
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As Shanghai's most recognizable landmark, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower occupies a prominent place on the city's landscape ... read more»

#10
Nanjing Road Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Whether or not you have money to burn, consider visiting Nanjing Road to witness the hustle and bustle of Chinese ... read more»

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