This is the typical day-to-day questions I got in my hotmail email box. You know what, I am going to pick this one and answer it publicly.
Hello Jian Shuo,
I have come across your bog and I’ve been reading it for hours. Thanks for sharing all that wonderful information about your country.
I apologise for taking the liberty to bother you with questions. But next week I will have the opportunity to visit china for the first time in my life. I will be spending 10 days in shanghai mainly for work, but before my work sessions start I have 3 free days, and I was wondering, since I will be spending the rest of the week in shanghai and surely visiting most of the city sites, what would be your recommendation for a 2/3 day trip.
I guess it’s a very general question, I understand shanghai is a very modern city, and after all I’ve read in your blog I was wondering what would be the one city or area you would recommend to visit from shanghai.
Thanks in advance for your time and attention.
This is not an easy question. Everyone has its list of “must-see” for a city. This is mine. I am trying to imagine what a new visitor in Shanghai may feel interesting about the places, so it may not be the same list I will give for the second time visitors, or visitors we enjoy exploring the city itself instead of site seeings.
So, here is my list.
- The Bund. The bund is must-see place in Shanghai. It is like the name card or the portrait of Shanghai (Every city has a partrait photo that is widely recognized in the world, like Eiffel Tower in Paris, or looking across the bay to Bank of China tower in Hong Kong). So go to the Bund first.
- The Lujiazui Area. You need to set food to Pudong, the Lujiazui area to claim that you see a complete Shanghai. You may want to try the Pearl Tower (visit the top) or the top of the Jin Mao Tower.
- Yu Garden. Most foregiens like Yu Gardern. That is the answer to the question: “Where can I find the best China element in this morden city?”
- Huang Pu River. Get to a boat and do cruise on the river. Highly recommended.
- Huai Hai Road, especially the area near Shaanxi South Road area. The shopping center.
- Xintiandi. The newly built area featuring old Shanghainese style lane houses, and bars. It is a tourism place now.
- Xujiahui. Either go there for shopping – best for computer parts, or for the villa area.
- Nanjing Road. Oh. I almost forget it. It is named the No. 1 Street in China, because of the concentration of shops.
- Bridges. There are many bridges like Nanpu Bridge or Yangpu Bridge. There are even climbing activities on Lupu Bridge
That seems a lot of a two day trip. This is the most popular places, that second time visitors may not be interested, but definitely worth a visit for the first time visitors. They are the iconic places in Shanghai.
Welcome to Shanghai!