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The Bund (Wai Tan)

The Bund or Wai Tan is an area in the center of Shanghai. It is situated next to the Huangpu River and is a popular waterfront space. It faces the skyscrapers of Lujiazui for which the area became a tourist attractions. Wai Tan collects 52 buildings of different architectural styles.

Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

Yu Garden is a Chinese open-air park in the northern part of the Old City of Shanghai. It was built 1559 by the royals as the Academy of Purity and Harmony. The area of the garden is 2 hectares and consists of 6 pieces; Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and Inner Garden.

Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)

Oriental Pearl is the TV and Radio tower of Shanghai. It was the tallest building in China till 2007 with its 468 metres height. Oriental Pearl is the most famous observatory in Shanghai. In total it has 15 observatory areas. There are also hotels, small shopping center, exhibition and a restaurant.

Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

Shanghai museum represents the ancient highlights of Chinese history and Art. Having one of the largest collection of ancient items and historical orientation, it is considered to be one of the China's first world-class modern museums, due to its facilities and quality of exhibitions.

Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center is the most famous skyscraper in the city and in the whole region. The tower is 492 metres high and is the 9th highest building in the world. It is a multipurpose construction, housing offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground-floor.

Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

Nanjing Road is China’s leading shopping street. It is 3.4-mile-long and lies between the Bund and Jing'an Temple. Thousands of shopping lovers and fashion-seekers visit the street all year round. It is full of modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theatres, and international hotels.

Former French Concession

Former French Concession is a popular area in Shanghai. It features gorgeous tree-lined avenues, which are perfect for long walks. These streets are full of hip cafes and restaurants, concept bars and boutiques, art galleries and antiques stores. The famous streets in FFC are Wukang Lu, Fuxing Lu, Tai'an Lu etc.

Huangpu River

Huangpu is a 113-kilometer river that passes through the city of Shanghai. It is on average 400 metres wide and 9 metres deep. Shanghai is divided into 2 main part by Huangpu; Pudong and Puxi. The river gives charm and freshness to the city. It has become a tourist attraction dues to its beautiful banks.

Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai Circus world is the biggest entertainment point in the city. It is situated in Zhabei District. Its unique shape and architecture make it one of the most iconic structures in Shanghai. Circus has a capacity of 1638 seat. It regularly holds Chinese and international circus programs under its roof.


Xintiandi is a well-known area in Shanghai, that features historical and cultural heritages. It is a heart of old traditional Shanghai and is unique in its style and shapes. On one hand it is a historical spot, that remind the city of 1900s, on the other hand it is a pedestrian area typical for 21th century.

Explore top things to do in Shanghai: and more. Visit museums and take a stroll in the city park. Enjoy your afternoon in the iconic landmarks of the city. Here are the top spots to choose from. Find opening hours, reviews, book entry ticket and tours to plan your perfect Shanghai trip itinerary.

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