First trip to Shanghai but on a time crunch? Here are the only 3 places you need to visit when in Shanghai for a day trip, or even a layover.
1) The Bund 外滩 (Wàitān)
You’ve probably heard all your friends talk about The Bund. Everyone talks about it. It may be one of the more overrated places in Shanghai, but your first time there is truly magnificent.
The Bund is a promenade that runs along the west bank of Huangpujiang River 黄浦江 (Huáng pǔjiāng). The location is extremely popular among tourists, especially because the area has a European vibe; the riverbank is lined with buildings that house styles such as Gothic, Neoclassical, and Renaissance. Even though the buildings look ancient, they house many large corporations such as the Bank of China.
2) Pearl Tower 东方明珠广播电视塔 (Dōngfāngmíngzhū guǎngbò diànshì tǎ)
This one is self-explanatory, honestly. If you go to The Bund, you can’t possibly miss heading up the Pearl Tower. The tower is the 468 meters tall Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower located on the east bank of Huangpujiang River. It consists of 15 viewing areas, which includes an outside deck with a glass floor on one of its observation levels at the 350-metre mark. If you’re around at night, you can also spot the Tower light up from afar.
3) Nanjing Road 南京大路 (Nánjīng dàlù)
Ah. How could we forget! Nanjing Road is Shanghai’s most prominent shopping street. It was constructed in the latter half of the 19th century. It’s a must visit and is the perfect place to spend a few hours in Shanghai. The street is extremely pedestrian-friendly and hosts many upmarket boutiques while retaining its pre-existing architecture and culture.
Another location or dedicated shopping area to explore would be Xin Tian Di 新天地 (Xīntiāndì), which is a relatively more affluent pedestrian zone.
Done reading? What are you waiting for– go explore!