Shanghai is so very cool, but it’s also a little overwhelming. Thankfully, you’ve got us to make it easier for you! You can hop on one of our Shanghai city tours to experience real local life with a friendly guide by your side; then afterwards, strike out on your own to explore these hidden gems and great things to do in Shanghai. We promise, you’ll uncover a totally unique perspective of the city.
Shop for the tea of your dreams
Tianshan Tea City is a paradise for tea lovers, with hundreds of tea shops in one mall. You’ll find all different types of tea from different regions of China, as well as retail shops, wholesale shops and likely the best prices for your favourite tea. In most of the shops, you can try the tea before you buy, and they also sell tea sets (with thousands of options — be prepared to browse and browse and browse some more).
Find some quiet at Confucius Temple
One of the most historic sites in Shanghai, the Confucius Temple’s history dates back more than 1,200 years. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, particularly in the traditional garden and inside the temple itself. It’s so quiet and calming, and on weekdays, you might be one of only a few people in there.
Snap a few photos at the 1933
Built as a slaughterhouse, this British-designed building is more than 120 years old. Now, the 1933 is somewhat of a fashionable place, with loads of unique art shops, bars and restaurants. Photographers love this place, as the building itself is a work of art, with some pretty amazing architecture.
Join the locals for exercises in Fuxing Park
Located in the French concession, Fuxing Park is where you’ll find locals doing their morning exercise, and not just tai chi. People in Shanghai now also do ballroom dancing and karaoke for their daily exercise, so as you can imagine, it’s quite a scene. Come here to enjoy this big, beautiful green space, full of locals and the perfect place for a peaceful morning or afternoon.
Step back in time at the Propaganda Poster Art Centre
A hidden museum in the basement of an apartment building in Shanghai, this museum/art centre displays the propaganda posters from Mao’s era (1949 to 1979). The posters were collected by the owner of the museum, Mr. Yang Pei Ming, and the collection includes more than 5,000 prints, offering a fascinating glimpse into a completely different era.
As a global financial centre turned global fun centre, and owning the world’s busiest container port and the world’s biggest port of partying, Shanghai is like no other city you know! Shanghai artistically merges old with new, showing the grace and groove of the new China.