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How to spend 48 hours in Shanghai

by Travelbag on 28 August 2015, 11:08AM

Shanghai is China's most cosmopolitan city, and with its famous and iconic skyline – as well as the hundreds of brilliant things to see and do – it’s no wonder so many travellers and visitors flock here every year.


Start by stretching your legs

Start your time in the city by going for a leisurely stroll – often walking around the city or local parks is the best way to truly get a feel for a place, and Shanghai is no different. We’d recommend taking in People’s Park first, and letting your feet take you wherever they fancy walking. In a city like Shanghai that is so busy and bustling – sometimes the best way to get a feel for it is just to live like a local and let the world revolve around you.


Learn a bit about the history and culture

Around lunchtime head over to the Shanghai Museum, one of the city’s biggest and brightest museums with hundreds of fascinating exhibitions and items on display. You can learn all about the city’s history and just how it came to be, which is always important when visiting a new place, especially somewhere as fascinating and rich in history as China. It’s free (all year round!) so it’s a no-brainer really. Last entry is at 4pm, so make sure you visit during midday to give yourself plenty of time to explore and investigate.


Nanjing Road

The most famous road in Shanghai, this is where tourist and locals alike go to do their shopping and shop until they drop. It’s worth paying a visit (even if you don’t plan on buying anything) just to see how busy the road is and how shopping is such a part of Chinese culture. If you do plan on shopping, this is a great shop to treat yourself – and buy a few gifts for those waiting for you back home.


Another quick stroll around Yuyuan

Time for another quick afternoon stroll, before you relax for the evening. Yuyuan is the most famous garden in Shanghai, and you’d be a fool not to visit during your time there. It is located in the heart of Shanghai's Old City, and might just be one of the city’s oldest tourist destinations. The garden dates back to the Ming Dynasty, so is probably one of the oldest places you can visit and explore in the city, which makes it all the more fascinating. The garden has a story to tell too, it was first built as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, and he actually saved up for 20 years (all his life savings) to construct and build the garden to please his parents in their old age. The story is almost as beautiful as the garden itself.


In the evening, take in a show

The Acrobatics in Shanghai are not to be missed, so try and time your visit properly so you’ll get to witness this incredible spectacular of a show. You’ll sit in disbelief and these beautiful and talented Acrobats dance and move around the stage – as if by magic. The shows are held each night and last for about 2 hours, which will go by in no time. If you can get tickets, The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe (established all the way back in 1951) is amongst the highest regarded in the country.

What should you expect to see? Thrills in mid-air, as performers do gravity-defying stunts, uni-cycling, contortionism, chair-stacking, juggling and plate-spinning acts. It’s bigger and better than any other show you’ll have seen and something you won’t want to miss out on.


The next morning, head to Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town, known to many as the ‘Venice of China’. In Zhujiajiao you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. You’ll be surrounded by old, beautiful buildings, authentic market sellers, water canals and ancient buildings that will transport you back to a Shanghai of olden days. Take a stroll around (or have a boat tour) and walk across the amazing bridges, pop into shops and stalls, and enjoy refreshments whilst enjoying this unique view. If you’re a photography enthusiast, this is somewhere you’ll definitely want to take your camera along to.


Take an evening boat ride

After a busy day exploring the old town, relax and unwind in the evening as you take a scenic boat ride along the Huangpu River. The river itself winds about 114 kilometres from Dingshan Lake, and it’s one of the most important parts of the city in terms of business and trade. Boats vary in price, but it’s certainly worth the money and a fantastic way to end your time in the city.


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