Tucking into Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), throwing back cocktails along The Bund, strolling with locals in Fuxing Park, trolling for antique treasures in the shops on Dongtai Road, and taking in the past and present at one of the many museums across the city are all mandatory activities on any visit to Shanghai. And while most of the action happens on street level, you can't leave without experiencing the phenomenal view from the Shanghai World Financial Center in the Pudong financial district.
On my trip for New Year's Eve, we booked a table for afternoon tea and nibbles in the Park Hyatt, the world's second highest hotel located within the SWFC skyscraper, and watched the sun set over the Huangpu River. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the adjacent buildings but as the crowds swell far below you and the gauzy sky rolls in, leaving only dapples of sunshine to peek through, I guarantee you'll feel like you're on top of the world.
If you're interested in the perspective from a neighboring Pudong building, head over to the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower (visible in the photo above) for a panoramic view. Once it's completely dark, head back to the Bund and take in the equally striking view of the illuminated Pudong skyline - Shanghai's neon beacon of modernity.