Collected by Courtney Graff
Waitan, Huangpu, China, 200002
Just as my tourguide was telling me that couples often pose on the Garden Bridge before their wedding (he was actually explaining that they often pose all over the city in their wedding garb prior to the big day, then all of those pictures are...
Shang Hai Lao Jie, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200088
After getting your bearings from atop the world's highest observation deck at Shanghai World Financial Center, visit the other side of The Bund. Meander through the side streets and alleys of Old Shanghai, where you can find city life as it's been...
1008 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
“I used to sit in this small park with a cup of coffee before I went to work. It’s an interesting experience to be in the park and see modern shopping malls on one side of you and tall green trees on the other. At night, older couples...
Pudong, Shanghai, China, 200088
On Century Avenue in Pudong near the Shanghai World Financial Center (currently the tallest building in China), kite vendors fly and sell kites. The kites soar to the height of the super high skyscrapers. There's a Chinese saying, "Those who fly a...
Baodai Long, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
You find these alley-like narrow lanes tucked between the larger, modernized buildings. Many people in Shanghai still live in these lanes in apartments and cook in a steamer outside and share a kitchen and hang their laundry out to dry until...
Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Architecture lovers flock to the Huangpu River's western side to stroll the Bund, a waterfront tourist magnet in central Shanghai. There's a glorious mishmash of late-19th- and early-20th-century styles here, from Gothic revival to art deco. Walk...
Minhang, Shanghai, China, 201101
Qibao, in Chinese, means 'seven treasures'. And a treasure it is. The closest water town to Shanghai, it holds both the charm of an ancient, canal-traversed village as well as one of the most famous food streets in Shanghai. Head to Qibao Old...
50 Moganshan Rd, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Originally a cotton mill, M50 is now home to a dozen art galleries showcasing contemporary Chinese art. Be sure to visit galleries island6 and M97—island6 takes you through a whirlwind of quirky LED works by art collective Liu Dao. M97, on...
205 Shangnan Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200126
Formerly the China Pavilion, created as the iconic showpiece of the World Expo in 2010, this unmissable red structure has been dubbed the "Oriental Crown" for its resemblance to ancient Chinese royal headwear. Now converted into a 27-hall art...
10 Shajing Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
A former slaughterhouse, 1933 is an Art Deco landmark nestled in Hongkou. Repurposed as a "creative space," the building now houses a number of food and beverage outlets as well as shops and event spaces. Open Daily 8:30am-10pm
Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200085
A veritable melting pot, Xintiandi is a restored area of old Shikumen-style houses. A classy upscale development, the area is full of shops, bars and restaurants boasting over a dozen different cuisines from around the world. At the South End...
653 Waima Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
The Cool Docks is a restored grease factory sitting on the South Bund. Along with housing a number of restaurants and bars, the area is also used to host events, openings and shows and is home to the Eco Design Fair every April. Check out the link...
170 Anyuan Rd, Jing'an, China, 200060
The original Jade Buddha Temple was built in the late-19th century to house two jade Buddha statues brought from Burma by a monk named Hui Gen. They remain the principal attractions of the temple, especially the larger of the two, a seated Buddha...
5 Dongping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Rustic charm and good home-style cooking are what come to mind when you eat at Di Shui Dong. The Hunan eatery is always packed, a testament to how good their grub really is. If you're unfamiliar with Hunan cuisine, it's the spicy cousin of...
Si Nan Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
This is one of my favorite streets in the old part of Shanghai – SiNan Lu (Road). It is a hidden street, probably a mere 1KM north to south, with lot of historical stories around, with one particularly the former residence of Sun Yat-sen, which...
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