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While you'll never have time for all of Shanghai's best sights, here are some of our favorites. Seek out the city’s art and mind-blowing architecture, decompress in tranquil gardens, or tour long-forgotten nightclubs. Trust us: You won’t be bored.
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35 Fenggu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
It's not every day you get to gape at mind-bending art inside a 97,000-square-foot aircraft hangar. Chinese-Indonesian billionaire Budi Tek founded Yuz Museum in the 1980s after he started collecting contemporary Chinese works. His expansive...
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Changning, China, 200085
This plain looking doorway on a housing estate in Shanghai houses an incredible collection of propaganda posters.
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516 Fuxing Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Drop into Fuxing Park in late afternoon or early evening to catch couples like these stride and twirl to the sounds of a portable speaker. Who needs a ballroom when you have a whole park to waltz through?
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Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

Along the western side of the Huangpu River, the Bund is a street of two dozen stately heritage buildings. Architecture buffs will find an array of late-19th- and early-20th-century styles here, from Gothic Revival to Art Deco. Among the most...

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200 Hua Yuan Gang Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200231
On the desolate site of the 2010 World Expo, the Chinese government has transformed an old power station into an artistic gem. Power Station of Art (PSA) is the first state-owned contemporary art museum in China, so while that precludes shows that...
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79 Fenyang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
The Former French Concession (FFC) is bursting with shops, cafés, and bars. Here are three stops: 1. At the Pottery Workshop, buy beautiful ceramic sculptures and glazed mugs. 176 Fumin Rd., potteryworkshop.org. 2. Yuan is pioneering...
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Shanghai Tower has a lot to be smug about. At 2,073 feet, it’s the second highest building on earth, topped only by Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Let the world’s fastest elevators whisk you to the 119th-floor observation deck at 67 feet per...
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20 Huqiu Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200002
One block west of the Bund you can find the Rockbund Art Museum, housed in Shanghai's former Royal Asiatic Society building (1932). Like many of the grande dame Bund buildings, RAS was dreamt up by British design firm Palmer and Turner and done to...
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3398 Longteng Ave, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Wang Wei and her husband, Liu Yiqian, are voracious collectors of Chinese art, both contemporary and traditional. The first Long Museum opened on the Pudong side of the river, in the suburban neighborhood of Jinqiao; the second is located on West...
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Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Hangzhou is known for its many temples; as the home of longjing green tea, which is prized across China; and for beautiful West Lake. The loveliest way to see West Lake, the subject of countless classical Chinese paintings, is on a boat ride....

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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...

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201 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, China, 200003

What was once a horse-racing course is now Shanghai’s main public square, People's Square, and located on it is the Shanghai Museum. Designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel called a ding, the museum showcases all manner of...

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Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Suzhou is an easy day trip from Shanghai, just 25–40 minutes from the Hongqiao and Shanghai railway stations. The city may be nicknamed the Venice of the East for its many canals, but it’s also known for its classical gardens and silk...
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62 Changyang Rd, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200082
The Jewish refugees who went to Shanghai during World War II had a complex relationship with the city, which is illustrated with photos and personal stories and artifacts (alongside their rebuilt temple) at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum....
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Decades have passed since cycling was the only way to get around Shanghai, but it’s still one of the nicest ways to see the city. Yes, the metro is clean, expansive, and cheap—and sure, taxis are also affordable—but on a...
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100 Renmin Ave, RenMin GuangChang, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200003
The Urban Planning Museum in Shanghai has a full-scale replica of the entire city fully equipped with lights, cars on the street, and even a few tiny pedestrians walking along The Bund! It certainly feels like you're on top of this bustling city!
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1555 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Historic Shanghai’s tours and events are the closest you’ll can come to traveling back in time to Shanghai’s golden age. The group was founded by longtime Shanghai residents Tess Johnston, Tina Kanagaratnam, and...
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In the early 20th century, Guilin Park was the private compound of detective-turned-gangster Huang Jinrong. Today, it's open to the public, beckoning tourists to come relax in an otherwise-buzzing neighborhood. Strolls through the handsome carved...
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207 Fumin Rd, Jingan Qu, China, 200085
Carrying everything from the latest locally designed dresses to original “Little Red Books” and other cultural revolution propaganda pieces, Madame Mao’s Dowry is a true treasure trove. A great place to shop for...
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183 Anfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Pick up a quirky souvenir to bring home with designer Deng Bingbing's beautiful and colorful homewares. From canisters to plates, vases and jewellery boxes, Deng pairs classic cloisonne with modern, vibrant colors to create exquisite pieces. Aside...
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Some of the most exquisite pottery I've ever seen, Spin offers up pieces from a collective of local designers. From vases to teapots and even jewelry, they have a great range of smaller pieces that pack well, but if you're so enamored by their...
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Huangpu, China, 200085

Hidden on a residential lane in the French Concession, this shop specializes in indigo-dyed textiles, clothing and accessories. While it is Japanese-owned, it takes its name from a cloth originating in Nanjing. You’ll find it used here in...

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56 Shaoxing Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
The former residential suburb and French concession, Tian Zi Fang, is a maze of overflowing shops and cultures. The unexpected blend of European charm overlaid by Chinese chaos makes the area uniquely inviting. This is such a great area for people...
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506 Jianguo W Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
This French Concession tailor shop specializes in bespoke and made-to-measure menswear. Come here to get fitted for suits, blazers, and overcoats for a fraction of what it would cost in the States. Germain’s tailors were trained in Japan and...
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17 Dongping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Gaze down at Shanghai denizens' feet, and you’ll see many pairs of canvas sneakers emblazoned with the word Feiyue. You can pick up your own pair at Culture Matters, a pint-size second-floor shop offering Feiyues in dozens of styles and...