Shanghai is China’s biggest city and the most populous city proper in the world, according to Wikipedia. This city has the best view at night, with all the LED advertisements dancing on the face of every building! You’d wonder just how much electricity they consume each night to run all these lights. 🙂 Now, I’ve listed down the top 5 attractions to see in Shanghai, China!
This bridge is so beautiful at night! My Shanghainese friend said this bridge is very famous and has appeared in a lot of Hollywood movies. Well, in my mind, I couldn’t remember seeing this bridge in hundreds of movies I’ve watched nor had a time to validate his statement.
I was just so captivated by the view right in front of my eyes – the bright red color of the bridge against the dark night, the bright lights illuminating from the surrounding buildings (well, you have the infamous Pudong skyline at the back), the river perfectly capturing the bridge’s reflection. It was just so perfect! Then add the tranquility around the vicinity – feels like in the movies after all! Shout out to my Shanghainese friend, Justin, thank you for bringing us here!
Also, I’ve read that this is the first all-steel bridge, and the only surviving example of a camelback truss bridge in China. Cool!
When you get to Shanghai and ask the locals where to go, The Bund is always a famous recommendation. It’s a waterfront promenade with European style buildings, predominantly that of the Renaissance type architecture.
That said, you’d easily get this is a high-end place where you can eat dancing prawns at expensive restaurants. Haha. The buildings, the streets, and the place as a whole exude that classic, extravagant feel – you know, the one you get when you watch theatrical performance, or when you listen to jazz music or piano, or probably it’s just me. This side of Shanghai just gives you that distinct vibe which is not very Asian, if you know what I mean.
Lujiazui Skyline [Pudong district]
Lujiazui is the central business district of Shanghai. It sits directly across the river from The Bund. Every night, your eyes can feast on its soaring skyscrapers (yeah…I find it very entertaining) – Shanghai Tower (the tallest in Shanghai), Pearl Oriental Tower (my personal favorite ♥), Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Tower which all light up with dancing LED ads. This district literally shows what bright lights of a modern city should look like – very futuristic.
It’s only in Shanghai where you can see various architectural designs of tall buildings. It’s what makes Shanghai stand out from other modern cities in Asia that I’ve visited so far. You’ll get fascinated just how much each building is visually unique and different.
Tianzifang is like the “Insadong” (traditional shopping area in Seoul, Korea) of Shanghai, but not entirely.
It’s a labyrinth of narrow alleyways where you can find small (yes, really small!) boutiques, shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. You can buy traditional Chinese tea, crafts, silk cloth, souvenir items, and other art pieces.
The place also has bars – it kinda gives off the same ambiance with Golden Gai (Drunkards alley) of Tokyo but unlike Golden Gai which only starts its nightlife at 10 PM, Tianzifang stores are already closed at this hour!
My Shanghainese friend said this place was once a residential area and re-developed to be a house of arts and crafts, shops and restaurants. Well, I think some are still residential areas because we saw hanging laundry! Also, there are visible electric cable wires, super old television and telephones which add to its very vintage and residential feel.
This is a very famous tourist spot even among Chinese! We were in Shanghai during the Chinese New Year holidays so the garden was full of lanterns and lights. I was personally excited!
However, we were told not to go during the holiday period since a lot (and they meant really massive!) of people are also visiting the place. So we decided to go after the holidays. We were so excited to see the garden and the lanterns and find out ourselves why it’s so popular. Well, apart from the fact that we heard there’s a restaurant which serves really delicious Xiao Long Bao.
When we went there, there were still a LOT of people. We tried getting inside and have a view of the garden but to no avail. We decided to just eat but the Xiao Long Bao store was already full of customers, it had to close already.
Probably, during ordinary days, you’ll be able to see a glimpse of this infamous Yu Garden without the hassle of squeezing yourself in the big crowd. Let me know if it’s really worth the visit!