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China: Say Hi To Shanghai

Shanghai, China

Lots of people travel around Southeast Asia, especially backpackers and budget travelers. They go to all the popular destinations, such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, but not many of them make it to China. That’s such a shame because there are some really exciting and diverse cities waiting to be explored in the vast country. Especially Shanghai! One of China’s largest metropolises, there is a whole bunch of stuff to see and do in Shanghai. Here are some of its highlights.

Ride The Maglev

Getting from the airport to your hotel in Shanghai couldn’t be any quicker. You just need to take a ride on the Maglev train, which connects Pudong Airport to the city center. This short journey is something of a tourist attraction in itself as it is the world’s fastest train! It’s twice the speed of a theme park rollercoaster at a bracing 270 mph! It can cover 19 miles in just 8 minutes, but thanks to its magnetized structure, it hardly feels like you are on the move!

Check Out The Shanghai Museum

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You’ll find the Shanghai Museum on the People’s Square, really close to Nanjing Road. The museum will take you through thousands of years worth of Chinese history, and you will get to see lots of historic artifacts. There is also a lot of furniture pieces from the Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as various traditional clothes from throughout the ages.

Spend The Day At Disneyland Park

Did you think that Disney’s theme parks are only in America and France? Well, think again! The Shanghai Disneyland Park resort is just as impressive as its American and French cousins, and you will find all of your favourite Disney characters here. There’s even a big fairy tale castle! You can get the adrenalin pumping while riding the Roaring Rapids and follow in Wendy’s footsteps on the Peter Pan Flight ride!

Enjoy A Meal In The Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the most noticeable sites in the Shanghai skyline. But did you know that you can also enjoy dinner up on the top of it? There are fifteen observatory floors in the tower, and the top one is a very fancy restaurant. If that isn’t enough, the restaurant rotates! So, you can be sure that you get to see the whole of Shanghai during the duration of your meal!

Take A Boat Trip Around Zhujiajiao

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Zhujiajiao is Shanghai’s old water town. You can walk around this pretty area of the city and see lots of canals, elegant bridges and traditional architecture. You will find that there are also lots of boat and ferry trips you can take to explore all the waterways. Keep your eyes open, so you spot the famous Fangsheng Bridge – Shanghai’s biggest arch bridge.

So, next time you are planning to travel around Southeast Asia, be sure to make a stop off in Shanghai. In fact, why not take a whole holiday in the city – you certainly won’t regret it!

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12 comments on “China: Say Hi To Shanghai

  1. So much can be done from Shanghai! We were there for four years!

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  2. The Maglev is well and truly on my bucket list!

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  3. Zhujiajiao looks charming! The houses are so quaint and pretty.

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  4. I was in Shanghai and I didn’t go to Shujiaojiao. It looks pretty. I wish I had gone.

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  5. Always a great place to visit and I don’t know why backpackers give it a miss (that applies to Japan too). Perhaps it’s the reputation of China being a slightly harsher place and not quite ‘the land of smiles’, though of course most folk will appreciate this is not strictly true ! Or coud it be the language thing ? SEA seems to have adopted English quite well in the touristy/backpacker areas – not sure this is always the case in China and it might put some people off.

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  6. Shanghai is so massive! I was totally unprepared for that! It sure is a city worth visiting.

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