Shanghai: Places to Explore


  • Former French Concession

    With its tree-lined streets and crumbling old villas, the Former French Concession is Shanghai's most visitor-friendly area, with ample shade and sidewalks meant to be pounded. It's a wonderful place to... Read more

  • Nanjing Dong Lu and The Bund

    On the bank of the Huangpu River is the Bund, Shanghai’s most recognizable sightseeing spot, lined with massive foreign buildings that predate 1949. Some of these buildings have been developed into hip... Read more

  • Nanjing Xi Lu and Jing'an

    Shanghai's glitziest malls are on or near the main street in this area, Nanjing Xi Lu. If you're into designer threads, luxury spas, or expensive brunches, you can satisfy your spending urges and max out... Read more

  • North Shanghai

    Although often neglected in favor of more glamorous neighborhoods, the northern Shanghai districts of Putuo, Hongkou, and Zhabei still offer some interesting sights. Hongkou District is relatively undeveloped... Read more

  • Old City

    Tucked away in the east of Puxi are the remnants of Shanghai's Old City. Once encircled by a thick wall, a fragment of which still remains, the Old City has a sense of history among its fast disappearing... Read more

  • Pudong

    Shanghai residents used to say that it was better to have a bed in Puxi than an apartment in Pudong, but the neighborhood has come a long way in recent years. It's now a futuristic city of wide boulevards... Read more

  • Xintiandi and City Center

    Xintiandi is Shanghai's showpiece restoration project. Reproduction shikumen (stone gate houses) contain expensive bars, restaurants, and chic boutiques. It's at its most magical on a warm night, when... Read more

  • Xujiahui and South, Hongqiao and Gubei

    Buyers throng the large malls in the shopping precinct at Xujiahui, which shines with neon and giant billboards. To the west are the districts of Hongqiao and Gubei, where expats live in high-walled compounds... Read more


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