Shanghai

Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Concession to the forest of cranes and the neon-lit high-rises of Pudong, Shanghai is a city of paradox and change.

Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Concession to the forest of cranes and the neon-lit high-rises of Pudong, Shanghai is a city of paradox and change.

Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Conces

Today beauty and charm coexist with kitsch and commercialism. From the colonial architecture of the Former French Concession to the forest of cranes and the neon-lit high-rises of Pudong, Shanghai is a city of paradox and change.

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  • 1. China Art Museum

    Pudong | Museum/Gallery

    Housed inside the China Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo (which had sites on both sides of the river in Pudong and Puxi), this gleaming...Read More

  • 2. m97 Gallery

    Jing'an | Museum/Gallery

    Situated in the M50 arts district for about 10 years before moving to this location in 2016, this gallery and project space specializes in...Read More

  • 3. People's Square

    City Center | Park/Playground

    Home of the Shanghai Museum, the city's enormous main square is a social center for locals. During the day, residents stroll, practice tai chi...Read More

  • 4. Power Station of Art

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    The site of the Shanghai World Expo was a barren wasteland until this massive contemporary art museum, housed in a former power plant, opened...Read More

  • 5. Rockbund Art Museum

    The Bund | Museum/Gallery

    The detailing on this 1932 art deco building is as enticing as the artwork inside. Rockbund has no permanent collection, which keeps things...Read More

  • 6. Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

    Hongkou | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1927, the Ohel Moishe Synagogue was the spiritual center of Shanghai's Jewish ghetto in the '30s and '40s, and now houses the excellent...Read More

  • 7. Shanghai Museum

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    Look past the eyesore of an exterior—this museum holds the country's premier collection of relics and artifacts. Eleven galleries exhibit Chinese...Read More

  • 8. Shanghai Urban Planning Center

    City Center | Museum/Gallery

    To understand the true scale of Shanghai and its ongoing building boom, visit the Master Plan Hall of this museum. Sprawled out on the third...Read More

  • 9. The Bund

    The Bund | Neighborhood/Street

    Shanghai's waterfront boulevard best shows both the city's pre-1949 past and its focus on the future. Both the northern and southern ends of...Read More

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  • 10. Xintiandi

    Xintiandi | Store/Shop/Mall

    By World War II, more than two-thirds of Shanghai's residents lived in a shikumen (stone gatehouse). Most have been razed in the name of progress...Read More

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  • 11. Yu Garden

    Old City | Garden/Arboretum

    Since the 18th century, this complex, with its traditional red walls and upturned tile roofs, has been a marketplace and social center where...Read More

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  • 12. Yuz Museum

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    In a former airport hangar and within walking distance of the Long Museum, the Yuz Museum is the brainchild of Chinese-Indonesian art collector...Read More

  • 13. Bank of China

    The Bund | Building/Architectural Site

    British art deco and Chinese elements combine in this 1937 building, which was designed to be the tallest in the city. However, opium magnate...Read More

  • 14. Cathay Theatre

    French Concession | Arts/Performance Venue

    The art deco–style Cathay Cinema was one of the first movie theaters in Shanghai and, indeed, still shows a mix of Chinese and Western films...Read More

  • 15. Century Park

    Pudong | Park/Playground

    If you're staying in Pudong, this giant swath of green is a great place to take kids, as it has a variety of bicycles for hire, good flat paths...Read More

  • 16. Chen Xiangge Temple

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If you find yourself passing by this tiny temple on your exploration of the Old City, you can make an offering to Buddha with the free incense...Read More

  • 17. City God Temple

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the southeast end of the Yu Gardens bazaar stands this Taoist temple, built during the early part of the Ming Dynasty and destroyed by fire...Read More

  • 18. Double Rainbow Massage House

    French Concession | Spa–Sight

    With instructions clearly spelled out in English, Double Rainbow Massage House provides an inexpensive introduction to traditional Chinese massage...Read More

  • 19. Dragonfly

    French Concession | Spa–Sight

    This local spa chain has claimed the middle ground between expensive hotel spas and workmanlike blind-man massage parlors. Don the suede-soft...Read More

  • 20. Duolun Lu

    Hongkou | Historic District/Site

    Although this road has been heavily restored, its architecture and general ambience takes you back in time to the 1930s, when the 1-km (½-mile...Read More

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