Shanghai Sights

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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Xintiandi and City Center 12

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Former French Concession 11

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The Bund and Nanjing Dong Lu 7

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Xujiahui, Hongqiao and Gubei 4

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21st Century Minsheng Art Museum

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Like the Power Station of Art, this sleek new musuem is located on the site of Shanghai's 2010 World Expo. The museum takes its name...

Bank of China

  • 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...

Banyan Tree Spa

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The Shanghai branch was China's first outpost of this ultraluxurious spa chain. It occupies the third floor of the Westin Shanghai. The...

Cathay Theatre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

The Art Deco–style Cathay Cinema was one of the first movie theaters in Shanghai. The building still serves as a theater, showing a...

Century Park

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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...

Chen Xiangge Temple

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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...

China Art Palace

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Housed inside the China Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site, this gleaming homage to contemporary art has a whopping 27 exhibition...

City God Temple

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

Double Rainbow Massage House

  • Spa–Sight

With instructions clearly spelled out in English, Double Rainbow Massage House provides an inexpensive, nonthreatening introduction to...


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


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