Must-see attractions in Shanghai

  • World Expo Museum

    Shanghai Old City

    Located at the former site of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, this museum showcases the history of world expositions. Using old video footage, interactive…

  • Fazangjiang Temple

    Shanghai Old City

    This simple but very active temple is curiously accessed from the west, rather than the south, where the entrance to Buddhist temples usually lies. The…

  • Long Museum

    Shanghai

    This sister museum to the Pudong venue of the same name is an important part of the movement to create a world-class art hub along the West Bund. The four…

  • Shanghai Film Museum

    Shanghai

    There's no shortage of entertainment value here, beginning from the moment you enter the exhibits via a 'red carpet' corridor of simulated applause and…

  • Former Residence of Mao Zedong

    Shanghai

    The Great Helmsman Mao Zedong lived here in the latter half of 1924 with his second wife, Yang Kaihui, and their two children at the time, Anying and…

  • Martyr's Cemetary & Memorial

    Shanghai

    This park marks the site of an old Kuomintang prison, where 800 communists, intellectuals and political agitators were executed between 1928 and 1937. A…

  • West Bund Art Center

    Shanghai

    This arts centre features over 100 leading galleries from around the world showing contemporary art to Asian fine arts. The enormous gallery spaces here…

  • Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

    Shanghai

    Education meets entertainment in this slick and intelligently designed aquarium that children will love. Join them on a tour through the aquatic…

  • Jiaotong University

    Shanghai

    Founded in 1896, Jiaotong University (literally 'Transport University') has a lovely, leafy campus, with well-kept lawns a short walk beyond the main gate…

  • Shanghai Sculpture Park

    Shanghai

    This lovely sculpture park fills 87 hectares with over 70 art works, which are curated across the vast green lawns. A mountainous backdrop and the Yue Hu …

  • Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art

    The Bund & People's Square

    Nonprofit MOCA Shanghai has an all-glass home to maximise natural sunlight (when it cuts through the clouds), a tip-top location in People’s Park and a…

  • Glen Line Steamship Co.

    The Bund & People's Square

    This elegant 1922 neoclassical building served as the office of a British shipping company before being occupied by the Japanese during WWII and serving…

  • PearlLam Galleries

    The Bund & People's Square

    The Shanghai branch of this Hong Kong contemporary gallery is set within an old bank building dating from 1936. With a mix of Chinese and international…

  • AroundSpace

    The Bund & People's Square

    Housed in a beautiful 1932 art deco building, that – like several other galleries in the area – was formerly a Chinese bank, AroundSpace is an elegant art…

  • Sheshan National Forest Park

    Shanghai

    The Sheshan National Forest Park consists of some pleasant bamboo-lined paths climbing the park's low-lying hills and is located west of Sheshan's centre…

  • Minsheng Art Museum

    Shanghai

    Although sponsored mainly by the Minsheng Bank, this edgy art space also counts the Tate, Centre Pompidou, MoMA and Guggenheim among its partners, so it…

  • Shanghai Gallery of Art

    The Bund & People's Square

    Take the lift up to the 3rd floor of Three on the Bund to this neat, minimalist art gallery showcasing current highbrow and conceptual Chinese art. It's…

  • Riverside Promenade

    Shanghai

    Hands down the best stroll in Pudong. The sections of promenade alongside Riverside Ave on the eastern bank of the Huangpu River offer splendid dusk and…

  • Monument to the People's Heroes

    The Bund & People's Square

    Up from Huangpu Park, this anachronistic monument stands above the Bund History Museum. Its socialist realism friezes depict the postwar triumphs of…

  • Magda Danysz Gallery

    The Bund & People's Square

    Well worth a cultural diversion, this bold and vibrant art space for both emerging and established Chinese and international names is twinned with its…

  • Zhongshan Park

    Shanghai

    Called Jessfield Park by the British and today named after 'Father of the Nation' Sun Zhongshan (Sun Yatsen), this lovely park is located in the northeast…

  • Gutzlaff Signal Tower

    The Bund & People's Square

    This signal tower was built in 1907 to replace the wooden original as well as to serve as a meteorological relay station for the tireless Shanghai Jesuits…

  • SCôP: Shanghai Centre of Photography

    Shanghai

    One of the cluster of galleries making up the new West Bund cultural hub, the Shanghai Centre of Photography is a small but effective space displaying…

  • Yuanjin Buddhist Temple

    Shanghai

    The Yuanjin Buddhist Temple is famed for its Qinghua Pavilion (清华阁; Qīnghuá Gé) at the rear, a towering hall visible from many parts of town. It's located…

  • Himalayas Museum

    Shanghai

    In the eye-catching Himalayas Center (attached to the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel), and formerly the Zendai Museum of Art, this art gallery is a fixture on…

  • M21: 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum

    Shanghai

    This contemporary art museum is a sister gallery to the Minsheng Art Museum in Red Town. It occupies the former French Pavilion in the World Expo site and…

  • Bank of Communications Building

    The Bund & People's Square

    With the Bund offering a showcase of the world's great architecture styles, representing art deco is the Bank of Communications Building with its classic…

  • Art Labor Gallery

    Shanghai

    An independent gallery representing a balance of Chinese and international artists, both emerging and established. Curators speak English and are happy to…

  • ShanghART

    Shanghai

    An original M50 gallery and one of Shanghai's first contemporary art spaces, ShanghART is still going strong 20 years on.

  • Kezhi Garden

    Shanghai

    This Chinese garden established in 1912 is a nice spot for a stroll with pavilions, ponds, quaint bridges and rocky outcrops.

  • City God Temple

    Shanghai

    Moved here in 1769 from its original location in Xuejiabang, this temple stands on the west side of the Chenghuang Bridge.

  • Statue detail at Confucian Temple.

    Confucius Temple

    Shanghai Old City

    A modest and charming retreat, this well-tended temple to Confucius is cultivated with maples, pines, magnolias and birdsong. The layout is typically…

  • Dajing Pavilion.

    Dajing Pavilion

    Shanghai Old City

    Dating from 1815, this pavilion contains the only preserved section of the 5km-long city walls. Also within the pavilion is a small Guandi temple, which…

  • Zhang Garden

    Shanghai

    It’s hard not to be impressed by the beautiful shíkùmén architecture of Zhang Garden, down Taixing Rd, off West Nanjing Rd and west of Shimen No 1 Rd…

  • Dongjiadu Cathedral facade.

    Dongjiadu Cathedral

    Shanghai Old City

    Just outside Shanghai Old City and once known as St Francis Xavier Church, this magnificent whitewashed cathedral is Shanghai’s oldest church, built by…

  • Jinjiang Amusement Park chair ride.

    Jinjiang Action Park

    Shanghai

    If the kids protest against sightseeing, the roller coasters, rides and huge Ferris wheel at this amusement park may mollify them. It’s a bit out of town…

  • Power Station of Art, Shanghai China

    Power Station of Art

    Shanghai Old City

    The vast Power Station of Art in the disused Nanshi Power Plant holds modern large-scale installations, design shows and other temporary exhibitions, some…

  • Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei

    Shanghai

    The magnificent St Ignatius Catholic Library, Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei, is one of several Jesuit monuments defining historic Xujiahui. Established in 1847 by…

  • Tou-Se-We Museum

    Shanghai

    Alongside a middle school on Puhuitang Rd, this fascinating museum is dedicated to the arts and crafts of the former Tousewe Orphanage, established here…

  • Soong Qingling Mausoleum

    Shanghai

    Despite the hard-edged communist layout, this green park is good for a stroll. Soong Qingling, wife of Dr Sun Yatsen (co-founder of the Republic of China)…

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