Sunny Beach

Shanghai Old City

Life’s a beach, even in the middle of Shanghai. If the sun comes out, pop down to this small but amusing artificial strip of sand right by the river and north of the Cool Docks. There you'll find a backdrop of Lujiazui, a limited bar, deckchairs, beach volleyball and Frisbee. Keep your expectations fairly low.

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Nearby Shanghai Old City attractions

1. Cool Docks

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The riverside Cool Docks consist of several shíkùmén (石库门, stone-gate houses) surrounded by red-brick warehouses, near (but not quite on) the waterfront…

2. Dongjiadu Cathedral

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

3. Temple of the Town God

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Chinese towns traditionally had a Taoist temple of the town god, but many fell victim to periodic upheaval. Originally dating from the early 15th century,…

4. Shanghai Tower


China’s tallest building dramatically twists skywards from its footing in Lujiazui. The 121-storey, 632m-tall, Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower topped out…

5. Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar

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With its shaded alcoves, glittering pools churning with fish, plus pavilions, pines sprouting wistfully from rockeries, and roving packs of Japanese…

6. Peach Garden Mosque

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Originally dating to 1917, this famous mosque is the main place of worship for Shanghai’s Muslims.

7. Shanghai World Financial Center

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Although trumped by the adjacent Shanghai Tower as the city’s most stratospheric building, the awe-inspiring 492m-high Shanghai World Financial Center is…

8. Aurora Museum

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Designed by renowned Japanese architect Ando Tadao, the Aurora Museum is set over six floors of the Aurora building and houses a stunning collection of…