Shànghǎi can dig serious holes in your wallet. And with inflation and yuán appreciation, it's only going to become a pricier destination. But there are some options for those on a budget or who just want to save cash.
Museums & Galleries
- Shànghǎi Museum
Shànghǎi’s premier museum walks you through the pages of Chinese history via sumptuous art forms such as porcelain and landscape painting. The number of daily visitors is limited, so don’t show up too late.
- Power Station of Art
Inventive and thought-provoking art and design exhibitions are hosted in this vast former power station near the Huángpŭ River.
- Bund History Museum
Located beneath the Monument to the People’s Heroes at the north end of the Bund, this museum introduces the history of the area through a selection of old photographs and maps.
M50 is the largest complex of modern-art galleries in Shànghǎi, housed in an industrial setting.
- Liu Haisu Art Gallery
Moved to a new location in 2016, this excellent museum houses a collection of Liu Haisu's beautiful paintings, as well as contemporary art from around the world.
- CY Tung Maritime Museum
Get the lowdown on the astonishing 15th-century explorer Zheng He at this museum.
- The Bund
The Bund is the first port of call for most visitors to Shànghǎi. Thankfully, strolling the promenade and peeking inside the historic buildings doesn’t cost a cent. Restaurants and bars here are mostly up-market.
- Walking Tours
Follow one of our walking tours as they guide you around the backstreets and historic neighbourhoods of the Bund, Old Town, French Concession and Jìng’ān.
Shànghǎi's parks, many of which are free, are great for people-watching. There is almost always something going on, whether it’s people practising qì gōng or taichi, playing chess or holding impromptu music concerts.