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

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.

Communist Heritage

Make sure you have your passport with you as you may need it to gain access to the Site of the 1st National Congress of the CCP, Zhou Enlai’s Former Residence and the Former Residence of Mao Zedong.


  • 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.