Shanghai Disneyland

Top choice in Shanghai

Disney has magicked-up a spectacular theme park in Shanghai, offering a subtly Chinese take on Mickey and Co. Six themed areas encircle Disney’s biggest-ever Enchanted Storybook Castle, with attractions including a TRON roller coaster joining high-tech reboots of old favourites like Pirates of the Caribbean. With an estimated 350 million people living less than three hours away, expect long queues for rides – arrive before 9am if you plan to do it all in a day.

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1. Himalayas Museum

7.91 MILES

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…

2. Century Park


This modern park at the eastern end of Century Ave is strong on hard edges and synthetic lines, but there’s an attractive central lake (with expensive…

3. Shanghai Science & Technology Museum

9.19 MILES

You need to do a huge amount of walking to get around this seriously spaced-out museum and some of it is pretty dated, but there are some fascinating…

4. China Art Museum

10.8 MILES

Set on the former site of the World Expo China Pavilion, this 160,000-sq-metre, five-floor, modern-art museum hosts some excellent international…

5. Dongjiadu Cathedral

10.95 MILES

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

6. Power Station of Art

10.97 MILES

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

7. Cool Docks

11.05 MILES

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…

8. Sunny Beach

11.06 MILES

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…