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Best Things to do in Shanghai

Living in Japan, it’s so tempting to just book a trip over to China to check it out. I’ve visited Hong Kong, but not mainland China so I am really curious about exploring more of this giant country. There’s so much to see and do here, and while many visitors find themselves heading to Beijing, I am actually a lot more curious about Shanghai. Many of my friends have visited this cosmopolitan city and it seems absolutely incredible; The Bund (Wai Tan), Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Circuis and Happy Valley of Shanghai. There’s so much to do in this city that chances are one visit wont be enough. There are a number of great Shanghai tours and China holidays available, so if you have been planning a trip to Shanghai, don’t wait any longer! 

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The Bund:

There are two ways to explore the Bund, the first is by foot and the second is cruising down the river. Both are equally amazing and you’ll get to enjoy the amazing skyline. It is a great place to visit in the evening as it’s well lit up. You’ll find a lot of great shopping options here as well, so it is definitely worth a visit. 

Shanghai Circus World:

It is no secret that some of the best gymnasts in the world are from China. At Shanghai Circus World you will be both entertained and delighted by the sheer level of talent here. The music is live and the acrobats are extremely talented. Although the production level might not be quite at that of international circus shows, the Shanghai Circus World is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Shanghai. 

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Shanghai Museum:

One of the best things about this museum is that it’s free! Always good for those of us traveling on a budget. Beyond that, there are over 4 floors of Chinese history, art and calligraphy. Shanghai itself has some 5000 years of history so expect a lot to be crammed in this museum. I think when you’re traveling it’s important to get a sense of the country and culture and this museum is a great place to explore both Shanghai’s culture and history as well as China as a whole. 

Happy Valley of Shanghai:

This is Shanghai’s answer to a theme park and is a lot of fun. There’s a wooden roller coaster, as well as a number of larger roller coasters and rides. Bare in mind it can get quite busy in the Happy Valley of Shanghai so it is a good idea to arrive early and be prepared for some queues. This is a theme park where you can easily spend the better part of a day, so plan accordingly. 

There’s so much to do in Shanghai, I can’t wait to plan a visit. These are just some of the things that are on my Shanghai bucket list. Have you been before? 

Gemma

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