Now that China has resumed the 15-day visa-free facility for Singaporeans travelling to China on ordinary passports for business, tourism, family visit, and transit purposes, are you gearing up for a long-awaited visit?
With so many interesting cities in China to choose from, one can never go wrong with the bustling Shanghai. Often referred to as the “Paris of the East” or the “Pearl of the Orient,” Shanghai is one of China’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities.
Situated on the eastern coast of China, at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is a thriving metropolis that seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. With a rich history dating back centuries, the city has evolved into a global economic powerhouse and a cultural melting pot.
Is Shanghai worth visiting?
As China’s largest city by population and a major global financial centre, Shanghai plays a pivotal role in shaping the nation's economic landscape. Its skyline is a testament to modern architectural marvels, featuring towering skyscrapers like the Shanghai Tower, which ranks among the tallest buildings worldwide.
Amidst this urban sophistication, Shanghai retains pockets of its historical heritage, seen in its traditional gardens, preserved districts, and historical landmarks. Shanghai's cultural scene is equally captivating, with world-class museums, art galleries, and theatres showcasing both traditional Chinese art and contemporary creations.
Not forgetting Shanghai’s delectable dishes like the famous xiaolongbao (steamed bun usually filled with minced pork) and the city’s vibrant shopping and entertainment districts, you can’t say you’ve been to China if you haven’t been to Shanghai.
In addition, Shanghai’s charm is not only confined to its urban core. The city’s proximity to the water has also given rise to charming ancient water towns like Zhujiajiao (Zhu Family Corner), offering a glimpse into traditional Chinese life.
A city of contrasts—old and new, East and West, tradition and innovation—Shanghai is a city that captures the essence of China’s rapid development while honouring its cultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking a unique blend of experiences.
Before we take a look at some things you can do in Shanghai, you should know that travellers to China are no longer subject to quarantine on entry. But you will need to submit your pre-departure self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) results if you’re travelling on direct flights from Singapore to China.
1. Take a stroll along the iconic Bund promenade
Capture stunning views of the city's modern skyline juxtaposed with historic European architecture.
Shanghai Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
2. Visit the Shanghai Tower
Take in breathtaking panoramic views from the observation deck of one of the tallest buildings in the world.
Shanghai Tower 118th Floor Observation Deck Ticket
3. Explore the classical Chinese garden of Yu Garden
Marvel at its intricate architecture, serene ponds, and traditional pavilions.
Yu Garden Admission Ticket in Shanghai
4. Shop till you drop on Nanjing Road
Indulge yourself at one of the world's busiest shopping streets with boutiques, department stores, and international brands.
5. Immerse yourself in the charming Xintiandi district
Take your #OOTD at this pedestrian area filled with trendy boutiques, restaurants, and restored Shikumen (traditional Shanghainese architectural style combining Western and Chinese elements) houses.
6. Discover China’s rich history and art at the Shanghai Museum
Feel the cultural vibes with the vast collection of artefacts spanning thousands of years.
7. Pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple
Check out the two exquisite jade statues brought from Myanmar: a sitting Buddha and a smaller reclining Buddha.
8. Wander through the narrow lanes of Tianzifang
Snap some Insta-worthy shots at this artsy area filled with galleries, shops, cafes, and studios.
9. Have a magical time at the Shanghai Disney Resort
Who can say no to the happiest place on Earth?
【Summer Splash】Shanghai Disneyland Admission Ticket
Shanghai Disneyland Admission (90 days)
10. Take a cruise along the Huangpu River
Witness the illuminated skyline and landmarks of Shanghai at night.
Huangpu River Cruise (Qingjiang Line)
11. Explore the charming former French Concession area
See a different side of China with its tree-lined streets, colonial architecture, and a mix of boutiques and cafes.
Shanghai Highlights Half-Day Bike Tour
12. Visit the Jin Mao Tower
Ride the high-speed elevator to the top for panoramic views of the city.
【World Highest Skywalk】Shanghai Jin Mao Tower 88th Floor Exclusive Skywalk Experience
13. Scale the supertall Shanghai World Financial Center
Experience the “Bottle Opener” skyscraper with its unique observation deck offering stunning vistas.
14. Enjoy a spectacular acrobatic performance at the Shanghai Circus World
Be awed by impressive feats and traditional Chinese performing arts.
15. Visit the Longhua Temple
Leave your footprints at the city’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple, known for its towering pagoda and serene surroundings.
16. Indulge in Shanghai’s diverse culinary scene
Try local specialities like xiaolongbao, shengjianbao (pan-fried buns), and various street food offerings.
17. Take a day trip to Zhujiajiao
Explore the picturesque ancient water town with charming canals, stone bridges, and historic architecture.
Zhujiajiao Watertown Whole Day Cycling Tour from Shanghai
18. Experience Shanghai’s lively nightlife
Visit trendy bars, clubs, and entertainment venues in areas like The Bund, Xintiandi, and Found 158.
Shanghai Charming Night Bike Tour
19. Have a fun-filled day at Shanghai’s various theme parks
Jio your kakis or bring your family!
Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park Ticket
Shanghai Happy Valley
Shanghai Maya Beach Water Park Ticket
20. Explore diverse ecosystems at Chenshan Botanical Garden
Join in the mission to conserve biodiversity and promote plant research.
Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden
21. Catch a glimpse of Old Shanghai’s prosperity at Shanghai Film Shooting Base
Spot filming crews and even actors roaming around the park!
Shanghai Film Shooting Base Admission Ticket
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