The epic city of Shanghai is the biggest and most vibrant city in the People’s Republic of China. This city boasts countless tourist attractions, be it historic monuments, entertainment joints, beautiful parks and gardens, festivals or fascinating Buddhist temples.

Shanghai’s landmarks and monuments are a beautiful blend of the old and the new. The most prominent tourist attractions include the Temple of the Town God, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the People’s Square, and the Shanghai Library, which is one of the ten largest libraries in the world. For a great view of the city, don’t miss visiting Shanghai’s World Financial Center, which has been nick-named “the bottle opener” due to its unique shape. From its famous skywalk, which at a height of 474 meters is the world’s highest viewing platform, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Shanghai.

China - Shanghai - Pudong Skyline with Oriental Pearl Tower

To know more about this beautiful city’s past, art and culture visit any of the numerous museums and galleries. The renowned ones include the Shanghai Museum, the Bund Museum, and the controversial Museum of Sex Culture.

Nature lovers should visit the city’s impressive parks and gardens like the Yu Yuan Gardens which also boasts a beautiful traditional tea house, the Botanical Garden and Fuxing Park. If you come here during the very peaceful hours of the early morning, you can witness the locals practicing Tai Chi or meditation.

For shopaholics there are many attractive venues in Shanghai like Huaihai Lu, Shanxi Nanlu and the Bund district. The most popular shopping strip is East Nanjing Road, which is also called the ‘Golden Mile of China’. On West Nanjing Road you can find many expensive boutiques and galleries.

Shanghai hosts world-famous festivals like the annual film festival, Formula One Grand Prix and the International Arts Festival. Other major attractions include the Dino Beach water park, which has Asia’s largest wave pool, Jingiang Amusement Park, a spectacular indoor aquarium, the Aquaria 21, the Riverside Promenade, Qibao, as well as pleasure cruises along the Huangpu River.

The city enjoys a subtropical climate with rather hot and humid summers and cold winters with occasional snow flurries. Both spring and autumn are the best time to visit Shanghai, with the most pleasant months being May and October.

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