10 Things You Should Know About Shanghai
|Shanghai is famous with rich of culture, booming economy and many interesting tourist destinations. Not many people know about Shanghai and many didn't know what to do in Shanghai too. I will try to compile a simple list of things you should know.|
1) Shanghai is a direct-controlled municipality.
2) A luxurious of architecture design in one city.
|From an old Chinese dynasty...|
|to the futuristic building which it can move by itself.|
|From an old residential...|
|...to the modernized high rise condominiums|
|From an old walking streets...|
|.. to the new pedestrian's street.|
|You name it, they got it. Those you cannot imagine it, they got it too. Simply an amazing city. You would be thrilled by taking lots of photographs especially if you are into architecture.|
3) Do not buy single ticket entrance
4) Not worth to visit any of their skyscrapers
|The price is CNY220/pax for all sections. However, you can purchase separate section with the tour agency for a much cheaper price. Of course, do remember to choose the evening session so you can see the day and night view at the same time.|
5) Hop onto a city sightseeing bus is a must!
|Even it is stated 24 hours but the operating hours is only 9.00am - 7.30pm (May to October) and 9.00am - 5.30pm (November to April). There are some lines only operate until 4.00pm throughout the year. They have 4 different routes which you can check it out more at the picture link here. You can hop on and hop off at any dropoff point for unlimited times with a waiting time of 30 minutes. Please take note, there are a number of bus companies operating such service. They are categorized by color or the name of the company. So you only can ride the specific bus company that you have purchased your ticket with.|
6) Huangpu River Cruise is a trip you would never forget.
|Huangpu River is an important river in Shanghai which has bring this city prosperous as you can see it today. You will definitely be rewarded with extremely beautiful and extravagant view of the city at the both side of the river.|
|There are all kind of cruises offering different kind of services on their cruise. Some ships are very unique and beautiful but they are definitely costly. The price I have quoted previously is the most basic common cruise package price.|
|The best time is to catch between the sunset and the night view where all the buildings started to light up. The time would be 6.00pm and 6.30pm. This is my recommended time to get the best view of both world.|
|Our cruise has 3 levels, where you can enjoy at the open air top deck with 360 degrees view or sit in their air-conditioned floor with cozy sofa but limited to less than 180 degrees view and with glass window that is going to blur your shots.|
|One of the reason I recommend the night ride is because the dirty river water looks acceptable during at night.|
7) Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street is the real shopping experience
|Last but not least, there is no entrance fee for this. Just enjoy! Do bargain at some kiosk like this. They will willing to sell you at your price if your offered price is reasonable.|
8) Queue for food is common here.
|If you would want to know if a food is delicious, check the queue. I am not kidding. The queue is crazy long.|
|If you think it is nonsense to queue for 1 hour to buy a bread, think again about this bubble milk tea because this is not the real queue.|
|This is the queue that went zig zag outside the mall with 5 mall securities standing by to maintain the order. It is really ridiculous. I am not sure how good is it because I do not want to waste my travel time on queueing up.|
9) Luxurious of transportation options in Shanghai.
|There is no Uber or GrabCar available at China. They have their own car hailing service app which is known as Didi Dache. Once again, it is link to WeChat which is link to your China bank card or UnionPay card only.|
10) Find your accommodation using Airbnb.
|Overall, it is a great experience to be in Shanghai. I really recommend to have at least 3 nights in this city to get a touch of everything. Thanks for reading!|