A nice normal itinerary:
You go to People’s Square (sorry, I only have a bad photo!)
It is a huge square, surrounded by big streets and skyscrapers, with a park nearby. Chaotic modern Shanghai!
There are people that “help” you cross the street, because traffic lights are not enough. They stop the cars or the pedestrians that continue crossing the street even when their traffic light is red (even public buses crossed with a red light!)
Then you find Nanjing Road, the shopping street (also seen in the main image of this post). If you are from Europe, bring in your mind the shopping street in your city… and multiply it in width and length…
Many lights, signs, advertisements…
You can go into any mall and eat something.
Nanjing Road leeds to Huangpu river, where you will see two of Shanghai’s bigger attractions.
In this side of the river (after Nanjing Road) you will see The Bund. It is the area of the european governmental buildings etc during WWII. It looks something like this:
I don’t even have more photos, because these buildings are so… normal for me.
Just european buildings.
But when you turn your back on them and look at the other side of the river…
All of Shanghai’s famous skyscrapers! The area is called Pudong. You can cross with a bridge, take the metro and I am 100% sure we returned through a tunnel that time, but I couldn’t find it the net time I visited. But first take photos from across the river! Also go at night too! It is much better with all the lights.
The symbol of the city is The Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
It was once the tallest building in the world. The red area is actually a revolving restaurant, where we went for coffee and saw the city from up high.
Fun fact: the coffee there cost 3 euros… as in the worst cafeterias in Athens…
You also pay an entrance fee, you can go see some TV-stuff and info about the tower and of course see Shanghai from up high! Try to find a clear day (almost impossible I think).
Check the website to see the dinner deals, we went in the Beijing TV tower with my friends and had the dinner there, all-you-can-eat and had a lot of fun!
Enough with the skyscrapers! Let’s see the “other Shanghai”.
This is the “old” city:
A lot of old-looking buildings, which are all stores selling souvenirs, fountains, street-food… Weird street food sometimes…
It is a very touristic place, you can walk around, buy souvenirs, eat chinese food in one of the many restaurants. There are also actual old stuff in there too, like the Yuyuan Garden and the Jade Buddha Temple, which have a couple of euros entrance. You should definitely go.
Suzhou is a city near Shanghai, 30 minutes by train. It is the “Venice of China” 🙂
We went there on a day trip. We just went to the train station, said “Suzhou” and got tickets (about 7 euros maybe) for a fancy train. When we returned, we got on a much worse train (we had to stand) for 2-3 euros I think.
Unfortunately it rained that day 😦 I think you can take boats in the canal, but since it rained, we skipped that!
It is nice, but this is pretty much it, nothing more to see. But I liked it because it was “real China”. Shanghai is too modern.
Fun fact: we went at a place to eat (not a restaurant, a place where chinese people eat). We had 2 coca-colas (normal ones), about 5 pieces of meat on sticks, two small (size of my palm) pies with vegetables and one chicken leg. Total price: 2.5 euros!
The things I like in China are images like this (from Shanghai, not Suzhou):
and that is why I prefer Beijing over Shanghai. Shanghai is more western. Most western tourists prefer Shanghai I think (my friends did too) because it is more familiar to us.
Everyone has different tastes 🙂