When visiting Shanghai, you need to understand the main thing - 24 million people live here and this is the largest city in the world in terms of population (wiki). It is also included in the TOP20 cities by the number of international tourists (~8 mln per year). But the main fact is...
Shanghai is visited by 276 million domestic tourists per year (link, 2015)! 276 million! The most visited country in the world - France, has about 85 million international tourists a year.
Here everything is the biggest: the largest port, the longest subway, the highest observation deck, the fastest and highest elevator, the largest number of high-rise buildings.
You need at least 3 days to visit Shanghai. One day for the Pudong area and two days for the Bund, center and the old town. Of course, only if you are the active walkers.
We moved by metro and taxi. The metro is new and very modern. Shanghai has the longest subway network in the world (2017). All the inscriptions are translated into English. Tickets are bought in vending machines, there are single tickets, one day and three-day tickets. The price of a single ticket depends on the number of stations, the longest trip costs $1.3.
Taxi is inexpensive. A trip up to 10 kilometers will cost about $5. Use only official taxis with meters, since guys on the street deceive foreigners, as elsewhere. We were tired after the plane and paid $20 for the same 10 kilometers. Of course, you need to have a text with a destination in Chinese.
Shanghai is also a very suitable city for hiking. We had a great weather and walked 15-20 kilometers a day.
On holidays in tourist places of Shanghai are real hell. Here, for example, the central embankment during the Tomb-Sweeping Day.
Have you changed your mind about coming here? As it turned out, not everything is so bad. Just do not come on holidays, do not be lazy and get up early.
The most elite hotels in Shanghai are located in skyscrapers in the Pudong area and cost around 400 euros. We did not stay there since those hotels do not offer a view of the Pudong. Lived in the hotel Shanghai Bund South China Harbor View (booking.com). The room on the top floor cost 120 euros per night. Here is a view from the window.
Actually, this is the best view for such money and the hotel has no competitors. But there is one problem, the windows are covered with a yellow film, so the photos will not be ideal. But you can sit and watch people on the Bund.
The Pudong District is the main attraction of Shanghai. I think everyone saw the famous gif, which depicts two photos of Shanghai - from 1990 and 2010. In 15 years, this small piece of land has become the business and financial center of China.
Shanghai's main airport has the same name - Pudong, it was built together with the region. Do not miss the opportunity to get to the city on the fastest land-based public transport in the world. Shanghai Maglev at the moment is the only commercial train line on a magnetic cushion. Accelerates to 431 km/h.
Along the whole district, there is a well-developed embankment.
This place is good because it is not crowded and even during the day you can walk freely along the embankment. It overlooks the old Shanghai and the colonial embankment. You can get to the other bank by metro, ferry or in the tram of the tourist tunnel Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.
In the area of Pudong, we also visited the huge Century park (the metro station with the same name). The park was created by the British in 1996-2000. There are no tourists here, although it is very beautiful and there is much to do. You can just walk around like we did, rent a boat or bicycle, feed pigeons or even go fishing.
And in the area of the old city, the number of tourists is quite large. As we already mentioned, there is no sense to walk there during weekends. Therefore, we walked in the morning and in the evening.
Bund (Waitan) is a popular place for morning exercises.
As you can see, there are not many people here in the morning, but on weekends and holidays, the embankment is crowded. Be careful. On December 31, 2014, during the celebration of the new year, there was a tragedy here. According to press reports (which were denied by the police), from one of the buildings, somebody began to throw out flyers with congratulations, similar to US dollars. In the stampede died 36 people.
The main attraction on the waterfront is a view of the Pudong district.
Since we arrived in April, we did not miss the opportunity to visit Gucun Park (metro line 7, Gucun Park station, http://www.gucunpark.net/english/) and see cherry blossoms. The park is quite new (opened in 2011) and very large.
Then we returned to the Zhongtan Road metro station and started our 20-kilometer walk around the city. Went towards the center. It is impossible to get lost since you will walk along the river. On the banks are modern residential areas. Apartments here are expensive and the area is very well maintained and pleasant.
The next street is Huanghe Rd. Here are some of the most popular fast foods and restaurants in the city with a basic dish - dumplings. Look for Jia Jia Tang Bao (90 Huanghe Rd) or Yang's Dumpling (88 Huanghe Rd). Sometimes they are overcrowded.
In addition to the restaurants on this street, we also ate in Din Tai Fung - a network of dumpling's restaurants and in Wagas - a fast food network of healthy food, mostly European.
In front of the People's Square, you will cross the main shopping street of Shanghai - Nanjing Road. It is pedestrian from this point to the river.
Huanghe Rd overlooks the central square of Shanghai - People's Square. It is huge, and most of it is occupied by a beautiful park, where there are also cherry blossoms. The area has an oval shape, as before there was a racetrack.
The next landmark is the Xintiandi metro station and the eponymous quarter. This area is built in the style of Shikumen - a mix of Western and Chinese architecture. It is also called the French Quarter, as the whole area looks completely European.
In the center of the old town are its main "pearls" - a tea house on the lake (1784) and the garden of Yu Yuan or simply Yu. To the house leads a bridge of nine turns, protecting from evil spirits, which walk only in a straight line. The tea house works as a cafe. Tea pod costs from $9 to $20.
Promenade near the passenger port (metro station International Passenger Transport Center). Here was done a great job and appeared a large park, under which the port facilities are located. Pleasant and quite place.