Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Shanghai

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  • FellowTraveler777811
    Brisbane, Australia21 contributions
    It was good to see the old and new areas. Very clean city. People were friendly. The night river cruise is so worth it.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Heather P
    Beijing, China25 contributions
    This is a beautiful garden. Peace in the centre of a thronging city. It's a fabulous place to go with your camera as every angle has a photo opportunity.
    Written 6 February 2022
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  • Stephen C
    1,070 contributions
    This attraction is best done on foot. Depending on how far and what you want to cover, it could be as long as 7 kilometers.

    The main draw for me was the old architecture, which is remnants from the French concession period. The local government has done a good job of preserving the buildings so that you can still get a flavor of how locals many decades ago.

    There are plenty of eateries and coffee shops along the way. There are also shops selling paintings and other creative items.
    The famous Xintiadi and Tianzifang are also part of this area.
    Written 5 February 2022
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  • Kristine K
    105 contributions
    Morning, afternoon, evening, or at night the river area is worth some of your time. The city views change minute by minute. The sights, the sounds, and experiences change with each step you take. Plenty of places to stop and sit or grab a coffee. Both sides of the river offer several venues for eating, drinking, and shopping. Several river cruise opportunities as well (day or night). Our recommendation, go anytime you can; however, be aware that holidays and dinner time (17:00-21:00) can be rather busy along the river, so mass transit will be your best option. If you have only 24 hours in the city, spend 30 minutes along the river, but be aware one could un-knowingly walk for hours along the river. Enjoy.
    Written 7 October 2020
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  • Jamie M
    1 contribution
    Had a great experience having a coat fitted and beautiful shirts made by Linda at Stitch and Co. She's a real expert and helped recommend amazing patterns that fit magnificently. A complete pleasure to visit and I'll be sure to come back again
    -Jamie
    Written 25 February 2022
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  • Sjakie S
    Hoorn, The Netherlands645 contributions
    The museum has free entrance, and if you know what's inside! But you have to wait in the queue for 1 hour. The audio guide is well worth the price. I think you can spend a whole day here.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Jo-Ann
    Washington15,418 contributions
    Surprisingly this temple is nice, a good size and historical. Just walking distance from the Changshou metro station line 7. There’s a variety of statues of gods and goddesses to be admired snd prayed (if you are a Buddhist). There are 2 Jade buddhas, one reclining and one sitting upright. Both in different parts of the temple. The reclining buddha is in white jade and the sitting buddha is in green jade. Sitting buddha sits in an airconditioned room where no photography is allowed. Pretty cool visit!
    Written 2 August 2021
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  • Kristine K
    105 contributions
    Electric. Fun. Fascinating. Ever changing. Versatile. Busy. Big business. Shopping. Tourists. Numerous restaurants & dining opportunities. Several museums in the immediate area. Can be a little congested at times. Take public transportation if possible. Glorious views of The Bund area. Can pick-up a hop on / hop off bus from this area. All towers within walking distance. Very western feel, new & modern, sleek. Majority of people in this area speak some English. The night experience much different than day time so walk around & visit the area both times of day. Holidays the area will be busy so be prepared. The time you spend in the area will depend on your purpose could be an hour could be all day. You decide! Enjoy.
    Written 20 October 2020
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  • gl0baltr0tter
    Shanghai, China1,077 contributions
    It has a temple built in the Yuan dynasty circa 1341 and a post office used in the Qing dynasty circa 1000 years ago. With a river run through the town, it offers enough bridges, footpath, restaurants, cafes, and curiosity shops that reminded me a little of Venice. However due to the COVID pandemic, there weren't enough tourists to support the local businesses with completely empty seats in many cafes and restaurants and whole sections walled off. A little sad to witness.
    Written 1 July 2020
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  • Mark F
    5 contributions
    Excellent place! It's nice to see the Jewish history being celebrated in Shanghai. They genuinely saved lives.
    Written 11 October 2021
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  • C0ppola
    Oulu, Finland242 contributions
    Very nicely designed buildings.

    It is a good idea to set aside time to tour the area without rushing.

    Stalls selling souvenirs and small shops in the area.

    Overall a great looking place.
    Written 18 March 2022
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  • Jo-Ann
    Washington15,418 contributions
    First built in 242 AD. Song Dynasty Monastry. It is old but still very well preserved. Good to visit and enjoy the architecture. Wuite a huge compound to cover. Pagoda was under construction when we were there.
    Written 15 March 2021
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  • HeatherandKel
    Salt Lake City, UT89 contributions
    Loved this museum. Had lived in Shanghai for over a year before ever going. Wish I had been sooner and had taken visitors. The model of Shanghai is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen. Great rainy day, or bad air day activity.
    Written 9 April 2020
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  • Doug C
    Shenzhen, China291 contributions
    First off, the place is difficult to find. Go to 726 builidng,and enter the entrance under the arch thing between the two banks. Turn right, and take the elevator to the 7th floor.

    The museum is quite small, but we'll stocked. There are a couple of hundred posters perhaps to look at.

    But, if you are a history nerd like myself, the gift shop is the star of the show. Original posters from the 60s... Original copies of the little red book in various languages, busts of Mao, old maps, old textbooks, old magazines... This place is a treasure trove, and will satisfy history buffs from a tiny budget of ¥150 for three copies of posters, to over ¥6k for rare originals, and everything in between.
    Written 3 October 2021
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  • EtaTandela
    Jakarta, Indonesia311 contributions
    Well this is a must place to visit when you go to Shanghai. You can shopping or eat or just chilling at a Cafe.

    Lots of light from building at night.

    There's a big Lego store in here
    Written 28 October 2020
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