Shanghai Hidden Gem Attractions

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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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  • 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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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,628 contributions
    We came to M50 on the weekend and it was not too busy. There are lots of exhibits you can walk in for free and see artists at work. The area also has many cafes and a few restaurants but none were overly appealing.
    Written 3 April 2021
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  • Chris P
    Shanghai, China4,924 contributions
    Enjoyed my visit to this temple. Really quiet. The biggest surprise was the tea-pot collection at the back of the complex. Beautiful! It’s well maintained
    Written 15 November 2020
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  • Jenn S
    Los Altos, CA55 contributions
    When we went, much of the south gate and area around east gate was under heavy construction, so we entered via the west gate. You need a ticket but there's no charge, and a health code. From there, the steps take you straight up to the pagoda, where there is also a small shop selling drinks and tea eggs. More steps take you up to the observatory/museum and the basilica was past it. Probably takes 30min for that entire walk, all paved and not super steep. The basilica was closed for repairs, from the sign it looked to have been closed for the last six months.

    We wandered out the east gate via a very nice path through a bamboo forest. I was disappointed to not see any wild animals at all, and everywhere the ground and plant leaves were covered in dust. It was totally empty but with the huge parking lots, you can tell it gets very crowded. Likely because it was winter, we didn't see many food vendors at all.

    I'd allocate maybe 2-3hrs to see all the mountain parks in the area. Theres a ton of other things to do in sheshan though, including happy valley amusement park, smurf land, visiting the quarry hotel, golf. There is a water park too but closed in off season.
    Written 24 December 2020
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  • Jo-Ann
    Washington15,418 contributions
    The largest slaughterhouse in Shanghai back in the 1930s. Today it is a shopping complex with boutiques, restaurants, dance studios, etc. If it is completely occupied, it would be a place to chill. Now I believe people go there for photography as the structure of this building is unique and original. Take Line 4 to Hailun station. Exit 2 into Hailun Road then turn right into Shajing Rd. This interesting building will be right in front of you!
    Written 10 May 2021
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  • Mike X
    Chicago, IL1,870 contributions
    Most people won't come here even though it's right next to the Longhua temple. It's a park with memorials and sculptures meant to honor those who were executed for being communists. It's a large park with sculptures scattered around. There is a well curated museum in the center where you can learn more of the history.
    Written 4 May 2019
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  • Jo-Ann
    Washington15,418 contributions
    Line 16 to Xinchang metro station. Bus 1068 takes you to the old town. Easy! Nice old town. Plenty to eat and shop. It is older compared to the rest of thewater towns in Shanghai. People are friendly here.
    Written 19 April 2021
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  • robjustrob
    Lethbridge, Canada1,792 contributions
    this little water town area is far less touristy and not yet a ruined experience. it doesnt have quite the infrastructure and is not nearly as big as other water areas, but it is nice to see and the charm is the lack of people there.
    Written 1 August 2018
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  • Kristine K
    105 contributions
    Quaint. Kind. Peaceful. Reflective. A gem hidden in plain sight. One of the smaller temples in Shanghai, but it's sincere and worth a visit. Small entrance fee of 10 RMB, ticket counter to the left of the entrance gate.
    Written 30 September 2020
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  • John T
    Shanghai, China688 contributions
    The temple is quiet and secluded and easy to access. Staff and polite, helpful and welcoming. The highlight for my daughter was the koi carp pond and the opportunity to feed the fish. The temple buildings are well maintained and nice to wander around
    Written 4 January 2020
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  • Ilaria C
    3 contributions
    we love untour food tours! we've been on 3 so far and they're always a lot of fun. the food itself is great and the guides are knowledgeable not only about the local culinary culture but also about the city and its history.
    Written 21 November 2021
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  • Aliess Renae
    2 contributions
    Scarlett is nothing short of delightful. She had a list of ideas for things we could do or see on our two tour days, but was also open to anything we wanted as well. We took the metro, walked, and hailed cabs to get us to our destinations- all with great ease. Her lunch and snack choices were also a complete hit. But, truthfully, that's just the start. If you're looking for a tour guide that's friendly, knowledgable, funny, and wonderful- Scarlett is your girl. She knows her history, fun facts, and hidden gems. If I could give her 1,000 stars, I would.
    Scarlett, thank you for such a wonderful two days in Shanghai and for teaching us so much about your city. We hope to come back soon to see you!!
    Written 11 December 2019
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  • Gordana S
    1 contribution
    My friend and I went to a new afternoon/evening tour that lasted for 6 hours. WOW what an experience! Well organized and wonderfully guided tour with stop overs to visit interesting places, eat great food and have drinks. We visited an old Russian church which is now a bookshop, took a ferry to Pudong and back, cycled along the river and saw an old ship yard which is now a mixer place, then a place which looks like Shanghai street back in 1980s with all the memorabilia from that period and great food to taste. Both Charlie and Q are wonderfully enthusiastic and friendly guiding the tour so professionally and at the same time in such a relaxed manner that we enjoyed it completely. We saw the places we would not have known about otherwise. All in all a memorable experience, and we are looking forward to going on the other tours, as well.
    Written 8 August 2021
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  • Explorer543
    1 contribution
    I was recently in Shanghai on a Shopping Trip with Lis O'Neill and had the good fortune to spend two days with MJ and Liz. They were knowledgeable, fun and took all the stress out of what could otherwise have been a bit of a mission. We were taken to markets that I suspect few other tourists know about. They introduced us to the best stall holders who specialised in different things and even negotiated the best rates so we didn't need to barter. In between stops at markets we were treated to wonderful food, fascinating stories and exceptional company. Can not rate you wonderful women highly enough! Thank you!
    Written 3 November 2019
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