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  • 1 The Bund Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Bund CHN - Shanghai

    The mere mention of the Bund has inspired generations of adventurers. It was here, at the beginning of the 20C, that immigrants trying to make a new life for themselves - and hopefully their fortune - disembarked in Shanghai, at the time an internati..

  • 2 People's Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Peuple CHN - Shanghai

    It is from this square that the frenetic 5km-long pedestrianised Nanjing shopping street cuts a path through the city. The square, and its well-tended adjoining park, are home to the city hall, the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibit..

  • 3 Shanghai Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    People's Dajie Lu CHN - Shanghai

    The Shanghai Museum is a must for visitors to the city, who should set aside at least a day, or possibly more, to do it full justice. Opened in 1994, its architecture is resolutely modern in style, with a floor plan that is a eulogy to the Earth and ..

  • 4 Peace Hotel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Bund CHN - Shanghai

    The Peace Hotel was built in 1929 by the immensely rich Victor Sassoon with profits from the opium trade. Designed by the star architects of the time, Palmer and Turner, it features a pyramidal tower made from copper that boasts a 360° view. This sub..

  • 5 Bank of China Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Bund CHN - Shanghai

    A symbol of the Chinese Nationalist Government, located in the middle of the Western concessions, the Bank of China (1937) has superbly adapted the skyscraper concept to local architectural influences, with its pyramidal roof curved at each corner an..

  • 6 Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Bund CHN - Shanghai

    Strolling along the Bund is akin to flicking through a pre-war directory of world banking, as every building here seems to have been a bank at some stage of its life. This one, built in 1923 by the HSBC (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation), is ..

  • 7 Yu Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Fuyou Lu CHN - Shanghai

    One of the highlights of Shanghai, the Yu Garden is the justifiable pride and joy of the inhabitants of the old city who escape to this extensive and well-maintained haven of greenery by a stream and shaded by dense vegetation, where rare species sta..

  • 8 Shanghai Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Shanghai

    Opened in 1898, this opera house adds a French touch to the heart of Shanghai, the result of a design by the architect Jean-Marie Charpentier, and a stage curtain by the painter Olivier Debré. The building's architecture pays homage to the Earth and ..

  • 9 Park Hotel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nanjing Lu CHN - Shanghai

    Located to the north of the People's Park, Nanjing Lu traces a curving path along the site of the former racetrack. Halfway along the street, the Park Hotel (1933) remains one of the most elegant buildings in Shanghai, despite its small size by the c..

  • 10 Children's Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    WuLumyqi Bei Lu CHN - Shanghai

    The former residence (1924) of the Jewish Kadoorie family, the Children's Palace was embellished in great splendour. The famous stucco-adorned ballroom (commonly known as the Marble Hall), takes its name from the two huge chimneys built with marble f..

  • 11 Former French Concession Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Huangpi nanlu CHN - Shanghai

    The former French Concession, an elegant and luxurious district of relative calm, is best explored on foot. A chic area of the city since it was first established in the early 20C, it has continued to perpetuate its tradition for good living, and is ..

  • 12 Taiyuan Villa Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    160 Taiyuan Lu 160 CHN - Shanghai

    The Taiyuan Villa, also known as the "house of the merry widow", is without doubt the jewel of Ruijin's villas. Situated in a street free of cars, this French-style manor house hidden in a verdant setting was built by Count Maurice Frédéric..

  • 13 World Financial Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Shanghai

    The World Financial Center (2008) is Shanghai's tallest building (492m, 101 floors) and for a long time was the world's highest tower before being dethroned by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Acutely sharp in design and with a large aperture at the very t..

  • 14 Jinmao Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Shanghai

    With its undulating metallic structure, the Jinmao Tower (1998) is an audacious reinterpretation of the Kaifeng pagoda. While the exterior shines bright red at sunset, the inside is delicately decorated with alternating gold and black metal. A giant ..

  • 15 Cruises on the Huangpu Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Le Bund CHN - Shanghai

    Shanghai acts as an impressive backdrop to the River Huangpu. Enjoy views of the old façades of the Bund, the city's port dotted with cranes and derricks, and a procession of passenger boats, junks, barges, luxury cruise ships and warships on a memor..

  • 16 Confluence with the River Suzhou Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Le Bund CHN - Shanghai

    The meeting of the waters of the Suzhou and the Huangpu, which meet just before the estuary of the latter, is a sight not to be missed. Here, you can observe the comings and goings of boats slowly negotiating one of the meanders of the river. From th..

  • 17 River Suzhou Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CHN - Shanghai

    A trip up the River Suzhou reveals the full kaleidoscope of Shanghai society, ranging from trendy and middle-class areas to working-class districts that have so far been spared demolition. A witness to the arrival of the first consignments of opium a..

  • 18 Moganshan Lu Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Moganshan Lu CHN - Shanghai

    As several disused warehouses on Moganshan Lu were in need of reconversion, two pioneers from the art world installed their galleries (ShanghArt and BizArt) here in 2000. In the rush that followed, renowned artists flocked to what was fast becoming a..

  • 19 Bund Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Le Bund CHN - Shanghai

    Identifiable via a tower that is modest in size compared with the skyscrapers of Pudong, the French Concession's former meteorological station (1908) is distinguishable by the elegance of its Art Nouveau decor: curved pilasters, rounded ironwork and ..

  • 20 Astor House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    15 Huangpu Lu 15 CHN - Shanghai

    Albert Einstein and André Malraux stayed at Astor House at the time of its greatest splendour. This historic palace, the first of its kind in Shanghai, was built in 1846 in neo-Baroque style and modified in 1907 in line with the traditional aspects o..

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