Do you have a stopover in Shanghai and want to make the most of it? My easy to follow Shanghai Stopover Itinerary will help you do this – and it can be done on foot!
Shanghai is a huge city and it may be overwhelming figuring out how to spend your time and what to go see- especially if you have limited time. The following is an itinerary that I created when I only had one day to explore Shanghai. My itinerary requires no buses or trains, just use your phone as a GPS guide and follow my itinerary to see the top sites in Shanghai.
Lightening Fast Maglev Train
If you flew into Pudong airport, take the Maglev train into the city. Sure the airport is far out of the city but with the speed train you will be there in no time. I’m not kidding- this thing goes 300km/hour! For about $6 it’s totally worth it!
Take the Maglev to Long Yang Road Station and then transfer to Metro Line 2 to East Nanjing Road.
I would recommend booking accommodation near Nanjing road. It is a central location and close the the train line. Once you have settled in head out onto the bustling Nanjing road to explore the many shops and restaurants. There is a lot of tasty food to try as you are walking along and lots of places to do some shopping.
From Nanjing Road head towards people’s park. The park is in the middle of the hustle and bustle but can provide a relaxing place for a stroll.
In People’s Park you will come across Shanghai Museum. The museum is free to enter- and who can say no to free things? The operating hours are between 9:00- 17:00, howeve
r, they stop letting people in at 16:00 so make sure you make it to the museum before that.
Evening Boat Cruise
Once the sun sets there is no better way to view the skyrise building than with a boat cruise down the river. The price is about $25 for an hour.
You can either sit inside on the first level or go upstairs on the deck where most people go. The deck is in the open air so make sure that you have a jacket because it can get chilly. From the boat you can see both sides of the river as your cruise through with stunning buildings shining on either side of you.
Once the boat drops you off take a walk along the bund (a.k.a the river). Even though it is night-time, there are still plenty of people out and about snapping selfies of themselves in front of the buildings. The walk along the bund will give you a closer view of the old and intricate buildings
This is a romantic and beautiful evening walk.
Back to Nanjing Road
Walking along the Bund you will eventually come across East Nanjing road on your left. Turn up this street to see how this bustling area changes in the nighttime. Grab a snack or a milk tea before hitting the hay.
Walk this route counter clockwise starting at Nanjing East Road to follow my itinerary.