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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • French Concession

    A piece of history
    The roots of Shanghai’s originality are best explored on a stroll through the French Concession. French and Spanish villas, German half-timbered houses and terraced houses in a mixture of Western and Eastern styles can be found in the old lanes, known as lilongs. It is particularly lovely around Wukang Lu, Anfu Lu, Wulumuqi Lu and Hengshan Lu – or Xinle Lu, Changle Lu, Julu Lu and Xiangyang Lu.
  • Huxingting Teahouse

    Fighting evil spirits
    This famous tea house dates back to the 19th century. It is a beautiful antique building in the middle of a small pond, and accessible via a funny little zigzag bridge. The zigzag is intended to ward off evil spirits, which are unable to go around corners. The whole area, Yu Gardens Bazaar, consists of houses and businesses that are built in the old style.
    Metro line 10 to Yuyuan Metro Station
  • City God Temple

    Cult site for Tao
    The City God Temple is one of the city’s landmarks. This venerable tower, a Tao cult site, rules over Shanghai’s Old Town. It is close to Yu Garden, a very large shopping mall with food stalls, restaurants and tea houses. It’s full and noisy during the day. You can buy anything here: musical instruments, woodwork, combs and sticks of all sizes, jewellery, and all kinds of – stuff. So be sure to allow yourself enough time.
    Metro line 10 to Yuyuan Gardens Metro Station
  • The Bund

    Historic buildings
    Touristic, but well worth seeing – the grand "Bund" promenade runs alongside 1½ kilometres of the Huangpu river and is considered by many to be the landmark of Shanghai. The impressive, historic buildings on the waterfront promenade were once home to embassies, banks and trading companies back in colonial times. Today, they are home to hotels, restaurants and fashion stores. The legendary Peace Hotel is probably the most well-known art deco hotel on the Bund. A line-up of famous guests have stayed here, including Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin and Bill Clinton.
    Zhongshan Dongyi Lu
  • Jade Buddha Temple

    Burmese jade
    The Jade Buddha Temple is one of the oldest in the city, and is finished in the typical warm yellow of the region. Clouds of incense billow constantly through the courtyards from the numerous joss sticks lit by the many worshippers and pilgrims from the surrounding villages. Built in 1882, the temple is famous for its two magnificent old statues of Buddha of carved Burmese jade.
    170 Anyuan Lu
  • Shanghai World Financial Center

    Observation Deck
    It is only from right up here that the sheer vastness of the city can be truly appreciated; from one of the highest observation decks in the world in the 492-metre Shanghai World Financial Center, even nearby Jinmao Tower, the world’s second-highest building, looks small. Glass elements allow visitors to look vertically down at what lies below. It’s best to go during the week. Panoramic alternative if the queue is too long: the Grand Café or Bar Cloud 9, both in the Grand Hyatt in Jinmao Tower.
    100 Century Avenue
  • Blue Shanghai White

    Chinese porcelain
    Every single piece of porcelain sold here – teapots, vases, bowls or plates - is unique, a one-off. Proprietor Haichen designs, makes and paints everything herself in Jingdezhen, China’s historical porcelain capital, whose goods are still considered the best in the country today. Haichen uses her ancient craftsman’s techniques and the traditional blue-and-white for artistic pieces that are utterly contemporary in design.
    17-103 Fuzhou Lu, near Bund
  • South Bund Fabric Market

    Made-to-measure suits and dresses
    It’s a good idea to take a few of your favourite items of clothing or suits with you when you visit South Bund Fabric Market. The shopkeepers don’t just sell fabric, but can also make up just about anything you want – at very reasonable prices. Many of the shops also have samples and pattern books, or sell cloth by the metre, from the finest cashmere to soft silks to simple cotton prints. It will only take a few days to make up your order, but be sure to bargain to get the best price.
    399 Lujiabang Lu
  • Shanghai Tang

    East-West chic
    This Hong Kong brand was one of the founders of contemporary East-West chic. Elegant traditional silk blouses and shirts in vivid colours for men and women hang next to clothes with little Asian details such as silk buttons, or polo shirts with the traditional Chinese mandarin collar. There are also various elegant accessories, ranging from jewellery boxes to key fobs.
    15 Xintiandi North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Lu
  • Tian Zi Fang

    Stroll through the alleys
    Many of the original inhabitants still live in the hustle and bustle of the lanes between the old red-brick terraced houses, among the photo galleries, boutiques, tea houses, arts and crafts shops and gift stores. Tian Zi Fang is perfect for strolling, shopping and stopping for a relaxed drink – perhaps in the Café Kommune, which in summer holds Australian barbecue evenings outside in the courtyard.
    Lane 248 and neighbouring alleys Taikang Lu
  • Dongtai Lum Markt

    The place to rummage
    Dongtai Lu is the perfect spot for rummaging and finding little gifts. The stands offer bric-a-brac, genuine and fake antiques and jewellery such as old stools, coins or suitcases; enamelled bowls from the state-run factories of the Cultural Revolution, newly produced busts of Mao, reprints of advertising posters from the 1930s, telephones from the 1950s, Tibetan coral necklaces, wood carvings from demolished houses – in short, there are some real finds in among all the junk.
    Dongtai Lu between Fuxing Zhong Lu and Chongde Lu
  • Power Station of Art

    Culture in a power plant
    Well worth a visit, if not just to admire the actual museum building. This former power station, built in 1897, produced the first electricity for the city. Today, visitors can admire the contemporary art on display. From Warhol to collections from the Pompidou Centre, exhibitions here are constantly changing. The Power Station of Art is the first public modern art museum in China and was opened in 2012, together with the China Art Museum.
    200 Huayuangang Road
    Huangpu District
    +86 21 3110 8550
  • Shanghai Art Museum

    Traditionally Chinese
    This is the place for anyone who wants an insight into the typical Chinese artistic creativity. The Shanghai Art Museum is next to the People’s Park in the Huangpu District. It houses traditional and contemporary paintings from the People’s Republic of China in an impressive building that dates back to Colonial times.
    325 Nanjing Xilu, (near Huangpi Beilu)
  • Swatch Art Peace Hotel

    Living with art
    The Swiss group offers a unique concept in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, which is located in a legendary historic building on the Bund. The hotel is reserved for artists, who live, work and display their art there. The building houses businesses that belong to the Swatch Group – a kind of art boutique and boutiques that sell watches by Breguet, Blancpain and Omega. However, the art is meant to be the ultimate luxury.
    Bund 19, 19 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
    Shanghai 200131
    +86 21 5866 64 28
    Swatch Art Peace Hotel