Having to remain indoors when there are beautiful things to see outside can be a frustrating experience. You, like most people, do not have such as part of your expectations. The world is currently held hostage by the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we can still hope for a time when we shall go to work, attend school, and take a vacation to foreign lands.

It would be best if you considered Shanghai for your next holiday trip when the world gets back to normalcy. It is the most developed metropolis in mainland China, and is a central economic hub with several foreign companies.

What to See

The city has several attractions; here are the key ones that make it worth a visit.

  • Shanghai Museum: It is a modern museum with material culture and relics of the past. Besides, you can see a rich collection of Chinese artefacts.
  • Shanghai Ocean Aquarium: It is a public aquarium where one can enjoy viewing sharks, seals, and water dragons.
  • World’s Longest Bridge: Shanghai is home to one of the longest bridges in the world, which is 9 km long. Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge is part of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway network.
  • Shanghai Tower: This is a 632-meter, 128-story mega tall skyscraper with the highest observation deck in the world.
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower: It is a Radio and TV tower located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area by the side of Huangpu River, opposite the Bund. It is 468m tall.
  • The Bund: Also known as Waitan, it is a waterfront area strategically located in Central Shanghai. It is known for its colonial-era buildings.
  • Yu Garden: This is a colorful Chinese garden planted beside the City God Temple in the Old City of Shanghai.

What to Eat

In addition to the beautiful scenery, you will find the local cuisine irresistible and unforgettable. Shanghai is the home of seafood. You will enjoy eel noodle, Shanghai hairy crab, and a squirrel-shaped mandarin fish, among other delicacies. As a tradition, Shanghai dishes look red and shiny because they pickle in wine.

Things to Keep in Mind

Visiting another city for the first time is often challenging, especially the culture shock, and Shanghai offers a good deal of it. The city’s culture is a mosaic of traditional cultures and modernity.

Examples to keep in mind are:

  • You do not have to tip in restaurants and taxis, though it is common in hotels.
  • Cash payment is preferred but only in Yuan, the local currency.
  • You will need a Virtual Private Network to communicate with your family via Facebook, Twitter and many other– due to the stringent internet policy in the country.
  • Most public spaces have squat toilets though western-style toilets are available in hotels and airports.

Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city with culture being a hybrid of Eastern and Western cultures. It attracts many visitors, mostly tourists, due to its beautiful sceneries and artificial structures. Have you been to Shanghai? If not, you should plan a trip to this prominent Chinese city, and you will be blown away for sure.