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7 Must See Places When You Move to Shanghai

Written by Jason Lowder

Congratulations! You’ve decided to embark on one of the greatest adventures of your life: packing up and moving to a completely new city, country, and culture. Now that you’ve arrived in Shanghai, here are some of the places you absolutely must see!

7 Places You Must See After Moving to Shanghai:

1. The Bund:

The Bund is number one on many lists of the first thing you should see when you arrive in Shanghai. This waterfront is filled with amazing architecture of both old buildings and new skyscrapers. For added majesty, visit the Bund at night.

2. Zhujiajiao Water Town:

This water town, also known as Shanghai’s Venice is one of the city’s oldest and most iconic sights. This is what you think of when you think of old dynasty-era China. Take in the gorgeous canals and bridges then stop in at the local shops and restaurants.

3. The Mag Lev Train:

This will likely be your first iconic experience of Shanghai as this super train is one of the main conduits from the airport to the city. Riding on this magnetically elevated train is like riding a tram from the future. You’ll reach speeds up to 430 kph!

4. Yu Yuan Gardens:

The Yu Yuan Gardens are located in the middle of Shanghai’s Old City and offer some of the most beautiful and serene nature you could hope to find in any city. These gardens date back all the way to the Ming dynasty. This is a great place to visit if you’re feeling a little overcome in this new city.

5. The Shanghai Bazaar and City God Temple:

Once you’ve taken in the serenity of the Gardens, you’re only a short walk away from the bazaar. Sure, it’s one of the more touristy places out there but that doesn’t mean you should stay away from it. See the vendors and shops and buildings that make up this old world market.

6. Shanghai Museum:

One of the best ways to learn about your new culture is to visit the local museum. As China boasts some of the oldest cities and civilizations on the planet, you can expect the Shanghai Museum to be rife with over 5,000 years of culture.

7. Xintiandi:

This walking neighborhood is a great spot for expats to visit when they’re feeling both homesick and looking for a night out. This spot starts bustling in the evening hours and is perfect for expats looking for a clean and easy atmosphere loaded with good dining, shopping and nightlife.


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