Shanghai is brimming with energy and excitement. Follow our guide on things to do in the metropolis city between meetings.
The Bund is renowned for its historic architecture and destination dining but it’s the burgeoning West Bund where you’ll discover Shanghai’s artistic esprit. This cultural corridor offers one of the city’s best parks, Xuhui Riverside; the ambitious Long Museum, which exhibits a mix of antiques and modern Chinese art; and the Shanghai Center of Photography.
Down the river
A boat ride on the Huangpu River, which splits the city into old and new, is the ideal vantage point from which to appreciate the diverse skyline, especially at night. Starting from Shiliupu Wharf, you can take a ferry ride of about an hour past landmarks such as the Jinmao Tower and Waibaidu Bridge or you can hop on a public transport ferry for a quick cross-river ride – a great way to avoid traffic.
The Era show at Shanghai Circus World blends traditional Chinese acrobatics and martial arts with high-tech effects and live music to tell a dramatic tale of love through an eight-act extravaganza with direction by two Cirque du Soleil alumni.
Shanghai’s famed urban renewal project, Xintiandi, is a district of rebuilt mid-19th-century shikumen (stone gatehouses) that have been repurposed into upscale shops and restaurants. The area is home to some of the most expensive residences in China, with apartment prices rivalling those of New York and London . This is a must-visit area for the architectu re and the chance to absorb the energy of downtown Shanghai. In the heart of Xintiandi, try the new Cobra Lily (181 Taicang Lu), serving Asian fusion, or grab a giant margarita and tacos at El Luchador.
Bespoke tour company Context is known for hiring veterans in their field to reveal the inside story of the city. Book a private tour to explore the history of the Bund, the M50 art district or the city’s local food scene, including a wet market.