This week we concluded our China trip for 2 days in Shanghai. In this blog I will describe which three activities are a must do while you are visiting the city. Shanghai is the biggest city in the country, so of course there is a lot to see and do in the city. We choose to do three main spots which we can vouch for. There are more than 20 million people living in the city, but unlike the more rural areas people do not stare at you as a foreigner. The city really has that international charm, but even in Shanghai English is hard to use as a language!
1. Go up the Oriental Pearl Tower
the Oriental Pearl Tower, also known as the Pearl Tower of the East, is a television tower standing tall in Pudong district. The tower is 468 meters high.
The Pearl Tower has three floors which can be visited.
On the top floor you can find the Space Capsule. This floor is situated 350 meters high and is built in the style of a space station. It is not really worth the extra money to go all the way to the top, there the way they built the floor makes it hard to take good pictures of the view. They made it look futuristic, starting from the elevator you take from the 2nd sphere to the Space Capsule. The elevator journey is fast, just like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and has a movie when you look up which takes you towards the top floor to make it feel like you are entering a real space station.
The 2nd sphere is situated 263 meters high and is the main viewing point. But the best part? Going down to 259 meters where there is a glass bottomed floor for optimal sightseeing pleasure.
267 meters above ground there is a revolving restaurant located. We did not visit, but for times and prices check here.
90 meters above ground there is a museum including some tourist attractions. We did not really feel like visiting it but if you have the time, explore it!
The entrance fee is 220 RMB per person to go all the way to the top. 160 RMB will take you to the 2nd and 1st sphere and the museum. Only want to visit the museum? That will cost you 35 RMB.
Opening hours are between 8 AM till 21:30 PM. Be sure to go by night for a spectacular light show!
Easiest way to move around in Shanghai is the metro. It will cost you about 6 to 10 RMB to get there, depending where in Shanghai you start off. Line 2 stop Luijazui will stop right infront of the Pearl Tower! For a better view, be sure to stop at the next stop: East Nanjing Road. Here you can get a spectacular view over the entire skyscrapers view!
There are also a lot of buses you can take towards the Pearl Tower. Bus 81, 82, 85, 774, 789, 795, 870, 971, 983, 985 and 993. If you are in a hurry, a cab is also a good option.
2. Visit the Yu Garden
The Yu Garden stands for happiness, and boy will these surroundings give it to you! One of the centerpieces is the Jade Rock, with a lot of myths around it.
Yu Garden was built in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty. The gardens are separated by walls which are beautified with dragons everywhere, making it a spectacular site to visit.
Before you enter there is a big koi pound which takes you to the entrance. There is a 40 RMB entrance fee to visit the entire park.
The park is a great spot to spent 1 to 2 hours enjoying the scenery. Once you exit, there are a lot of tourist shops for you to bargain. We bought different stuff, from chopsticks to tea pots!
3. Pose with Mickey in Disney
Oh yes! Shanghai just opened a Disney Resort Park in 2016, so of course we took a few hours to visit this famous park! It was a bit smaller then the one in Paris which I visited twice, but not less fun.
They have some fun roller coasters and live shows. Be prepared though, the shows are in Chinese! So it is funny to hear the Let it Snow song in Chinese while a lot of kids sing along. Quite the experience! The entrance to the park is cheap as well, 370 RMB in the off season. We were lucky to go in the Halloween themed month!
My personal favorite is the futuristic games you can play, being Iron Man or Tron using your body scanned on the screen in front of you. Really amazing!
Getting there is easy, for 10 RMB you got a one way ticket with Line 11 to the Disney Resort stop. Be sure to buy a return ticket when you arrive, this will make your life easier when you go back to the city.
Shanghai has a lot to offer, and the three points described in this post are just the tip of the ice berg. You have any tips to add while visiting Shanghai? I would love to hear them! Drop them in the comments below.