While Shanghai is certainly a modern, international city, it’s still very different from what you’re probably used to back home, and you’ll have a much more rewarding and enriching experience if you heed these 10 bits of advice on what not to do in Shanghai.
A massive city like Shanghai isn’t the easiest to navigate, and with the exception of a few walkable areas like the French Concession or the Bund, you’ll need to rely on the city’s transportation system to get around.
Spring is one of the best times to visit Shanghai, thanks to mild weather, sparser tourist crowds and colorful cherry blossoms creating a natural spectacle in the city’s parks and gardens. While nearly any of Shanghai’s attractions will be pleasant in springtime, there are a few you really shouldn’t miss.
When you look at modern Shanghai, it’s hard to imagine anything but a modern metropolis, but if you look carefully, you can still find remnants of Shanghai’s past. Taking a walk along what’s left of the city’s old defensive walls gives you an insight in to the history of one of China’s biggest cities.
Strolling through Shanghai‘s French Concession is akin to stepping back in time. A far cry from the fast pace and ultramodern look of most of Shanghai, the sleepy tree-lined streets of this old neighborhood — one of Shanghai’s last remaining colonial districts — are filled with villas and mansions dating back to the 1920s and 30s now housing chic boutiques, galleries and cozy, intimate cafes.
With more than 23 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city. While it’s possible to get to and from the city’s best sights by taxi or by taking the Metro, riding a bike allows you to explore all of Shanghai’s neighborhoods, whether it be the colonial buildings of the French Concession or the modern skyscrapers of the Bund, at your own pace. If your Mandarin skills are limited, biking around the city saves you the trouble of having to communicate with taxi drivers or deal with the sometimes crowded Metro.