If you’re seeking amusement in the greater Shanghai area, the following suggestions will help point you in the right direction.
Happy Valley Shanghai: Located roughly 25 miles from the downtown core, Happy Valley Shanghai is an amusement park of astonishing proportions. The grounds sprawl over more than 200 acres, with over 100 attractions that are housed in seven themed zones (Sunshine Beach, Happy Times, Typhoon Bay, Gold Mine Town, Ant Kingdom, Shanghai Beach and Shangri-la Woods). The park can be reached via subway (the 9 line) or by bus. Admission is approximately $30 for an all-inclusive ticket, with discounts for students (small children are free). Hours of operation are 9.a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
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Beaches: Songlanshan Beach is located near the seaport city of Ningbo. It is the closest natural beach area to Shanghai. A series of buses from the main Shanghai bus station make the four-hour journey to this assortment of bay fronts, caves, reefs, and soft sand beaches. Fishing is popular, but the most popular activity by far is reclining on a beach towel or treading water in the surf and taking in the vista made up of the nine tiny islands that sit on the horizon. Another good choice is Putuoshan Beach. The best way to approach it is a two-hour boat ride from the city center, but it is also possible to reach this restful destination by bus. While there, check out Puji and Fayuchan Temples, both of which can be reached on foot from the beach (be prepared to hike up some stairs).