Get Inspired / Asia / China Getting Amongst It in Shanghai Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Asia / China Getting Amongst It in Shanghai story by: Mike Williams Shanghai is a city best experienced by getting in amongst it rather than just working through a checklist. It’s a fascinating city; undeniably global, the busiest container port in the world, a major financial centre, not to mention the historic economic gateway between East and West. It’s also the most populous city proper in the world. This all makes for an eclectic set of qualities, the combination of which is truly fascinating to experience. While proudly a Chinese city, Western influence permeates through the architecture and culture of Shanghai. The concept of ‘East meets West’ may sound clichéd, but the juxtaposition truly needs to be experienced to be believed. In one day, you can go from a morning watching locals practise tai chi or ballroom dancing in the park to meandering through the back alleys in the French Concession area. Then enjoy a spot of lunch at the least dodgy street vendor you can find, an afternoon of bartering for antiques and cell phones, choose between dumpling soup or fillet mignon for dinner, and then finish the evening sipping a mojito at the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai still has its share of historic landmarks and must-see attractions. At the top of the list is ‘The Bund’, the iconic waterfront cityscape that runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River. Take a walk down one of the busiest shopping streets in the world, Nanjing Road. A trip up the elevator at the aforementioned Shanghai World Financial Center is an experience in itself. The 100th floor has transparent glass-walled walkways and see-through floor panels. Other must-sees include the City God Temple of Shanghai and People's Square. Of course, no trip to Shanghai is complete without a bit of shopping! There’s Nanjing Road, XuJiahui, which has two large electronic malls, Dongtai Lu antiques market, Qipu Lu clothing market, and that’s not even scratching the surface. The great thing about shopping in Shanghai is that it gets you interacting with the locals and can take you to less touristy parts of the city, which is what experiencing Shanghai is all about. Click here for Cheap Flights to Asia or HOT China Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Surviving Shanghai with Children: The Dos and Don’ts Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.