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Children's Entertainment Tour in Shanghai (Self Guided), Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world, a destination packed with modern architecture, historic sites, museums and other attractions. It is also one of the most fun cities in China with attractions for children, including amusement parks, aquariums and one of China's best zoos. This tour guide highlights some of the fun places in Shanghai for the little travelers.
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Guide Name: Children's Entertainment Tour in Shanghai
Guide Location: China » Shanghai (See other walking tours in Shanghai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: emma
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
  • Natural Wild Insect Kingdom
  • Oriental Pearl Tower
  • Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
  • Jin Mao Tower
  • Shanghai World Financial Center
  • Shanghai Tower
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

1) Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is an underwater tunnel fitted with spectacular audio-visual effects for entertaining adults and children who go across the Huang Pu River from downtown Shanghai to Pudong. The ride through lasts 6 minutes.

The tunnel was completed and opened to the public in the year 2000. There are two entrances, one on the Bund at Nanjing Donglu and the other in Pudong near the Riverside promenade.

Visitors board a small carriage at one end. The carriage takes them through the tunnel that flashes kaleidoscopic neon lights in varying patterns. Blow up dolls pop up during the ride and sway in front of the carriage. A voice commentary tells the geological story of the earth as the carriages rush along to the other bank of the river. The intention is to take visitors on a ride from space to the centre of the earth and back again.

The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel ride is more expensive than getting across the river on the Metro or by ferry. The ride is, however, quicker and more fun for visitors, especially children.
Natural Wild Insect Kingdom

2) Natural Wild Insect Kingdom

The Natural Wild Insect Kingdom, Shanghai is the first living pet and insect museum in China. Besides insects, it has other aquatic and land animals. The object of the museum is to educate children through interactive programs and shows about the different types of natural habitats and the insects and other creatures that live in them.

The Natural Wild Insect Kingdom has exhibits grouped according to habitat. Countryside, forest, valley, desert, swamp and rainforest are some of the habitat groups showcased at the museum. There are also zones like the butterfly valley, insect gallery and a zone dedicated to amphibians and reptiles. It covers over 3000 square meters and hosts over 200 species. The museum is designed that visitors can clearly view all the creatures within.

Entertaining shows are held for children like an insect parade, a honey gathering show and food grabbing show. Children are encouraged to take part in interactive activities like touching, feeding exhibits and fishing for goldfish. There is a café and toy shop at the basement level where visitors can relax after touring the museum. They can rent a bucket and net from the well stocked toy shop for the goldfish fishing activity.

Operation hours: Monday- Thursday: 9 am- 5 pm; Friday- Sunday: 9 am-5:30 pm.
Oriental Pearl Tower

3) Oriental Pearl Tower (must see)

One of the tallest structures in Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower commands spectacular views of the Huangpu River and the Bund. The architecture was inspired by a Tang Dynasty poem by Bai Juyi about the sound of pearls falling on a jade plate.

The tower is 468 meters high with a structure consisting of a series of spheres supported by slanted columns. It stands on a green lawn that resembles the jade plate in the poem that inspired the tower. Each sphere houses spaces where commercial or recreational activities take place. Double Decker elevators take visitors and office goers up and down. They have the capacity of holding up to fifty people and travel at 7 meters per second.

The tower has a revolving restaurant, a hotel, a shopping area, children’s recreation establishments, as well as radio and TV stations. The observation deck has a glass floor where visitors can see through to the bottom. It also houses the Shanghai Municipal History Museum.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is the icon of modern Shanghai. It belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers because of its uniqueness of design that combines Chinese traditions with modern technology.

The lines to go up the tower are long. Forget going on Chinese New Year Holiday or the first week of October – National Holiday week.
View it from the Bund which is across the river. It is most beautiful at night when lights are on, but be reminded all lights go out at 10pm.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-9:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

4) Shanghai Ocean Aquarium (must see)

The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is a spacious Public aquarium with one of the largest underwater tunnels in the world. It showcases fish and sea creatures from around the globe and aims to educate the public on the need to protect and preserve the living wealth of the earth’s seas and oceans.

The aquarium was opened for public viewing in 2002. It occupies an area of 20,500 sq meters and has more than 450 species from all five continents and four oceans. The species are grouped in thematic zones.

Notable species include a 17-inch long Oranda Goldfish named after Bruce Lee, aquatic animals and fish from the Yangtze River like the giant salamander and Chinese sturgeon, unique species from the Amazon and the rivers of Africa, South East Asian species, deep-sea fishes, sharks, jellyfish, sea dragons and electric eels.

Visitors walk through a hundred-meter tunnel surrounded by glass walls to view the vast array of exhibits in the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. It receives over one million visitors every year from China and all over the world.

Weekends and holidays will be a bit crazy, so it is recommended that you visit during the working week.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-6pm (ticket sales and admission close at 5:30pm)
Note that hours are extended to 9pm during the following peak seasons: Chinese New Year Holiday, Chinese National Day Holiday, Summer Holidays (July & August)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Jin Mao Tower

5) Jin Mao Tower (must see)

Jin Mao Tower is another architectural wonder form Pudong district. It is a supertall 88-story (93 if counting the floors in the spire) skyscraper that houses hotel rooms, exhibition halls, an observation deck, and entertainment facilities. Being built by famous American architect, Adrian D. Smith, the Jin Mao Tower is considered one of the best-designed skyscrapers and a significant landmark of Shanghai. Its postmodern form, whose complexity rises as it ascends, draws on traditional Chinese architecture such as the tiered pagoda, gently stepping back to create a rhythmic pattern as it rises.

The Skywalk, a 1,520 m2 (16,400 sq ft) indoor observation deck with a capacity of 1,000+ people, occupies the 88th floor of the building. In addition to the panoramic views of Shanghai, it offers a topside view of the hotel atrium below. Access is through two express elevators from the basement that travel at 9.1 m/s and take 45 seconds to reach the top.

Why You Should Visit:
It is one of the more interesting buildings architecturally in the area and you can get an up-close view of it from the high-story windows.
On top of that, it is immediately surrounded by some of the tallest buildings in the world, so you get to see those up close as well.

Make sure you go downstairs upon entering the building to reach the observation elevator but don't be too focused on the exterior views so as to miss the view inside down 88 floors, which is amazing!

Opening Hours:
[Observation Deck 88F] Daily: 8:30am-8:30pm
[Skywalk on 88F] Daily: 9:30am-8:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shanghai World Financial Center

6) Shanghai World Financial Center

The Shanghai World Financial Center is a supertall skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai. It is a mixed-use skyscraper, consisting of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls. On 14 September 2007, the skyscraper was topped out and is 492 metres (1,614.2 ft now, making it the 9th tallest building in the world and the fourth tallest structure in Mainland China. The SWFC observation deck offers views from 474 m (1,555 ft) above ground level. The Shanghai World Financial Center, The Shanghai Tower and The Jin Mao Tower form the world's first adjacent grouping of three supertall skyscrapers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shanghai Tower

7) Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower is a 632-metre (2,073 ft), 128-story megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It shares the record (along with the Ping An Finance Center) of having the world's highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m, and the world's second-fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 metres per second. It is the world's second-tallest building by height to architectural top.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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