City Orientation Walking Tour I, Shanghai

Unlike other ancient Chinese cities, Shanghai is more to be called the “face of modern China”. Since it was opened as a port for foreign trade, this city managed to turn into the largest and most populated metropolis in the People's Republic of China. It is a famous touristic destination for renowned historical monuments as The Bund or Longhua Temple as well as for Asia's most famous shopping area- Nanjing Lu. Here is a list of other popular attractions that you might want to check out.
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City Orientation Walking Tour I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour I
Guide Location: China » Shanghai (See other walking tours in Shanghai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 7 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 17.8 km
Author: emma
People's Square

1) People's Square (must see)

The Shanghai People’s Square is a large open space which was once the Shanghai Race Course. Today it is a parade ground and public square adjacent to the headquarters of the city's municipal government.

The Shanghai People’s Square is on the site of what was once the finest racecourse in Asia. The ruins of the grand race club are still visible and some buildings now house the Shanghai Art Museum. In 1949, the communist government banned racing and gambling. It was converted into a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Urban Planning Exhibition Center

2) Urban Planning Exhibition Center (must see)

This Exhibition Center is a six-story building, with two basement levels, which displays Shanghai's urban planning and development. The focus of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, showing existing buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, including smaller scaled models focussing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund. The Exhibition Center also has space for temporary...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)

3) Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) (must see)

Located near People's Park in Shanghai, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) hosts temporary exhibitions of modern art by Chinese and international artists.

MoCA Shanghai was founded in 2005 by the Samuel Kung Foundation as the first non-profit, independent, contemporary art institution in Shanghai. The glass building that houses the exhibitions is a reworking of the former People's Park Greenhouse by Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects. The ground floor and first level of the museum...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
China Art Museum

4) China Art Museum (must see)

Housed in the former China Pavilion of Expo 2010, the China Art Museum, also called the China Art Palace, is one of the largest art museums in Asia, with a collection of about 14,000 artworks, mainly of Chinese modern art.

One of the permanent exhibits is aimed at chronicling the development of contemporary and modern Chinese art, starting with the Shanghai School at the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is divided into three periods (Qing, the Republic of China, and the People's Republic of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shanghai Natural History Museum

5) Shanghai Natural History Museum (must see)

Located in what was once the cotton exchange, this is the largest natural history museum in China. It covers an area of 12,880 square meters and is divided into 4 sections.

The Shanghai Natural History Museum is housed in a grand British style colonial building. The stained glass windows in the lobby and mosaic flooring are the only remaining parts of the historic structure. It was converted into a museum in 1956 and the department of animals was opened in 1960. It has 240.000 exhibits...   view more
Shanghai Grand Theatre

6) Shanghai Grand Theatre (must see)

The Shanghai Grand Theatre is the venue of most major Chinese and international music performances and art shows in the City. The modern structure with a unique curved roof resembles a crystal palace when lighted at night.

The theatre has 10 floors and is located at the northern end of the People’s Square. It was designed by French architect, Jean-Marie Charpentier, and inaugurated in 1998. It has three large auditoriums, of which the largest hosts ballets, concerts and operas including...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shanghai Museum

7) Shanghai Museum (must see)

The Shanghai Museum has the best display of Chinese art and cultural exhibits in China, boasting a collection of over 120,000 exhibits from almost all the dynasties that added to the country's vast culture and history.

The first Shanghai Museum opened in 1952 in the clubhouse of the former Shanghai Race Course. The present building located in the People’s Square was inaugurated in 1996. The museum has five floors and an area of 39,200 sq meters. It was designed by local architect,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shikumen Open House Museum

8) Shikumen Open House Museum

The Shikumen Open House Museum is a small museum that is dedicated to life in Shanghai when it was known as the Paris of the East. It shows life of middle class Shanghai residents in Shanghai before the communist era.

The Shikumen Open House Museum is located in the Xintiandi neighbourhood of Shanghai. Although the city has become ultra modern, the neighbourhood has remained as it was in the 1900s with blue stone clad houses divided by narrow lanes. This style of house was the typical...   view more
Site of First National Congress of Communist Party of China

9) Site of First National Congress of Communist Party of China

This small museum housed in a traditional Shanghainese Shikumen House is the birthplace of the Communist Party of China. It is the place where the first congress met in 1921 and chartered the course of what later became the People’s Republic of China.

The Building made of blue stone with arched gates is located in 76, Xingye Road that was part of the former French Concession. It became a memorial in 1952 and the museum was opened for public viewing in 1999. Exhibits at the museum are about...   view more

10) Xintiandi (must see)

Xintiandi is a popular pedestrian district in Shanghai. East meets west at the location and traditional Shikumen houses and modern western style buildings exist side by side.

There are two parts to Xintiandi. The Southern block has modern buildings with a few preserved Shikumen houses. The Northern block consists solely of preserved Shikumen houses and narrow streets giving the ambiance of Shanghai in the early 20th century. The south block has 25,000 square meters of shopping and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Shanghai, China

Create Your Own Walk in Shanghai

Create Your Own Walk in Shanghai

Creating your own self-guided walk in Shanghai is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai

Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai

The Luwan district is located in the core of the huge metropolitan city of Shanghai. It boasts a rich cultural life, featuring museums and historic centers. Be sure to follow this guide if you want to visit the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party, Sun Yat Sen's former residence and many other interesting places.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Children's Entertainment Tour in Shanghai

Children's Entertainment Tour in 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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Shanghai Museums Tour

Shanghai Museums Tour

With its architectural diversity, powerful economic hubs and a vibrant social life, Shanghai is highly recognized as the symbol of modern China. It is also a city boasting a rich culture and a large number of museums that show the city's devotion to its history. Get ready to explore some attractive cultural sites of Shanghai in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 5 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 14.5 km
Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District

Walking Tour of Shanghai's Huangpu District

The Huangpu district is one of Shanghai's major bustling areas. It is home to a large variety of attractions, both modern and historic. Here in the old city of Shanghai you will see the historic Bund, impressive skyscrapers, museums, theaters and so much more. The next walking tour will highlight some of the best sites the Huangpu district has to offer.

Tour Duration: 7 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 19.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

If you're a collector or someone who simply appreciates a vintage item or two around the house, don't miss out on what Shanghai has to offer. It would be a pity to leave Shanghai without having explored its antiques shops and bringing home something truly authentic. We've compiled a list of shops that specialize in antiques in Shanghai, all within walking distance of the city center.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
The Bund Sightseeing Tour

The Bund Sightseeing Tour

The Bund is one of the most famous attractions in all of Shanghai. It represents the historic and architectural heritage of one of the most important ports in China. This row of 52 beautiful buildings has for decades facilitated economic relations between China and other countries. Take the following tour to get familiar with the historic buildings of the Bund of Shanghai.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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