Shanghai Museum

This modern, state-of-the-art museum, often cited by visitors as Shanghai's premier attraction, has as impressive a collection of historical artifacts as you'll see in any museum in China. The bronze and stone sculpture galleries on the first floor, the painting gallery on the third, and the jade gallery on the fourth are generally considered the most impressive.

People's Square

Shanghai's central square was once part of colonial Shanghai's horse-racing track. To the northwest, the building with the curved crucible roof is the Shanghai Grand Theatre, the city's premier venue for international performances, dances, and concerts. Just behind it, though out of view, is the colonial clock tower marking today's Shanghai Art Museum. Directly to your north is Shanghai's City Hall.

East Nanjing Road

This is China's "Number One Shopping Street," which needs to be seen and experienced, especially the sea of humanity that crowds the plaza on any given day. These days, the street is lined as much with modern shopping centers as with the old colonial holdovers, all covered in neon lights.

The Bund

The most famous street in Asia during the first half of the 20th century, this embankment was where the foreign powers who entered Shanghai after the Opium War of 1842 erected their Western-style banks and trading houses. Today it is a veritable museum of architecture featuring building styles from Art Deco and Gothic to late Renaissance and classic European. It's also home to some of the swankiest shops, restaurants, and bars in Shanghai.

Lu Jia Zui

Lujiazui is a hub of financial institutions, international hotels, and shopping malls, making it one of the best places to visit for anyone interested in a world-class hotel, dining experiences, bar hopping or shopping. It is also a good place to witness the fast growing of China and appreciate modern architecture.

Cheng Huang Miao

Shanghai Old City God Temple, is one of the most popular scenic area as well as shopping center for travelers. Chenghuangmiao, a famous Taosim temple in Shanghai area, is the must-see attraction when traveling in Shanghai. In the center of the Old Town complex is a main square with the Bridge of Nine Turnings (Jiuqu Qiao) and the classic mid-lake pavilion Huxinting Teahouse (Huxinting Chashe).

Yu Garden

Billed as the most complete Chinese classical garden in urban Shanghai, Yu Yuan can be interesting for those who've never seen a Chinese garden up close before, even if you have to fight your way through the tourist throngs. It's full of rock gardens, ponds, bridges, and pavilions all laid out to simulate a microcosm of the universe.

Xin Tian Di

A window to the past and the future, to China and the world. Shanghai Xintiandi's Shikumen attraction was created by converting residential blocks into a multifunctional dining, retail and entertainment center flowing with restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars of an international standard. As a re-creation born out of the sprawls of Shikumen housing, which is the architectural symbol of Shanghai in the 20th century.

Tian Zi Fang

Tian Zi Fang is an arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated residential area. Tianzifang is known for small craft stores, coffee shops, trendy art studios and narrow alleys. It has become a popular tourist destination in Shanghai, and an example of preservation of local Shikumen architecture, with some similarities to Xintiandi.