48 Hours: 5 Things to Do in Shanghai

Have a quick trip to Shanghai in the works? There are a millions ways to spend your weekend, but be sure to make time for these five staple experiences.

Down Some Dumplings

Unless you want to drown in remorse, don’t leave Shanghai without eating at least a dozen dumplings. Street stalls are everywhere, but one of the best bets is Yang’s Fry-Dumpling (269 Wujiang Rd., (+86) 21-6136-1391), where you will almost definitely have to wait in line only to be rewarded with pan-fried deliciousness for just a couple of yuan.

Snap a Selfie on the Bund

You can’t pass through Shanghai without paying a visit to The Bund (Zhongshan East Rd.), which is home to elegant European architecture, the sky-high Oriental Pearl Tower and your photogenic cheekbones.

Bund, Shanghai
Feel French

The French Concession district (Puxi Central) is très chic. There are tree-lined, cobblestone lanes and lots of upscale bars and restos. Sip coffee and people-watch, shop the antique stores or try on trends at the posh fashion boutiques scattered throughout the neighborhood.

Pretty Chinese doorways on the way
Pretty Chinese doorways on the way

Drink it In

Why bother to go exploring when you can pretty much see everything from the Vue Bar at the Hyatt on the Bund (199 Huangpu Rd., (+86) 21-6396-1234)? Peering down from the 32nd and 33rd floors, this posh escape has a commanding view of the Huangpu River and the glittering skyline.

Oriental Pearl Tower peeking through the fog
Oriental Pearl Tower peeking through the fog

Take a Bath

There’s nothing like a steamy tub to ease that that jetlag. Head to local institution Xiao Nan Guo (3337 Hongmei Rd., Changning, (+86) 21-6465-8888), a huge bathhouse (and restaurant!) where you’re welcome to strip down and relax for about RMB60. Feeling modest? Not to worry, massages are on offer too.

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Kate Springer

Freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong. Contributor at CNN, Forbes Travel Guide, BBC Travel, Fodor's Travel Guide, superfuture, Tatler, and more.

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