Hop on a Huangpu River Cruise
Directions: You can catch a normal 40-minute cruise on Huangpu River at the Shilupu Wharf, located on the promenade a few hundred meters south from the Bund. The closest attraction near the wharf is Hotel Indigo.
Hours: The cruise last 2 hours, from 7pm-9pm
Directions: Rides on the dragonboat ships depart from Qinhuangdao Road Cruise Dock in Yangpu.
Ride a Ferryboat
Directions: You can catch a ferryboat at several locations located along Huangpu River. The last boat departs at 11:20pm right next to Nanpu Bridge in Puxi, and at the Nanmatoulu Ferry Pier in Pudong.
Try an Afternoon Tea Set at Shanghai Intercontinental Wonderland
Directions: Take Subway Line 9 to Dongjing Station, then take a Didi or Taxi to the hotel.
*Note:* Honestly, you CANNOT get into the hotel for free, just to visit, or just to take pictures. You must have a room reservation or reservation for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Security will stop you at the entrance and there's no way to sneak in, so don't even think to try it. The cheapest set is the afternoon tea, which is either 388/488 (Sorry I forgot the exact price!) for 2 people.
How'd I get in? I called the hotel, spoke to a local gentleman at guest services, told him I really just wanted to take pictures and see the hotel. He gave in, sent me his personal number, and said to text him when I got up there. I could only arrive by taxi, and he'd give the taxi number to the security at the entrance to have them let me in. So I took the subway to Dongjing Station, hopped in a taxi, and made my way in. Crazy, right!?
Hit an Observation Deck
Oriental Pearl Tower: 160RMB / 8:30-21:30
SWFC: 180RMB / 9:00-22:30 (Last entry at 21:30)
Shanghai Tower: 180RMB / 8:30-22:00 (Last entry at 21:30)
Jinmao Tower: 120RMB / 8:30-21:30
Directions to All: Take Metro Line 2 to Lujiazui Station.
Take the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
Price: 50RMB one-way
Directions: The entrance is located right next to the People’s Monument on the Bund, and right beside Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong.
Visit a Museum
Shanghai Museum: Free / 9:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays)
China Art Museum (Pudong): Free / 10:00-18:00
Shanghai Science & Technology Museum (Pudong): 45RMB / 9:00-17:15 (Closed Mondays)
Propaganda Art Museum: 20RMB / 10:00-17:00
Shanghai Natural History Museum: 45RMB / 8:15AM-17:15 (Closed Mondays)
Take a Stroll Along East Nanjing Road
Directions: Hop on Metro Line 2 or Line 10 to East Nanjing Road Station
Watch Some Live Tai-Chi
Directions: Watch Tai-chi practitioners every morning at the People’s Monument on the Bund starting around 6am, weather permitted.
Enjoy Some Square Dancing
Directions: I’d say the best place to watch square dancing in Shanghai is at Xujiahui Park at 6:30pm.
Visit an Ancient Water Town
Explore Jing’an Temple
Directions: Take Metro Line 2 or Metro Line 7 to Jing’an Station.
Grab Drinks at a Rooftop Bar
House of Roosevelt
TOPS at Banyan Tree (Hongkou)
Char Bar at Hotel Indigo
Head to the Bund
Directions: Take Metro Line 2 or Metro Line 10 to East Nanjing Road. From there, head east towards Huangpu River.
Feel Inspired at the Jackie Chan Museum
Walk Around Yuyuan Garden
Directions: Take Metro Line 10 to Yuyuan Garden Station.
Watch a CBA Game
Directions: Take Metro Line 6 to Yuanshen Stadium Station.
Website: Shanghai Sharks
Buy Tickets: 247tickets
Head to an Amusement Park
Hit up Century Park
Directions: Take Metro Line 2 to Century Park Station.
Shop at a Fake Market
Directions: Take Metro Line 2 to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum Station. The fake market is attached to the subway station.
Hitch a Ride on the Maglev Train
Price: 50RMB one way / 80RMB round trip
Directions: Take Metro Line 2, 7, or 16 to Longyang Road Station in Pudong.
Hiking at Sheshan
Grab Brunch at Xintiandi
Directions: Take Metro Line 13 to Xintiandi Station.
Window Shop at a Mall
Grab a Cup of Joe at Starbuck’s Reserve Roastery
Directions: Take Metro Line 2 to West Nanjing Station.
Get a Massage
Eat & Drink at Laowai Street
Party at Found 158
Address: 158 Julu Road
Hop On, or Off, a City Bus Tour
Visit a Zoo or Aquarium
Shanghai Wild Animal Park (Pudong)
Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom (Pudong)
Chengfeng Ocean World
Directions: Take Metro Line 9 to Dapuqiao Station.
See a Show
Shanghai Peking Opera
Shanghai Acrobatic Show
Shanghai Grand Theatre