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Hands down, the best list of popular attractions and top things to do in the Pudong District of Shanghai, by an expat whose actually lived there!
Tron Lightcycles, Davy Jones’ lost treasure, acrobats, lively parades, vibrant fireworks, oh yeah, and Mickey Mouse. Shanghai Disneyland opened its doors June 16, 2016 and in less than a year stamped its place as the "happiest place" to visit in the city of some 24 million people. It's not as thrill ride heavy as California’s Disneyland or Florida’s Disneyworld, but it still got plenty of cool attractions and activities worthy of a good time. Just make sure to go on a Monday or Tuesday, and definitely not during the holidays.
Price & Hours: Official Website of Shanghai Disney Resort
Directions to Shanghai Disney: Hop on Subway Line 11 to Shanghai Disneyland Resort.
Watch a CBA Shanghai Sharks Game
Did you know that China's got it's very own professional basketball league? That’s right, the China Basketball Association, or CBA, has actually been alive and kicking since 1995. Shanghai's got it's own team—the Shanghai Sharks—and they play at Yuanshen Stadium in Pudong. Best of all, tickets are dirt-cheap!
CBA Schedules: The Official Website of the Chinese Basketball Association
CBA Tickets: You can by CBA tickets on-site at Gate #6 or on 247tickets.
Directions: To see a CBA game, head to Yuanshen Stadium on Subway Line 6. Take Exit 2.
You've seen it—it's the 2nd tallest building in the world, and it’s right in Pudong! Shanghai Tower doesn't just boasts office space, it's also got a mall and a two-story observation deck on its 118th and 119th floor. If you want the best view of Shanghai from high above the city, well, look no further.
Price: 160RMB adult / 90RMB Children under 1.4 meters / 120RMB Seniors with I.D.
Hours: 9am to 9pm daily
Directions to Shanghai Tower: Take Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station.
Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower
Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower just might be the coolest looking tower in the world. What's more, it's probably one of China's most iconic landmarks outside of the great Wall. Located in the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui District, Pearl Tower is 467.9-meters, got an 263-meter high observation deck, an amusement ride, hotel, and revolving restaurant. No wonder it's an AAAAA attraction.
Price:160-220RMB depending on package type.
Directions to Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower in Shanghai: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station. Take Exit 1.
Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC)
The Shanghai World Financial Center—the ‘bottle opener' building—has got an an observation deck on its 97th and 100th floors, or about 474-meters above the ground. It's also home to the Music Room, a happening nightlife spot. This one's probably one of the more popular buildings of Lujiazui.
Price: 180 RMB for 97F+100F / 120 RMB Students under 23 & Seniors 60+ / 90 RMB Children
Hours: 8:00-23:00 (Admission stops at 22:00)
Directions to the Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai: Hop on a Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station. Exit 6.
At 88 floors high and 420.5-meters tall, Jinmao Tower was one of the first iconic skyscrapers to fill up Shanghai’s “new financial district”. It's not the best skyscraper to visit, but it's a good option if you're on a budget.
Price: 125RMB (Different prices available depending on packages)
Directions to Jinmao Tower in Shanghai: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station. Exit 5.
China Art Museum
Shanghai’s China Art Museum. You’ll want to visit this iconic building just to take pictures of its exterior alone. Inside, there's a wide range of past and present day artwork from local and international artists. Plus it's right across from Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena. Tell me that doesn't look cool!
Website: China Art Museum
Price: Free, except for special exhibitions
Hours: 9am-5pm Tuesday – Friday (Closed on Mondays)
Directions to China Art Museum in Shanghai: Hop on a Subway Line 8 to China Art Museum Station.
City Sightseeing Bus Tour & Big Bus Tour
Here's the truth: Riding atop of a City Sightseeing Bus Tour or Big Bus Tour is one of the BEST ways to explore Shanghai. The tours travel all across the city and stop at various popular attractions around town like Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, and East Nanjing Road. Plus they're a hop on, hop off kinda service. DOPE.
Where: Catch the buses right next to Shanghai Aquarium. The closest station is Lujiazui Station on Line 2.
Huangpu River Cruise
This one is a highly recommend. Forty-minute cruises down Huangpu River. Catch sight of the Bund, the skyscrapers of Lujiazui, and a few bridges. Trust me, it looks even better at sunset. Seriously, you just can't go wrong.
Price: 120 RMB
Directions to Huangpu River Cruise Terminal in Puxi: It's called Shiiupu Marina on Google Maps. Hop on a Subway to Yuyuan Garden Station. Take Exit 1. Walk down Renmin Road towards the Bund. Bust a right and you'll see the cruise terminal. You can catch the boat up above near Yangpu Bridge.
It's the fastest active commercial train in the world. It can hit a top speed of 431km and run between Longyang Station and Pudong International Airport (PVG) in 8 minutes. You just got to ride this thing.
Directions to Shanghai's Maglev Train: Take Subway Line 7, Line 2, or Line 16 to Longyang Road Station.
Nightlife in Pudong
Plain and simple. Here are some of the most popular standout bars and nightclubs in Pudong.
Flair (Hot & main picture above): 58F, Ritz Carlton Pudong, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue
Hooters (Hot): PuDong New District Lujiazui West Road 168 , Superbrand Mall1 Floor
Blue Frog in SWFC: B109, No.100 Century Avenue,
Jade on 36 / Shangri-la Hotel: Pudong Shangri-La, 36/F, 33 Fu Cheng Lu
The Exchange / Shangri-la Hotel: 33 Fucheng Lu
TGI Fridays (Hot): 16 Fu Cheng Lu
Music Room / SWFC (Hot): 92nd Floor, 100 Century Avenue
Cloud 9 / Jinmao Tower: Grand Hyatt, Jin Mao Tower, 87/F, 88 Century Avenue
Piano Bar/ Jinmao Tower: Grand Hyatt, Jin Mao Tower, 53/F, 88 Century Avenue
Kafer by Binjiang One (Snow Bar): Fu Cheng Road, Shi Bu Jie, Binjiang Dadao
The Brew (Hot): The Kerry Hotel, 1388 Huamu Lu
The Red Lion: 84 Weifang Road
Paulaner Brauhaus: 555, Shibo Avenue
Paulaner Brauhaus (On the Bund): No. 2967 Binjiang Avenue
Pistolera (Jinqiao): 855 Biyun Lu
Big Bamboo Sports Bar & Grill (Jinqiao): 381 Hongfeng Lu,
Flying Fox Irish Gastro Pub (Jinqiao): 225 Hongfeng Lu
Science & Technology Museum
It's the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. Get an in depth overview of Earth’s geology, animals and insects in their habitat, human physiology, space, and more. You don't need to hit the club all the time, right?
Price: 60 RMB Adult | 30 RMB Student
Hours: 9:00am-5:15pm Closed on Mondays.
Directions to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum Station.
Hitting Shanghai’s biggest park is must do for a little R & R whether with friends, family, or for a solo trip. It’s a nice escape from the bustling Shanghai city life that can be hectic and stressful at times. It's also a great place to go running or walking in the evening.
Price: 10 RMB
Directions to Century Park in Shanghai: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Century Park Station. Take Exit 4.
Fish lovers celebrate! Shanghai Aquarium houses aquatic animals from China, South America, Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia, cold waters, polar regions, sea and shores, and deep oceans, along with occasional special exhibitions. Best for a date or family fun.
Price: 160 RMB Adult / 110 RMB Child
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Directions to Shanghai Aquarium: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station.
Shanghai Wild Animal Park
Animal lovers celebrate! Hit Shanghai Wild Animal Park for some up-close interactions with a variety of wildlife animals. This one is actually not bad and worth the trip!
Website: Shanghai Wild Animal Park
Shanghai Wild Insect Kingdom
Wild insects. Reptiles. Fish. Goats. Owls. The Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom's got everything under the sun.
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm | 9:00am-5:30pm on Weekends
Directions to Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station. Exit and walk towards the back end of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
Forget the subway. Forget the ferry boats. Why not try a more creative way to venture between Puxi and Pudong? Well then, hitch a ride on the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel. It's got a tram, a bunch of vibrant lights, and plenty of lasers. Is it worth the price? *Sigh* You'll just have to see for yourself.
Bund Sight-Seeing Tunnel on Pudong Side: Try 98 Fenghe Rd, Lujiazui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120 on Google Maps.
See a Lantern Festival
Every year Shanghai puts on an elaborate lantern festival across the city. Previous festivals have taken place at Yuyuan Garden in Puxi and EXPO Park in Pudong. If you’ve never been to a lantern festival in China, you may want to make it a priority. Just make sure to check the schedules first.
Directions: Hop on a Subway Line 8 to China Mart Museum Station. Take Exit 4.
Watch a Show at the Mercedes-Benz Arena
Most of the major sports and entertainment events in Shanghai take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and former EXPO Site. Everything from NBA games and WWE events to concerts starring local and international pop acts. You can check upcoming shows and buy tickets at the following websites:
Directions to Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai: Hop on a Subway Line 8 to China Art Museum Station.
3 Must-Try Buffets in Pudong
There are 3 top-notch buffets in Pudong that you must try. Combined, these 3 restaurants offer a mix of cuisine from China, Southeast Asian countries, the West, and more!
X-Sensation Address in Pudong (180-meter tall revolving restaurant): 889 Yanggao Nan Road
The Cook (The Kerry Center): 1378 Huamu Road
Yi Cafe / Shangri-la: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station. Take Exit 6.
Cycling in Shanghai
Cyclists rejoice! There are a few groups of avid cyclists across Shanghai. Feel free too join them.
Flying Hairy Legs Shanghai Cycling
Bike Tours Shanghai
Sisu Cycling & Traveling
Skateboarding in Shanghai
There are several+ popular places to go skateboarding across Shanghai. Find out where they are.
Yuanshen Stadium: Take Subway Line 6 to Yuanshen Stadium. Take Exit 2.
Shanghai Science & Technology Museum: Take Subway Line 2 to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum
Xuhui Bingjiang Skatepark
SMP Skatepark (World's Largest Skatepark)
Bingjiang Da Dao Road
It's Free.99. Bingjiang Da Dao Road is the boardwalk that runs along the Huangpu River on the Pudong side. It’s not only a great place for scenic views, it's also a social gathering point for lots of people throughout the day. Eat, have a drink, take a walk, lay basketballo, and enjoy the scenery.
The Lion King Musical
One of the best shows in town. Head over to Disneytown at Shanghai Disney and be prepared to experience a live action classic Disney tale. By the way, it's all in Chinese!
Directions to Shanghai Disneyland: Hop on Subway Line 11 to Shanghai Disneyland Resort.
Shanghai-Pudong’s Yuanshen Sports Center Stadium is not only home to the city’s Shanghai Sharks basketball team but also offers multiple facilities that house leisure and sports activities such as badminton, bowling, swimming, track & field, skateboarding, soccer, and more, for the community.
Directions to Yuanshen Stadium: Hop on Subway Line 6 to Yuanshen Stadium Station.
Get a massage, take a dip in a spa, relax in a sauna, or sleep in a quiet, dark room with 50 other people. NewStar Spa is open 24/7. Just remember to bring your passport!
NewStar Spa Address in Pudong: 288 Dongxiu Lu | 东绣路288号
Yep, there's a Taco Bell in the heart of Lujiazui! Tacos, burritos, nachos. It may not have everything from the States but it's worth a try if you're craving some good ol' Mexican food from back home.
Taco Bell Address in Pudong: 55 Century Avenue
Directions to Taco Bell in Shanghai: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station.
Lush green trees and awesome city views. Pudong’s Century Square is a sprawling leisure destination situated directly across from the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. Head there for a walk, to chill, fly kites, and watch skaters in action.
Directions to Century Square in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. Take Exit 7 or 8.
Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Concerts. Performances. Operas. The Shanghai Oriental Art Center host stuff for the more ... sophisticated crowd.
Shanghai Oriental Art Center Address: 425 Ding Xiang Rd.
Looking for a place to play basketball in Pudong? Ball up some of the locals at Rucker Park's indoor basketball gym. Oh yeah, you can also occasionally watch a basketball leagues game or two.
Directions to Rucker Park in Pudong: Take Subway Line 7 or 8 to Yaohua Station. Exit 3. It's right outside the station.
Super Brand Mall
Ah, the Super Brand Mall. Shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and it's a stone throw away from Huangpu River, Oriental Pearl Tower & Shanghai Tower. It’s also adjacent to Hooters & TGI Fridays. The mall closes at 10pm.
Super Brand Mall Address: 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu | 陆家嘴西路168号 正大广场
Directions to Super Brand Mall in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station.
Ferryboating in Shanghai
Don't take the subway! Instead, hitch a ride of a Huangpu River ferryboat. The rides only last about 5 minutes but they offer some pretty scenic views of Shanghai for less than 5 RMB. There are several lining Huangpu River. Just head there and you'll see them.
The Pudong Library of Shanghai is a massive 60,000 sq. meter public complex consisting of two floors below ground and six floors above ground. It's got a teeny-tiny English language section, but a lot of space to sit down and get some work done.
Pudong Library Address: 88 Qiancheng Road, Pudong New Area
Directions to the Pudong Library: Hop on Subway Line 7 to Jinxiu Station. Take Exit 1. Walk along Jinxiu Road to Qiancheng Road. Turn Right. The Pudong Library of shanghai will be on the right.
Shanghai Himalayas Museum isn't just some random, funny looking building. It showcases art exhibitions and hosts a variety of events geared towards cultural awareness, education, and the exchange of information and intellectual ideas.
Himalayas Museum Address in Pudong: 3/F, Zone A, 869 Yinghua Road
Pet Animal & Flower Market
Pet Animal & Flower Market in Pudong Address: 260 Yuntai Road
Directions to the Pet & Flower Market in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 7 to Yuntai Road. Take Exit 3. Walk along Yuntai Road towards Liuhe Road. Keep walking, pass the Wal-mart, and pass Changli Road. The market is on the righthand side.
Teddy Bear Museum
Teddy Bears. Pop-culture. Movie posters. Landmarks. Can you guess the relation? No? Then you may want to head on over to Shanghai’s Teddy Bear Museum, a family-friendly attraction situated at the River Mall in the former World Expo site of Pudong.
Teddy Bear Museum Address in Pudong: 1368 Shibo Avenue,
Directions to the Teddy Bear Museum in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 8 to China Art Museum Station. The Teddy Bear Museum is above the Riverside Mall.
River Mall in Pudong Address: 1368 Shibo Avenue
Directions to the River Mall in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 8 to China Art Museum Station.
Shanghai IFC Mall in Pudong Address: 1 Pudong Century Avenue
Directions to Shanghai IFC Mall in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Lujiazui Station. Take Exit 6.
Kerry Parkside Mall in Pudong Address: 1378 Huamu Road
Directions to Kerry Parkside Plaza in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 7 to Huama Station.
Bailian Mall in Pudong
Directions to Bailian Mall in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Century Avenue. Take Exit 1.
Metro Supermarket in Pudong Address: 383 Baiyang Lu
Directions to Metro Supermarket in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 7 to Longyang Station. Take Exit 8 or 9.
Sam's Club: 1-3/F, Youyou Trade Center, 2110 Gaoke West Road
Directions to Sam’s Club in Pudong: Hop on Subway Line 7 to Jinxiu Road Station. Take Exit 3. Walk straight to Xianan Road and turn left.
Decathlon in Pudong Address: 393 Yinxiao Rd
Directions to Decathlon in Pudong: Hop on subway Line 7 to Longyang Station. Take Exit 8. Walk straight past Metro supermarket until you see the store.
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