Shanghai might not have as many sightseeing spots of historical value as other Chinese cities, but it’s hard to underestimate the beauty and vitality of this magnificent city. Most of Shanghai’s spectacles are on the street level, hidden between the crazy high buildings and in the basements of prestigious restaurants. It’s a city of contrasts that celebrates modern life with all its riches and hi-tech structures. The article is written for asiapacifichotels.com.au.

360-degree view at the World Financial Center

If you want to get a good look at this spectacular city, what better way to do it than climb as high as you can? World Financial Center is the 5th tallest building on Earth and has an incredible Sky Walk located at the 100th floor. Enjoy sunsets and sunrises from the height of almost 500 meters above the ground. It’s a view you won’t forget anytime soon!

Maglev TrainRide the Maglev

If you are into trains, then you should definitely consider riding the world’s fastest train – the amazing Maglev. Get a feel of the super hi-tech Shanghai as you travel via Maglev from Pudong Airport to the center of the city. The train is squeaky-clean, air-conditioned, and magnetically-levitated – you won’t feel a thing as you cover more than 30 km in just 8 minutes. Head to the Maglev Museum to find out more about the engineering of the train and its history.

Visit the Shanghai Museum

It’s a must-see for all history buffs and people interested in the culture of China. Discover more than 120,000 pieces of rare ancient relics that are kept in this modern-looking glassy building. Explore the Ancient Sculptures, Ancient Bronzes and Ancient Ceramics exhibitions. The museum also deals with the city’s future – if you want to take a glimpse at what Shanghai will look like in 2020, head to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.

Walk along the Bund

Explore the spectacular Bund, a symbol of pride and beauty that features some of the best masterpieces of colonial architecture that can be found in Shanghai. It is truly the city’s ‘museum of buildings’ with more than 52 unique structures that form the magnificent skyline of Shanghai along with tall modern skyscrapers. It’s a great spot for sightseeing and taking photos. You can also take the Huangpu River Cruise to marvel at the architecture of Shanghai.

Relax at the Yuyuan Garden

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, head to the picturesque Yuyuan Garden. It is the only Ming Dynasty garden that can still be found in Shanghai. Walk along gorgeous decorated bridges, marvel at colorful pagodas and explore the fascinating “dragon walls”. Here you will also find the beautiful ‘magic Exquisite Jade Rock’ that belonged to Song Emperor Huizong.