If you travel to Shanghai, here are the must dos and sees for a two-day visit on a backpacker’s budget. Shanghai is an international metropolis; the largest city by population of the People’s Republic of China.
Tip: download the free TripAdvisor Shanghai City Guide, which does not require WiFi to work. Great tool to navigate in the city, including metro and city maps.
Must Activities (and most of them are free!):
- Stroll through the Old Town of Shanghai
- Enjoy the architecture and many cafés in the French Concession, relax in Fuxing Park, stop by the birthplace of the Communist party in China.
- Shanghai museum (free admission)
- Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall – quite unique and interesting view on the development of Shanghai (30CNY admission fee)
- Night promenade on the Bund – facing the skyline of financial institutions, seeing the Oriental Pearl Tower shine from across.
- Tian Zi Fang, a maze of small shops, bars and restaurants. Very hip atmosphere, though crowded and touristy.
- Garden of Contentment ( Yu Yuan Garden) and the outside bazaar.
Where to Stay in Shanghai/ Budget Accomodation
- Le Tour Traveler’s Rest Youth Hostel - though much more expensive than expected ($38 for a double room, $13 for a dorm bed), it is well located and near a metro station. The rooms are clean with en suite bathroom and Wifi. There is a rooftop bar and a pool table near the lobby. Nice two-day stay.
- Shanghai Le Tour Bailan – cheaper option ($25 for a double room), near metro station but further out.
- Genting Star Shanghai – a bit far from city activities, travel time to be taken into consideration if you only have two days in the city. $16 for a private room for two.
Transportation/How to Get Around:
- Metro is the easiest way to get around in Shanghai. it also serves Pudong & Hongqiao International Airports. Ride fares and daily/three-day passes fares can be found here. The metro ends at 11pm so be ready to hail a taxi or walk home should you be out after that time.
Don’t forget to check out the other posts for more photos, travel writing, and videos from Shanghai!