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9 Things Not to Do in Shanghai

Don’t miss out Shanghai if you’re planning a trip to China. As metropolis in China, Shanghai combines both ancient culture with modern style. There are so many attractions you could visit and plenty of unusual things for you to do in this charming city. Meanwhile, there are also some things you should avoid doing in Shanghai. Read the 9 things not to do in Shanghai.


1.Don’t Rush to Each Attraction.

No matter what your purpose of visiting Shanghai, you will always find somewhere worth going. There are a lot of attractions in Shanghai, famous attractions generally are The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Xintiandi and Chenghuangmiao Old Street. If you only plan to stay in Shanghai for a short time, don’t build a large bucket list. We understand that you want to visit most attractions if possible, but it won’t be an enjoyable trip if you rush to each attraction.

Yuyuan Garden


2.Don’t Miss Museums in Shanghai.

It’s a pity that you only visit the most popular attractions in Shanghai, without having a look at some other wonderful places. Don’t miss museums in Shanghai, there are so much more you can explore. Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai History Museum will be ideal choices for you. What’s more, if you’re interested in art, M50 Creative Garden will be perfect.

Shanghai Museum


3.Don’t Always Go back to Your Hotel too Early.

It’s quite normal to do sightseeing during day time and come back to hotel early for a good rest. However, as you’re in Shanghai, don’t always go back to your hotel too early, or else you will miss the fascinating night view in Shanghai. The best way to enjoy the fabulous sceneries is to take a Huangpu River Cruise, spectacle lights along the river, characteristic buildings of The Bund and modern skyscrapers alongside will definitely meet your expectation.

What else can you do in Shanghai at night? Another perfect option is to watch acrobatics show, you can rest your feet and enjoy the excellent performances at the same time. Or you can also take a stroll along Nanjing Road and Xintiandi. Just make sure you have enough rest for the next day.

Take Yangtze River Cruise


4.Don’t just Stay in the Airport for a Layover.

How do you always spend your layover? As you’re in Shanghai, don’t just stay in the airport, you should step outside and explore this charming city. The most important thing is to make sure you can catch your flight on time, thus, it’s necessary to make a plan based on how many hours you have for your stopover. Know more information by reading How to Spend a 12 Hour Layover in Shanghai.


5.Don’t be Stressful When Taking Public Transportation.

Public transportation in Shanghai in really convenient, so that you don’t have to worry too much about it. Don’t be stressful when taking public transportation like bus and metro, as there are so many people around. With a large population, it’s inevitable to meet crowds in big cities of China. We suggest you try to avoid the rush hours in the morning and evening, so as to get rid of the terrible cheek to cheek experience.

If you really mind the crowds, you can take a taxi, or ask for car service from Top China Travel. It’s more comfortable to take a private car with air-conditioner, especially during summer.


6.Don’t Take a Taxi Unless You’re in Hurry.

If you don’t have lots of luggage with you, we suggest you take public transportation. Don’t take a taxi unless you’re in hurry. Never underestimate the distances between one place and another, because Shanghai is one of the biggest cities in the world. Sometimes you find the distance between the two places is quite short, but finally it may take you a long time because of the heavy traffic. As there are 2 airports and 3 main train stations in Shanghai, you’d better check carefully for your tickets in case you miss your plane or train.


7.Don’t Cross the Street Without Looking.

As newcomers in China, you should always remember to be careful when you cross the street, even though the light is green. Since you have no idea about the traffic rules in Shanghai, the simplest way is to follow the locals. Additionally, watch out for your purse among the crowds.


8.Don’t be Afraid of Street Food in Shanghai.

When traveling in Shanghai, trying Shanghai cuisine is a must-do thing. Food in Shanghai tastes fresh and mellow, with sweet flavor, which are suitable for most tourists. However, don’t just eat at big restaurants, street food in Shanghai is also worth-trying. You don’t have to worry too much about the food safety, once the ingredients are well cooked, it won’t be a problem.

Chenghuangmiao Old Street


9.Don’t Hesitate to Ask Local People for Directions.

What can you do if your Google Map doesn’t work? It won’t be a problem for you to get to famous attractions and shopping streets, but sometimes it’s difficult to find the specific restaurant. Don’t hesitate to ask local people for directions if you can’t find the right way to where you head to, people in Shanghai are warm-hearted, they will be happy to help you. Even though you can’t expect that everyone here could communicate with you in English, there are some people could speak English.


Do Enjoy Your Shanghai Trip

Even though there are lots of things you should not do in Shanghai, the most important thing for you is to enjoy your trip in Shanghai. By knowing main things not to do in Shanghai, you may start planning right now. If you don’t want to worry too much about the plan, just let Top China Travel help you out. View our sample tours below:

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