With plenty of famous attractions in Shanghai, there will always be something for you to do and have fun. A trip in Shanghai can be expensive, however, there are specific things to do for free in Shanghai, no matter for beautiful sceneries or splendid culture. If you want to spend less money on your Shanghai tour, the following discussion on the top 7 free things to do in Shanghai may be helpful.
No one will ever miss the fabulous views along The Bund. As one of the representative sceneries of Shanghai, The Bund generously show its glamor from day to night. When strolling around The Bund, you can closely feel the long history from the colonial architectures alongside. Meanwhile, the skyscrapers along Huangpu River display modern examples of how fast China has developed in the recent years.
Want to know more about history and culture of Shanghai? Don’t hesitate to pay a visit to the Shanghai Museum, it’s free to enter. Being one of China’s best collections of treasures, Shanghai Museum, with 4 floors for you to explore, processes over 120,000 precious historical relics from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Bronzes, jade pieces, calligraphies, porcelains and other artifacts are exhibited here, which are impressive enough for visitors from all over the world. You’d better head over in the early morning.
Looking for free things to do in Shanghai? Honestly, a lot of walking will be involved. You can consider some famous streets in Shanghai if you like, as you eat, shop and buy something along your way.
Local parks are ideal places for you to know folk culture. Many parks in Shanghai are free to enter, it’s a great idea to take a stroll in one or two parks to experience the local life in Shanghai. Many locals prefer to do some morning exercises in the parks, such as dancing， playing Tai Chi or chess. You can either take part in some activities, or go for a picnic.
Fuxing Park, Zhongshan Park and People’s Park good choices. Check out the match-making market in People’s Park, you may have a glimpse of modern life in China. Lots of parents will go to the marriage market of People’s Park to find perfect partners for their daughters and sons.
For art lovers, visiting M50 Creative Garden will be one of the best free thing to do in Shanghai. Located at the Moganshan Road, M50 is a contemporary art district with various galleries and innovative exhibitions. You can spend some time here and share your ideas with modern artists, as lots of Chinese artists use the space for their galleries.
If you’re looking for more places for an enjoyable walking tour in Shanghai, you won’t regret a walk through the French Concession. As there are trees along the streets and quiet lanes, the comfortable atmosphere here is great for you to take a walk and appreciate characteristic French architectures, biking will be great as well. Besides, there are lots of restaurants, cafes and concept bars, you will never get bored.
Ancient water towns near Shanghai provide you perfect opportunities to experience the historical atmosphere. For some water towns, you may enter for free.
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
By knowing the top free things to do in Shanghai, you may save your budget for an enjoyable Shanghai tour. Please feel free to let us know if you need any help when planning your trip to Shanghai, or you can check our sample tours below if you like.
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