Shanghai is a megacity of unparalleled energy and brightness. It’s overwhelming at times and requires a decent knowledge of Chinese culture in order to enjoy– regardless of how much money you have for comfort.
>learn the language. Locals will treat you exponentially better even if you attempt speaking mandarin.
>understand that litter is almost nonexistent but people will spit and even blow mucus on the ground at times.
>become a night person. It may look grey and uniform during the day but at night it explodes with color.
>Cash is king. Expect to spend a lot less here for pretty much any goods or services.
Here are the best sights to see:
>Tianzifang. Located in the french concession, expect to see cute, mysterious alleyways, gardens, pastry shops and art galleries.
>Yu Garden. Big tourist trap but ridiculously beautiful at night nonetheless.
>Xintiandi. High end, polished shopping district that bustles at all times of day.
>Disneyland. Need I say more?
>The Bund. The largest tourist attraction, lined with very interesting historic buildings.
>Observatories. Each of the major observatories around the city (oriental pearl, Jin Mao, Shanghai tower) has something unique about them that make them worth it (SWFC observatory is skippable).
>Nanjing road. Fantastic sights, but subpar shopping. A must see on a rainy day.
>China Art Museum. Beautiful architecture, free, and interesting exhibits. Most other museums around town are somewhat skippable.
>Zhujiajiao ancient town is breathtaking, but if you don’t want to do the distance, Qibao ancient town is much closer and also special.
>People’s square and century park are georgeous, especially during spring and summer.
>SWFC observatory. Outdated and limited views.
>Shanghai science museum. Great architecture on the outside but boring and overpriced.
>Shanghai museum is dull. Power station of art is not completed yet.
When purchasing an item without a pricetag, negotiate and claim you saw a similar item for much less somewhere else. Most merchants will immediately lower their asking price significantly.