Taking a Vacation to Shanghai: The Best Time to Go
Planning a vacation to Shanghai is best set aside for the fall or spring. While
the heat can be oppressive in the summer, the temperatures can be downright icy
in the winter. If you want to take in the sights, then it’s better to see the
city in the fall or spring when the climate is more temperate and the
temperatures are friendlier. There are
things to do in Shanghai, but here is a few that you can go through in only
a couple of days for a good sight seeing vacation.
Taking in the Sights along Nanjing Road
Travel in casual attire that is smart and sophisticated, especially when
visiting such locations as Nanjing Road, a popular shopping locale. At one time
the road, in the mid-1800s, only contained a few shops along its thoroughfare.
Now the area is a constant hub of activity, showcasing hotels, malls, and
Watch an Acrobatic Performance
For example, the Shanghai Center Theater on Nanjing Road plays host to acrobatic
performances nightly. Experience Shanghai entertainment that features spinning
plates, juggling and unicycling activities.
See a Preview of Performances
The following video highlights some of the acrobatic performances.
Visit the Galleries and Arts-and-Craft Shops along
Tianzifang Street is an artsy area of Shanghai, where you can find art-and-craft
retailers, boutiques, eateries, pubs, and galleries. It’s a nice out-of-the-way
place to spend the day strolling and viewing Chinese crafts and relaxing at a
café. The following video gives you a quick overview of the area.
Take in the Sights along The Bund
The Bund is yet another area you’ll want to visit. The waterfront of the city,
The Bund displays an array of various styles in its buildings, including such
architectural designs as Classic, Baroque, and Gothic.
Escape the Hustle and Bustle of the City in the Yuyuan
The center of Shanghai, known as People’s Square, is home to such cultural sites
as the Shanghai Museum and the Grand Theater. To escape the press of people and
the bustling activity, you may want to seek sanctuary in Yuyuan Garden, a lovely
quiet enclave located in the heart of Old Shanghai. The quiet spot dates back to
the Ming Dynasty.
Visiting Shanghai During the Chinese New Year
If you visit Shanghai in January or February, be prepared to experience the rush
of the crowds and flurry of activity associated with Guo Nian, the Spring
Festival or Lunar New Year. This part of the year, known as the Chinese New
Year, brings families together to enjoy Tuan Nian (New Year’s dinner). During
this period, families spend time decorating their homes with red streamers and
lanterns and children receive hongbao (red packages that contain money). On the
eve of the Spring Festival, fireworks and firecrackers are seen and heard
Watch the Fireworks
The following video showcases the fireworks displayed during the Chinese New
Year 2012 celebrations.
Peach Blossom Time
If your travels take you to Shanghai at the end of March or in early April, then
you won’t want to miss the city’s Peach Blossom Festival. Just like the
fireworks during the Lunar New Year, the blooms displayed are vibrant and
The Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Shanghai Museum of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), located at the
Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University on Shanghai’s east side, is
notably the biggest museum of its kind in the country. You can view over 14,000
items related to Chinese medicine, including acupuncture-related exhibits. The
displays reflect the advancements and uses of Chinese medicine from the Stone
Age until now.
Where to Eat Shanghai Specialties
For Shanghainese menu selections, visit Ye Shanghai in the Xintiandi
neighborhood of the city. Choose from such selections as steamed chicken in
wine, Chinese dumplings, dong po rou (stewed pork with soy sauce) or crab eggs
If you’re seeking luxury accommodations, then you’ll want to stay at the China
Mansion Hotel located in Shanghai’s French Concession District. Close to Yuyuan
Garden and The Bund, the hotel sits amidst eateries and shops. It features a
rooftop restaurant whose construction dates back to 1932. Enjoy high tea,
Shanghai style, in the hotel’s lobby.
A Video Tour of the Property
The five-star hotel features 30 guest rooms, each which has a 42-inch flat
screen TV. Marbled baths with separate showers are also featured at the boutique