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The Bund

Shanghai’s best-known street is impressive at any time of day, but it’s at its most glam in the evening when floodlighting illuminates the colonial piles and the neon across the river in Pudong gaudily glitters. Take a stroll along the waterfront walkway and watch Shanghai go by.
Urban Planning Museum

Urban Planning Museum

It may sound a little weird, but this place is fascinating. There are photographic exhibitions of Shanghai old and new, but the pièce de résistance is a huge, fantastically detailed model of the way Shanghai will look in the decades to come.
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Shanghai Museum

The Urban Planning Museum features the future, while the Shanghai Museum provides a glimpse into the past. Outstanding displays of 120,000 pieces including ancient Chinese ceramics, bronzes and paintings fill this five-storey space.
Fuxing Park

Fuxing Park

Anyone of Shanghai’s parks is worthy of a visit, but this one has the advantage of being central. The best time to visit is around 7 am when hundreds, perhaps thousands, of locals gather for their daily exercise. Solitary old men practice t’ai chi formations of well-coiffed women dance with fans or spin through a waltz or three. The energy pulses through aerobic routines or the flying leaps of a sword dance - while others simply sit around and watch their caged birds sing.
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Bund Tourist Tunnel

Run down there quick, before the lights are extinguished: there’s talk of turning the Bund Tourist Tunnel into a tediously ordinary commuter line. In the meantime, it’s the most entertaining way to cross between the Bund and Pudong. Pumping music, psychedelic neon and nebulous commentaries accompany your journey - it’s showy, it’s tacky and it’s truly outrageous fun. It’s sometimes called the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.
Maglev

Maglev

If you fly into Shanghai’s international airport in Pudong, be sure to take the Maglev into town rather than a taxi. And if you arrive in China by other means, you’d better make a special trip. The Maglev is China’s futuristic magnetic levitation train and the fastest ride in its technological repertoire. The journey only lasts a few minutes, but during that time the train reaches a top speed of 430 kilometres per hour.
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Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat

There’s great massage to be had all over Shanghai - if you’re in a hurry, just drop into one of the blind masseurs’ centres that seem to pop up in every other street. If you want a more luxurious interlude, however, try one of the branches of Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat. There are currently ten branches around Shanghai. All branches open seven days a week and hours vary. Go to the website for full details of opening hours.
Jin Mao Tower

Jin Mao Tower

It’s the view you’re going for: on a clear day, Jin Mao Tower offers incredible 360 degree panoramas across the city. It’s 88 storeys high it’s located at number 88 - had you guessed that eight is a lucky number for the Chinese? There are offices up to the 50th floor, then the Grand Hyatt hotel from floors 53 to 87. A public observation deck is located on the top floor. Otherwise, forget the lucky numbers and go for a drink at the Grand Hyatt’s Cloud 9 bar, just one storey below.
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