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7 Free Things to Do in Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the most expensive cities in China, but to truly get a look into a city you don’t have to break the bank. Here are 7 places in Shanghai that you can explore for free!

#1 The Bund


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The Bund is the best place to get a view of Shanghai’s skyline, you can walk along the Huangpu river and enjoy the view of the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao tower and more. Also along the side of the bund you can enjoy the 28 unique western inspired style architecture. Come at night for a fabulous light show!

#2 Tian Zi Fang


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Tian Zi Fang is a place that is uniquely Shanghai, representing the mix of the old and the new. The area used to be of residential buildings and factories, now it is filled with artsy cafes, craft stores, bars, studios and more. Get lost in the maze of alleyways!

#3 Shanghai Art Palace


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The Shanghai Art Palace is a free museum with 27 exhibition halls in the China Pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo. Here you can learn about and see the development of Chinese art, and see all the priceless paintings and sculptures the museum has to offer.

#4 Xin Tian Di


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Xin Tian Di is one of the more modern areas of Shanghai, with very European style buildings you can find trendy restaurants, shopping and entertainment here. A great place to come at night and join the great night life atmosphere.

#5 French Concession


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One of the unique colonial districts left in Shanghai from the 1920s. Here you can see all the mansion, houses, and fabulous villas from when the French were in Shanghai. There are also lots of cute shops, restaurants and cafes to explore in the area.

#6 Shanghai Museum


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Want to learn more about Chinese history? The Shanghai Museum has one of the best collections of Chinese relics in China. Here you can spend a day walking through the four floor museum, browsing the collection of china ware, sculptures, jade, ancient furniture and mores!

#7 Shanghai Natural History Museum

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If you’re looking for a great place to go as a family, you might want to check out the Shanghai Natural History Museum. Full of specimens of various animals from all over the world, from fossils and mummies to ancient literature, you can defiantly find something of interest to everyone here.



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Monica is a Canadian-Chinese travel blogger and marketer that has spent time in Beijing, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou,and Xitang, Shanghai. When she isn't watching YouTube videos, you can find her writing or creating videos.


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