Sightseeing on a Budget in Shanghai
Shanghai is cosmopolitan and glamorous—and the most expensive city in China. With a little advance planning, though, you can still enjoy sightseeing without busting your budget. Here are some tips on how to keep the costs down in Shanghai.
Opt for a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Shanghai is a sprawling city, and some attractions are quite far apart, such as the Jade Buddha Temple and Jin Mao Tower. Save money you’d otherwise spend on taxis and other transportation costs, and enjoy informative commentary, by booking a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour, which also includes entrance to a number of attractions.
Enjoy Free Activities
Some of the most popular attractions and experiences in Shanghai can be enjoyed for free. Take a stroll along the iconic Bund or the charming former French Concession, with a stop in Fuxing Park or the alleys of Tianzifang. A number of museums also offer free admission, such as the massive Shanghai Museum. Art lovers should check out the China Art Palace and galleries at M50 Creative Park.
Book a Combo Tour
Combo tours offer great value over booking different activities and attractions separately. For example, combine a Huangpu River cruise—one of the top experiences in Shanghai—with dinner, live entertainment, an acrobatic show, bar-hopping, or a sightseeing tour for extra savings. Alternatively, combine a trip to a nearby water town, such as Zhujiajiao, with a Shanghai sightseeing tour.
Choose a Tour That Includes Tastings or a Meal
To save on food expenses, opt for a tour that includes breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or join a walking or bike tour that also includes food tastings. Not only is it a great way to experience the local culture and cuisine, there are usually enough items and servings to fill you up as well.