Where to Find the Best Views in Shanghai
With its classical, colonial-era buildings and futuristic skyscrapers, Shanghai is a sight to behold from all angles. Whether you want to see it from above, from the water, or after dark, here’s how to get the best views of Shanghai.
For the best views of Shanghai’s sci-fi skyline, head to the Bund—an iconic waterfront strip and a sightseeing destination in its own right. Stroll along the pedestrian-friendly promenade for unobstructed views of the tallest buildings in the city. Plus, just across the road, you’ll see Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco buildings.
Get the ultimate view of Shanghai from Shanghai Tower, the city’s tallest building at 2,073 feet (632 meters). Ascend to the 118th-floor observation deck in one of the world’s fastest elevators, and visit day or night for panoramic views. Ensure you book admission tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line.
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Located in Pudong, the building nicknamed the Bottle Opener has several observatories to choose from; there’s an observation bridge on the 97th floor, and three transparent glass walkways and panoramic windows on the 100th floor. Save time on the day prebooking your admission tickets.
Enjoy 360-degree views of Shanghai from the city’s largest observation deck, located on the 88th floor of the Jinmao Tower. Those who dare can literally step outside and take a walk along a glass-bottomed skywalk for completely unobstructed views.
The Huangpu River cuts through the middle of Shanghai. Set sail on a sightseeing cruise and enjoy a different perspective of both the Bund and the skyscrapers of Pudong, as well as famous bridges such as Nanpu, Yangpu, and Waibaidu. Cruises can last from 30 minutes to more than three hours, with some including lunch, dinner, and other upgrades.