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Where to Find the Best Views in Shanghai

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.

 

The Bund

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.

Shanghai Tower

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. 

World Financial Center

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.

Jinmao Tower

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.

Huangpu River

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.

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Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

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Get to know Shanghai with your own guide on this full-day private tour. Admire bird’s-eye views from a Shanghai Tower, stroll along the Bund, and visit the Yuyuan Garden and bazaar. Plus, explore the Confucius Temple and Former French Concession area, and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. Choose to travel by public transport (own expense) if you're in a group of four or fewer, or upgrade to get around by private vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

Shanghai Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining Experience

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Get the most out of your Shanghai trip by experiencing the combination of a Huangpu River cruise and a Xinjiang food experience. Take the stress out of navigating the metro, and instead travel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. See multiple famous Shanghai landmarks from your river cruise such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower and World Financial Center, and have a guide to translate the menu during your Xinjiang feast.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$138.00
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$138.00
Price varies by group size
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3-Hour Shanghai Bund Swift Tour with River Cruise or Skyscraper

3-Hour Shanghai Bund Swift Tour with River Cruise or Skyscraper

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Even if your Shanghai schedule doesn’t leave much time for touring, get an overview of the city’s famous Bund on a private adventure that’s perfect for the time-poor traveler. After transfer from your hotel, your personal guide will introduce you to the Bund’s signature sights. Then either enjoy a relaxing river cruise or scale a skyscraper observation deck for views across the megalopolis before you return to base.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.00
Price varies by group size
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$112.00
Price varies by group size
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Shanghai Huangpu River Charter Yacht Experience with Champagne or Beer

Shanghai Huangpu River Charter Yacht Experience with Champagne or Beer

Hop a chartered yacht for a VIP cruise alongside Shanghai’s cutting-edge waterfront on this specialty tour. Get a front-row peek at modern landmarks like Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl Tower, and choose from beer or champagne packages to add another touch of glamour to your evening. Upgrade to include your own private guide. Tours include door-to-door transfers from your hotel.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$500.00
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Shanghai Jinmao Tower Observation Desk Admission Ticket

Shanghai Jinmao Tower Observation Desk Admission Ticket

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Celebrated in movies such as Skyfall, the Shanghai skyline is one of the world’s don’t-miss views—and it’s particularly stunning when it’s lit up for the night. Discover Shanghai from the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, a landmark skyscraper in the heart of Pudong, with these easy-to-redeem pre-booked tickets.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$18.00
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Mini Group Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai to Classical Garden, Tongli Water Town

Mini Group Suzhou Day Tour from Shanghai to Classical Garden, Tongli Water Town

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Discover Suzhou and Tongli Water Town on a full-day tour from Shanghai. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed The Master of Nets Garden, a classical Chinese garden founded in the 11th Century. Then, on the banks of the Yangtze River, wander the ancient streets of Tongli Water Town. Listen as your expert guide provides fascinating facts and anecdotes about each location. Tour group size is limited to six, ensuring a more intimate experience.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
Price varies by group size
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$199.00
Price varies by group size
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Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

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It’s wise to book in advance for the 2,070-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, one of the world’s highest buildings and one of China’s top attractions. With these tickets, you can race up in the elevators and soak up views over one of the world’s great skylines from the 118th-floor observation deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.77
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$30.77