About Kat V
Lives in San Francisco, California
Since Mar 2015
I grew up in the Philippines but have lived all over the place from New York City, to Shanghai and now San Francisco. This city girl also loves the outdoors and enjoys everything about travel.
Observation Decks & Towers
Historic Walking Areas, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Visitor Centres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas
Speciality Museums, History Museums, Art Galleries
Civic Centres, Art Museums
Known to many as the 'bottle opener building,' the Shanghai World Financial Center is an iconic part of the futuristic Pudong skyline. Topping out at 1,614.2ft. (492m), this super-tall skyscraper is the second tallest building in China, second only to the Shanghai Tower.
The Bund is Shanghai's historic riverside. The pedestrian promenade is right along the western bank of the Huangpu River and affords great street-level views of the Pudong skyscrapers and the Gothic, Beaux Arts, and Art Deco buildings on the Puxi side.
Yuyuan Garden (Yu Yuan) is located in Shanghai's Old Town area. Built during the Ming Dynasty by a government official, the complex has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the last few centuries and its latest restoration was completed in 1961. Walking through lets you get a glimpse of what life was like in ancient China.
Take a mid-morning break for some of Shanghai's best soup dumplings (xiaolongbao). Locals argue over which restaurant serves the best xiaolongbao, and Jia Jia Tang Bao gets many people's vote. Lines often form around the block for these delectable morsels!
Before the Communist Revolution, People's Square was once a horse racing track. Today, it is the heart of the city and its main public square. Though technically the green space north of the square is known as People's Park, many people see the square and the park as one big area. There are many quiet corners to explore and important museums contained within People's Square.
A museum about urban planning doesn't sound very exciting, but when you consider Shanghai's explosive growth you might see how it could be interesting. This instantly-recognizable building houses audio-visual exhibits showing Shanghai's past, present, and envisioned future. The best thing about it is a scale model of the city that contains each and every building in miniature.
After the Opium Wars, parts of Shanghai were carved up to be administered by the French, the British, and the Americans. As the name suggests, the French once ruled this part of the city, and the quiet, tree-lined avenues and villa-style buildings can leave you thinking you've wandered into somewhere in Europe. Much of Shanghai's large expat population chooses to live here, and restaurants, bars, and clubs appealing to foreigners can be found throughout.
Stop for lunch at this Hunan-style restaurant that's popular with both Chinese and foreigners. While a lot of the dishes come out covered in big red peppers, the food actually falls somewhere in between mild and medium spiciness, and can be enjoyed by just about anyone. They also have non-spicy dishes.
This 'museum' houses the private collection of a propaganda art collector that decided to make his collection available for public viewing. The Revolution-era posters showcase a distinct artistic style and provide a glimpse into the psyche of China's Communist Party in past decades. The art and messages are often funny without meaning to be.
This is a pleasant green space in the middle of the city with flowering trees and jogging paths. The park houses a mix of permanent sculptures and special exhibitions that are switched out periodically according to a theme. Past themes have included City Paradise and City Fantasy.
M50, which stands for its address at 50 Moganshan Lu, is one of Shanghai's premiere art districts. This former industrial complex near Suzhou Creek is now filled with over 100 galleries and artist studios. Some of the city's best local contemporary art can be found here.
End the day with a meal at this unassuming but authentic Shanghainese dining spot. This foreigner-friendly restaurant is known for using fresh, quality ingredients and swears off the MSG. There are better-known Shanghainese restaurants out there, but the food here is both satisfying and affordable. Plus, there's an added bonus rare for Shanghai: Smoking is not allowed inside.