What’s left in Shanghai? Well, lots! Here are some stops on other lines in Shanghai that you should consider when visiting my fine hometown. You’ll notice, I’ll mention either food or an opportunity for a pretty picture when describing these places. Except for the wild animal park, I’ve been to all of these places and can tell you, there’s definitely food within a block of each location. (A girl follows her gut, not her heart). Enjoy!
Jiangwan Town (江湾镇)
If you are a nerd and want to visit the highest ranked university in Shanghai, take the 3. Fudan University is within walking distance and can keep you amused for about 30-40 minutes as you stroll through the old school yard. If that’s not enough, walk about 40 min north and you’ll hit a street full of Korean BBQ places and the Shanghai University of Economics and Finance. Yay for statistical analysis and data reconfiguration!
Nanpu Bridge (南浦大桥)
Aka dope circular bridge. This is one of several bridges connecting traffic between Pudong and Puxi, and, in my opinion, the coolest. It’s a massive circle! Unfortunately, to get a full view of the bridge without climbing high above it. In order to do that, not that I’m suggesting this is what I did. Find a corporate building, go to the rooftop, and take a picture from there. Be sure to pretend you work there 😉
Old Harbor (老码头)
Bars and ex-Pats + a view of the modern skyline to the east. I’ve only walked through here but it’s definitely worth a visit on a night out. There’s bars and restaurants on the docks, renovated loft spaces for boutique restaurants on higher ground. It’s got a nice western flavor across its offerings and it’s accessible by bus or subway.
I can’t say I know much about this line, besides that it’s the only line exclusively in Pudong. All of the other subway lines in Pudong runs east to west, including the portion of the loop in line 4. Line 6 connects them, north to south, which makes traveling up and down the eastern half of Shanghai much easier.
Changshu Road (常熟路)
My company’s Chinese office is here. But also along here are restaurants for you to grab quick bites, coffee, and live the ex-pat life. Sure, it’s no Hengshan Road where you can legit go bar hopping, but it’s a nice brunch atmosphere. I met up with some friends for dim sum here, but not before stopping by a Costa Coffee. Yep, it’s that diverse.
Before Disney, before Happy Valley, the Shanghainese of the 30s up to the 80s went to Big New World for amusement. I remember going there for the fun mirrors, arcade games, and food. They’ve recently renovated and reopened this year, hopefully attracting nostalgic crowds. Right off of the Yan’an Highway, its location is perfect for a quick stopover before you head over to the Yu Gardens for dumplings.
People’s Square (人民广场)
Walk along Xizhang Road (西藏路). This road intersects with Nanjing Road. If you were to walk up and down to road, to the north, you’ll eventually get to Waibaidu Bridge, to the south, you’ll pass by old streets of Shanghai filled with restaurants, both new and old, until you reach the Yu Gardens to the East. It’s a nice walk, you won’t get lost, and you get some photo ops as you pass by People’s Square.
Tiantong Road (天潼路)
You need to walk about 20 minutes from this stop to get to Waibaidu Bridge (外白渡桥). This is THE bridge. The one in all of those 1920s/1930s Chinese dramas. Venture to the northern part of center city, along the Suzhou River and you’ll see the Waibaidu bridge. Erected in 1907, this bridge is probably the oldest modern day steel bridge in the city. It makes for great photo ops given the modern skyline in the background.
Don’t want to venture all the way to Nanxiang? No problem. The second most authentic pork soup dumpling establishment is in the bustling old city location of the Yu Gardens. It’s hidden within Chenghuang Temple, so as you venture in to find the restaurant, be prepared for tourists, crowds, and everyone and their mother trying to sell you cheap gods.
Wujiao Plaza (五角场)
This use to be the middle of nowhere. But, given the increasing population of college students here, Wujiao Chang has sprung up as a popular place for shopping and food. We’re not talking extreme fine dining, but if you wanted options, from Korean BBQ to Western dishes to traditional Shanghainese, you’ll find it here. Me? I opted for ice cream 🙂
Wuhan Road (武汉路)
I hate crowds and people. Ironic, I know, given the topic of his post. But, when you’re transferring between the two most popular subway lines, 1 and 2. If you’re taking the 1 and need to get anywhere west of Nanjing road on the 2, do this:
- Take the 1 to Wuhan Road (2 stops before People’s Square)
- Transfer to the 12 or 13 at Wuhan Road and get off at West Nanjing Road
You save about 10-15 min by having to take 1 fewer stop over the course of the trip and you walk less during the transfer in a station with 5x less the crowd. That’s a triple win.
World Expo Museum (世博大道)
Taking a ride down line 8 further south will lead you to the site of the World Expo back in 2010. Most of the country specific exhibits and buildings have been taken down, but what remains are the Chinese Cultural Exhibit and the Chinese Arts Museum. The former looks like a massive space ship while the latter looks like a red lattice.
Wild Animal Park (野生动物园)
This is new and I have to visit. Allegedly there’s a safari-like wild animal park in Shanghai now, near the end of line 16 in Pudong. I should start planning my next Shanghai trip around this. Stay tuned for actual pics.
This line is currently under construction. Now we going really far out. This is the equivalent of saying Newark and Trenton are part of NYC. I kid you not. Qingpu is a suburban district west of Shanghai where Shanghainese folks have their weekend homes. What’s attractive about Qingpu is the small water town of Zhujiajiao. You can find your pork sticky rice there, along with other goods like pickled vegetables, sweet paste, and more noms than you can handle. Did I also mention food freshly caught from the waters?
Phew, so that is all of Shanghai folks. Hope you enjoyed this series and, if you’ve been able to use this guide in Shanghai, I hope I did not guide you astray. Til next time, peace!