If you’re short on time and only have one week to visit China I’ve devised a plan to get the most out of your quick trip. Please note – This guide does not take into account any special events such as Chinese New Year or Spring/Autumn festivals etc.
Like a good tapas, the key to a quick trip is getting a little taste of as many flavours are you can. This is why I recommend 2 days in Shanghai, 3 days in Xi’an and 2 days in Beijing.
Day 1: Shanghai. See The City
Shanghai Museum – Take a step back! (morning/afternoon)
Something that most major tourist city in the world tend to share is that they all seem to have their own unique museum, and Shanghai is no different. Its collection has of over 120,000 pieces ranging from bronze and ceramics to calligraphy, furniture and sculptures. It is a great place to get a taste for Chinese history and ancient Chinese art.
Nanjing Road – Take a walk! (morning/afternoon)
China’s premier shopping street, Nanjing Road truly contrasts the rural regions of China. Roughly 5.5km long, it is full of lights, sounds and popular fashion brands from all over the globe. You will find this place bustling all day and night.
Bund River Front – Go for a walk! (morning/afternoon)
Centering on a section of Zhongshan Road and running along the Western side of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District, The Bund is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. It is a great photo spot with many of Chinas most well-known buildings and city sculptures.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower – Get up there! (afternoon)
If you want views, this is the place to go. 468 meters (1,536 feet) high the tower provides visitors with the best 360 views of Shanghai. There is even a glass level where you can see straight down – it’s definitely a surreal experience especially if you have a fear of heights. Various tickets are available ranging from CNY 120 – 180.
Dongtai Road “Antique Market” – Look around! (afternoon)
Dongtai Road “Antique Market” is a somewhat smaller market full of trash and treasures. It is not crowded and you can barter with sellers until your heart is content. It is full of trinkets. Junk, craftwork and fake antiques. So whilst it might be good to pass a little time and get a feel for Chinese markets don’t go there expecting to find anything genuine, and always remember to barter hard.
ERA Show – Be amazed! (night)
This has to be one of the most popular evening entertainments for tourists in Shanghai.
Staged for the last six years this show has everything from spectacular acrobats to death-defying motorcycle stunts. The room is completely transformed before you with live music, lighting, costumes etc. Nothing has been overlooked. Best of all, the performance is set in-round meaning there isn’t a bad seat in the house.Ticket prices from $21.00-104.00.
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