Best Shanghai Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Shanghai

Best Shanghai Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Hans P
    Vienna, Austria53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see visit. This museum is the result of the work of a single man who collected these original posters. These are witnesses of times gone but give a glimpse of times gone by.

    The museum is small but has a good sample of what was used at the time to manipulate the people. Since this museum is the initiative of one single, very nice, man, one should visit it as long as it lasts. Fortunately he produced several booklets with photos of these posters.

    The place is not easy to find as inside a big building but with some patience one can get there.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • jokejong
    Singapore, Singapore30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pleasant. Newly renovated. Not suitable for young kids, lack of interactivity and designed for teenagers and above who enjoys history. Conveniently located near an mtr station. The narrative was simple to follow and clear. Language in English was excellent. Overall pleased with the experience. I spent about 1.5hr inside.
    Written 29 October 2023
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came to M50 on the weekend and it was not too busy. There are lots of exhibits you can walk in for free and see artists at work. The area also has many cafes and a few restaurants but none were overly appealing.
    Written 3 April 2021
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  • Chris P
    Shanghai, China4,925 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed my visit to this temple. Really quiet. The biggest surprise was the tea-pot collection at the back of the complex. Beautiful! It’s well maintained
    Written 15 November 2020
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  • Jo-Ann
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia15,996 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The largest slaughterhouse in Shanghai back in the 1930s. Today it is a shopping complex with boutiques, restaurants, dance studios, etc. If it is completely occupied, it would be a place to chill. Now I believe people go there for photography as the structure of this building is unique and original. Take Line 4 to Hailun station. Exit 2 into Hailun Road then turn right into Shajing Rd. This interesting building will be right in front of you!
    Written 10 May 2021
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  • bcheong
    Shanghai, China26,738 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    They have a permanent collection of chinese ceramics, porcelein and jade. And currently a special exhibition of dali and picasso. The picasso was disappointing, mostly lithographs
    Written 21 August 2022
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  • Mike X
    Chicago, IL2,045 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most people won't come here even though it's right next to the Longhua temple. It's a park with memorials and sculptures meant to honor those who were executed for being communists. It's a large park with sculptures scattered around. There is a well curated museum in the center where you can learn more of the history.
    Written 4 May 2019
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  • Jenn S
    California60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    When we went, much of the south gate and area around east gate was under heavy construction, so we entered via the west gate. You need a ticket but there's no charge, and a health code. From there, the steps take you straight up to the pagoda, where there is also a small shop selling drinks and tea eggs. More steps take you up to the observatory/museum and the basilica was past it. Probably takes 30min for that entire walk, all paved and not super steep. The basilica was closed for repairs, from the sign it looked to have been closed for the last six months.

    We wandered out the east gate via a very nice path through a bamboo forest. I was disappointed to not see any wild animals at all, and everywhere the ground and plant leaves were covered in dust. It was totally empty but with the huge parking lots, you can tell it gets very crowded. Likely because it was winter, we didn't see many food vendors at all.

    I'd allocate maybe 2-3hrs to see all the mountain parks in the area. Theres a ton of other things to do in sheshan though, including happy valley amusement park, smurf land, visiting the quarry hotel, golf. There is a water park too but closed in off season.
    Written 24 December 2020
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  • robjustrob
    Calgary, Canada1,801 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    this little water town area is far less touristy and not yet a ruined experience. it doesnt have quite the infrastructure and is not nearly as big as other water areas, but it is nice to see and the charm is the lack of people there.
    Written 1 August 2018
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  • Interno16
    Mexico City, Mexico15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing. I followed your advice to taste and buy from Susie at 1262, and I loved it. I also bought some teaware from the second floor, but I ran the risk of getting in serious debt for overspending... so I ran. Lovely experience.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Kristine K
    125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint. Kind. Peaceful. Reflective. A gem hidden in plain sight. One of the smaller temples in Shanghai, but it's sincere and worth a visit. Small entrance fee of 10 RMB, ticket counter to the left of the entrance gate.
    Written 30 September 2020
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  • John T
    London, UK699 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The temple is quiet and secluded and easy to access. Staff and polite, helpful and welcoming. The highlight for my daughter was the koi carp pond and the opportunity to feed the fish. The temple buildings are well maintained and nice to wander around
    Written 4 January 2020
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  • Andrew W
    Milwaukee, WI2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paul was a fantastic guide. He takes care of everything and made everything absolutely stress free. I had a great time and enjoyed every food option. I am an avid traveler and typically try to set my own agenda when traveling. But I quickly learned after arriving in China this task would be way more than I've ever encountered compared to other travels. Booking this tour is an absolute must to get the most out of your visit.
    Written 3 December 2023
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  • Tony R
    Ulladulla, Australia94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The wall itself is sort-of-OK. It is an old city wall - nothing special. However, head down the side street a few metres and there is an entry way through a wall. Here you can climb to the top of the wall for the obligatory photo, but it is also the entrance to the pavilion.

    Inside the pavilion is a temple, a small museum and a collection of old musical instruments. We were very lucky, just the two of us in the room when a young lady smiled at us and sat down at one of the instruments. A free 5-minute concert!

    Not saying you will also get the added bonus, but the temple is well worth spending half-an-hour or so.
    Written 9 December 2019
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  • Kathi86Cologne
    Cologne8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had an amazing food tour with Jade! It turned out to be a private tour (as I was the only guest) and Jade showed me so many different places with tasty food - both savory and sweet - and also a place to have a beer. Would have never found these hidden gems on my own and as a Vegetarian I am usually also a bit hesitant without knowing the language to try different things and just go into a small street food place. Thanks a lot Jade for going over and beyond to make this a great experience!
    Written 20 December 2023
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