It’s sunny and warm, the streets are bustling with locals and visitors alike and there are countless things to do and see – it must be summer in Shanghai! With average temperatures between 70°-85°F from June to August, it’s a great time to explore and really get to know the city’s beauty.
If you’re planning a visit and looking for things to do in Shanghai this summer, check out our list of top attractions and activities going on in 2018, including…
- Pujiang River Cruise
- Shanghai Zoo
- Yu Garden
- Shanghai Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Save on Summertime Activities
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the Go Shanghai Card.
Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 30% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special summer events may be separately ticketed and not available on the Go Shanghai Card.
Shanghai World Financial Center
Visit one of the world’s top ten tallest buildings right in the heart of the Pudong District.
Zoom up to the 97th and 100th floors for panoramic views of Shanghai and beyond. You’ll have access to SkyWalk 94, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows for an all-encompassing view, SkyWalk 97, an open-air roof deck, and SkyWak 100, the most exciting floor of them all – here you’ll find transparent glass floors.
There are so many different ways to take in Shanghai, you quite literally won’t miss a thing at Shanghai World Financial Center.
Getting in: Shanghai World Financial Center tickets are included on Go Shanghai Card.
Mandarin City Pool
While this pool is sure to be packed on a hot weekend day, it’s a good place to bring the family to cool down.
The Mandarin City Pool is located in a housing complex and is open to the public. It is complete with tons of different swim areas, a pool bar, lounge chairs & umbrellas and more. With Shanghai’s summer days hitting highs of 90°F on occasion, it’ll make for a fun and refreshing day trip.
Address: Mandarin City, 788 Hongxu Lu, near Huaguang Lu
Getting in: entrance to Mandarin City Pool is separately ticketed and prices are subject to change.
Pujiang River Cruise
The Pujiang River, often referred to as the Mother River of Shanghai, divides the city into two parts: Pudong, the Western bank, and Puxi, the Eastern bank. On either side, you’ll recognize some of the most famous landmarks in the city.
A relaxing cruise down the river is the perfect way to see some of the best sights, like the Jin Mao Tower, the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, Waibaidu Bridge and more.
Make sure to bring a camera, whether it’s a sunny day or the buildings are lit up at night you’ll want to capture great photos to bring home with you.
Getting in: Pujiang River Cruise tickets are included on the Go Shanghai Card.
Enjoy a rooftop venue
There are countless bars and restaurants to try, but there’s no better time than the summer to make your way to an open-deck spot to feast or drink.
Flair, located on the 58th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Pudong, is one of our favorites. It has a spectacular menu and a view to match. Though it can get a bit pricey (as most rooftop bars and restaurants do), it’s well worth the trip of for the view alone!
Address: 58th Floor, Ritz-Carlton Pudong, 8 Century Avenue, near Lujiazui Ring Road, Pudong
Getting in: Flair is open to the public, drink prices vary.
The Shanghai Zoo
The zoo is home to over 6,000 animals from all over the world – from indigenous species like the Giant Panda to the more familiar, like giraffes and penguins. With tons to see and learn, it’s easy to make a day of it!
The best way to tackle each of the five zones is to grab a map upon entrance. Then plan out your route through the Primate Zone, Herbivore Zone, Carnivore Zone, Bird Zone and Amphibian Zone (and yes – it’s 100% worth it to visit them all!). As you journey through each group, you’ll come across chimpanzees, Asian elephants, Bengal white tigers, flamingos, peacocks and more.
After you visit your favorite animals, stop at the Scientific Building to learn more about how each animal is cared for or take a stroll through the gardens right on the zoo grounds.
Getting in: Shanghai Zoo tickets are included on the Go Shanghai Card.
Spend a day in the park
There are tons of public parks and spaces in Shanghai that you can enjoy on a beautiful day.
Changfeng Park is one of the more fun places, with boats and a large lake to enjoy. With tons of greenery and seating, you can easily hide from the sun if you’re tired of the heat.
Pack a lunch or grab takeout and enjoy it right at the park!
Getting in: the park is free and open to the public, other activities and events may be separately ticketed.
Shanghai Happy Valley
Shanghai’s Happy Valley is a world-renowned amusement park located right outside the city. Happy Valley is the only park of its kind in the area and hosts tons of festivals and events throughout the summer.
Here you’ll find seven distinct zones and over 100 rides to choose from (or ride them all if you’re ambitious!). Take a ride on the first wooden roller coaster ever made in China or splash around in Typhoon Bay. From thrill rides to theater performances to carnival games, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Getting in: Shanghai Happy Valley tickets are included on the Go Shanghai Card.
Yu Garden, meaning garden of happiness, is the perfect place to spend a calm afternoon.
The garden is located right near the City God Temple in Old City (another great tourist stop) and spans 5 acres of land. The massive complex is split into six different Suzhou-style areas: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Hujing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden.
As you explore each section, you’ll stumble upon various plant species, coy ponds, pavilions and the famous Jade Rock. After you’ve seen all that you can in the gardens, be sure to explore the surrounding area of Old City.
Getting in: Yu Garden tickets are included on the Go Shanghai Card.
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
Simplify your sightseeing! The best way to see everything on your Shanghai bucket list is to hop aboard one of these double-decker, open top Hop On Hop Off buses.
At every stop, you’ll have the option to hop off and hop back on later so you can sightsee at your own pace. As you journey through Shanghai, your guide will narrate the ride (with narration available in 8 different languages) and give you a background on the city and its history.
There are three different bus routes, and some of the most notable attractions you’ll be able to stop at are The Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower, and the City God Temple.
Getting in: Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour tickets are included on the Go Shanghai Card.
M50 Contemporary Art Space
Established in 2000 by local artist Xue Song, the M50 Contemporary Art District has become one of the city’s most-loved spots!
The space was originally home to several warehouses that have since been transformed in galleries, shops and restaurants full of authentic cuisine and incredible, locally made art. Here you’ll find some of Shanghai’s best street art. You may even catch one of the artists in action!
Address: 50 Mo Gan Shan Lu, Putuo Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Getting In: you can explore the graffiti of M50 free! Please note, tours and certain exhibits may be separately ticketed.
So there you have it, our picks for some of the top things to do in Shanghai this summer.
While we’ve briefed you with a pretty extensive list, there are many more Shanghai attractions and popular events in the summer months.
Please note, the summer events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Shanghai Card.
Plan to visit some of these top attractions during your trip. Whether you are traveling with your family or a couple of friends, we’re sure you will have a great time.