Did you even go on a trip if you didn’t post a collection of amazing selfies and landscape shots to Instagram? Whether you feel like sharing your vacation photos with the world or just want to curate the perfect collection for your photo albums back home, you’re definitely going to want to take pictures to commemorate your time in Shanghai.
As the largest city in the world, Shanghai has a lot to see and offer. An estimated 24,256,800 people call the city home, but locals and visitors alike don’t always know the best locations for an impromptu photo shoot.
That’s why we’ve had our team of city insiders put together a list of the most Instagrammable spots in Shanghai!
Best Ways to See Famous Shanghai Landmarks
There’s plenty of great places to take the perfect Instagram photo of famous Shanghai sights during your trip.
Here are a few fun ways to help you get around while sightseeing…
- Hop On Hop Off Big Bus
- Pujiang River Cruise
- Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus – 48 Hours
Many of the photo opps we listed below are located near some of the top attractions in the city – so you can combine the best sights with the best things to do.
#1: The Bund
Running along the western bank of the Huangpu River, this waterfront walking path provides the perfect view of the Pudong district skyline.
The Bund is home to numerous banks, international trading houses and skyscrapers. The unique buildings that line the river are built in all different architectural styles – from Gothic influences to atypical Art-Deco designs. Across the way, you’ll see the Oriental Pearl Tower in it all its sphere-shaped glory!
Hop up on the wall and take a photo with the skyscraper-filled skyline behind you.
Address: Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Getting in: The Bund is free and open to the public! Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower tickets are included on Go Shanghai Card.
#2: Yu Gardens
One of the oldest attractions in Shanghai, Yu Garden is a living testament to the Ming Dynasty.
The gardens are split into 6 different Suzhou-style areas and span nearly 5 acres of land. Explore Sansui Hall, home to the famous 5-ton Jade Rock, or plan a peaceful afternoon exploring the ponds, rockeries and pavilions of the Inner Garden. With all of the traditional-style buildings and pavilions, you’re sure to find the perfect photo opp.
Address: 218 Anren St, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Getting in: Yu Garden tickets are included on Go Shanghai Card
#3: Nanjing Road
What was once the Main Road in Shanghai, connecting The Bund to He’nan Road, is now known as Nanjing Road! Most of the road has been converted to a pedestrian-only street lined with the best restaurants and shops.
Nanjing Road East is where you’ll find all the neon signs and shops – it’s the perfect place to pickup a souvenir or gift for a friend back home. Nanjing Road West is home to some of Shanghai’s best hotels, offices and malls. No matter which road you take, you’re sure to have a day chock-full of shopping.
Insider tip: visit at night to snag the perfect picture of all the signs lit up in neon colors!
Address: Nan Jing Lu Bu Xing Jie, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Getting in: Nanjing Road is free and open to the public!
#4: Pujiang River Cruise
Walking along the river is great, but why don’t you hop on a cruise instead? It’s the best way to see all of the Shanghai shoreline on both sides of the river!
Enjoy a scenic trip down the Pujiang River, often referred to as the Mother River of Shanghai. The river divides the city into two parts: Pudong, the Western bank, and Puxi, the Eastern bank. Both banks are home to some of the best tourist attractions and landmarks in all of Shanghai.
As you cruise by you’ll be able to see and snap photos of Jin Mao Tower, the Waibaidu Bridge, Oriental Pearl TV & Radio Tower, the Monument to the People’s Heroes and more!
Address: Shiliupu Cruise Terminal, No. 481, Zhongshan Rd, Shanghai
Getting in: Pujiang River Cruise tickets are included on Go Shanghai Card.
#5: Shanghai World Financial Center
Located in the Pudong district, the Shanghai World Financial Center is a hub of new information and financial services.
The Financial Center stands at 1,614 ft. tall and is among the top 10 tallest buildings in the world. One of the best features of the entire building is its 100th floor observation deck. Climbing to the top gives visitors fantastic views of downtown Shanghai and the Huang Pu River. The observation deck has glass flooring and panoramic windows, so there are millions of photo opps and amazing views to take advantage of!
Address: 100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Getting in: Shanghai World Financial Center Observation Deck tickets included on Go Shanghai Card.
#6: M50 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 art and graffiti of M50 free! Please note, tours and certain exhibits may be separately ticketed.
#7: Grand View Garden Area
The Shanghai Grand View Garden spans nearly 2 acres of land along Dianshan Lake and is full of unique plants, traditional Chinese structures and more. The Garden and its features were modeled after the fictional garden in the classic Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Mansions.
Peruse over 250 plant species, see over 90,000 bamboo plants (the most of any garden in the world!) and bring a good book to read in one of the many pavilions. This is the perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon!
Address: China, Shanghai Shi, Qingpu Qu
Getting in: Shanghai Grand View Garden tickets included on Go Shanghai Card.
#8: Shanghai Film Park
Get transported to the 1930’s, when Shanghai was the center of Chinese film production. The Shanghai Film Park is an ode to classic Chinese cinema, with tons of movie sets and activities reminiscent of their golden age of film.
The park has several different sound stages, film lots and costume warehouses for visitors to explore. Step onto the set of 1930’s Nanjing Road, Old Town of Shanghai and plenty more. Pose for a photo in front of your favorite old-timey set!
Address: 4915 Beisong Hwy, Chedunzhen, Songjiang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Getting in: Shanghai Film Park tickets included on Go Shanghai Card.
#9: Jia Jia Tang Bao
You can’t visit Shanghai without trying authentic Chinese dumplings, and Jia Jia Tang Bao is as authentic as it gets. Locals and tourists both agree this is one of the best places to try dumplings!
And of course for the foodie in all of us it presents the perfect opportunity for a gorgeous #foodgoals shot!
Getting in: this restaurant is quite small but sure to be packed, so try visiting in between lunch & dinner hours for the shortest wait.
#10. Shanghai World Financial Center
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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.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it does contain a bunch of our favorite places to take pictures in Shanghai.
From the most popular attractions to skyline views and scenic gardens, there’s something to suit every taste when it comes to Shanghai photo opportunities.
Remember, a number of these famous Shanghai landmarks and attractions are available with the Go Shanghai Card, where you can save on combined admission prices vs. paying at the gate.
If you have recommendations for other places to get the best photos in Shanghai, feel free to comment below!