If there’s any picture that could encapsulate the idea of the future city, then Shanghai would most likely be in it. In the past few decades alone, the city has developed from a mere port town to a global hub for finance, innovation and technology. The iconic skyline of Shanghai is filled with futuristic skyscrapers, including the Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center – all a must-visit to check out the city from high, high above.

Checking out the city from sea level is great too, especially if you take the Huangpu River Cruise in the evening. You can bask in the city’s luminous lights while gliding through the city’s waterways. If you prefer to stroll around on dry land, then The Bund – a waterfront area in central Shanghai – is quite the sight to behold.

Seasoned visitors like to head to Nanjing Road when in Shanghai. The shopping street not only holds world-class fashion houses and shops, but also varied selections of restaurants, cafés and bars. For something closer to nature, there’s Yu Garden – a soothing view for the eyes. Yu Garden is an enormous Chinese garden located next to one of the city’s landmarks, City God Temple.

Don’t forget that Shanghai is one of the few cities in the world lucky enough to host The Happiest Place on Earth, also known as Disney Park. Shanghai Disney Resort comprises the world-famed park and also fun thematic hotels. 

Asia Dreams November 2019 – January 2020