Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2009
25-34 year old male
Hello! I'm Johannes, German-born but citizen of the world! At the moment I live in London and travel whenever I can. My preferred destinations in Europe are Spain and Sweden and otherwise I love exploring Southeast and East Asia and South America. I am a big fan of nice hotels and spas and always know the best ways to get a good deal. I hope you enjoy my guides, feel free to contact me for further information. - J
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Visitor Centres
Gift & Speciality Shops
Historical & Heritage Tours, Cultural Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Sacred & Religious Sites
Observation Decks & Towers
The Oriental Pearl Tower can be found on pretty much every Shanghai postcard. At 468m (1,535ft) tall, it's the third highest TV tower in the world. Its interesting design makes it an integral part of the famous Shanghai skyline, and a trip to the top affords fabulous views. Start your day here for some orientation and a stunning first impression.
The Riverside Promenade is a lovely place to stroll and take in the beautiful Shanghai skyline. Believe it or not, the skyscraper jungle you see is less than 20 years old. It's worth visiting this spot by both day and by night — the darker it gets, the more colorful it will be!
When it's time for a little break, one China's most popular refreshments should hit the spot. Even though bubble tea cafes have made their way to Europe and the Americas by now, Happy Lemon takes bubble tea science to a whole new level. A popular chain in China, this place offers more varieties of bubble teas and fruit shakes than you could possibly count — everything from traditional milk and pearl teas to new creations like banana and matcha shakes.
Nanjing Road is a famous shopping area in Shanghai, offering all kinds of shops and restaurants. In this area, you will find business people, tourists, and lot of touts trying to sell all kinds of services, from massages to fake watches. Even if you're not interested in shopping, it's worth checking out this always-bustling area to get an idea of how many people there are in Shanghai.
Located to the south of Nanjing Road West, the People's Square is a large public square and the site of Shanghai's municipal government building. It's a great mix between beautiful park and architectural showcase. Buy a soda or tea, sit down in the park, and enjoy the fake bird sounds — they actually come from loudspeakers!
End your first day in the city with a typical Shanghai dinner at Grandmother Restaurant! This place offers a great range of traditional fare and attracts both locals and tourists.
Originally part of the French Concession, Tian Zi Fang has become a neighborhood full of small art galleries, craft shops, and cafes. It's the perfect place to start a day in Shanghai. The whole area is a labyrinth of alleys, perfect for an early stroll, a cup of coffee, and some souvenir shopping.
The Shanghai Museum offers an extensive collection of ancient Chinese art. It has been in its current location (near the People's Square in the city center) since 1996, and is considered China's first world-class modern museums. Visitors get the chance to dive into thousands of years of rich and colorful Chinese history and more than 120,000 art pieces. The museum attracts both art connoisseurs and people who are new to the topic.
Traveling through China — and especially Shanghai — can be stressful, which is why you should definitely make use of the great spa facilities that can be found throughout the city. Green Massage is a Shanghai spa chain that specializes in aromatherapy and beauty treatments. All of their six branches feature beautiful design and high-quality treatments. While this is definitely not the cheapest place to get a massage in Shanghai, it's still cheap for what you get. Choose the branch that is most convenient for you.
You don't have to be especially interested in circus shows or ballet to enjoy ERA Acrobats. The show combines a range of traditional Chinese body control arts with modern dance, circus acrobatics, and live music, offering world-class entertainment that attracts foreigners and locals alike.
The name of this hidden gem restaurant refers to a minority people of the Xianjiang region. Specializing in the community's local cuisine, Xibo offers a range of interesting lamb, eggplant, and pumpkin dishes — you'll be surprised at how different this food is from what you've experienced in Shanghai so far!
Shanghai is surprising in many ways. You will find the tallest buildings of the world, modern shopping malls, and beautiful old temples. But most people don't know that Shanghai also has an interesting Jewish history, and that there is actually an old Jewish ghetto here (located in southern Hongkou and southwestern Yangpu neighborhoods). There were already some Jewish communities in Shanghai when there was a big Jewish migration from Germany in the late 1930s. This area was made the designated place for stateless refugees, and between 1943 and 1945, it was one of the poorest areas of Shanghai.
First build in 242 AD, the Longhua Temple is the largest authentic temple complex in Shanghai. Most of the buildings you see today are actually reconstructions of the originals, but the layout and architecture have been preserved since the temple was built during the Song dynasty. Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, this temple is usually not very touristy, and it offers a chance for some quiet time before you return to the busy city.
The Shanghai World Financial Center has an observation deck on 97th floor, where you can get a fantastic view of the Oriental Pearl Tower and the other giants of the city. Come when it's dark to indulge in an ocean of lights!
Shanghai Chic belongs to the family of new and modern restaurants that specialize in local cuisine but take it to a different level. The restaurant has a huge menu, with items like ostrich meat and crocodile soup next to more commonly known dishes. From a Western perspective, it's hard to believe that a restaurant of this quality would be located on the fifth floor of a shopping mall, but this lovely spot provides a memorable culinary experience.