Chosing long stopovers when you book flights is a great way to discover a new country. You may not get the whole spirit of this new place in a few hours but you still get to visit some famous or hidden spots & meet locals. Here’s an itinerary you can follow if you have a 10+ hours stopover in Shanghai, China.
First, you must plan enough time to get out of the airport. You’re allowed to have a 24h transit visa for free so just show them that you have another plane booked, otherwise they won’t let you out. You also have to withdraw money because credit cards are not accepted in a lot of places. It’ll take around an hour a half. Once it’s done, you have a few options to get downtown. You can either take a taxi, bus, metro or maglev. If you don’t have a lot of time, the best option would be the maglev. It’s the fastest commercial high-speed electric train in the world and it’ll get you to Longyang Station in 8 minutes. The round trip is 80Y. Once there, you’ll have to take the line 2 of the metro for another 15 minutes to East Nanjing Road. You can also take the metro directly at the airport but it’ll take you around an hour and a half +-, especially if it’s peak hour.
Another useful tip to naviguate in the city (or anywhere else is the world) as you won’t have data : download mapsme. It’s an offline map in which you can check itineraries anytime and anywhere. Just need to download the map of the city before.
Now that you arrived at East Nanjing Road, the first stop is the road itself ! That’s the main shopping street of Shanghai and one of the world’s busiest streets so it’s always a quite impressive first impression of China for tourists.
From there, you can walk until the end of the street to the Bund. Most popular place of Shanghai, it’s a waterfront area that faces some of the most impressive modern skyscrapers in the world. It includes the world’s second tallest tour ever : the Shanghai Tower. There’s a great walk alongside the river and you’ll be amazed by the number of wedding photoshoots there is.
From there, you can head to the Old City/ Yuyuan Garden Area. Definitely the place to add to your list if you’re looking for something a bit more authentic. There’s plenty of Temples, cute little shopping corner streets and of course the mind blowing Yuyuan Garden. I believe the entrance is 40Y and half price for students. Enjoy !