Blogger 马修·斯汀森 最近问 米迦和me about what there is to do in Shanghai. I thought the conversation might be useful to some readers, so here it is, edited somewhat:
> I’m heading down to Shanghai for National Day [October 1st]. I have rather bizarrely never actually been to Shanghai before, so I was wondering what places you’d recommend I visit and what places you’d recommend I avoid during my time there. I have about 3.5 days to wander around the city.
> Also wondering what district you recommend getting a hotel or hostel in .
> Three and a half days is enough to see all the major attractions and then some. However, a disclaimer: sometimes I get too gung ho about the city, so if John’s recommendations clash with mine then trust him over me.
> For a hotel or hostel I’d recommend staying close to People’s Square, which is a good launching pad for visits to just about anywhere in the city because it’s the location of the subway Lines 1/2/8 in terchange. I have two places in mind, depending on your budget. 如果你’re going cheap, stay at the 上海明城随行青年旅舍。它’在人民西边’广场，在古朴的小宠物市场旁边，我在这里购买龙猫粮和上海美术馆。它 ’距苏州河（摄影的好地方）仅几步之遥。如果你’愿意为标准支付200-300元人民币 标准间 酒店房间 上海市工人文化宫东方宾馆 （上海工人’的文化宫远东饭店吗？’广场，距离地铁站2分钟路程，位于一座历史悠久的建筑中 ’s现在被用作市政中心，但在较高楼层设有一家酒店。两年前，当我父母参加我们的婚礼时，我试图为其预订书，但当时他们正在装修，所以现在一定会更好。当然，无论在哪个地方，都需要提前致电并确认价格/空房情况。
> Whoa, that was way too long. I’ll keep the “tourist attractions” in list form:
> – Yu Gardens area (for the food and the antiques)
> – Taikang Road (trendy fixed-up old neighborhood)
> – People’s Square + Nanjing East Road + Bund (don’t mind the scammers, just chat them up and then brush them off)
> – Shanghai Museum (on People’s Square)
> – Lujiazui area (Aquarium, World Financial Center, Super Brand Mall)
> – Jing’an Temple
> – Yuyintang (this is a good live music venue, if you’re in to that)
> – Science & Technology Museum
> – Wander around the French Concession area
> – Wander around the Old City (north from Dongjiadu)
> – Yu Gardens themselves
> – Shanghai City Planning Museum
> – Longhua Temple
> – Anything else in Pudong besides Lujiazui and Sci-Tech Museum
> Heh, I always panic a little when people ask me about things to do in Shanghai. While I do like the city, I don’t feel like there’s really that much for visitors to DO when compared with a city like Beijing. This city is about business, shopping, dining, and nightlife!
> Still, it’s not fair to say Shanghai has nothing to offer, and I think 米迦 did a pretty good job of listing the attractions. I’ll just add a few comments to 米迦’s list.
> I’m sure 米迦’s suggestions are 大, but don’t forget the traveler’s favorite: 队长’s Hostel。它’可能已经预订了好几个星期，但您可能仍想检查一下。
> – I’ve never been a fan of Yu Gardens; feels like it’s just for tourists from abroad. So while I would expect my parents to enjoy it, I wouldn’t expect you to.
> – Jing’an Temple is cool-looking, being right in the middle of the city, but don’t bother going in . The park across the street is quite nice, though, and both New York Pizza and Burger King are right there if you’re in terested.
> – I went to the Science and Technology Museum with my wife last year, and we were both disappointed. We found it too child-oriented, run-down, and outdated.
> – You might consider the Xujiahui Computer Market (there are actually two separate markets right in 美罗城，以及附近的BestBuy），
我在那里听到’在上海火车站附近的摄影市场上，有很多很酷的东西供摄影爱好者使用 [编辑’s note: 布拉德告诉我们 摄影市场现已关闭].
> – 米迦 left off Xintiandi, a major tourist highlight. Yeah, it’s all fake and expensive, but I think it’s an important side of Shanghai. To me, Taikang Lu doesn’t feel much less fake… at least Xintiandi is honest about what it is. (Sorry, 米迦!)
> – Check out the Liuli Glass Art museum on Madang Lu (right next to Xintiandi). Really amazing stuff by a Taiwanese artist, with a Buddhist theme. Make sure to go in early afternoon; it turns in to a bar at night, and the exhibits go away.
> To me, you’re missing one of Shanghai’s major highlights if you’re not here to EAT. Shanghai cuisine might be a bit sweet, but there are plenty of excellent restaurants, and tons of variety (both domestic and in ternational). With a little planning, you could be eating one mind-blowing meal after another, if that’s something you’re in terested in .
> In re: to John, I totally agree that there’s just not that much to *do*. Go out to eat a lot, have a massage, get some clothes tailored, climb the Pearl Tower… that’s the extent of what 90% of Shanghai tourists do because Shanghai is about quality of modern life, not so much about history or cultural production.
> No comment on Xintiandi. I’m “against it” in theory, but I haven’t been there in ages and I’m not really familiar with the area. I believe John used to work near there, so he would know better than me.
> Finally, John, I was trying to think of a Shanghainese place to recommend because it’d be a shame not to eat the local cuisine no matter how people from outside of Shanghai bad-mouth it. But I was coming up a blank — the best places I’ve eaten are hole-in-the-wall, out of the way, or too expensive to recommend with a clean conscience. Can you name a place off hand?
> You mention the Pearl Tower, but you didn’t put it in your “DO” list. I’ve actually never done it myself. Is that another one that should be on the “DO” list?
> Not really sure about a good Shanghainese place… There’s so much fusion going on that I don’t really worry about where the food is supposed to be from too much.
> Matthew, you might browse the restaurant listings on smartshanghai.com 用于外派视图，等等 dianping.com 对于中国的看法。
> The Pearl Tower is the no-brainer, average-Joe view of Pudong. The Jinmao Tower’s 88th floor observation deck is the more sophisticated option. That one lounge on top of the Jinmao Tower where you pay the bar’s cover charge to enjoy the view *and* a classy drink is the savvy-traveler’s choice. But the only view that made it onto my DO list is the new World Financial Tower, because it’s NEW和higher than all the others (though I hear it’s a bit pricey).
> If I was playing tourist, maybe I’d go to 鼎泰丰。即使它’台湾人赢得了上海的所有比赛 小笼包，我敢打赌，他们不仅有更多上海菜。大众点评的价格为每张人民币100元。乔迪和我受邀参加生日派对 福1039 由上海朋友在豫园路上，非常 本帮 [上海本地]并置身于半固定的殖民时代房屋中，但是有点偏僻，在点屏上要200元人民币。
> And yeah, seconding smartshanghai and dianping.