Top Historical Places in Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the most populated and developed cities in China. It is a global financial centre, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port having some of the tallest sky piercing skyscrapers, miles of luxury goods shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. It is a city with two faces, where on one hand you see the marvels of advanced architecture, engineering and technology, while on the other hand, you see narrow alleyways where local communities still thrive today in traditional houses. Shanghai is renowned for its skyline, museums and historic buildings.

The best way to get an insight into the history, traditions and culture of the city is to take a tour of some of the best historical attractions in Shanghai, including the former residence of Sun Yat-sen, Yuyuan Garden, Grave of Lu Xun, Grave of Soong Ching-ling, Grave of Xu Guangqi, Longhua Revolutionary Martyrs Memorial and Architecture of the Bund. Other top historic sites in Shanghai include Zhenru Temple, Xingshengjiao Temple Pagoda, Fuquanshan Site, Songze Site, Maqiao Site, Guangfulin Site, Zhidan Yuan Sluice Site and the Jiading Confucius Temple. The city is also home to numerous museums showcasing significant artefacts from different eras like Shanghai Museum, Shanghai History Museum, Shanghai Natural History Museum and the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center. The exploration of the city would help you rediscover the hidden, vibrant and mesmerising culture of Shanghai.

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    List of Top Historical Monuments and Landmarks in Shanghai

    Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Shanghai.

  • The Bund

    #1 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    The Bund

    Tags: Art And Culture, Waterfront, Walking Area, Historical Site

    Address: Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The namesake of this waterfront area is derived from the Persian and Hindustani word, Band. The word literally translates to dam, embankment or levee. Located in the eastern part of the Huangpu Distri...Read more

  • The Peoples Square

    #2 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    The Peoples Square

    Tags: Landmark, Food And Drinks, Theatre, Square

    Address: Wusheng Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This area can be considered to be one of the main city centers of Shanghai. Often compared to Times Square, one can find huge crowds in this location throughout the day. Placed adjacent to Nanjing Roa...Read more

  • Xintiandi

    #3 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai

    Tags: Walking Area, Restaurant, Streets

    Address: 123弄 Xingye Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This area is regarded as one of the most affluent locales in Shanghai. Being a car-free zone, people can spend a lot of time walking in the streets. The streets here are lined with designer boutiques,...Read more

  • Shanghai World Financial Center

    #4 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    Shanghai World Financial Center

    Tags: Hotel, Landmark, View Point, Observatory

    Address: No.100, Century Ave., Pudong New Area, Shanghai China

    Timings: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    This is one of the most iconic images of modernist China. Being a symbol of the prosperity and technological superiority of Shanghai, this one hundred one storey skyscraper was the second tallest buil...Read more

  • Shanghai Museum

    #5 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    Shanghai Museum

    Tags: Art Museum, Art Gallery, Architecture , Sculpture

    Address: No 201, Ren Min Da Dao, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200003, P.R.CHINA

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Shanghai Museum is only one of the main attractions that people can view in the Peoples Square. The foundations of this museum were laid in 1952 and it has predominantly remained an art museum. Th...Read more

  • Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

    #6 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

    Tags: Bridge, Lake, Boating, Old Town

    Address: No.36 Meizhou Road, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201713, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This locality is affectionately referred to as the Venice of Shanghai. This suburb is a water town which has a rich and vibrant history that dates back over 1700 years. Zhujiajiao is not only famous i...Read more

  • Qibao Ancient Town

    #7 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    Qibao Ancient Town

    Tags: Art And Culture, Town, Old Town

    Address: Minzhu Road, Minhang, Shanghai, China

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The word Qibao literally translates to ‘seven treasures’. This town located in the Minhang district of Shanghai is an ancient part of the city, the origins of which can be traced as far ba...Read more

  • Mao Zedongs Former Residence

    #8 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    Mao Zedongs Former Residence

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Educational Site, Historical Site

    Address: Building 5-9, Lane 120, Maoming Bei Lu, near Weihai Lu, Jingan District, Shanghai

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Everyone who has even the most basic historical knowledge will recognize Mao Zedong. The communist leader had visited Shanghai on numerous occasions and hence, his small residence on Maoming Lu is tod...Read more

  • Jingan Temple

    #9 of 24 Historical Things To Do in Shanghai
    Jingan Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Courtyard

    Address: 1686 Nanjing West Rd, Jing'an, Shanghai, China

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Located on the West Nanjing Road in the Jing’an District, the name of this temple literally translates to Temple of Peace and Tranquility. The original temple was constructed in 247 AD during th...Read more

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