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The Most Instagrammable Spots in Shanghai

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Updated: 8 June 2017
Whether it be the crowd-pleasing Lujiazui skyline or the dark-horse suburb sites, Shanghai can make a photographer out of anyone. The city seems as if it were created specifically with photography in mind. While all of Shanghai is worthy of capturing, here are the  best 14 spots in the city.

The Bund

Preserving Shanghai’s European concession culture, the Bund offers a unique look into a very specific moment in the city’s past.

Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, 200002

Lujiazui Skyline

#cityscape of #shanghai ( #china #asia #instagram )

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Shanghai is built on a curve in the river, giving it’s skyline a unique look from every perspective.

LuJiaZui, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China, 200120

Jing’an Temple 

Located in the heart of the city, Jing’an Temple offers a striking juxtaposition between tradition and 21st century.

1686 Nanjing W Rd, Jingan District, Shanghai, China, 200040


Sol de invierno #shanghai #thatsshanghai #wintersun #balloon

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Unique to Shanghai, lilong, or lanehouses, afford a glimpse into the fading Shanghainese culture.


What happens when I take my subway line 8 stops #七宝老街 #散散步 #ExpatLife #Qibao #Shanghai

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One of many water towns around Shanghai, Qibao is easily accessible by public transport, providing readily available canal views.

Qibaozhen, Minhang, Shanghai, 201615

Friday Muslim Market

#tgif #muslimmarket #ediblemarketing

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Every Friday morning, a magical thing happens outside of Huxi Mosque: a colorful and delicious gathering of Halal meats, sweets, and breaded treats.

1328 Changde Rd, Putuo District, Shanghai, China, 200060

Shanghai Museum of Glass

focusing on the glasses #new design wing#kmog #shmog #shmog park

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Located in the outer district of Baoshan, the Shanghai Museum of Glass is a worthwhile day-trip for anyone interested in the relationship between art and functionality.

685 Changjiang W Rd, Baoshan District, Shanghai, China

1933 Slaughterhouse 

#1933老场坊 #mylife

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Part of a renovated industrial complex, the 1933 Slaughterhouse is more than just dramatic angles. Come for the dog cafe and stay for the architecture.

10 Shajing Rd, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China, 200080

Yu Gardens

Built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, Yu Gardens is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Shanghai.

218 Anren St, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, 200010

China Art Museum

🎈#chinesepavilion #worldexposition #chinaartmuseum #shanghai

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The China Art Museum building, shaped like an upside down pyramid, is a piece of art in itself.

205 Shangnan Rd, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China, 200126

Nanjing Road

Once the main road of Shanghai’s international settlement, Nanjing Road is now a pedestrian shopping street, one of the largest in Asia.

Nanjing Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, 200000

Sheshan Basilica

#goodmorning #Park #sheshan #Shanghai #China

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Built by Jesuit Missionaries in the 19th century, Sheshan Basilica remains a reminder of Shanghai’s religious past.

Hilltop of Xishen Hill, Sheshan Town, Songjiang District, Shanghai, China, 201600

Fuxing Park

Love Chinese park culture.

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Full of wide open spaces and dancing aunties, Fuxing Park is a wonderful place to spend a nice afternoon and snap some photos along the way.

516 Fuxing Middle Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, 200000

Chongming Island

#dongtan #wetland beautiful day out in ##chongmingisland #Shanghai #skyporn

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Chongming Island forms the northernmost part of the municipality of Shanghai. Much of the island is made up of protected wetlands, giving a budding photographer a plethora of possible shots.

Chongming Island, Chongming County, Shanghai China, 202150