Shanghai is a super metropolitan with high standard consumption, if you want to have a budget tour in Shanghai, please check the following advice.
1. Choose Shoulder or Low Season Travel Time
The best time to travel to Shanghai is in spring and autumn. But if you come in should or low season period, accommodation and attraction ticket will be cheaper than high peak. Be aware of avoiding Chinese major holidays.
2. Inexpensive Accommodation
Shanghai has many economic lodges and hostels. We recommend you choose the hotel location near Bund or People’s Square which can easily access to main attractions in Shanghai. The price is about 120CNY-200CNY, it’s a good choice for short-term budget travel.
3. Public Transportation
Better to take subways and buses in Shanghai. Before you travel to Shanghai, please download the updated Shanghai map and subway map in advance.
4. Visit Free Attractions
Skip expensive and queued attractions like Oriental Pearl Tower, Jinmao Tower, World Financial Center. Or walking along the Bund to replace cruising on the Huangpu River, you still can view the best night views of skyscrapers. And consider some inexpensive and interesting sites, such as Yu Garden, Shanghai City God Temple, Shanghai Museum, People’s Square, Old French Concession, Chinese Arts Museum, Tianzifang, Liuli China Museum, Garden Bridge of Shanghai, Qibao Old Street, 1933 Old Millfun, Thames Town, etc.
For superior shopping sites, for example, Nanjing Road, Tianzifang, Xintiandi, you can walk around to check whether you have something to purchase. Looking for some interesting and rather reasonable price items, you can take a leisure time around Huaihai Road, Sichuan Road, City God Temple Bazaar etc. If possible, try to bargain!
You can enjoy the breakfast if the hotel offers, for other cheap snacks in Shanghai, try crab shell, pan-fried bun, xiaolongbao, green onion pie, huntun etc.
7. Consider Booking a Group Tour
It’s cheap to tour the essence attractions if you have a limited budget, and you can deeply understand how rapid Shanghai developed and related history.
8. Plan Shanghai Tour Reasonable
If you want to travel along, please arrange a reasonable tour itinerary in advance. Wear a pair of comfortable shoes to explore the best of Shanghai.
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