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Even with the luxury of spending months in Shanghai, deciding what to do next can become a mind-numbing task. After you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, your best bets are two Shanghainese favorites: shopping and eating.

Things to do in Shanghai

Confucian Temple

For a more contemplative hour, visit the ponds and pagodas of the Confucian Temple, reconstructed on this site in 1855. Don’t miss the 500-year-old dancing crane in the gallery of root carvings. Admission is 10 yuan.

215 Wenmiao Lu, 011-86-21-6377-9101,
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First National Congress of the Communist Party

By strange coincidence, the site where Mao and comrades made history is around the corner from Xintiandi’s fashionable cafés and boutiques. Admire the swords and pistols of revolutionary heroes, but don’t neglect to read the writing on the walls. Admission is 3 yuan.

374 Huangpi Nan Lu, 011-86-21-5383-2171
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Fuxing Park

Visit these elegant lawns and gardens before breakfast to witness – or participate in – a neighborhood-wide, open-air, exercise class. Tai chi is by far the most popular activity, but badminton and fan dancing also attract large groups. Admission is free.

2 Gaolan Lu,
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Moganshan Lu

Shanghai’s contemporary artists have found sanctuary – and sales – in an atmospheric former warehouse district along Suzhou Creek. Once you enter the quirky maze of studios and galleries, you could be lost for the afternoon.

50 Moganshan Lu,
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Shanghai Hills World Financial Center

Shanghai’s tallest structure boasts the world’s highest sightseeing platform, suspended 1,614 feet above the sidewalk.

100 Shiji Dadao,
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Shanghai History Museum

Located in the basement of the Oriental Pearl Tower, this is the best place to learn about Shanghai’s glamorous and unsavory past. Many of the historical dioramas are almost frightening in their precision.

1 Shiji Dadao, 011-86-21-5879-1888
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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

There are five floors of exhibits and a sleepy bar on top, but the main attraction is a gigantic scale model of the metropolis, so detailed that real-estate agents use it to sell apartments. Admission is 40 yuan.

100 Renmin Dadao, 011-21-86-6318-4777,
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Yu Garden

Built in 1559, this Ming Dynasty gem of red pavilions and stone alcoves has become unfairly surrounded by trinket shops and fast-food outlets. Go early to sidestep jostling crowds on the Bridge of Nine Turnings, designed to divert malevolent demons from your path. Admission is 40 yuan.

218 Anren Jie, 011-86-21-6328-2465
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