As a popular tourist destination, Shanghai is a must-visit city for many local and foreign tourists. Shanghai has much to offer a bustling first class city, However, if you’re in Shanghai with a few days to spare, and yearning for a change of pace, be sure to check out the beautiful destinations nearby!
One of the most popular places to visit near Shanghai is Huangshan. A short 50 minutes away by flight, the ‘yellow mountain’ is an incredibly picturesque place. It looks straight out of a traditional Chinese painting, and is well-deserving of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. We recommend spending at 2 nights at this place, and take the opportunity to view one of the most beautiful sunrises nature has to offer.
About 2 hours via high-speed train away from Shanghai is Hangzhou. Hangzhou is prosperous city that sits at the Southern end of the Grand Canal, also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. The Canal is the oldest and longest in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hangzhou is also home to many idyllic sceneries and attractions, such as the West Lake and Longjing Tea Fields. We recommend spending 1-2 nights stay at this scenic city.
Suzhou is another popular destination a stone throw away from Shanghai. 30 minutes by high-speed train, Suzhou is famous for its Classical Gardens which are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tongli Water Town in Suzhou is also known as the ‘Oriental Venice’, for its unique water town scenery. We recommend a day’s excursion to explore the sceneries of Suzhou.
A little further away from Shanghai lies Wuxi, about 1 hour by high-speed train. Wuxi is home to many beautiful attractions, such as the Jichang Garden, and Turtle Head Park. The Jichang Garden in Wuxi rivals that of Suzhou (we find it more even more beautiful than Suzhou’s Classical Gardens!), and as it is relatively unknown, that means less crowds to contend with. We recommend a day’s excursion to Wuxi.
About 2-3 hours by high speed train from Shanghai is Nanjing. Having served as the capital of various Chinese dynasties, Nanjing has been an important cultural, political and financial hub of China. Rich history abounds in Nanjing – from the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum to the Linggu Pagoda, the city tells its story to anyone who stops to listen.
All these places we have mentioned are within driving distance from Shanghai. You can easily take a weekend to visit these lovely places. Of course, you could also take a short flight to destinations like Chengdu and Xian as well!