Best places to take travel photos in Shanghai, China

Shanghai is the financial hub of China and is quickly becoming a leader in tourism given the number of diverse attractions it offers visitors.  With a population that exceeds 23 million, you won’t be sharing this far east mega city by yourself; however, as the most developed city in mainland China, it’s a breeze to get around the various districts. For the travel photographer, the city is a treasure trove of opportunities for many types of photography.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Shanghai is the east meets west style of architecture and culture.  It’s truly one of the most fascinating cities in China and an international hub that is enjoyed by visitors from around the world.  The following are places not to be missed by travellers and travel photography enthusiasts.

Shanghai skyline at night
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The Bund

With gorgeous colonial-era buildings and views of Pudong (the modern new city area) this area is by far the most popular tourist destination in Shanghai.  Packed morning until night, it’s a great place for taking shots of people.  Make sure to bring your wide angle lens when getting up close to the massive colonial buildings.  Moreover, be sure to carry your tripod when taking shots of the Huanpu River and massive futuristic Pudong buildings.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road is the number one shopping and sightseeing district in Shanghai.  Make sure to carry a lens with great zoom capabilities to snap plenty of candid portraits as you stroll down this hectic strip.


The views from Pudong are impressive from the Bund, but getting up close offers a whole new perspective.  This is where you’ll want to bring your wide angle lens to fill as much in the frame as possible.  Although impressive during the day, Pudong literally shines at night.

Maglev Train

The Maglev train reaches speeds of 431 kilometers an hour!  This is not a journey where you’ll want to take photos.  Instead bring your camcorder or point and shoot camera that offers slow motion video to capture those magic moments of your high speed adventure.

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