We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Criszette, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Criszette is from the Philippines, and submitted the following report about Shanghai, China. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Shanghainese, Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Reasons to go: The first thing to experience when you step foot in Shanghai is the Maglev Train from Pudong Airport to Longyang Road. It is the first and only (as of now) Magnetic Levitation Train in the world.
Shanghai is a great place to visit if you want to mix culture, relaxation and entertainment. If you’re into culture, The Bund (the waterfront area), The Jing’An Temple, City God Temple, Yu Garden and so many more are the place to be. For relaxation, even though Shanghai is considered to be the biggest city in China, it is famous for its laid back atmosphere, especially in Pudong New Area. For entertainment, Shanghai is a shopping paradise known as the Paris of the East. Anything you want – you name it, they have it, from Nanjing Road to Huaihai Road down to Xujiahui.
Shanghai’s nightlife and restaurants are truly exceptional. Don’t forget to visit M and Jean Georges both located in The Bund in Nanjing District.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)