The 5 Best Day Trips from Shanghai

Shanghai, China

Not sure what to do in Shanghai? Get out and about with Radisson Blu’s guide to Shanghai day trips, from the picturesque water village of Zhouzhang to the traditional silk factories of Suzhou.

Tour a Textile Factory in Suzhou

Known first and foremost as one of China’s ancient water villages, Suzhou is also the epicenter of the country’s silk trade, with dozens of textile factories producing the famed fabric by the metre. Take a tour of the Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill and see the creation process from start to finish before choosing a silk-made souvenir to bring back to Shanghai.

Suzhou, China SilkDine on Dumplings in Nanxiang

The original home of China’s famed soup-filled dumpling, xiaolongbao, Nanxiang is the ultimate Shanghai day trip for path finding foodies. Dig in to this local delicacy at its birthplace, Guyi Gardens, or tuck in at any one of the city’s restaurants, which serve up these dumplings by the basketful. Once your belly is full, embark on a stroll through the manicured grounds of Guyi Park, or simply make the easy, one-hour journey back to Shanghai’s city centre.

Chinese DumplingsConnect with Nature on Chongming Island

A welcome departure from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai’s CBD, this offshore oasis is home to an abundant collection of native critters, including more than three million migratory birds that take flight between September and March each year. Also the site of Dongping National Forest Park and Shou’an Temple, this 1200 square kilometre island has something for culture seekers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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Scale the Mountainside in Sheshan

An accessible day trip for travelers of all activity levels, this family friendly hike requires just 15 minutes to reach the summit. But the panoramas from this mountain peak aren’t Sheshan’s only attraction. Once you’ve taken in the view from the top, there are plenty of other sights to see, including the Shanghai Sculpture Park, the Sheshan Basilica and the Happy Valley Amusement Park.

Sheshan, ShanghaiWade Through the Water Village of Zhouzhuang

Rife with canals and ancient stone bridges, this picturesque water village is the perfect destination for travelers who want to steal a glimpse of Old China. Complete with architecture from both the Ming and Qing dynasties, this 900-year-old township is best explored aboard a Chinese gondola, with a local guide wading you through the waterways.

Zhouzhuang Water VillageReady for your Shanghai trip? Luckily for you, we have many hotels for you to choose from! Radisson Blu Forest Manor Shanghai Hongqiao, in the bustling Hongqiao business district, is an idyllic retreat for those looking for a relaxing getaway. For an ultramodern experience, book your stay at Radisson Blu Shanghai Pudong Jinqiao.

Want to escape Shanghai for the day? Speak to the friendly staff at Radisson Blu Shanghai New World to organize your tour of the city’s surroundings. When you return, the tranquil comfort of your room or suite will be ready to soothe your senses, providing the perfect retreat after a day of adventure!

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