The best things to do in Shanghai's suburbs

Explore Shanghai's outer reaches with great things outside downtown

See brilliant Art Deco buildings in northern Yangpu as part of our Jiangwan Town walk
Explore the outer reaches of the city with Time Out’s guide to the best things to do beyond Line 4 of the Shanghai metro. Take in Yangpu, Hongqiao, Pudong, Songjiang and more to see the birthplace of xiaolongbao, antique treasure troves, walk around the Kuomintang’s ‘new Shanghai’, and enormous botanical gardens in Chenshan.


Click through the links below for our guide to Shanghai's suburbs

North | East South | West


Jiangwan LibraryNorth 

The birthplace of xiaolongbao, the Kuomintang’s ‘new Shanghai’ and cycling to Fuxing Island. Read more





Antique-Junkyard-in-pudongEast

Top notch bathhouses, some of the city's best museums and a treasure trove of antique curios. Read more





"Chenshan-Botanical-Gardens"South 

Go green at Shanghai’s two expansive botanical gardens, relive Shanghai’s 1930s glory days at Shanghai Film Park and scale the free public climbing wall. Read more




Korean barbecueWest

Eat celebrity-endorsed Korean barbecue and experience some classic Japanese izakayas in Gubei. Read more





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