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75 tourist attractions in Shanghai are half price on Friday

All in the name of National Tourism Day

This coming Friday (May 19) is China's National Tourism Day and 75 attractions around Shanghai will be offering half-price entry (for the majority of tickets, at least). It's a great opportunity to visit those tourist spots you've never got round to going to – but, be warned, expect big crowds of fellow revellers.

Here's our six attractions with adjusted ticket prices worth checking out.


Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower

Usually a hefty 180RMB a head, a standard adult ticket at The Oriental Pearl Tower will cost 90RMB for tour package E, which grants you access to the 259m and 263m high sightseeing floors, as well as the Shanghai Municipal History Museum where you can explore the past, present, and future of Shanghai. (Discount is only available for adult tickets).


Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Shanghai Wildlife Park is the first 'national grade' wildlife zoo in China. It covers an area of 153 hectares and is home to over 200 species of animals from all over the world, including hippos, tigers, lions and zebras. The discount is only available for adult tickets, which will cost 65RMB instead of the usual 130RMB.


Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Entrance for adults will cost 30RMB, while it'll be 15RMB for students and 25RMB for senior citizens – half off the standard 60RMB, 30RMB and 50RMB respectively. Remember to bring along valid identification (student cards etc) to be eligible for the more specific discounts. The Science and Technology Museum has 13 permanent main exhibitions and four science theatres, with themed exhibitions including the World of Animals, the World of Robots, and a Space Navigation zone.


Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

The half-off entry for adults will come in at 80RMB, while children and seniors will pay 55RMB and 45RMB respectively. The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium includes a 120m viewing tunnel, one of the longest in the world, that takes visitors through a coastal reef, an open ocean area, a kelp cave, shark cove and a coral reef.


Shanghai Natural History Museum

Though it doesn't usually break the bank, you'll get an even better deal with 15RMB for adult tickets, 12.50RMB for senior citizens and 6RMB for students. The museum offers six levels across 44,517 square metres of space, housing 10,000 artifacts from all seven continents. Definitely worth a visit for history buffs.


Shanghai Financial Center Observatory

Typically a steep 180RMB, adult tickets for the observatory will be 90RMB. The Shanghai World Financial Centre (the bottle opener) is the second tallest skyscraper in Mainland China, dwarfed only by its neighbour, the Shanghai Tower, allowing for stunning views of the city. Once again, discounts are only available to adults.

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