Let's cut to the chase: bathhouses are amazing. They're the perfect way to unwind in this behemoth of a city... if you don't mind public nudity. For some, the idea of strutting about in your birthday suit in front of strangers may be less 'relaxing' and more 'stress inducing', but if you can get past that hurdle, it's a great experience.
For the uninitiated, you take your shoes upon entering and place them in a locker. From there you're directed to either the male or female side of the bathhouse and given an e-bracelet that you'll use to pay for things while inside, and also to unlock your clothes locker later because yep, you're getting naked. Once you're in you're in the buff, take a thorough shower and enjoy the pools at your leisure. Shower off when you're finished and either put on the provided pyjamas and head to the common areas or pay the bill and leave refreshed and relaxed. And much less naked.
Read on for our picks of Shanghai's best bathhouses.