Although Shanghai is a vibrant metropolis with a lot to offer, it is also an ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas. There are many incredible day trips from the city that are easily accessible by train, and here are some ideal options.
Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Suzhou is a picturesque destination known for its classic Chinese gardens and canals. The city is worth visiting while based at properties like Citadines Lujiazui Shanghai, and if you take the high-speed rail from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, it’s only 23 minutes away. You can take a boat ride along the Grand Canal or explore the UNESCO-famous Gardens of the Humble Administrator. Other must-see attractions include Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill Pagoda, Suzhou Museum and the ancient water town of Tongli.
Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is a historic city with a rich cultural heritage. This destination is a great place to spend a day exploring before returning to your Pudong Shanghai serviced apartments, as it is just over an hour away by high-speed train. Some of Nanjing’s main attractions include the old city wall, the Temple of Confucius, and the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum. Those who love nature can plan a trip to the Purple Mountain (Zhongshan Mountain National Park), while if you’re traveling with kids, head to Nanjing’s fascinating underwater world.
About 45-60 minutes from Shanghai by high-speed train, Hangzhou is a picturesque city famous for its West Lake and enchanting natural scenery that has inspired poets and artists for centuries. The lake is surrounded by lush green hills, temples and pagodas, making it a quiet and peaceful getaway. Don’t miss taking a boat out on the lake and witnessing a magical sunset or enjoying a leisurely cruise around the shores. You can also check out Lingin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda and idyllic tea plantations in Longjing Village.
Located on the coast of Zhejiang Province, Ningbo is another vibrant city rich in history and culture. A two-hour high-speed rail journey from Shanghai, this coastal destination offers plenty of adventure for intrepid travelers. To learn about the history of the city, you can visit the Tianyi Pavilion, which is said to be the oldest private library in China, or the Ningbo Museum. Another popular activity is to stroll along the Old Bund, a pedestrian street lined with historic buildings and shops, while don’t miss out on tasting the delights of the famous local seafood.