While Shanghai is a bustling metropolis with much to offer, it also makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding areas. There are plenty of 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 place famous for its classical Chinese gardens and canals. The city is well worth heading to while being based at properties like Citadines Lujiazui Shanghai and if you take the high-speed rail from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, it’s only around 23 minutes away. You can take a boat ride along the Grand Canal or explore the famed UNESCO-listed Humble Administrator’s Garden. Other must-visit attractions include the 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 explore for a day before returning to Shanghai serviced apartments in Pudong since it’s just over an hour away by high-speed train. Some of the top attractions in Nanjing include the ancient city wall, the Confucius Temple, and the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum. Those who love nature can plan a trip to Purple Mountain (Zhongshan Mountain National Park), while if you are travelling with kids, head to the fascinating Nanjing Underwater World.
Hangzhou, which is around 45-60 minutes by high-speed train from Shanghai, is a scenic city famous for its West Lake and spellbinding natural scenery which has inspired poets and artists for centuries. The lake is surrounded by lush green hills, temples, and pagodas, making it a serene and peaceful escape. Don’t miss taking a boat out on the lake and witnessing a magical sunset or enjoying a leisurely cycle around the banks. You can also look to take in the Lingyin Temple, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, and the idyllic tea plantations in Longjing Village.
Located on the coast of the Zhejiang Province, Ningbo is another vibrant city with a rich history and culture. A two-hour high-speed rail journey from Shanghai, this coastal destination offers intrepid travellers plenty of adventures. One can visit the Tianyi Pavilion, said to be the oldest private library in China or the Ningbo Museum to learn about the city’s history. Another popular activity is to take a stroll along the Old Bund, a pedestrian street that’s lined with historic buildings and shops, while don’t miss savouring some of the well-known local seafood delights.