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Most Instagrammable Spots in Shanghai- Capturing Candid Adventures

A cutting-edge city that seamlessly blends record-breaking modernity with traditional flavours, Shanghai is full of sensory contrasts that make it the perfect picturesque setting for beauty lovers. Here are some of the most dashing and dynamic photo opportunities in the 'Paris of the East.'


The Bund

From Michelin starred eateries that serve Cantonese delicacies with a contemporary twist to 'Sky Walks' that rival the Burj Khalifa in height and artistic enclaves fused with historic rendezvouses, Shanghai is a harmonious clash of nature, culture, innovation, and indulgence that will take your breath away. If you're overwhelmed with the sheer number of photogenic allurements, it's a good idea to start with Shanghai's "living museum", also known as The Bund, a fascinating beautiful waterfront promenade where you can simultaneously relive its colonial past and enjoy its futuristic present. For instance, you can delve into the intricacies of neo-classical, gothic, and baroque architecture on one end while looking across the water at the ultra-modern skyline. Other bizarre structures, like the Fosun Foundation at the Bund Finance Centre, with its undulating metallic veil, add to the otherworldly feel that is great for atmospheric photography.


The Lilong

A picturesque look into the poignant realism of those who fast-paced modernisation leaves behind, the lane houses, though not your usual tourist trap, are full of character and intimate glimpses into Shanghai's roots. These centuries-old laneways that blend European and ancient Chinese architecture are increasing in rarity as many such neighbourhoods are being transformed into trendy tourist hubs. Therefore, stock up on photos and preserve the unique Old City tang while you can!


Fuxing Park

If you're craving a refreshing breath of nature after hours of buzzing city sightseeing while still being immersed in enriching history, Fuxing Park is an enchanting bowery oasis echoing the fascinating Ming Dynasty and French Colonial Era. If you're looking for Shanghai luxury apartments proffering prime access to the city's most photo-worthy hotspots, venture no further than Citadines Songhong Road Shanghai.


Tianzi Fang

If you're looking to walk off your decadent helpings of soup dumplings and Peking duck, take a stroll through the old-world labyrinth of dreamy neighbourhoods in this Old French Quarter hideaway. Less commercialised and crowded than most trendy nouveau riche districts, Tianzi Fang is the perfect escape for those fascinated with Shanghai's dual personality of dynastic grace and industrial-chic sophistication. Here, you can capture endless meaningful moments, from the 1930s and Shikumen architecture fusion and narrow alleyways full of possibility to rabbit-warrens of artisan studios, galleries, and boutiques. By the end of this delightful ramble, your adventurous stomach is likely to nudge you into one of the charming streetside cafes for an epic alfresco dining experience complete with organic nature touches and a rustic finish that will look stunning on your Insta-feed.


The Press Café

If you're looking for a gastronomic treat with plenty of eye candy for the capturing, The Press by Inno Coffee is a delectable setting of vintage glamour and contemporary charm, deliciously fusing blossoming courtyards, modern brass fittings, monochrome pictures, and pastel tones.