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Shanghai on a Budget - Tips on how to plan a budget trip to Shanghai? and Top things to do in Shanghai.
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Shanghai, located in central-eastern China, is the largest city in mainland China—and actually one of the largest cities in the world! Its size can make it easy for travelers to underestimate it—you might think that because of its size, it’s lacking in the unique cultural spin of smaller cities in China. But in that, you would be mistaken. Despite its size and despite the fact that Shanghai is, in fact, a burgeoning metropolis, Shanghai has many free or cheap activities that will set even the most penny-pinching backpacker at ease. Here are some of our favorites:

Transportation
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Because Shanghai is such a large city, you’ll want to research your transportation options. The bus will be the cheapest way to get around, but finding your stop can get confusing without proper research. Taxis are a great choice, but they can get expensive depending on how much you plan to travel. There’s also the metro, which covers a bunch of stops. If you’ll be in Shanghai for a couple days or longer, you might think about grabbing a transportation card so you don’t have to worry about grabbing tickets at each bus or metro station you pass through, and you’ll also get discounts on your transfer fares.

Food
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One of the best ways to experience a culture is through trying its food, but dining in restaurants can get expensive over the course of a trip. In Shanghai, though, you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to budget eats. Actually, there are plenty of excellent street foods to avail yourself of—especially if you check out one of the marketplaces. Wander around Fangbang Xi Lu, explore the stalls, and then order up some noodles, dumplings, or wontons.
If street food isn’t your thing, TimeOut Shanghai serves up an excellent list of cheap eats around the city. Just because you’re looking for budget eats, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with uninspiring or inauthentic food! Get ready to enjoy.

Walking Tours
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Even if you have tons of time to kill in Shanghai, it can be useful to take a walking tour to get your bearings—but if you don’t have much time, a walking tour can be an excellent way of quickly seeing a lot of what the city has to offer. That said, walking tours can get expensive, and you might be a bit wary of paying for a tour when you don’t know what the quality will be.
Fear not, though:  check out the cheap Shanghai walking tours app. You can choose from a few different kinds of walks depending on your personal interests—or do them all to explore everything that the city has to offer. Just remember that you probably want to grab a VPN app on your iPhone or other smartphone device first to protect your personal information! Using public WiFi has its risks, especially for travelers, so always take precautions to encrypt your devices.

Museums
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A great way to learn about the history of a city or country is to visit its museums, but these have a tendency to get pricey, especially if you’re travelling as a group. However, in Shanghai, you’ll find that some of the best things in life are free—and so are some of the best museums. The Shanghai Museum, with its stellar collection of jadeworks, calligraphy, and chinaware, is not to be missed—in fact, it has one of the best collections of artifacts in mainland China, and it’s totally free. Or check out the China Art Museum to see more 2D artworks.
If you’re more interested in modern history, the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre is your place. Here, you’ll be able to explore Chinese history and culture through the last fifty years, and although it’s a bit difficult to find and costs $3.50 to enter, it’s definitely an excellent place to spend an afternoon!

Religious Sites
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Another important look at history and art can be had at Shanghai’s Jing’an Temple. Although a modern reconstruction of an earlier temple, the design is historical and the buildings hold an interesting collection of Buddhist and Daoist icons. Inside the temple, you’ll also be able to see the largest jade Buddha statue in China. Most days, you’ll need to pay to enter, but you can enter for free on the 1st or 15th of every lunar month except the first, and the normal admission fee isn’t too pricey either. It’s well worth it to explore this side of Chinese culture.

Water Towns
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You may not realize that Shanghai is the Venice of the East, but if you had any doubts, the ancient water towns will set you straight.  However, many of these ancient towns will charge a steep admission price that gets you nothing more than entrance into the area. Instead of paying through the nose just to get inside the towns, check out some of the free towns like Fengjing, one of the best-preserved towns, or Zhujiajiao, with its natural lake.
Before you plan your trip, I recommend you check out this list of websites every traveler should be familiar with. If you’re looking to explore the history of China, you can choose no better place than Shanghai—and with plenty of budget sights available, you’ll find that this city is an excellent choice regardless of your travel style. From museums to food, you’ll have the opportunity to see all that China has to offer, without worrying about breaking the bank. See as much as you can of this dynamic city, and you’ll be glad that you did!
 
Hi, my name is Jess Signet. My parents were travelers since before I was born. Even in the womb, I was able to travel all over the place! Boy, did things NOT change as I grew older!
 Knowing there’s more to the world than the bubble I live in made me want to travel even further. Traveling is my drug and I’m addicted. (Please, no intervention!)


This is a guest post from Jess Singet, who has her own Blog Tripelio. Don't forget to check her blog. She sent this article to be shared on Gotripperz and We thank her for this wonderful article.


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Re: Shanghai on a Budget - A guest post by Jess Singet
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2015, 02:35:05 AM »
Great post, very helpful. Thanks Jess and Thanks Saurabh for posting it on behalf of Jess.

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Re: Shanghai on a Budget - A guest post by Jess Singet
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2015, 12:57:52 AM »
Good one Jess, +1

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Re: Shanghai on a Budget - A guest post by Jess Singet
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2015, 01:01:27 AM »
All the credit goes to Jess only

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Re: Shanghai on a Budget - A guest post by Jess Singet
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2015, 12:48:01 AM »
How much did she spend on this trip?

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Re: Shanghai on a Budget - A guest post by Jess Singet
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015, 01:17:54 AM »
With the links shared, if one explores all the links, its a complete guide before and while you travel. Thanks for Sharing Jess

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Re: Shanghai on a Budget - A guest post by Jess Singet
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2015, 01:40:26 AM »
Lol Sandhya... and she never came back to answer your query :P

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Re: Shanghai on a Budget - A guest post by Jess Singet
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2015, 09:52:08 AM »
I dont know how it happened but this post has generated so many facebook likes... This is how the post from a guest blogger works... Nicely done


 


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