Pudong, which lies east of the Huangpu River, is Shanghai’s modern business and financial center. Formerly an agricultural area, Pudong is now home to an international airport, the biggest park in Shanghai, luxury shopping, a lively culinary scene, and the tallest and most distinctive skyscrapers in the city. The Basics
A number of sightseeing tours feature a stop at one of the iconic buildings in Lujiazui, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower, or World Financial Tower, and their sky-high observation decks in addition to other top Shanghai attractions such as the Bund or Yuyuan Garden. Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore Pudong and other Shanghai highlights at your leisure, or customize a private tour. A Huangpu River cruise offers unbeatable views of Pudong’s distinctive skyline.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Pudong is a must-visit for first-time visitors to Shanghai.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a fair bit of walking.
- Don’t forget your camera for spectacular views of, and from, Pudong.
- The best views of the Pudong skyline are from the Bund or a Huangpu River cruise.
How to Get There
Visitors can take the metro, bus, ferry, or Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to Pudong. The cheapest option is the ferry, followed by the metro. Metro lines 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13 all go to Pudong. Popular metro stops for sightseeing include Lujiazui Station and Century Park Station. Many visitors who arrive in Shanghai by air land at Pudong International Airport.
When to Get There
A big draw for many visitors to Pudong are the sky-high observation decks in Lujiazui. The best times to visit those are on a clear day, near sunset, and at night, when the city is spectacularly lit up.
Pudong New Area
Many visitors to Pudong stay around Lujiazui or Century Park. Those looking to explore farther afield should look towards Nanhui, at the southern end of the larger Pudong New Area, which includes several beaches and the Shanghai Disney Resort.