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What to Do in Shanghai & Suzhou: Travel Diary

LayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower Photo Spot

I had such a good time with my family this year in Shanghai and Suzhou for Chinese New Year. We stayed in Suzhou for most of the trip but took a day trip to Shanghai, and I absolutely fell in love with the city. Even though I only had one day in Shanghai, I managed to hit up some of the most popular photo spots, so I’ll be sharing those with you in this post. I definitely want to go back to Shanghai, there are so many quaint spots and pretty streets, it’s the perfect mix of East meets West. Read on for all my favorite spots in Shanghai and Suzhou!

What to Do in Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower

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The Oriental Pearl Tower is a must-see in Shanghai, even if it’s just for a photo! Since I was only there for day, I didn’t have time to go into the actual Tower. There is a cafe at the top of the tower where you can enjoy some yummy drinks and views of the city. But for my photo purposes, I was able to shoot with the tower in the background, and I love the way it turned out! LayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai The Bund Blue Fur Coat

Right by the Oriental Pearl Tower is The Bund, another great spot for photos. This waterfront area is lined with European style buildings, making it a cool place for street style photos. Don’t I look like I could totally be in Europe?!LayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Fashion Blogger

What to Do in Shanghai: Yu Garden

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For a more traditional taste of Shanghai, I recommend visiting Yu Garden. This is a traditional Chinese garden in the middle of the city, and really makes you feel like you’re not in the city anymore once you enter the garden. I loved the traditional Chinese style windows and doors, lush greenery, and serene temples. LayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Yu Garden Photo TipsLayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Yu Garden Window FrameLayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Yu Garden Chinese GardenLayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Yu Garden Traditional Chinese Door

What to Do in Shanghai: Wukang Building

LayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Wukang Building Must See Photo Spot

The next spot is the Wukang Building, which I now consider to be the Flatiron Building of Shanghai due to the architectural similarities. When I posted the above photo on Instagram, a few people actually thought it was the Flatiron Building! Shooting at this spot was a lot of fun and I decided to go with an athleisure style look to contrast against the building. LayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai WuKang Building Style Blog

What to Do in Shanghai: Wukang District

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Another great spot for walking around and exploring is the Wukang District. This is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Shanghai and is full of cute shops and restaurants. Wukang District is also very westernized, I felt like I was in Europe! LayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Wukang DistrictLayersofChic What to Do in Shanghai Wukang Door Chanel Nails

What to Do in Suzhou: Tong Li Ancient Town

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Suzhou is about an hour and a half away from Shanghai and has a more relaxed vibe, feeling very much like a vacation town. Suzhou is known as the Venice of China due to its abundance of rivers and canals. One of my favorite places that we visited is Tong Li Ancient Town, which is about a 40 minute drive from Suzhou. This town was so quaint and well preserved, I felt like I was transported to another century. LayersofChic What to Do in Suzhou Day Trips TongLiLayersofChic What to Do in Suzhou Tongli Ancient Town ShoppingLayersofChic What to Do in Suzhou TongLi Ancient Town River Town

What to Do in Suzhou: Gardens & Courtyards

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Suzhou is primarily known for its traditional Chinese houses with gardens and courtyards. These are essentially large garden-style houses where the rich people used to live, and now turned into tourist destinations. The above photo is taken in one of these gardens, there are so many in Suzhou!

Where to Stay in Suzhou: Traditional Chinese AirBnB

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Perhaps my favorite part of the whole trip was the Airbnb we stayed at. My family booked this traditional Chinese style villa, and it really felt like we were getting the real Suzhou experience. There were 3 floors, 9 rooms, and tons of living spaces and courtyards. The above photo was actually taken on the roof as the window in my room opened out directly onto the roof. You can see exactly how I got the shot in my China Suzhou VLOG below!LayersofChic What to Do in Suzhou Traditional Chinese AirBNB

To see a full tour of our Airbnb, check out my Suzhou Travel VLOG below or on my Youtube Channel.

Thanks for reading,


14 comments so far.

14 responses to “What to Do in Shanghai & Suzhou: Travel Diary”

  1. nat says:

    Shanghai looks so beautiful, I’d love to go one day!

    Loving your outfits, I wished I look this good while travelling.


  2. Leanne says:

    Shanghai and Suzhou are so beautiful! And you look gorgeous in those outfits. They really match the locations you were at. Appreciate the detail you went to capture these moments while travelling. 🙂

  3. Madi Rowan says:

    Shanghai seems just amazing! And I love all of your outfits!

    -Madi xo |

  4. Shannah says:

    We’ve never been to Shanghai but would really like to. These are great tips I will save for our travel! You took some amazing photos too!

  5. Kaylene says:

    Shanghai looks so beautiful! I will hopefully make it there on day. Love the outfits!

  6. Lisa Autumn says:

    Oh Shanghai is so high on my list of places to go!

    x Lisa |

  7. Carolyn says:

    Oh wow, looks so beautiful! Love those gardens and all of your pretty outfits!

  8. I went to Shanghai back in 2016 but it was so big I didn’t really know where all to go! Love all these ideas though, and your outfits are so cute! xo, Brittany Nicole |

  9. Wow, it looks like such a serene, and relaxing place! I’m sure there’s so much to do, i’d love to visit sometime soon!

  10. Wow! All of your outfits, shoes and accessories are fabulous and fun! Thanks for sharing ideas for what to do in Shanghai. Great images!

  11. Whitney Kutch says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time! And your outfits are SO cute. Love the lip skirt!

  12. Cassidy says:

    Looks absolutely amazing! Wish I could be there right now!

    Kasey Ma

  13. What a beautiful city! I love the colors of your outfits! I often dress a little too bland, but this has inspired me!

  14. Definitely on my wishlist. Those gardens look beautiful.

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