My favourite locations…
The Bund (Closest Metro East Nanjing Lu)
Possibly the most iconic City View in the world and one I never became tired of. The best times for photography are sunrise and sunset. However, it becomes very crowded in the evening, so an early morning start may be best. TIP – the photo below was taken from the bar at Hotel Indigo. Get there are the start of happy hour, buy a drink and set up your tripod.
Yangshupu Road (Line 4)
Exit with the river behind you and turn right, then explore the lanes and alleys that open up on your left. Be quick, this area is rapidly being demolished. As construction moves in to new areas a whole micro culture develops that caters for, and comprises of immigrant workers. TIP – there are lots of cool abandoned areas to explore, but they are pretty unstable. Take care and wear good shoes.
Hongzhen Lu (Closest Metro, Linpin Lu, Line 4)
There is only really one block of this area remaining. The area that was regurlary frequented for prostitution now demolished, but there is one thriving lively community left. Generally, if you are respectful, people do not mind photographers.
Linping Lu (Line 4)
If you have been to Hongzhen Lu then you can walk around the area behind this station. If you walk all the way to Yangshupu Lu, mentioned earlier, you will have covered a lot of Old Shanghai.
Nanjing Road (East, Line 2)
Forget Nanjing East, instead head up towards Peoples Square, heading through the alleys on the left hand side. Be suspicious of anyone too friendly here.
A former British police barrack. Photography is frowned upon here, but if you show respect and are very discreet then nobody really minds.
Fuxing Lu (Xiaonanmen, Line 9)
Not too far from the tourist trail of Yu Garden lies this little gem. The builders were here when I last visited, so it is either being improved or torn down. Wonderful lanes and alleys to explore. A personal favourite!
Moganshan Road (Nearest Subway Jiangning Road, Line 13 or Zhongtan Road Line 3/4)
Head here for Street Art in one of the few places graffiti is tolerated. TIP, the Jade Buddha Temple near-bye is well worth a look.
Pudong is a vast area and considered not ‘the real Shanghai’. However, there are many great locations. For the Skyscrapers and a slice of high life, stop at Lujaizui. Wuzhuo Avenue (Line 6) is another area that is undergoing modernisation, and there are some great tumbled down streets and alleys that can be explored. Luoshan Road is another area, that if you explore, will reveal some older housing alongside the river, revealing a very different viewpoint from the tourist river towns.
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Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing 😁
Thanks Highlands2hamocks, means a lot!
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Thanks, I had a look at your site and you are no slouch with the camera yourself. Happy travels!
Your amazing photos just want me to visit Shanghai again! The city certainly looks nice, much nicer, in your photos! Amazing!
Photos have a way of making places look either much nicer, or much worse than they really are.
The Longchang Apartments was captured brilliantly! Thanks for this list, Chris! Will definitely need to visit some of them. I’m with Explorest and we built an app that helps people discover 50+ beautiful photo locations in Shanghai, and I think you’d enjoy it! We include the exact GPS coordinates & tips by the country’s best photographers. We also have locations in the USA and will be debuting in Europe soon. If you have a moment, check it out! https://www.explorest.com/