Of all of China’s many amazing travel destinations, Shanghai is most definitely one of the best places to visit, especially when traveling solo.
It’s the largest city in China, it’s home to over 23 million people, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It’s a technological, financial, and commercial powerhouse, and it’s sinking because it’s so popular. Yes, Shanghai is sinking by 1.5cm a year, which means that one day, it will disappear into the sea, but not for a while though – a few thousand years, at least.
How safe is Shanghai for solo travelers?
Let’s start off with safety, after all; safety should always come first. The good news is that the rates of violent crimes are low here, so for solo travelers (both male and female), it’s a relatively safe place to visit. However, petty theft is common, so it’s important to be aware when in crowded places, as pickpocketing is a common occurrence. The other risk in Shanghai is being hit by a car or cyclist, as the roads get extremely busy, so it’s important to take care when out and about.
Where’s best to stay?
If you are traveling solo, you may not feel comfortable taking taxis around, which is perfectly fine. So it’s best to opt to stay somewhere that is within walking distance of all of the sights and attractions that you plan on visiting. So, for example, if you were to book a Shanghai Pudong hotel, then you should be able to walk everywhere, instead of having to rely on taxis. Of course, as well as picking a hotel that’s in the right location for you, you also want to choose somewhere that offers the facilities that you want and need, such as an on-site restaurant, and is within your budget.
Get a Jiaotong Card
To make getting around easier without having to rely on taxis, consider getting a Jiaotong Card that can be used on public transport, such as buses and on the metro network. Most public transport has signs in English as well as in Chinese, so you should find the buses and trains fairly easy to use.
Drinking and dining out
In Shanghai, the drinking age limit is 18, and the bars and nightclubs stay open into the early hours or something all night. There are various areas that come alive at night, but one of the best is The Bund, that is home to lots of clubs and bars, including a rooftop cocktail bar. Obviously, if you are walking back to your hotel at night, it’s important to keep your wits about you. However, there always tends to be a lot of people around anyway, as Shanghai is a city that doesn’t sleep. To make your time in Shanghai more enjoyable, you could always find some other travelers to join up with.
Visiting Shanghai solo can be a lot of fun, as there’s plenty to keep you occupied. It’s a fairly safe place, so there’s no need to panic about your safety, it’s just a case of being aware that there is potential for pickpocketing, that’s all.