Shanghai and area-looking for ideas and tips

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1. Posted by tfreese1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Hi. Single female middle aged experienced traveler here. I will be visiting Shanghai and the area for about 6 days in October 2019. Looking for ideas on must sees/must dos/must eats. I plan to visit at least two nearby water villages, and possibly go to Suzhou as well. Also interesting in joining one or more 1/2 day or day tours around Shanghai but online forums appear to be expensive for a private tour and group tours seem to be for those traveling in groups. Suggestions?

2. Posted by zzlangerhans (Respected Member 65 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

I just got back from Shanghai a couple of weeks ago. I think if it is your first visit you should focus on the popular central areas on either side of the Huangpu River. That would be Nanjing Road, the Bund, Yuyuan Gardens and the surrounding neighborhoods, and Pudong. The water villages are nice but are kind of like tourist theme parks. For a more local experience you might try the Uighur market every Friday near the Huxi Mosque. I would also check out the Tian Zi Fang area for boutiques and art in a beautiful classical setting and Xin Tian Di for restaurants and night life.