MANY children are deeply interested in sand — they can play on a beach for a whole day, building their castles and drawing sand pictures. Great imagination can be displayed with those tiny grains.
Although there are many indoor beaches built around the city, the true fun is always at outdoor beaches along the water, with natural sunlight.
Here are some good outdoor beaches in Shanghai — some natural, some man-made — for people to enjoy this summer.
Shiliupu, Huangpu District
It’s an artificial beach at the side of the Huangpu River. It’s a good place to spend a summer night enjoying the views of the Bund and skyscrapers in Pudong’s Lujiazui.
It’s not a big beach but it has various facilities including beach volleyball and a swimming pool. It’s the closest beach to the city center.
Address: Shiliupu Dock, near Maojiayuan Rd, Huangpu District
Open hours: 10am-10pm
Admission: 50 yuan (including a soft drink), free for children under 1.3 meters
Daning Lingshi Park, Zhabei District
The park, one of the biggest of its kind in Puxi, is a perfect place for a family outing on the weekend.
There is a white sand beach in the park, which is mainly for children to play or newly wedded couples to take wedding pictures. It’s a popular place among local residents, so be ready for crowds on holidays.
Address: 288 Guangzhong Rd, near Gonghexin Rd
Open hours: 5am-6pm
Admission: 2 yuan
Jinshan City Beach
This big, artificial seaside beach in suburban Jinshan District is open for free.
Plentiful services and facilities are available for a charge, including hot bath, beach chair lease, BBQ, water scooters and beach volleyball.
Expect huge crowds on the beach on weekends and holidays.
Address: 5 Xincheng Rd, Jinshan District
Open hours: 8am-9pm
Tel: 5795-3918, 3369-6313
It’s another big, artificial seaside beach in Shanghai, and it’s also a water park so various entertainment facilities are available.
The sand is soft, so it’s quite comfortable to just sit there enjoying the sunshine.
Outdoor concerts are occasionally held on the beach.
Address: 2 Haihan Rd, Haiwan Tourist Area, Fengxian District
Open hours: 8:30am-8:30pm
Admission: 60 yuan, 30 yuan for children under 1.2 meters
Tel: 6034-5487, 6034-5446
Le Meridien Sheshan Shanghai, Songjiang District
If you want to enjoy the beach and sunlight but don’t want to be disturbed by the crowd, you can try the private beach at the Le Meridien Sheshan hotel in Songjiang District.
The view is satisfying with hills and lake, and the sand is clean and soft. Outdoor and indoor swimming pools are available.
The beach is open for free to hotel guests, but the hotel rates are pretty high since it’s a five-star hotel.
Address: 1,288 Linyinxin Rd, Songjiang District
Open hours: 24 hours
Admission: Free for hotel guests
Beach at Shanghai Moon Lake Sculpture Park
Located just beside the Le Meridien Sheshan, Shanghai Moon Lake Sculpture Park also has a golden beach with sand transported from Sanya in Hainan Province.
It’s quite clean and quiet, and visitors can take a tour to its art gallery or just sit on the beach to appreciate the beautiful sculptures.
Address: 1,158 Linyinxin Rd, Songjiang District
Open hours: 9am-5pm
Admission: 120 yuan for adults, 50 yuan for children under 1.2 meters, and 30 yuan for pet
Tel: 5779-8090 ext 196, 3355-8888 ext 196
Beach at Huangxing Park
There are two beaches in this park in Yangpu District — the white beach is free while the golden beach charges a small admission fee. It’s a large and quiet place for families to spend the weekend.
Address: 369 Guoshun Rd E., Yangpu District
Open hours: 5am-7pm
Admission: 3 yuan
Sun Island Beach
The wave generation makes the beach at Sun Island Club in Zhujiajiao Town a special place for leisure. The environment is satisfying, and visitors can also play golf, pick up fresh fruit and ride horses in the tourist area.
Address: 2,588 Shentai Rd, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District