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Sunny Beach: The beach returns to Shanghai's Bund
Forgo the mass transit beach commute many Shanghai local sandpits require and lounge in the sand much closer to home this summer
Even if the temperatures don’t exactly tell you it's spring here yet, when the city’s only downtown beach opens its gates, we can at least hope that warmer weather is around the corner.
Created in the summer of 2010 but closed for the winter, Sunny Beach is part of the Shanghai government and the Cool Dock’s master plan to actually get people down to the South Bund -- a task that has proven easier said than done, even with the city's recent renovations of the area.
Charging RMB 20 entrance for the privilege of sitting in one of the two dozen or so lounge chairs, the beach offers unblocked views of Pudong, which should be amazing when it's lit up at night.
Although Sunny Beach offers little more than sand, chairs and a great view, with the Cool Docks and Waterhouse next door (we’re major proponents of Table No. 1’s cocktail list), and the beach's liberal "bring whatever food and drink you want" policy, you won’t be missing a boardwalk’s typical fast food and games.
Waima Lu, near Maojiayuan Lu
Hours: daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.