4 Fantastic Backdrops in the City for your Personalized Christmas Cards

Spoilt for choice

by Sarah Forman | Tue, December 12, 2017

After a look at the history of festive greeting cards, we have four places around the city that will make a picture-perfect standalone backdrop. Exactly what you need for your very own Christmas cards.

Shanghai Disney Resort

For years, Disney has been championing the Christmas cheer with impressive light displays, beautifully crafted architecture, and a stunning tree in the heart of the park that will leave other pines in awe of what they could have been. Hop on Line 11 with your family for a classic, cookie-cutter holiday card that proves the magic of the mouse isn’t bound to country or continent.

While you’re there, don’t miss out on the decorations and fun Disney looks forward to all year! The wreaths, ribbons, and holiday cheer are abundant throughout the month of December, making for an awesome afternoon of rides and a great excuse to get out of the city properly. Not only will you walk away with a card everyone will enjoy taking, but you’ll have a host of memories and a day filled with togetherness to wrap it all up.

Find it: 360 Shendi Xi Lu, Chuansha District; shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/ticket

上海市川沙申迪西路360号

Price: ¥280-¥499/person

Jing’an Sculpture Park

For a more modern take on the old English classic, turn to Jing’an Sculpture Park between Shimen Er Lu and Beijing Xi Lu. Boasting sculptures from over 61 countries, there are ample places to shoot a family photo – silly or serious.

If contemporary is your thing, go for any of the sleek, abstract sculptures that break up the open greenery, or stand amongst the horses with the Jing’an’s skyline behind you, surrounded by gingko, camphor, beech, and hackberry trees. There’s even a pond tucked away within the center for a tranquil shot that’s still distinctly artistic. Additionally, the park is also home to the two-year-old Shanghai Natural History Museum, which is an architectural feat in and of itself. With a framed geometric glass exterior, marked by trees and leveled steps, you and your family will have ample options for showing your loved ones a lesser-seen side of Shanghai.

Find it: 128 Shimen Er Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu. Closest to West Nanjing Metro Station (Lines 2, 12, 13). You can also enter from the gates located at the corner of Chengdu Lu and Beijing Xi Lu.

石门二路128号, 近北京西路

Price: free.

The Bund

For many, the Pudong skyline is the first thing that comes to mind when they think of this city we call home. Surrounded by history with a futuristic backdrop, you can’t go wrong taking a well-dressed snap in front of Lujiazui. Whether you’re shooting in the daytime, or in the evening beneath the glowing Pearl Tower, you’re bound to walk away with a picture that’s sure to impress. Stroll along Zhongshan Dong Lu, and you’ll easily find a spot that’s perfect for your holiday card.

If you’re looking to commemorate the evening with more than a photo, cap it off with a family dinner at Chop Chop Club or Mr & Mrs Bund. Take advantage of your beautiful, smart looking family and indulge your palate with some of Shanghai’s nest dining.

Price: free.

Yu Garden

If you’ve got your sights set on a more traditional take, wind your way through Yu Garden for a family photo that is unmissably Shanghainese.

Around the holidays, the complex is adorned with multi-colored lanterns that bring new life to the red-painted buildings. The pond becomes a light source itself, reflecting the warmth of the lit boats floating atop it. Day or night, this stunning display is one that your family back home will be happy to display year-round.

For a photo with a muted palette, you can enter the garden itself just off the pond, where stone, wood, white, and green set the scene for a peaceful picture. Originally built in 1559 during the Ming dynasty, the winding paths and sculpted foliage surround ornate pavilions that are perfect for posting. It’s open until 5pm, and tickets are ¥40 per person.

Find it: 137 Anren Jie, near Fuyou Lu. Nearest to the Yuyuan Garden Metro Station on Line 10.

豫园, 安仁街137号, 近福佑路

Price: ¥40/per person