Changning District, Shanghai

Changning District Facts

Chinese Name: 长宁区 (cháng níng qū)
Population: 690,571
Area: 38.3 square kilometers (14.8 square miles)
Location: in the west of Shanghai, east China
Area Code: 021
Zip Code: 200050
GDP (2018): CNY141.88 billion (USD 21.44 billion)

Top Expats Neighborhood

Changning District is located in the west of Shanghai central city and adjacent to Jing’an District on the east, Minhang District on the west, Xuhui District on the southeast and Putuo District on the north. It is one of the top neighborhoods for foreigners to stay because many foreign consulates are scattered in the district and a lot of world’s top 500 enterprises cluster there. The good location and convenient transportation between it and the two airports: Hongqiao and Pudong, make it a popular expats neighborhood. What’s more, Shanghai Zoo and the Propaganda Poster Art Centre are worth visiting.

Best Places to Visit & Top Things to Do in Changning District

 Shanghai Zoo
More than 400 species and 6,000 animals live in Shanghai Zoo. Among them, there are Chinese special rare animals like the world-famous giant panda, golden monkey, South-Chinese tiger and Chinese alligator as well as animals from over the world. There are opportunities to have close contact with pandas and golden monkeys. In the park, visitors may enjoy the open and wonderful landscape, especially the vast grassland and beautiful lake.

 Propaganda Poster Art Centre
It displays the propaganda posters collected by Yang Peming in private. In the past, the propaganda posters are an important media means of Chinese society at that time. Mr. Yang's collection is divided into four exhibition spaces with rich content. In addition to the posters from the 1930s to the present, there are also various types of head portraits of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China, as well as statues of people holding high the Red-Bible of Chairman Mao during the Great Cultural Revolution.

 Zhongshan Park
The park is dominated by the English style natural gardening style and takes in the essence of Chinese garden art. The lawn, lake, pond, pavilion, rockery, and play zone are well arranged, forming beautiful landscapes. It is a wonderful place to relax or have a walk.

Best Time to Visit Changning District

The best time to visit Changning District Shanghai is from September to October when the weather is not too hot with less rainy days. The climate of Changning District Shanghai is mild and humid, with an annual average temperature of 18℃ (64 ℉). Changning District is generally the coldest from January to February, and the lowest temperature is about 0 ℃ (32℉). July to August is the hottest month and the average temperature is 27℃ (81℉). There are more than 10 days of hot weather with the temperature of as high as 35 ℃ (95℉). It is not recommended to travel to Changning District Shanghai in mid-June and mid-July when it is rainy season.

Changning Weather Forecast



Travelers can go to Changning District Shanghai by flying to Shanghai Pudong International Airport or Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Pudong Airport is 46 km (28 mi) away from Changning District. Travelers can take Metro Line 2 from Pudong Airport to Changning District, taking about 90 minutes. It takes about 40 minutes by Metro Line 2 from Hongqiao Airport to Changning Distinct Shanghai. It is also easy to access by bullet trains to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and then take Metro Line 2 to Changning District Shanghai.

Metro, buses, taxis are the major transportation methods in Changning District China. Metro Line 2, 3, 4, 10, 15 pass through Changning District. Travelers are able to take Metro Line 10 to Shanghai Zoo.

 See more: Shanghai Metro, Shanghai Taxi

Best Changning Food to Try

The best Changning District Shanghai foods to try include three snacks (Fried Spare Ribs with Spices, Noodle Soup with Hot Meat, Fried Chicken) and specialties in different restaurants.  

Recommended Restaurants

 Yuhua Restaurant: Noodle Soup with Hot Meat, Pot Sticker
Address: No.321, Maotai Road

 Shunzhixiang Fried Chicken: Fried Chicken
Address: 201, 3 Long, No.684, Changning Road

 Special Fried Ribs with Spices: Fried Spare Ribs with Spices, Fried Pork Chop
Address: No.103, Xingjingsancun Community, 267 Long, No.267, Tiantan West Road

 Xijiaoyihao, Japanese Cuisine & Teppanyaki: Lobster and Cheese, Teppanyaki
Address: No.6, 1829 Long. Hongqiao Road

 Yuhuayuan Restaurant: Fried Pigeon, Shrimp Dumplings
Address: No.1116, East Hongsong Road

See more: Top 10 Shanghai Street Food

- Last updated on Aug. 03, 2022 -
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