Went out to see how long a long city run/walk can be. Left the house at 9AM and returned by 6PM. I think I got the distance just about right, but have to conclude that an even earlier start would help because it would make for more time to walk, more time for short stops for pics or to have a quick look at something special. It is amazing to see how small the slice of the city is that this approx. 64k route takes in. There are many worthwhile things not included. But this circuit does have enough of everything to give you a good feel for what Shanghai has to offer. It includes as many parks on the way as possible (if one counts the Huangpu river quai as parks, 17 in total and I didn’t even enter Century park), lots and lots of residential compounds and Shikumen neighborhoods, street markets, the main shopping streets of central Puxi and the skyscrapers of Lujiazhui financial district, Platane-lined French Concession streets, and narrow alleys of (old) Chinese Shanghai, several ferry crossings, plenty of iconic architectural highlights and many other delights .
Zooming out is a good way of showing how small the area is from the perspective of greater Shanghai. But it does cover a fair bit of what most would consider the core parts of the city. I didn’t need to take out my map to find my way which shows I start knowing my way around at least through the center.
The image above sort of shows the city within the inner ring road. The next one zooms out and makes the city’s two airports important landmarks, Hongqiao t0 the West of the inner city and Pudong on the coast.
One step further shows most of greater Shanghai plus cities like Kunshan (in the North West corner of the image):
And finally an image that starts showing the delta more fully, including Suzhou and the huge Tai Hu lake to its West, and the 30k bridge to Shanghai’s deep water port (from the South East tip of the landmass):