Nanhui is much less developed than the Downtown Pudong area to the North, but still populous (about a million in the 2010 census), industrialized and growing. However, it is not densely populated compared to more central regions of Shanghai; the land area is quite large.
Within Nanhui are a number of areas with their own distinctive character.
Shanghai metro line, was until recently the main route into the area. However, it only goes to the northeast part, the coastal area near the airport.
As of mid-2017 two others are available:
- Line . Runs from the Disney Resort Station in Nanhui and across the river into Downtown Shanghai; its western end is outside Shanghai at Kunshan.
- Line . Runs from Longyang Road Station in Downtown Pudong to Dishui Lake Station in Nanhui New City, right down on the south coast.
For some stations that will let you transfer to these from other lines, see the Pudong article.
- 1 Nanhui New City (Shanghai Harbor City) (Dishui Lake Station, metro line ). This development was planned by German architects and is built around a circular man-made lake; it includes a planetarium, shopping, and massive office and residential development. Target population was 450,000 but it has not grown as quickly as planners hoped. There are eight university campuses on the west side with about 100,000 students.
- 1 Shanghai Wild Animal Park (Wild Animal Park Station, line ). A safari park with a fairly large collection of animals from several continents.
- Peach blossom festival (桃花节). Nanhui hosts a peach blossom festival in March and April every year.
Shanghai Disney Resort
2 Shanghai Disney Resort (上海迪士尼度假区) (located in Chuansha town area; Disney Resort Station, at the eastern end of line ), ☎ . Approved in 2009, Disney sought to build a theme park in Shanghai that was both "authentically Disney [and] distinctly Chinese". It opened in mid-June 2016 and got 5.6 million visitors that year, an average around 28,000 a day. It is Disney's third theme park in Asia and the only one in Mainland China. Most attractions are in Chinese. Maps and schedules are available in English. As of mid-2017, the resort includes two hotels and one theme park, and two more parks are planned.
- Disneyland Park. Shanghai Disneyland is divided into six lands. Upon entering the park you will arrive in Mickey Avenue which replaces Main Street U.S.A. found in other parks. With its central location, the Gardens of Imagination serve as the park's central hub and features seven gardens: Garden of the Twelve Friends, Melody Garden, Romance Garden, Woodland Garden, Garden of the Magic Feather, Fantasia Garden, and Storybook Castle Garden. Fantasyland is the largest land and hosts Enchanted Storybook Castle which is the tallest Disneyland castle in the world and the only one that can be entered by guests. Treasure Cove is Disney's first pirate-themed land. Adventure Isle is centered around a raft ride called Roaring Rapids and also features Camp Discovery, a challenge trail consisting of three courses of varying difficulties. Tomorrowland is centered around TRON Lightcycle Power Run. It has the longest parade route in a Disney park.
- Disneytown. A shopping, dining and entertainment district outside the park.
- Wishing Star Park. A public park next to Disneyland overlooking a 100-acre lake.
- Hengshan Resort, 88 Chengnan Road, Huinan Town, ☎ . Hengshan Resort is a 3-star hotel with a theater which seats 150 to 180 people. Among its facilities are spacious meeting rooms, and Taoyuan and Broadway restaurant. The hotel is just 5 km from the Safari Park.