Shanghai, a vigorous and energetic international metro-polis, welcomes
people from all over the world to enjoy its special atmosphere. This modern
metropolis with its rich heritage of ancient Chinese culture has much to see
Shanghai is regarded as the economic capital in mainland China, also serves
as the important cultural, financial, trading and industrial centers of
China. The Chinese Grand Prix, Formula One(F1) is in Shanghai. And World
Expo 2010 is being held in Shanghai. Better City Better Life, Welcome to
The Bund & Huangpu River
Huangpu River is not only the mother river of
Shanghai, which divides the city into east and west parts, but also
assembles the splendid tourist attractions of the city. Situated on the east
bank of the Huangpu River, the Bund is the symbol of Shanghai. New finance
and commercial houses as well as grand buildings built in 1930s in the
European architectural styles cluster along the Bund. At night bright lights
add to the happy atmosphere as people stroll along the wide riverside
Yuyuan Garden is the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with Ming and
Qing architectural styles. The garden has six areas, each with its own
style. The Grand Rockery, in the center of the Garden, is the most renowned
sight. Near the garden, there is the City God Temple of Shanghai, where
various of local snack shops and streets are scattered around.
Nanjing Road shanghai
Nanjing Road is considered to be the 'No. 1 commercial
street in China', which has been a landmark for this city for a long time.
Along its 5.5 kilometers, you will find over 600 shops that on average are
visited by some 1.7 million people each day. Here, you could purchase
everything wanted, spanning from special and cheap souvenirs of Shanghai to
the luxurious world famous brands.
Jade Buddha Temple (Nanjing
The Jade Buddha
Temple (Yufo Si) was built during the Guangxu period of the
Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909) and burned down in the early
20th century. In 1918, Jade Buddha Temple was rebuilt on
construction of the temple is in the magnificent
architectural style of the Song Dynasty. The temple is
composed of several compounds such as the Halls of Heavenly
Kings, the Main Hall, the Hall of the Sleeping Buddha and
the Hall of the Jade Buddha. There are monks currently
living in the Temple and the Temple houses the Shanghai
ancient statues, paintings, a complete set of Buddhist
scriptures (printed in the Qing Dynasty), and over 7000
other rare scriptures are kept.
Address: No. 170 Anyuan Road
The Jinmao Building
Jinmao Building in Pudong (Shanghai's Wall Street) is the
tallest building in China, the second tallest in Asia,
houses the tallest hotel ever built and is currently the
third tallest building in the world! On a clear day, the
Jinmao acts as a beacon for locals and travelers who need to
find their bearings, towering above the old city skylines.
It is the center of gravity in the area as Pagodas were in
The building is
a superb design, combining elements of traditional Chinese
architecture and a gothic influence to produce this
amazingly modern building. Architects designed the building
around the theme of the Chinese pagoda and the number eight.
The lowest segment of the building is sixteen stories high
and each succeeding segment is 1/8th smaller than its
predecessor. The Jinmao is impressive from wherever you are
in the city and when you are right next to it, other
Shanghai skyscrapers look like lego blocks in comparison.
building there are various restaurants, food halls and bars
and Shanghai's newest and most fashionable hotel, The Grand
Hyatt. There is a viewing platform up on the 88th floor
which, if you don't suffer from vertigo, provides unbeatable
views over the city. It is hard to imagine just how high
this is, until you actually get up there, but your ears will
definitely "pop" at least two or three times on the way up!
The position of
the building, in Shanghai's newest and ostensibly most
trendy area, and the incredible design make the Jinmao one
of the most spectacular and already most famous sites not
just in Shanghai, but throughout China. And it is a fitting
symbol of new Shanghai too: young, vibrant and
People's Square is a spectacular space in the heart
of the city. Formerly the city's race-course, a sports arena
and a gamblers paradise, the area west of Nanjing Lu
was converted after the war to become the People's Square.
Unlike many other Chinese city squares, Renmin Guangchang
is not a concrete mass but a vast green area including
plants and trees and surrounded by spectacular buildings on
The Square has
been renovated again recently and opened up further and many
of the old buildings around here are in the process of being
Square covers 140,000 square meters. In the north lies the
Municipal Government Mansion, an impressive
and serious building which is not open to the public. In the
northwest sits the Shanghai Grand Theatre, a colossal
construction made almost entirely from glass which is
balanced by the brand new Exhibition Hall
for City Planning in the east. The most impressive building
in the square however, is the Shanghai Museum. Perfectly
smooth and symmetrical, the building was designed to
resemble a Chinese cooking pot. The Square is particularly
spectacular at night, when steam appears to seep out of the
roof of the museum and the light bounces off the glass walls
of the Grand Theatre.
Tucked away in
the northwest corner of the square is the quirky
Bird and Flower Market where locals come to buy
trinkets, plants, fish and parade birds in their cages!
These few lanes off Huangpi Lu are a great contrast
to the modern constructions in the main square.
offers unusual and impressive views of the city. Surrounded
on all sides by mammoth and overpowering constructions, new
buildings attack you from all sides. The panorama of the
city from the Square, while not the picture postcard image
of Shanghai's Bund, is arguably, the most accurate image
which reflects the changing nature of this sophisticated and
Shopping in Shanghai
is a 'shopping paradise'! One of the first things you will
notice about Shanghai is how trendy the young people are.
Shanghai is famous for its clothing and fashions.
fashion and garment industry has been the trendsetter in
China for many years. Products are of great quality and come
for a good price. Nevertheless, in high class boutiques, you
will not find bargains on high fashions and imports.
Shopping areas of Shanghai are Nanjing East Road, Huaihai
Road, and Xujiahui. These three areas are all known for
their mid-scale to high class department stores and
boutiques. Also, Shanghai offers two smaller clothing and
souvenir markets: Xiangyang Market with its clothing deals
(much like Silk Alley in Beijing), and Yuyuan Market with
its folk atmosphere.
has a few bird and flower markets that make life here that
much more pleasant.
some traditional art forms and crafts to offer you. Follow
these links to learn more: Chinese silk, gold and silver
jewelry, rugs and tapestries, and jade and ivory carvings.
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