Shanghai Tourist Attractions
now one of China's biggest and economically most influential cities,
for a large part of its 2,000 year-old history a small and
insignificant fisher-village. Shanghai's evolution to one of
worlds's most modern and sophisticated cities in present days
sparked until the British opened a concession following the
War in 1842. Soon thereafter, other countries - like France, the USA
and Japan - followed suit and opened their own concessions. From that
onwards, Shanghai soon grew in importance as a major
economical center and
trading port and is currently China's second largest city with a
population of about 18 million.
Bund consists of a promenade of nineteenth century colonial buildings
and is considered one of Shanghai's most scenic spots. With its
many upscale shopping venues and bars, The Bund attracts many tourists
and locals alike.
Originally the name "The Bund" - derived from the word "embankment" -
was given to the British settlement area which was given to them in
1842 following the Treaty of Nanjing after the Opium War. The Bund soon
emerged as Shanghai's richest and most prosperous part by the beginning
of the 20th century and became also known as the "Wall Street of Asia".
The Bund spans about one mile on the western bank of the HuangPu river
and is probably one of Shanghai's most well known sightseeing spots.
The multitude of historical buildings, many of which had once been
counted towards the tallest buildings in the world at some point,
create an atmosphere of elegance and put the visitor instantly in
touch with the history of Shanghai.
Square park is found at the site of the former colonial horse
track and is home to a number of museums and concert halls, like the
Shanghai Art Museum - occupying the old Racecourse Clubhouse , the
Shanghai City Hall, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, the Shanghai Urban
Planning Exhibition Hall, and last but not least the Shanghai Museum of
Contemporary Art. Surrounding the square are many key landmarks, such
as the Shimao International Plaza, Tomorrow Square and Raffle's Square,
which offer not only an impressive sight during the day, but also one
of the most fabulous nocturnal scenes with their myriad of lights.
City and Yu Garden
old city is the center around which modern Shanghai has grown and even
nowadays the cities historical heart. The old city is believed to be
established by the Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279) and occupied a circular
walled-in space at the western bank of the HuangPu River. The major
part of the old city consists of a large tourist-bazaar containing
small shops, restaurants, temples, and much activity.
In its center lies a small lake spanned by a zig-zagged bridge (Bridge
of the Nine Turnings / Jiuqu Quiao - the reason for the serpentines
lies in the belief that evil spirits can only move in straight lines).
Immediately neighboring the lake, lies Yu Garden, which is worth
visiting. The relatively small garden (only about 5 acres big) offers
30 pavillions surrounded by carefully planned landscape-designs of the
Ming and Quing dynasties. The landscapes are made of small lakes,
rivers, bridges, mountains, corridors, and walls. If you visit Yu
Garden, it is best to see it early in the day to avoid the masses of
tourists in the afternoons.
lies in the heart of Shanghai and is a gem of Shanghainese
architecture. This small area - nowadays mainly offering restaurants,
bars, small boutiques, and galleries - came into existence by a project
to conserve the unique architecture of an old and run down
of Shanghai. Here you can still see the old Shikumen architecture style
with its many winding alleys - all other Shikumen buildings in Shanghai
had to yield to the contruction of modern steel and glass buildings.
The small building complex additionally offers the Museum for
Shanghainese Architecture and also a Museum in the very building in
which China's Communist Party held its first congress in 1921.
Xintiandi is mainly known for its vibrant - and western style - bar
scene and nightlife.
presumably, is Shanghai's most well known shopping street and
in length. The eastern part of the street - from the Bund to People's
Square - is a pedestrian area with many restaurants and shops, which
offer very nice scenery at night due to their many colorful neon
signs. The western part of the street - from People Square to Jingan
Temple - is well known for its luxury shopping possibilities and draws
many fashion-seeking buyers. Even though many new buildings were
constructed in this area, the faded charm of the former colonial French
Concession can still be felt passing the leftover building from the
1920's. A visit of the pedestrian street in the eastern part after dusk
will be sure to provide a lasting memory for visitors to Shanghai.
- the newest of Shanghai's boroughs displays what China is
striving for in the future. With its three dominating highrise
buildings - the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, and the
Shanghai World Financial Center - it is visible from many
of Shanghai. The smallest of these buildings, the Oriental Pearl TV
Tower rises 468 meters above ground. The Jin Mao Tower, currently the
worlds 10th highest building rises with its 88 stories of unique
architecture 420.5 meters into the sky and is still surpassed by the
immense Shanghai World Financial Center, which counts a dazzling 101
floors and rises to a height of 492 meters - making it the highest
building in Shanghai and the world's third highest
is also home of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Shanghai Ocean
Aquarium, the Science and Technology Museum, the Superbrand Mall, the
Oriental Arts Center and many other tourist attractions.
HuangPu River offers a spectacular view
of both, the old, and the new Shanghai. During the round trip you can
enjoy the entire length of the enigmatic Bund on one side, and the
futuristic skyline of Pudong on the other. The cruise then
continuous on downstream and leads under the impressive YangPu Bridge.
the cruise, you can also observe the lively ship-traffic, consisting
mainly of large barges, up close. The river cruise leaves its harbor
daily at 9 am and 2 pm and the round trip take about 3 1/2 hours. It is
recommended to take advantage of the night cruise from 7 pm until 9 pm
in order to observe the splendid lights of Pudong and of The Bund.
Current information about the times and fares can be found here.