As a gem of the central-eastern China, Shanghai, the cosmopolitan city, has turned itself into a pioneer in the new century. Generally, Shanghai can be divided into 2 area, Pudong, which is at the east of the Huangpu River, and Puxi, which is at the west of the Huangpu River. In the city, skyscrapers line up to the sky, blending cosmopolitan atmosphere in Chinese culture. There is no need to worry about what to do if you are preparing your first trip to Shanghai. The following are the places you should never miss.
As one of the most noted symbols of Shanghai, the Bund, also known as Waitan, has been Shanghai’s center since the mid-18th century. Featuring colonial structures, the waterfront is surrounded by about 50 buildings with distinctive architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. You can see most of the city’s historical landmarks and new 21st century structures in the area. In the morning, there are locals doing tai-chi. At night, people come here for a walk after dinner.
Yu Yuan Garden
Yu yuan, as most famous garden in Shanghai, is situated in the heart of Shanghai’s Old City. The Garden of Peace and Comfort occupies an area of more than 5 acres. This 16th century garden can date back to the Ming Dynasty. Yuyuan Garden was first built as a private garden Pan Yunduan created for his parents. The Grand Rockery is the most popular one among many temples, halls and 30 pavilions.
Oriental Pearl Tower
The Oriental Pearl Tower is facing the buildings of variegated Western architectures across the Huangpu River. With a height of 468 meters, it is one of the highest buildings in Asia and the world. You can enjoy the view of the beautiful Huangpu River and the famous Bund as well as the East China Sea from the tower. At night, the Dazzling metropolis will bring you something different.
it is said that if you haven’t visit Chenghuang Temple when you visiting in Shanghai, you barely visit the city. The most exciting of the place is its snacks. Almost every foreign tourist who is visiting Shanghai will come here. The Chenghuang Temple gathers a wide range of Shanghai local snacks, including the featured snacks from Lv Bo Lang, the vegetarian bun from Song Yue Lou, rice pudding from Song Yun Lou, Nanxiang stuffed steamed bun and the glutinous rice balls in fermented rice wine.
The Nanjing Road starts from the Bund in the east and ends in the junction of Jing’an Temple and Yan’an West Street in the west. As the first commercial road in Shanghai, the Nanjing Road is usually crowded with people, attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers around the world. After reconstruction, the Nanjing Road has undergone significant change. More modern shopping malls, specialty stores, theatres, and international hotels have stationed on both sides of the street.
Shanghai Xin Tian Di
Xin Tian Di is situated at Lane No.181 of Taicang Road in Shanghai. There are many most popular restaurants and bars stationed in this area. The old Shikumen residential area is close to the site of the 1st National Congress of the Communist Party. Occupying an area of about 30,000 square meters, the place receives tourists and locals everyday. As the blend of east and west, the place can be divided into 2 blocks. Most of the shopping centers, boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs are located in the south area while the north part shows a contrast to the modernity.
Huangpu River Cruise
There are many cruise options in Shanghai, but none of them can compared with the Huangpu River cruise. The Huangpu River starts from the Dingshan Lake and meets with the Yangtze River, winding about 114km. As the symbol of Shanghai, the Huangpu River supplies water to the people in this metropolis. In the Huangpu River Cruise, you can enjoy the views of the Bund, Jin Mao Tower, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Huangpu Park.
With those stone bridges, stone roads, rivers, lakes and stores selling standardized souvenirs, you may start to wonder whether you are in Jiangsu or Zhejiang province. But this is indeed a part of Shanghai that also has its soft side apart from the steel. With more artists and musicians stationed in Zhujiajiao, the place has formed its own artistic atmosphere. Like a treasure hunt, the place keeps amaze you all the time. Though Zhujiajiao is only a few steps away from the bustling city, it can get you far.
Located in Luwan District, the Tianzifang has developed into an artsy area from the residential area in the former French Concession area of Shanghai. Hiding in an alley in Shanghai, it has become the most fashionable alley in the city. You will be impressed by its combination of old Shanghai style and European and American style. All bars, cafes, crafts shops, design studios, galleries and boutiques stores in this area have their own themes and tastes.
If there is something you should never miss, it is the Acrobatics at Shanghai. The world-famous acrobatic troupe performs at the Shanghai Center Theatre for about 2 hours every night. Formed in 1951, the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe is one of the best in China. The performance presenting their incredible talents has become one of the most popular night lives of tourists in Shanghai. Balancing acts, chair-stacking, plate-spinning and complicated juggling are just a few of many amazing acts in the show.