Shanghai with a population of more than 23 million, is the largest and most developed city in China. Shanghai was the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East already during the 1930’s, and has remained the most developed city in mainland China. In the past 20 years Shanghai has again become an attractive city for tourists from all over the world. The popular attractions are summarised below:
Yu Yuan Garden
The Yu Yuan Garden is located in of the Old Town in Shanghai where you will also find the City God Temple and Huxingting Tea House. This is the historic Chinese area of the city, where much of the old wooden architecture of past Shanghai is still preserved. Renowned for its Classical Chinese landscape garden in the Suzhou style, it is one of the best kept classical gardens in China.
Jade Buddha Temple
The Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 to house two white jade Buddha’s bought from Burma. The temple was destroyed and abandoned in 1911. Ten years were spent reconstructing the temple buildings from 1918-1928, today it serves as a Buddhist Monastery and welcomes visitors and worshippers alike.
For anyone with an interest in ancient arts this museum is a must-see. It is one of the four largest museums in China and contains 120,000 cultural relics which include bronzes, ceramics, painting, calligraphy and ancient sculptures.
Modern Shanghai is largely a product of European colonialism, and much of the architecture reflects the heritage of banks, trading houses and consulates. The Bund runs along the western bank of the Huang Pu river where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll past all the famous colonial style buildings and institutions. On the opposite side of the river you will see the modern financial district and skyscrapers of Pudong, which you can visit by using the taxi boat crossing.
Shanghai’s premier shopping street, stretches from The Bund towards Hongqiao district with the city centre People’s Square Park in the middle. An endless array of famous western brands are on offer along with more traditional Chinese speciality shops selling silk, jade, embroidery etc make this the ultimate shoppers paradise. When the sun goes down the numerous entertainment, drinking and dining options come alive amongst the neon lit signs.
Xin Tian Di district
This is the hotspot for western and Asian bars, food, entertainment, boutiques. The area is popular with affluent locals, expats and tourists.