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Shanghai

Shanghai is located in the eastern China, sitting on the mouth of Yangtze River. It is the largest, most prosperous and populous city in China. Due to the rapid economical development, it becomes the center of economy, finance, trading and transportation of China. Short for Hu or Shen, Shanghai is one of four municipalities directly under the central government. Occupying an area of 6340.5 square kilo meters, it accounts for 0.06% of China territory. Chongming Island in Shanghai area is the third largest island in China after Taiwan and Hainan.

Shanghai is also a hot tourist destination renowned for its many historical landmarks and modern buildings such as The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and its extensive growing Pudong skyline, etc. The beauty of Shanghai is centered on kinds of building of various styles. The old Chinese architectures make people immerse themselves in the world of 1930s. The towering skyscrapers make you feel amazing the modern technology. The Gothic arch, Baroque corridors and south gardens and residence of south China harmoniously display melding of the eastern and western culture.

Things To Do

In a land of five millennia old, Shanghai is just like a new-born baby. You cannot find the ancient temples or hoary monuments. But Shanghai has art deco architectures, bullet-fast Maglevs, skyrocketing buildings, jazz, European streetscapes. The Band, former French Concession and Shanghai museum are sights not to be missed. In addition, other activities like shopping on Nanjing Road and watching acrobatic show are also your best choice for your Shanghai travel.

Learn Chinese ancient art in Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is a museum of Chinese ancient art, which is located on the People’s Square of Huangpu District. Shanghai museum was founded in 1952 on Nanjing West Road. In 1959, it moved into former Zhonghui Building at 16S, Henan Road. In 1992, Shanghai government allocated a piece of land on People’s Square as its new site. The new building has a round top and square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as “sky is round and the earth square”. With an area of 2,800 square meters, the museum is separated into several exhibition rooms to display the ancient bronze, porcelain and earthen wares, Chinese painting and the carvings.

Get a Panoramic View on the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located the tip of Zhujiazui in Pudong District, by the side of Huangpu River. With the height of 468 meters, it is the tallest in Asia and the third highest in the world. As the famous landmark of Shanghai, it is composed of 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels. There is a revolving restaurant where visitors can enjoy the cityscape on the banks of Huangpu River. A sightseeing platform in the TV tower is on the largest ball accommodating 1,600 visitors. On this platform, panoramic view of Shanghai can be got here. Standing on the suspended sightseeing corridor, you can watch the view of Huangpu River through the glass floor.

Stroll Along the Bund

Located on the center of Shanghai, the Bund houses 52 buildings of different architectural styles like Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic. Thus the Bund got a nickname the wold Expo of the architecture. The best time to stroll along the bund is ar drawn to watch Tai-chi performance or at dusk to watch sunset light settle over the skyscrapers.

Shop on Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is the busiest and most prosperous business street in Shanghai. Stretching over 5.5 kilometers, it is separated into two parts, Nanjing Road East and Nanjing Road West. It houses over 600 shops where you can find not only the inexpensive local products but also the stuff of luxurious brand. On the Nanjing Road West locates some famous attractions, theaters and entertainment sites like Jing’an Temple, Shanghai Art Museum, Paramount Hall, etc.

Watch Acrobatic Show

Shanghai acrobatic show is performed each night and lasts about for two hours in Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe which was established in 1951 and one of the best acrobatic troupe in China. Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe has the excellent acrobatic performers who give about 300 acrobatic shows to meet the visitors’ demands. And the troupe once has performed in the other countries such as Japan, America, Canada, Spain, etc.

Shikumen in Tianzifang

As the featured residence of Shanghai, Shikumen appeared in 1860 and it combines the western and eastern architectural styles. The houses of Shikumen are two-floored with a yard. Behind the yard is the living room. Tianzifang is a tourist destination which preserve local Shikumen houses, some of which have become craft stores, coffee shops and trendy art studios.

Open Time (Tianzifang): Open 24 hours a day
How to Get to: Bus No.17, 43, 96, 146, 218, 786, 806, 931, 984, 985 or Metro line one

Jing’an Temple

Jing’an Temple is the famous old temple in Shanghai. Jing’an District was named after Jing’an Temple which was said to be built during the period of Three Kingdom. In the temple, visitors can find a big bell of Ming Dynasty and a stone table with inscription of Emperor Guangzong of Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD).Admission Fee:30RMB

Admission Fee: 30RMB
Open Time: 7:30-17:30

Jinmao Tower

Located in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District, opposite to the Bund, Jinmao Tower is the third highest skyscraper in China with the height of 420.5 meters. It contains offices, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Sightseeing Hall and so on. The worth-visiting places in tower include Sightseeing Hall, Knowledge Road, Time Machines and Time and Space Tunnel. Sightseeing Hall on the 88th storey is at 340.1 meters. With the area of 1,520 square meters, it is the largest hall for sightseeing. Knowledge Road is 700 meters long and 25 meters wide. There are many statues of famous figures such as Newton, Lu Xun standing on the both sides of the road. As a matter of fact, Time Machines refer to two express lifts which move at the speed of 9.1 meters per second. The middle lobby of Grand Hyatt Hotel is called Time and Space Tunnel by architects.

People’s Square

As a public square, People’s Square occupies an area of 140,000 square meters at the center of Shanghai. People’s Square which was used to be the place of assembly and parade can accommodate 1.2 million persons. After a lot of renovation, the square has become a political and cultural center. People’s Square contains many famous building such as Municipal Services Building, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Museum, People’s Square subway station, underground mall.

Xin Tian Di

Xin Tian Di is a historical and cultural attraction in Shanghai. It is a district of shopping, eating and entertainment. It consists of reconstructed Shikumen houses on the narrow alley and modern buildings.

Best Time to Visit

Generally speaking, the most time in a year is good to visit Shanghai, but the best time is from March to May and from September to November. From March to May is the spring time of Shanghai when various kinds of flowers blooms and trees burgeon forth. However you should not only consider the weather to but also the legal public holidays. On Tomb-Sweeping Day, people usually go to graveyards nearby to mourn the dead so that there is very heavy traffic on the road. May Day holidays are around the first week of May when millions of Chinese travel domestically and internationally. Just avoid these two traveling periods if visiting Shanghai in spring.

Although autumn is the best time to visit Shanghai, an occasional typhoon usually hits Shanghai in the early September. Therefore listen to weather broadcast every day at this time if you happen to be in Shanghai. The seven-day holidays of National Day from October 1 to 7 are the high season for Chinese to travel. So remember to avoid it.

Shanghai Attractions

Shanghai is endowed with many distinctive sightseeings, from the breathtaking Yuyuan Garden, flourishing The Bund, impressive Huangpu River, bustling Nanjing Road, grand Jade Buddha Temple, ancient Xintiandi Area. Stand on the lofty Oriental Pearl Tower to capture a panoramic view of this vibrant city, linger in the breathtaking Yuyuan Garden, stroll along the prosperous Nanjing Road and wander around the bustling Bund to discover this metropolis by yourself! No Shanghai trip is complete without visiting these attractions!

Shanghai Bund
City God Temple
Jade Buhha Temple
Shanghai Museum
Oriental Pearl Tower
Xintiandi
Yu Garden
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

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Shanghai Culture

Rooted in Chinese traditional culture, Shanghai culture mainly came from ancient Wu and Yu states during the period of Spring and Autumn and also absorbed elements of western culture after 1843. This culture is unique and has its own features. A special term, Haipai was used to refer to Shanghai culture.

Culture

Rooted in Chinese traditional culture, Shanghai culture mainly came from ancient Wu and Yu states during the period of Spring and Autumn and also absorbed elements of western culture after 1843. This culture is unique and has its own features. A special term, Haipai was used to refer to Shanghai culture.

Hu Opera

Hu Opera, rooted in the folklore of Huangpu River area, was formed in the late Qing Dynasty during which the First Opium War happened from 1840 to 1842. For the historical background, the Hu Opera is destined to reflect some aspects of real life. The performance of the early Hu Opera only needed two performers. One played musical instrument and the other told contemporary stories. With gradually development, Hu Opera became an established art form in 1930s. Hu Opera also adopted some elements of movies and dramas in lighting, expression and stage designs. It is an very useful way to know the life and history of Shanghai people through Hu Opera.

Tradition Architectures

Shanghai has a collection of buildings with rich and various architectural styles ranging from neoclassical to art deco buildings. Besides west-styled buildings, many Chinese traditional architectures also can be seen in Shanghai. Yu Garden, constructed in 1559, is a very typical traditional architecture in Shanghai. The City God Temple, connected to Yu Garden, is a large Taoist temple complex with long history and one of most representative Chinese traditional buildings.

Movies

Shanghai is the cradle of the Chinese movies and dramas. The history of Shanghai movies can be dated back to 1896 when the first film was showed in Xuyuan, Shanghai. Then the film was gradually developed in China and Shanghai became the base of the Chinese movies.

Shanghai Cuisine

Shanghai cuisine or Hu cuisine is a type of popular Chinese cuisine. With history of 400 years, it originated in Ming and Qing dynasties. Also known as Benbang cuisine, Shanghai cuisine absorbed the elements of other cuisines such as Chuan and Lu cuisines.

Shanghai Food

Shanghai food is also called Hu Cai which is gradually evolved from standing dishes. To great degree, Shanghai food is influenced by that of Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou. Shanghai food features heavy and highly flavored sauce. Another uniqueness of Shanghai food is the use of sugar, especially when used proportionally soy sauce, which makes the dish savory. Shanghai abounds in various kinds of seafood for its position at the mouth of Yangtze River and facing the East China Sea. So, seafood in Shanghai is very popular.

Food

Shanghai food is also called Hu Cai which is gradually evolved from standing dishes. To great degree, Shanghai food is influenced by that of Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou. Shanghai food features heavy and highly flavored sauce. Another uniqueness of Shanghai food is the use of sugar, especially when used proportionally soy sauce, which makes the dish savory. Shanghai abounds in various kinds of seafood for its position at the mouth of Yangtze River and facing the East China Sea. So, seafood in Shanghai is very popular.

What to eat in Shanghai

Steamed Buns (Xiao Long Bao)

Steamed Buns of Nanxiang Town is very famous with the history of over 100 years. It features thin, chewer skin and delectable stuffing which make Xiao Long Bao win a high praise from customers. The filling of Xiao Long Bao in Nanxiang Town is mainly made of pork and pork skin jelly, seasoned with bruised ginger, salt and sugar. The steamed Xiao Long Bao is made with non-raised fine flour.

Pinyin: Xiao Long Bao Major Ingredients: pork, pork skin jelly, fine flour Seasoning: oil, ginger, sugar, salt, green Chinese onion Where to Eat:Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant at No. 85 of Yu Garden Road

Chicken Porridge

As its name suggested, chicken porridge is made with chicken soup as its main ingredient. This porridge can be found in most restaurants among which Xiao Shao Xing restaurant is the most famous. Chicken porridge in Xiao Shao Xing is very authentic and delicious.

Pinyin:Ji Zhou Major Ingredients: a Sanhuang chicken, 500 grams of rice Seasoning:ginger, sugar, salt, green Chinese onion, MSG, sesame oil, soy sauce Where to Eat:Subbranches of Xiao Shao Xing is ubiquitous in Shanghai.

Da Zha Xie (Steamed Crab)

Da Zha Xie is a special type of crab which can be found in the river. Steamed Crab is a distinct dish in Shanghai. The crab is tied by ropes or strings, placed in bamboo container and steamed. There is little ingredient added to the dish. When eating, the vinegar is used as baste.

Pinyin: Da Zha Xie

Xie Ke Huang Pan Cake (Baked Scallion-stuffed Sesame Biscuit)

The well-known Xie Ke Huang Pan Cake in Shanghai was created in 1920s. Taking shape of crab carapace, Xie Ke Huang is crispy and delicious. Xie Ke Huang is divided into two kinds according to stuffing: briny and sugary. The stuffing in the briny one contains green onion, pork, crab meat, shrimp. The sugary stuffing is made from sugar, sweetened bean paste, date paste, rise, etc.

Where to Eat in Shanghai

Shanghai Food Street

Wu Jiang Lu

Wu Jiang Lu is the most popular food street in Shanghai. Situated at the west of Nanjing Road and near People’s Square, Wu Jiang Lu is lined with numerous small restaurants contrasting with the nearby magnificent hotels. Many old restaurants provide the authentic and delicious Chinese snacks among which Sheng Jian Bao (pork-stuffed fried dumplings) is highly recommended. In recent years, many western restaurants and cafes opened, which satisfy the foreign visitors.

Old Town God Temple Snack Street

Located in Huangpu District and neighboring on Yu Garden, Old Town God Temple Snack Street is regarded as the “kingdom of snacks” in Shanghai. The delectable and famous snacks here include Xiao Long Bao, fermented glutinous rice, Chinese rice pudding, date-filled crisp, etc. Snacks of other areas also can be found here.

Huanghe Road

Huanghe Road Food Street is located in the north of People’s Square in Huangpu District. Huanghe Road Food Street was once the representative among numerous food streets. It is packed with numerous restaurants which provide different kinds of cuisines at affordable and reasonable price. For enlarging the dining space, many one-floored restaurants were divided into two floors.

South Yunnan Road

Built in 1991, South Yunnan Road Food Street enjoys high reputation in Shanghai. From East Jingling Road in south to East Yanan Road in north, this food street is 250 meters long and attracts numerous people. Even though it focus on local typical snacks, the street are also pack with restaurants offering cuisines in other areas, such as Shangdong cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, etc. However, the western restaurant can hardly be found here.

Zha Pu Road

Situated in the northwest of Hongkou District, Zha Pu Road Food Street as an old snack street was once the landmark among Shanghai food streets. The restaurants along Zha Pu Road mainly provide Shanghai dishes and the cuisines of southern provinces.

Shanghai Restaurants

Ni Zang Garden Restaurant

With elegant decoration inside, Ni Zang Garden Restaurant offers an exotic atmosphere. The most featured dish is passion fruit fried rice cooked with cashew, raisin and green peppers.
Address: No. 427 of East Park Village 4 at No. 500, Dong Chang Road, Pudong New District.
Phone: 021-58772264

Qian Xing Ge Restaurant

This restaurant is famous for its spicy food and delicate designed scenery. It is enjoyable to eat delicious food in this beautiful environment.
Address: No.171 Pucheng Road
Phone: 021-58871717

Wang Pin Tai Steak Restaurant

“Only Treat Hearty and Important Person” is Wang’s slogan. When stepping into the restaurant, you will be surrounded by a feeling that you are treated by great honor. The well-decorated hall is immersed in the favorable and pleasant atmosphere. Address: 7F, Time Square, No. 500 of Zhangyang Road, Pudong District Phone: 021-58368258 or 58368259

Hong Rui Xing Hotel

Situated at Mei Ling Nan Road, Pu Tuo district, the food in this hotel is delicious and the staffs are friendly and very accommodating.
Address: No. 359, Mei Ling Nan Road

Shanghai Shopping

Shanghai, hailed as “shopping paradise” and “oriental Paris”, impresses people with its extravagance and high modernization. Apart from enjoying the cityscape, shopping is a must for many tourists to Shanghai. Tens of thousands of privately run shops dot the city. Open-air markets and road-side vendors offer various kinds of traditional crafts and souvenirs at low price. If you are looking for the valuable souvenirs, you should go to designate shops.

Shopping has become an indispensable part for many tourists to Shanghai. But where can you buy what you want and enjoy the process of the shopping? Because there are many shopping malls, supermarket and shopping streets in Shanghai, you cannot go shopping all these places. Here elaborately selected places are listed.

Shopping

Shanghai, hailed as “shopping paradise” and “oriental Paris”, impresses people with its extravagance and high modernization. Apart from enjoying the cityscape, shopping is a must for many tourists to Shanghai. Tens of thousands of privately run shops dot the city. Open-air markets and road-side vendors offer various kinds of traditional crafts and souvenirs at low price. If you are looking for the valuable souvenirs, you should go to designate shops.

Shopping has become an indispensable part for many tourists to Shanghai. But where can you buy what you want and enjoy the process of the shopping? Because there are many shopping malls, supermarket and shopping streets in Shanghai, you cannot go shopping all these places. Here elaborately selected places are listed.

What to Buy in Shanghai

Woolen Needlepoint Tapestry

Woolen Needlepoint Tapestry is one of new-developed artistic handicrafts. Woolen needlepoint tapestry is divided into two kinds. Like painting, one is used to be appreciated and collected by people while the other relates its practical utility. Many works of woolen needlepoint tapestry has enjoyed high reputation at home and abroad. One tapestry named “Great Wall” was displayed in hall of headquarter of United Nations.

Wood Carvings

Shanghai is a major place to produce wood carvings. The wood carvings can be classified into three kinds by woods which include whitewood, redwood and boxwood. The redwood is mainly used to carve small ornaments. The whitewood is used to carve furniture and other artistic articles. You can find wood carvings in many markets in Shanghai.

Silk

Shanghai is one of major silk producing and exportation areas in China. Shanghai silk is so popular at home and abroad for its various categories including satin, damask, brocade, crepe and so on. “Jin San Bei”, a world-known flowery silk, is made by focusing on traditional Chinese painting as theme.

Shanghai Cheongsam

Cheongsam, female dress, was developed from traditional Manchu female clothing. Cheongsam, as the symbol of traditional Chinese beauty, played an important role in Shanghai during period of the Republic of China. Shanghai style cheongsam was formed in 1920s when western style clothing began to introduce. The cheongsam during this period was shortened and tight-fitting to show women figure. The popularity of cheongsam was curtailed for various reasons before a revival of cheongsam in 1980s.

Where to buy in Shanghai

Shopping Streets

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road, one of the four shopping streets, enjoys the reputation of No.1 shopping street in Shanghai. From Zhongshan No.1 Road in the east to Middle Tibet Road, Nanjing Road is 1599 meters long. Developed from the beginning of the 20th century, Nanjing Road has been packed with various kinds of shops from upscale to low and middle end. Nanjing Road consists of Nanjing Road East and Nanjing Road West. By contrast with luxury of Nanjing Road West, Nanjing Road East is more popular, which is hailed as the “shopping paradise”. As a golden area, Nanjing Road is a place which tourists must go and businessmen are keen on.

Huaihai Road

Huaihai Road is a 6-kilometer-long shopping street located at the center of urban area of Shanghai. The prosperous and elegant atmosphere makes people think that it can be on a par with Champs Elysees in Paris, the Fifth Avenue in New York and Ginze in Tokyo. There are about 400 modern stores on this road and the most prosperous part is about 2.2 kilometers long from Shaanxi Road to Tibet Road. Huaihai Road has centralized stores which sell the medium-to-high grade goods and world famous brands.

Sichuan Road

Sichuan Road North is ranked as the third shopping street after Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road. It developed from a narrow and crowded shopping street. It is different from other shopping streets, as the stores on this road mainly focus on famous domestic brands.

Shaanxi Road

Shaanxi Road connects the Huaihai Road and Nanjing Road, mainly selling shoes and clothes. There are numerous shops with different style along the road. Taking a walk along the road, you can enjoy the vintage European buildings and mini but elegant shops.

Shopping Malls and Department Stores in Shanghai
There are numerous shopping malls and department stores in Shanghai

Hulian Shopping Center

Open Time: 9:30 – 22:00
Address: No. 631, Nanjing Road East, near People Square
Telephone: (021)63224466
How to Get to : Taking the buses of No. 20 and No. 37, the subway of Line 1

Shanghai Landmark Square

Open Time: 10:00 – 22:00
How to get to: Taking the buses of No.37, No.20 and No.17 to Middle Fujian Road or No.14 to Beijing Road. Taking the subway of Line 2 to Middle Henan Road.
Telephone: (021)63513828

Friendly European Mart (Youyi Ouzhou Shangcheng)

Open Time: 9:00 – 22:00 Address: 353 Nanjing Road(E) How to get to: Taking buses of No.20, No.37, No.17, No. 66 and the subway of Line 1 Telephone: (021)63511111

Orient Shopping Center

Open Time: 10:00 – 22:00 Address: 8 Cao Xi Road(N).Shanghai How to get to: Taking the buses of No.15, No.42, No.43, No.72, No.927, No.864 and No.401. Subway Line 1 Telephone: (021)64870000

Grand Gateway Plaza

Open Time: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: No 1, Hongqiao Road
How to get to: Taking the buses of No.15, No.42, No.43, No.72, No. 927, No.864 and No.401 to Xujiahui. Take the subway of Line 1 Telephone: (021)64070111

Huijin Department Store

Open Time: 10:00 – 21:00
Address: No.1000, Zhaojiabang Road
How to get to: Taking the buses of No.42, No.43, No.72, No. 927 and No.401 and the subway of Line 1.
Telephone: (021) 64649100

Westgate Mall

Open Time: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: No. 1038, Nanjing Road (w)
How to get to: Taking the buses of No.23, No.24, No.112 to Shaanxi Road. Or taking the subway of Line 2.
Telephone: (021) 62187878

Shanghai Central Plaza

Open Time: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: No.381, Middle Huaihai Road
How to get to: Taking t.he buses of No.831, No.42, No.126, No. 932, No.02, No.911, No.920, No.781 and the subway of Line 1 to get to South Huangpo Road.
Telephone: (021) 63916297

Super Brand Mall

Open Time: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: No.168, West Lujiazui Road
How to get to: Taking the buses of No.81, No.82, No.870, No.581B, No.85, No.111, No.983, No.583, No.797 and No. 623. Taking the subway of Line 2.
Telephone: (021) 68877888

Lane Crawford

Open Time: 11:00 – 20:30
Address: No.99, Huaihai Road
How to get to: Taking the buses of No.911, No.17, No.18, No.936.
Telephone: (021) 63910804

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