Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, Shanghai is the largest city in China and one of the largest in the world. It’s not only an important business centre which is developing so fast, but it’s also a popular destination for tourists. In this article I would like to suggest five things you absolutely have to experience once in Shanghai! Book your flight, maybe on skyscanner and then find a comfortable hotel… Have a look at hotelsclick.com if you’re looking for great hotel deals.
Well, once booked flight and hotel, plan your visit with my advise!
1. The Bund, Shanghai
The Bund, which is considered the symbol of Shanghai, is a gorgeous waterfront where you can enjoy a fascinating view of the city and of its skyline. It is situated on the west bank of Huangpu River from the Waibaidu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge. At the west side of the Bund, there are 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.
Here is the perfect place to bring your fiancée since it’s one of the most romantic corners in Shanghai.
Walking along Huangpu River you’ll see the famous skyscrapers of this lively city and other important buildings, as for example the Shanghai World Financial Center or the beautiful Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
The Bund is free and available to tourists all year round.
2. Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is a famous shopping street 3.4-mile long which starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing’an Temple and Yan’an West Street. On both sides of this street are located over 600 hundred retail businesses, including fashion stores, traditional Chinese stores, fast foods and restaurants. This road is the first shopping street in China and for this reason it’s always crowded. You can walk along Nanjing Road, every day at any time.. the only limitation is that each store and restaurant have, of course, its own opening and closing times. Flashing neon signs and the crowd made this street a lively corner.
3. Jade Buddha Temple
Another place you must visit in Shanghai is the fascinating Jade Buddha Temple where you can breathe a deeply serene and relaxing atmosphere. Situated in the western part of Shanghai, it’s a venerable and famous Buddhist temple. The temple, full of porcelain artworks and statues, is incredibly fascinating. However, it’s famous especially for the two precious Buddhist statues of jade which represent the Sitting Buddha and the Recumbent Buddha. The Sitting Buddha represents the Buddha at the moment of his meditation and is 190 centimetres high, while the Recumbent Buddha in the moment of its ‘lucky repose’ is 96 centimetres long.
The Jade Buddha Temple is open daily from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, and an extra fee is required if you want to visit the two jade statues.
4. Yuyuan Garden
Another fascinating place to visit is the famous classical garden of Yuyuan, a park in in Anren Jie which occupies an area of 20,000 square meters. Yuyuan Garden was finished in 1577 by Pan Yunduan, a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).Take your time to appreciate the traditional Chinese pagodas and the wonderful decorations of the bridges. A very pretty and peaceful thinking corner is the Lotus Pool.
You are allowed to visit Yuyuan Garden from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. An admission fee is required and the admission tickets are available until 5:00 pm.
5. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Located in the suburb of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country thanks to its history which dates back of more than 1700 years ago.
Among the four ancient towns in Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is undoubtedly the best-preserved. In this water town, you can find unique bridges built during Ming and Qing Dynasties; the old town is connected with 36 spans of different shapes and styles. Local people live in a world made of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.