Today's Shanghai weaves the infamous seaport legacy of its past together with
impressive new 21st-century architecture and grand 4 & 5 star hotels and shopping
complexes. It is an intriguing, fast-paced city, where East meets West. No other city in
the world is quite like it. While Shanghai is China's largest city, with 14 million
people, it manages to remain both densely populated and highly sophisticated and
exhilarating. Long known as a paradise for adventurers in pre- 1949 days, Shanghai now
opens its arms as one of the most exciting cities in the world. Shoppers can bargain with
merchants in designer boutiques day and night along Nanjing Road, the Fifth Avenue of
Shanghai enjoys an international reputation for excellent cuisine-more than 10,000
specialty dishes can be found here. You have a wide range of dining choices in some of the
finest restaurants in China, or can opt for eating on the streets from one of many vendors
that instantly appear at meal times. At night, Shanghai comes alive with entertainment,
including theater, opera, acrobats, discos, karaoke clubs, and upscale lounges-the city's
pulse equals the excitement of New York, London or Paris. You can even take an overnight
cruise around the harbor, an excellent way to capture the spectacular view of the Bund at
night and the 11 new" Shanghai skyline, with its impressive futuristic 1,510 foot TV
With the first section of a state-of-the-art underground railway and free way system
completed, and a new international airport and visitor transportation system scheduled to
be completed next year, Shanghai is well-positioned to welcome travelers to China as
"the Gateway to the Orient" in the new millennium.
Stretching about a
mile along the Huangpu River, once known as the Wall Street of Asia, China's most famous
waterfront is lined with 1930's-era buildings. One of the most elegant and famous of these
is the Peace Hotel, recently remodeled, it towers over the harbor and offers a wonderful
view. The water front park along the Bund is a popular meeting place for Chinese and
foreign visitors, as well as occasional performers. Early morning visitors will see young
and old practicing Tai Ji, martial arts, and ballroom dancing. Side-streets in the area
have charming'20s and'30s-style shops and restaurants.
The ultimate shoppers' Mecca and Shanghai's "Fifth Avenue" offers China's
greatest variety of retail stores, restaurants, sweets shops, gift boutiques, and cozy
Jade Buddha Temple: Two of China's most famous jade Buddha are housed within these temple
walls. Each figure is carved from a single piece of white jade, with one carved in a
rarely-found reclining position.
The Old Town
It is easy to lose yourself in the narrow, winding alleys of Shanghai's Old Town. Stroll
through the local bazaar and shop for traditional handicrafts, crossover the pond for
lunch and tea in Huxinting Teahouse and then rest in the Garden of the Purple Clouds of
Autumn and enjoy its classical Chinese landscaping.
This 16th-century garden is a maze of colorful pavilions, ponds, stone dragons, arching
trees, and flowers, surrounding the instantly recognizable zigzag bridge. It is one of
China's finest examples of Ming Dynasty gardens and architecture.
The Children's Palace
Once the palatial home of a Shanghai millionaire, children now come here to study
performing arts, calligraphy, and ancient handicrafts, as well as science and modern
technologies. It is very enjoyable, and a photographer's paradise.
Nanpu Bridge is situated across the Huangpu River, in the southeast of Shanghai city. It
is the world's second, and Asia's largest and tallest twin-towered, double-cabled
drawbridge, stretching 8.5 km. The towers have a height of 150 m while the main
draw-bridge is 846 m long. With a net height of 46 m, 50,000-ton vessels can easily pass
through under the bridge. During the night, the bridge looks even more picturesque under
the luminous shower of over 600 lamps. On both sides of the bridge are four 50 m, fully
computerized sightseeing lifts that add to the convenience of sightseers.
The Huangpu River
A cruise on the 110-kilometer-long Huangpu River brings visitors in touch with Shanghai's
urban buildings, new industrial zones and the Yangtze River estuary.
Ancient towns in the region of rivers and lakes
The Zhujiajiao, Luzhi and Zhoushi towns scattered around Dianshan Lake present a typical
landscape in the south of the Yangtze River. Simple yet graceful buildings, rivers winding
through the towns and small bridges in various shapes.