Located on China’s central eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is the largest city and also the most developed and modern city in China.
Originally, it was a fishing and textiles town. Due to its favorable port location, it gradually became a multinational hub of finance and business by the 1930s. In 2005, it became the world’s largest cargo port.
Shanghai has a wide variety of impressive sights. It has historical landmarks such as the Bund and City God Temple, its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the Oriental Pearl Tower, etc. The magnificent Yuyuan Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Asia, its classic, refined architecture and landscaping provide a feeling of simplicity and grandeur at the same time. Nanjing Road was once a synonym for prosperity and modernism.
As one of the must-see places in Shanghai, the Shanghai Bund is regarded as one of the renowned landmarks in Shanghai. It is surrounded by about 50 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.
|City God Temple
The City God Temple, also called Chenghuang Temple, was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. It is a Taoist temple which is composed of many halls such as the Grand Hall, Middle Hall, Bedroom Palace, Star Gods Hall, Yama Palace, Xuzhen God Hall.
The Shanghai Museum was first open to the public in December 1952. It possesses a collection of 120,000 pieces which accounts for almost half of China’s total collection. With eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls, it is highly acclaimed internationally.
Nanjing Road is regarded as the first commercial road in Shanghai. It stretches 5.5 kilometers from the Bund in the east, to the junction of Jingan Temple and Yan’an West Street in the west, with Shanghai’s center point People’s Square in the middle.
|Jade Buddha Temple
Located at 170 Anyuan Road, Jade Buddha Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai. It includes the Hall of Heavenly King, Mahavira Hall, Jade Buddha Hall, Reclining Buddha Hall, Kwan-yin Hall, Bronze Buddha Hall, Buddhism classrooms, guest rooms, religious offices, and a dining hall for monks.
Located in the heart of Shanghai’s Old City, Yuyuan Garden is one of the few existent old tourist places in Shanghai. It is the most famous garden in Shanghai and has a long history which can date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) .
|The Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the world’s Fourth-tallest TV tower. It lies in the tip of Lujiazui in Shanghai’s Pudong District on the eastern shore of the Huangpu River, facing the classic beauty of the Bund.
There are two civilian international airports in Shanghai. Pudong International Airport is 30 km from downtown and 40 km from the Hongqiao International Airport, which is only 13 km from downtown.
Go to Pudong International Airport:
1. Get to the Longyang Road first and then take a taxi to the airport which costs you about 80 Yuan.
2. Magnetic Suspension Train
Ordinary: 50 Yuan for one-way ticket, 80 Yuan for return ticket
VIP: 100 Yuan for one-way ticket, 160 Yuan for return ticket
Go to the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport:
Take a taxi from the People’s Square: RMB50
Pudong International Airport: 96990
Hongqiao International Airport: 52604620
It is an inexpensive and comfortable way to get to the city by train. There are shanghai station (locally called the new station), the west station in shanghai (the former Zhen Ru station) and shanghai south station(the former new Long Hua station) among which shanghai station to be the main station with 70 couples of trains coming from and going to the big and middle cities in China.
Now there are over 1,000 routes served by 40 long-distance bus stations in Shanghai. The main highways in shanghai are:
1. The three national roads line 312(from shanghai to Yi Ning, Xin Jiang), line 318(from shanghai to ZhangMu, Tibet) and line 320 (from shanghai to RuiLi, Yunnan) lead to the western part of China.
2. The national road 204(Tongjiang, Hei Longjiang—San Ya, Hai Nan) which passing shanghai goes through most of the beautiful cities along the coastline of eastern China.
3. The Hu ning (A11 Road), Hu Hang (A8 Road), Hu jialiu (a12 Road), Hu qingping (A9 Road) connected the main cities around shanghai.
Travel around the city
1. Pubic Bus
The ticket fare is around RMB2.
Compare with other cities, taxis are relatively expensive. In the daytime, the price is CNY12 for the first three kilometers (1.9 miles), an additional charge of CNY2.4 for every succeeding kilometer within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and CNY3.6for every succeeding kilometer after 10 kilometers. At night from 23:00 to 5:00 the next morning, the taxi fare is CNY16 for the first three kilometers, an additional charge of CNY3.1 for every succeeding kilometer within 10 kilometers and CNY4.1 for every succeeding kilometer after 10 kilometers. You can bargain over prices when taking taxis at night.
Taxi Calling Numbers
Shanghai Metro is the best way to explore the city as it is quite comfortable and convenient.
Here is a map of Shanghai subway lines for your reference.
Shows & Performances
Great World Entertainment Center
The Great World Entertainment Center has a history of 80 years. It offers nine series of amusement programs, including cartoon world, view on the sea, dream of Guinness, etc.
Address: No. 1, South Xizang Rd., Huangpu District
Phone: 021- 63746703/63263760 ext. 40
Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe
Established in 1951, Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe is a first-class art performing team well known in the world with luxury performing lineup, complete programs, and super-duper art of acrobatic and graceful comprehensive art.
Address: No. 1376, West Nanjing Rd. The Shanghai Center Theater, Huangpu District
Address: No. 138, Middle Huaihai Rd., Luwan District
Hours: Bar and R&B room: Daily 17:30-late. Main Club: Wed-Sat 21:00-late.
Address: 11/F, No. 15, East Zhongshan Er Rd., Huangpu District
Location: Huangpu District
Address: 7/F (at 18 On The Bund), No. 18, East Zhongshan Yi Rd.
Address: No.231, West Nanjing Rd., Inside People’s Park, Huangpu District
The Bund Night Scene
Night Scene of the Bund is a must see when travelling in Shanghai. The Bund concentrates almost all of the beauty of the shades in Shanghai.
Location: Huangpu District, Shanghai
Xin Tian Di
Xin Tian Di is a fashionable pedestrian street where old meets new and east meets west. Here, you may appreciate the restored traditional Shikumen (literally “stone gate”) buildings as well as modern architecture style buildings. It is the best place for tourists to appreciated historic culture and modern life in Shanghai.
Location: Luwan District, Shanghai
Nanjing Road is regarded as the No. 1 Business Street in China and it is also one of the world’s busiest shopping streets.
Location: Huangpu & Jing’an District
Yuyuan Commercial City
It is a good site for specialty Chinese goods ranging from antiques, jewelry to silk threads and so on.
Location: Yu Garden area of Shanghai’s Pudong District
Oriental Department Store
Address: No.8, North Caoxi Road, near Zhaojiabang Road, Xuhui District
Shanghai No 1 Department Store
Address: No.800, East Nanjing Road, near Middle Xizang Road, Huangpu District
Wings Department Store
Address: No.869, West Nanjing Road
Address: No.1425, Zhenbei Road, Putuo District
Wal-Mart- Nanpu Bridge Branch
Address: No.252-262, North Linyi Road, Pudong New District
Phone: 021-50945881/ 800-988-0298(free of charge)
Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore
Address: No.390, Fuzhou Road