About the city
Shanghai is referred to as the engine of China's future and the liveliest city in the fastest-changing nation in the world. Shanghai is an exciting and ever-changing metropolis that dazzles visitors with its changing cityscape and endless verve, inviting millions with promises of glamour, opportunity and reinvention. Shanghai offers a European-style city and is the place where China first met the West and is enamoured with the latest fashions, fads and technology.
Hidden between the modern architecture and busy shopping malls, you will still find the "old" Shanghai, with alleys lined with street markets, temples and classic Chinese gardens. It is a city of amazing contrasts where visitors can go from sampling typical food on the street to sipping cocktails in designer bars or enjoying a 10th century Buddhist monastery, all in the same day. Shanghai summers are hot and humid and winters can be cold, but the city never sleeps.
Where to go
If you're after a holiday in a faraway place and cheap flights, Shanghai may offer just what you are looking for as well as something a bit different. Where you go depends a lot on how long you have and what your interests are. Shanghai is so varied and immense that you won’t be able to see it all. A good plan would be to choose several tourist attractions, historical sites and cultural centres to experience the uniqueness of each one. Shanghai's history is not as dramatic or long as other Chinese cities. Until the middle of the 19th century, it was simply a fishing village and went on to expand as it was settled by the British and became a main trading center. A few places to go include:
- Shanghai Museum: A particularly impressive exhibit is the ancient bronze exhibit
- Oriental Pearl Tower: A must-see in the middle of the skyline
- Temples: Jade Buddha, Longhua and Jingan
- Yu Garden in the Old City: Visiting this area will let you experience the feeling of being in the China of old with classical Chinese architecture
- Classic (Western) architecture: For a taste of the Shanghai of the 1920's, take a stroll along the stately buildings of the Bund and the French Concession - there are far too many to list here. Some of the areas are famous for boutique shopping and are home to a number of unique dining experiences as well.
- Modern architecture: Some of the most inspiring structures in Asia dot the shores of the Huangpu River as a part of Pudong's Lujiazui district. The Shanghai World Finance Centre is the fourth-tallest building in the world and has the highest observation deck at 1555 ft. (474 metres).
What to do
For a few ideas of things to do during your visit to Shanghai, why not take a look at some of the following ideas:
- Take a boat trip on the river: Many companies run river tours and it's a wonderful way to see the city skyline.
- Drink at a tea house: Why not visit one of Shanghai’s tea houses, where you will be served an assortment of tea and typical delicacies?
- Happy Valley Shanghai: If you are in the mood for it or travelling with your family, this is a fun theme park.
- Jinshan Beach: You will find Jinshan Beach on the north side of Hangzhou Bay, with great entertainment, beachside BBQ stands and wonderful scenery all together in one place.
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