which is also named Zhongshan Dong Yi Road (East First Zhongshan Road), is the scenery line of Shanghai
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Shanghai is located at the middle of the mainland's coastline and the outlet of the Yangtze River into the sea in east China. The whole city has an area of 6,340 square kilometers and a permanent population of 23.02 million while it sees a large moving population of over 2.5 million daily. Shanghai is one of the four municipalities directly administrated under the central government. It is not only the second largest city in China but also one of the most important economic, financial, shipping and cultural centers in Asia. As a business center between east and west, it became a multinational hub of finance and business by the 1930s. The city consistently attracts investment and is seen as an ideal venue for business gatherings. Shanghai has fostered a comprehensive transportation network that incorporates land, sea, air travel as well as a convenient urban transportation system. More than 300 airlines serve the city, providing direct flights to more than 20 countries and regions. Visitors to Shanghai are possibly dazzled by the modern metropolis and gateway to a developing China, and able to immerse themselves in the unique Shanghai culture, a combination of Chinese and Western elements. From 1982 onwards, the overseas tourists hosted in Shanghai have witnessed a number of over one million every year while the domestic tourists have seen a yearly average of more than tens of millions.
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Shanghai City is a tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and City God Temple, and its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the Oriental Pearl Tower. Nowadays, Shanghai whose nickname is “Paris of the Orient” or “Pearl of China”, has been described as the "showpiece" of the world's fastest-growing major economy. China Panda Tour selects
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Ride a Cruise on Huangpu River to View the Bund
The Bund, which is also named Zhongshan Dong Yi Road (East First Zhongshan Road), is the scenery line of Shanghai. It's an attraction that can never be missed by visitors once coming to Shanghai. Fifty-two buildings with totally different architectural styles lining the narrow shoreline of the Huangpu River, offering a living exhibition of Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Classic Revival and Renaissance construction s as well as a combinations of east and west. Moreover, these mansions proved to be a condensation of the recent history of Shanghai. The wide embankment provides sufficient room for strolling and is used by locals for morning exercises and gatherings. In the evening, colorful lights illuminate this area and create a shimmering image deserving the name: Pearl of the Orient.
Experience Old Shanghai Style in Xin Tian Di Area
Xin Tian Di (the old French Quarter) is a wise choice if one wants to experience both the historical and cultural atmosphere of Shanghai. Xin Tian Di is located downtown nestled among the towering skyscrapers. Composed of Shikumen and modern architectural style buildings, now it has become a hot and fashionable pedestrian street in the center of the city. Actually, it stands for the popular and leisurely life of this city's new generation. The outdoor cafés, bars and romantic restaurants can be seen everywhere. Shanghai Xin Tian Di's Shikumen buildings were preserved and created by converting residential blocks into a multifunctional dining, retail and entertainment place flowing with restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars of an international standard.
Stroll in Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is honored as "China's No. 1 Street", taken as one of the most well-known shopping streets in the world. This 3.4-mile-long road, starts at the Bund in the east and ends in the west at the junction of Jing'an Temple and West Yan'an Road. Today’s Nanjing Road is a must-see metropolitan destination attracting thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world. Shops and restaurants provide products and services with their own characteristics, making it an ideal place for visitors to do shopping, amusement and sightseeing. It is walker-friendly that no cars are allowed to enter. Giant shopping centers, specialist boutiques, international brands, local unmarked goods, here get everything.
Walk around People's Square
People's Square is located at a spectacular space in the heart of Shanghai. As the largest public square of its city, People's Square has become the political and cultural center in Shanghai since 1994. In and around the square there is a massive fountain named the Light of Huangpu River. Many masterpieces are located here, such as the 10,000 square meters of lawns, six groups of relief carvings that depict the history of Shanghai, the New Shanghai Museum, the offices of the municipal government, an underground shopping plaza, the Shanghai Grand Theater and the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Particularly when in festivals or holidays, it is one of the most popular places, where tourists may feed the lovely doves to pray for the world peace.
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Shanghai Grand Theater is situated in the northwestern corner of the People's Square. It covers an area of 70,000 square meters and is actually composed of three sub-theaters. Shanghai Grand Theater can accommodate performances like ballet opera, symphonies, chamber music modern dramas, and musicals. The theater also owns the largest full-automatic stage in Asia. It has become a symbol of modern culture in Shanghai.
Shanghai Museum, as the biggest museum in China, is the best museum in the minds of most Chinese people. Firstly established in the year of 1952, it has an area of 2,800 square meters. Shanghai Museum is a veritable treasure house of ancient Chinese art with about 120,000 precious relics. Bronzes, pottery, paintings and calligraphies are distinctive features of the Museum's collection. Seen from above, the Museum resembles a large bronze mirror of the Han Dynasty (206BC -220BC). From the distance, it looks like a bronze Ding, an ancient cooking vessel that contains so many mementos of the 5,000-year-old history of Chinese civilization.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Just a short walk across People Square from the Shanghai Museum, it is a fascinating insight into Shanghai's future. Its second floor has a giant walkaround model of the city, and other floors have great displays, interactive exhibitions and walkthroughs of aspects such as the ports, greening, leisure etc.
Take High-Speed Lift to 100th Floor of Shanghai World Financial Center
Shanghai World Financial Center is a super tall skyscraper. It is a mixed use skyscraper, which will consist of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the lower floors. On September 14, 2007, the skyscraper reached 492.3 meters (1,615.2 ft) and became the tallest structure on mainland China, as well as the world's third tallest building (including unfinished ones), after the Burj Dubai and Taipei 101.
Appreciate Yuyuan Garden's Beauty and Bargain with Locals around Old City God's Temple
Yuyuan Garden is one of the treasures in Yangtze Delta Gardening. Pan Yunduan, a governor in Ming Dynasty, built this garden to serve his father. Nowadays Yuyuan Garden is located in the northeast of Shanghai Old City area, entitled the only Ming Dynasty Garden of Shanghai's old part. The Yu Gardens are a classical landscape with the Southern Chinese style. it has a history of more than 400 years. Pavilions, halls, rockeries and ponds show the finest in landscaping of the Southern style in the Ming and Qing dynasties. More than 40 landscapes were ingeniously separated by latticed walls, winding corridors, and lattice windows. Old City God's Temple is a major yet relatively inactive, Taoist temple in Shanghai. It is located in the area south of Yan'an Road on the Fangbang Zhong Road. During the Ming Dynasty, Zhangshouyue, the head minister of Shanghai County, dedicated a temple to the local city god. Since then, the City God's Temple has been destroyed several times and the current temple was built in 1926. During the the war of resistance against Japanese invasion during World War II, local merchants built a new City God's Temple in the Foreign Concession. That area is now a highrise residence building. The "former" temple is known as the Old City God's Temple. The Old City God's Temple and the enclose Yuyuan are not only famous tourist sites but also popular shopping attractions. There are boutiques, shops selling local specialties, as well as large jewelry stores, department stores and fabulous local snack restaurants to be found here
Encounter Shanghai's Landmark - Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Orient Pearl TV Tower, the tallest TV tower in Asia and third tallest in the world, is 468 meters high. It faces the Bund across the Huangpu River. When viewed from the Bund, the tower, the Nanpu and Yangpu bridges create a vivid imagery known as "two dragons playing with a pearl." The sphere at the top has a diameter of 45 meters which is 263 meters above ground. The observation deck in the sphere offers a sweeping view of the city. The revolving restaurant is set at 267 meters above Pudong New Distrct. The dance ball, piano bar and 20 karaoke rooms, at 271 meters, are also opened to the public. The penthouse, which sits at 350 meters, has an observation deck, meeting room, and coffee shop. The tower integrates broadcasting technologies with sightseeing, catering, shopping, amusement, and accommodations. It has become the symbol of the city and a major tourist attraction in Shanghai.
Visit Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (1875-1909AD) with its priceless collection of jade statues from Burma. The construction of the temple is in the magnificent architectural style of the Song Dynasty. It is one of the most famous Buddhist shrines in Shanghai. The White Jade Buddhas inside were brought here from Burma in the 19th century. One is seated while the other is in the recumbent position of Sakyamuni symbolizing the Buddha's attainment of enlightenment or nirvana. The temple also has some impressive images of the Heavenly Kings. Although many people come to worship each day and burn incense at this very holy and active shrine, visitors are welcomed.
Pay a Visit to Zhujiajiao Watertown
Zhujiajiao Water Town, located in the suburb area of Shanghai City, is well-known throughout the country with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains.
Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity. Bridges in the town are distinctive and old, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties. The old town is thoroughly connected by 36 delicate spans in different shapes and styles, from wooden to stone to marble.
Fangsheng Bridge (Setting-fish-free Bridge) is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge, with five openings both in Zhujiajiao and in Shanghai region. This bridge was built in 1571. On the bridge stands a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone, which is engraved with 8 coiling dragons encircling a shining pearl. On top of the bridge are 4 lifelike stone lions.
Lang Bridge (Veranda Bridge), also named Huimin Bridge, is the only wooden bridge and the most featured span in this town. It has wooden bars on the two sides and upturned eaves above, just like a narrow corridor.