Shanghai is situated on the banks of the Yangtza River Delta in Eastern China. It is the largest city in china and the eight largest city in the world. Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million, including a transient population of 2 million.Widely regarded as the citadel of china’s modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Shanghai also has one of the world’s busiest ports, and has become the largest cargo port in the world.
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Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world being a popular destination to sense the pulsating development of the country. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. In addition to its modernization, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional, the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen together draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwined and formed Shanghai's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.
Shanghai, a vigorous and energetic international metro-polis, welcomes people from all over the world to enjoy its special atmosphere. This modern metropolis with its rich heritage of ancient Chinese culture has much to see and do.
The Bund & Huangpu River
Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai, not only divides the city into east and west parts, but also assembles the splendid attractions of the city. The Bund is the symbol of Shanghai situated on the east bank of the Huangpu River. At night bright lights add to the happy atmosphere as people stroll along the wide riverside promenade.
Nanjing Road is considered to be the 'No. 1 commercial street in China', which has been a landmark for this city for a long time. Here, you could purchase everything wanted, spanning from special and cheap souvenirs to the luxurious world famous brands. Along its 5.5 kilometers, you will find over 600 shops that on average are visited by some 1.7 million people each day.
Yuyuan Garden is the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with Ming and Qing architectural styles. Near the garden, there is the City God Temple, where several of local snack shops and streets are scattered around. The garden has six areas, each with its own style. The Grand Rockery, in the center of the Garden, is the most renowned sight.
Jade Buddha Temple
It is one of the most famous Buddhist shrines in Shanghai the White Jade Buddha was brought here from Burma in the nineteenth 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.
Xin Tian Di
Xin Tian Di is a wise choice if you want to experience the historical and cultural atmosphere of the city. Composed of Shikumen and modern architectural style, 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 style of this city's new generation. The outdoor cafés, bars and romantic restaurants can be seen everywhere.
Standing beside the Huangpu River and opposite the Bund Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the modern symbol of Shanghai City. With a height of 468 meters (1536 feet), it is the tallest TV tower in Asia. This unusual structure that dominates the skyline is a great attraction to visitors. Moreover, World Financial Center, the highest multi-purpose skyscraper in the country, offers the full extent of Lujiazui and Puxi areas, attracting more and more visitors to appreciate the beautiful panorama of this modern city. Jin Mao Tower, located in the center of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong, is the fourth tallest building of the world and the second tallest building of the country. The ingenious combination of the elements of traditional Chinese culture with the newest architectural styles of the time, make the tower one of the best-designed buildings. The other modern sights include Jin Mao Tower, World Financial Center, Shanghai Tower, Ocean Aquarium, People's Square, Disneyland, Happy Valley, Wild Animal Park, Lupu Bridge, Botanical Garden and Sheshan National Holiday Resort
Historical & Cultural Sites:
Longhua Park is located on the Longhua Road at the south of the city, famous for the ancient Longhua Pagoda and Longhua Temple, the Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony and the peach blossoms. The visitor here having wondered at the city's modern architecture and historical sites will be further rewarded when going to see neighboring water towns like Zhujiajiao and Qibao Ancient Town. Here is another world where ancient houses huddle by the rivers running through the towns that with their flagstone-paved roads and typical local flavors will be sure to slow your pace as you savor their traditions. The other historical & cultural sights include Zhujiajiao, Jing'an Temple, Qibao Ancient Town, Confucius Temple, Shanghai Old Street, Fengjing Ancient Town, Ancient Yi Garden and Shikumen Residence
Shanghai Museum houses 120,000 precious relics and is an out-and-out treasure house of ancient Chinese art with Bronzes, pottery, paintings and calligraphies being the distinctive features of the Museum's collection. Seen from above, the Museum resembles a large bronze mirror of the Han Dynasty and 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. If you are interested in visiting more museums The Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, The Former Residences of Sun Yat-sen, Song Qingling, Chenyun and Pingpu Revolutionary Memorial Hall, The Memorial Hall of Fushou Garden, as well as some specilized museums, including China Tobacco Museum, Automotive Museum, Science and Techology Museum and Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Jewish Refugees Museum, Chinese Martial Arts Museum, Former Residence of Chen Yun, Madame Tussauds, Soong Ching Ling Memorial Residence, Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, China Art Museum & Power Staion of Art are some of the options.