In a land of five millennia old, Shanghai is just like a new-born baby. You cannot find the ancient temples or hoary monuments. But Shanghai has art deco architectures, bullet-fast Maglevs, skyrocketing buildings, jazz, European streetscapes. The Band, former French Concession and Shanghai museum are sights not to be missed. In addition, other activities like shopping on Nanjing Road and watching acrobatic show are also your best choice for your Shanghai travel.
Learn Chinese ancient art in Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum is a museum of Chinese ancient art, which is located on the People’s Square of Huangpu District. Shanghai museum was founded in 1952 on Nanjing West Road. In 1959, it moved into former Zhonghui Building at 16S, Henan Road. In 1992, Shanghai government allocated a piece of land on People’s Square as its new site. The new building has a round top and square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as “sky is round and the earth square”. With an area of 2,800 square meters, the museum is separated into several exhibition rooms to display the ancient bronze, porcelain and earthen wares, Chinese painting and the carvings.
Get a Panoramic View on the Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located the tip of Zhujiazui in Pudong District, by the side of Huangpu River. With the height of 468 meters, it is the tallest in Asia and the third highest in the world. As the famous landmark of Shanghai, it is composed of 15 spheres of different sizes at different levels. There is a revolving restaurant where visitors can enjoy the cityscape on the banks of Huangpu River. A sightseeing platform in the TV tower is on the largest ball accommodating 1,600 visitors. On this platform, panoramic view of Shanghai can be got here. Standing on the suspended sightseeing corridor, you can watch the view of Huangpu River through the glass floor.
Stroll Along the Bund
Located on the center of Shanghai, the Bund houses 52 buildings of different architectural styles like Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic. Thus the Bund got a nickname the wold Expo of the architecture. The best time to stroll along the bund is ar drawn to watch Tai-chi performance or at dusk to watch sunset light settle over the skyscrapers.
Shop on Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road is the busiest and most prosperous business street in Shanghai. Stretching over 5.5 kilometers, it is separated into two parts, Nanjing Road East and Nanjing Road West. It houses over 600 shops where you can find not only the inexpensive local products but also the stuff of luxurious brand. On the Nanjing Road West locates some famous attractions, theaters and entertainment sites like Jing’an Temple, Shanghai Art Museum, Paramount Hall, etc.
Watch Acrobatic Show
Shanghai acrobatic show is performed each night and lasts about for two hours in Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe which was established in 1951 and one of the best acrobatic troupe in China. Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe has the excellent acrobatic performers who give about 300 acrobatic shows to meet the visitors’ demands. And the troupe once has performed in the other countries such as Japan, America, Canada, Spain, etc.
Shikumen in Tianzifang
As the featured residence of Shanghai, Shikumen appeared in 1860 and it combines the western and eastern architectural styles. The houses of Shikumen are two-floored with a yard. Behind the yard is the living room. Tianzifang is a tourist destination which preserve local Shikumen houses, some of which have become craft stores, coffee shops and trendy art studios.
Open Time (Tianzifang): Open 24 hours a day
How to Get to: Bus No.17, 43, 96, 146, 218, 786, 806, 931, 984, 985 or Metro line one
Jing’an Temple is the famous old temple in Shanghai. Jing’an District was named after Jing’an Temple which was said to be built during the period of Three Kingdom. In the temple, visitors can find a big bell of Ming Dynasty and a stone table with inscription of Emperor Guangzong of Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD).Admission Fee:30RMB
Admission Fee: 30RMB
Open Time: 7:30-17:30
Located in the Lujiazui area of Pudong District, opposite to the Bund, Jinmao Tower is the third highest skyscraper in China with the height of 420.5 meters. It contains offices, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Sightseeing Hall and so on. The worth-visiting places in tower include Sightseeing Hall, Knowledge Road, Time Machines and Time and Space Tunnel. Sightseeing Hall on the 88th storey is at 340.1 meters. With the area of 1,520 square meters, it is the largest hall for sightseeing. Knowledge Road is 700 meters long and 25 meters wide. There are many statues of famous figures such as Newton, Lu Xun standing on the both sides of the road. As a matter of fact, Time Machines refer to two express lifts which move at the speed of 9.1 meters per second. The middle lobby of Grand Hyatt Hotel is called Time and Space Tunnel by architects.
As a public square, People’s Square occupies an area of 140,000 square meters at the center of Shanghai. People’s Square which was used to be the place of assembly and parade can accommodate 1.2 million persons. After a lot of renovation, the square has become a political and cultural center. People’s Square contains many famous building such as Municipal Services Building, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Museum, People’s Square subway station, underground mall.
Xin Tian Di
Xin Tian Di is a historical and cultural attraction in Shanghai. It is a district of shopping, eating and entertainment. It consists of reconstructed Shikumen houses on the narrow alley and modern buildings.
Fall of Shanghai
Generally speaking, the most time in a year is good to visit Shanghai, but the best time is from March to May and from September to November. From March to May is the spring time of Shanghai when various kinds of flowers blooms and trees burgeon forth. However you should not only consider the weather to but also the legal public holidays. On Tomb-Sweeping Day, people usually go to graveyards nearby to mourn the dead so that there is very heavy traffic on the road. May Day holidays are around the first week of May when millions of Chinese travel domestically and internationally. Just avoid these two traveling periods if visiting Shanghai in spring.
Although autumn is the best time to visit Shanghai, an occasional typhoon usually hits Shanghai in the early September. Therefore listen to weather broadcast every day at this time if you happen to be in Shanghai. The seven-day holidays of National Day from October 1 to 7 are the high season for Chinese to travel. So remember to avoid it.