Shanghai. What to see
The original temple was built in 1216 during the Song Dynasty; converted into a plastic factory and emptied of all its statues during the Cultural revolution, it has now been completely restored and stands out in surprising contrast with the modern architecture
of West Nanjing Road; golden and shining, truly an enchanting sight in the evening. Inside, important statutes like the 15-ton silver Big Buddha, almost 9 meters tall, and the 5-ton statue of Guanyin carved from a thousand-year-old camphor tree.
Address: 1686 Nanjing W Rd, JingAn, Puxi
How to go there: by Metro, Jing’an Temple Station (Line 2 and Line 7), Exit 1
Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar
These “Gardens of Happiness”, dating back to the second half of the 16th century, were created in 18 years by the Pan family, which belonged to the Ming Dynasty. They consist of reflecting pools of water and streams, large rocks, dragon-decorated walls, gates and zigzag bridges to confuse the spirits. Beside the gardens lies Yuyuan Old Street, an ancient and extremely well conserved lane, lined with more than 200 silk, tea and jade shops. Nearby is God’s Temple, a Taoist temple dedicated to the City God.
Address: 218 Anren St, Huangpu, Puxi
How to go there: by Metro, Yuyuan Station (Line 10), Exit 1
Located 29 miles west of downtown lies the Venice of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao. This ancient water town saw its heyday during the Ming Dynasty, when its success as a commercial hub resulted in the construction of its picturesque waterways. 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 tranquility.
Address: Qingpu District
How to go there: by Metro, Zhujiajiao Station (Line 17)
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
The iconic three-legged Oriental Pearl TV Tower, completed in 1994, is the symbol of the city. The futuristic-style tower, 468 meters high, has various observation levels. The lowest is it 263 meters, while the highest is at 351 meters. Inside the tower there is a revolving restaurant, at 267 meters, an exhibition area, a small shopping center and the Shanghai History Museum.
Address: 1 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong
How to go there: by Metro, Lujiazui Station (Line 2), Exit 1
Jin Mao Tower
With its oriental design influenced by the Western Gothic style, at 421 meters tall, Jin Mao Tower, was for years the tallest building in China, equipped with a no-stop elevator from ground level to the 88th floor, where there is a magnificent “belvedere” viewpoint. The spatial
scansion of the entire building is based on the number 8, a traditionally lucky number for the Chinese.
Address: 88 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong
How to go there: by Metro, Lujiazui Station (Line 2), Exit 6
Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center, better known as “the corkscrew”, because of its shape,
is 492 meters and 101 floors high, being the second tallest skyscraper in Shanghai; The tower features three separate observation decks which constitute the floors above and below the aperture opening. Breathtaking views can be had from the Sky Walk observatory on the hundredth floor.
Address: 100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong
How to go there: by Metro, Dongchang Road Station (Line 2), Exit 4
Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings. The new 632-metre and 128-story tower rises high above the skyline, its curved façade and spiraling form symbolizing the dynamic emergence of modern China. Opened in 2016, it is the second tallest skyscraper and one of the most eco-sustainable buildings in the world.
More than a landmark, the mixed-use tower offers a sustainable way of living in a vertical city, with a unique mix of restaurants, shops, offices, and hotels spaced throughout the building.
From the Top of Shanghai Observatory, on the 118th floor of the tower, you can enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of Shanghai. The world’s fastest elevator will take you up to 546 meters in just 55 seconds, from the Top of Shanghai Exhibition Hall on floor B1, where there are multimedia displays telling you about the history and features of the Shanghai Tower.
Address: 501 Yincheng Middle Rd, LuJiaZui, Pudong
How to go there: by Metro, Lujiazui Station (Line 2), Exit 6
Shanghai. Where to go
Typified by low buildings, here you can breathe in the atmosphere of old Shanghai. It is a very extensive area, with many tree-lined avenues, lovely colonial villas, small shops, elegant galleries but also restaurants and cafes.
A must-do activity is a walk to Xin Tian Di, an example of urban reconstruction, testament to the traditional mud brick buildings. The 1st National Congress of the PCC was held here and it is now a pedestrian area where you can stroll around, listen to music, drink, eat and go
shopping in the wonderful shops, which are some of the most expensive in the city.
Similar to Xin Tian Di, more closely linked to local traditions and less artificial, Tianzifang is a district that is distinctive for its extremely narrow lanes and 1930s buildings, a place where you can stroll around or have something to eat in one of the many elegant small restaurants.
Il Bund, which is the district lying along the Huangpu River, from the Puxi side looking onto the spectacular Pudong skyline. In perfect contrast with the ultramodern skyscrapers on the other bank of the river, here you can admire most of the art deco and neoclassical buildings, at one time considered the Wall Street of Shanghai, and which recount the last 100 years of the city. A sunset walk is something not-to-be-missed, without forgetting that the most attractive and glamourous bars and restaurants in Shanghai are located right inside these wonderful buildings.
Very long, approximately 6 km, of which just more than 1 km is pedestrian precinct, it cuts the Puxi area perfectly into two parts. Hypnotic, with its thousands of neon signs, always swarming with people, here you can really find anything and everything; shopping malls, restaurants, world famous brands, traditional Shanghai stylists and Chinese street food.
Lujiazui is the central business district of Shanghai and one of the financial powerhouses of China. Called the “Wall Street of China”, it’s the largest financial zone in mainland China, with more than 400 banks and financial institutions, including the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and thousands of giants companies from both home and abroad.
In Lujiazui, the charm of the city as an international metropolis is unfolded to the largest degree. One can admire the modern skyscrapers along Binjiang Avenue as well as various buildings of different architectural styles across the Huangpu River. When night comes, all the buildings are decorated with shining colorful lights, presenting a gorgeous scene. Lujiazui is also home to countless high-end restaurants and hotels.