Shanghai – The Oriental Pearl
Currently one of the most vibrant cities on the planet, Shanghai epitomizes the philosophy of “East meets West”. Vibrant, action packed, and awe inspiring – just some of the words to describe amazing Shanghai. The city makes you feel alive, a modern goliath with hundreds of sky scrapers on tip toe attempting to out do all others with architectural grandeur. Shanghai is China’s shop window and proof of the country’s recent economic miracle. Shanghai still preserves its colonial past with examples of ‘neo classical’ in the French Concession and along the Bund, so you will understand why it is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’. Enjoy sightseeing, shopping, cuisine and much more. Shanghai is a city that will thrill and amaze, offering a mix of old and new from traditional Pu Xi (West) to the bright lights of Pu Dong (East) – it will take your breath away!
There are a number of attractions that bring Western visitors from far and wide.
Populated by the beautiful Art Deco buildings of the European, British and American banks that settled here in the 1930s, the Bund is the best way to experience the city’s colonial past. Situated on the banks of the Huang Pu river, there is something happening on the Bund every moment of the day; from locals doing tai chi in the early morning mist to families parading along the strip under the neon lights at night.
The most famous shopping road in a city full of shopping opportunities, Nanjing Road has long been considered China’s golden mile. Starting at the Bund, passing through People’s Square and finishing in the western suburbs 5 kms later, Nanjing Road has the lot; department stores, historic buildings and restaurants galore.
Situated in People’s Park, Shanghai Museum is one of the finest museums in China. Housed over 4 levels, each of the 16 rooms focuses on a different part of China’s vast history: calligraphy, Ming furniture, ethnic costumes, bronze sculptures, coins pottery etc.
Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Shanghai’s development has been meticulously planned for decades to come, you can see it all with an incredible scale model of the city, now and in the future. Discover the Shanghai of yesterday , today and tomorrow in this six storey interactive experience. Located close to peoples square and Shanghai Museum.
France or China – or perhaps a hint of both, this is the impression you will get when you visit this leafy and quiet district. The streets are flanked with trees from the middle of the 19th century when this area was developed very much with thoughts of Paris rather than Beijing. Streets, Houses and most significantly the Catholic St Ignatius Cathedral, will offer an insight to a time when Shanghai was a different city with different influence than it has today.
Translating as ‘New Earth’ Xintiandi is a vibrant area of central Shanghai filled with up market bars, cafes and restaurants. The setting is within traditional Shikumen Houses (Stone Gate houses) threaded through narrow alley ways. Although you are in the heart of the new China, the flavour is very international.
Yu Yuan Gardens
Once you’ve entered into the grounds of this 500 year old classical Chinese garden, you’ll instantly forget that you are surrounded by a city of 18 million people. Employing the four traditional concepts of water, building, rocks and plants, the Yu Yuan Gardens are a fine example of Ming garden design and are one of Shanghai’s premier sights. Surrounding the gardens is the popular Yu Yuan bazaar, which showcases the beautiful designs of Shanghai’s ancient houses.
Jade Buddha Temple
Still an active Buddhist temple today , the Jade Buddha Temple dates back to the turn of the 20th Century. See the reclining Buddha. Enjoy a Vegetarian Lunch on site.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel
The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel joins the East and West of the River. Travel by cable car with bright lights and modern music.
Oriental Pearl Tower
Easily the most famous landmark in Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl Tower was opened in 1995. With its unique domes, the Pearl Tower lights up at night like a giant Disco ball. The Oriental Pearl Tower stands over 460 metres high and is complete with a viewing deck offering great views of both East and West Shanghai.
Jin Mao Tower
Now the second tallest building in Shanghai and one of the top ten tallest buildings in the world, the Jin Mao Tower offers wonderful views of Shanghai. Located on the East side (Pudong) of the River, the tower looks back to the West (Pu Xi). Like its near neighbour the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Jin Mao towers unique design stands out on the Shanghai skyline. The Grand Hyatt hotel is based within the Tower.
Huangpu River Cruise
The Huangpu River divides the East and West of the city of Shanghai. A river cruise is a relaxing way to see the city away from the throngs of the traffic. Either by day or night the river cruise allows you to marvel at this incredible city. A cruise is typically for 1-2 hours in duration.
Shanghai Acrobatics are world famous and a visit to this incredible city is enhanced with a chance to enjoy this wonderful art. Enjoy incredible skill and flexibility – as you are thrilled by experts of a craft still highly regarded within China. Be entertained and embrace traditional culture, all at the same time!