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Nan Jing Road
One of the
two major commercial streets in Shanghai (in addition to Huai Hai Road), Nan
Jing Road spans 5.5 kilometers east to west. There are more than 600 shops and
shopping centers, covering both sides of the road. Once the premier shopping
street, it has undergone a total renovation in recent years. New shopping
centers have been erected and a large section on the eastern side has been
pedestrianized. There are some first class hotels scattered along the road
including the Peace Hotel, and the Portman. In the evenings, the street is
Transportation is convenient as visitors can catch the metro at various points
along the road.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Metro or sightseeing Bus No. 3
468 meters high, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the highest towers in
Asia. Tourists may climb the tower for panoramic views of the city. The ground
floor features a shopping area, caf√©, and an international city exhibit. It also
offers deluxe conference rooms that have hosted leaders and VIPs from around the
world. On clear days, the upper levels of this tower, measuring no less than 263
meters in height, offer spectacular views.
includes the streets around Fuyou Street, Dongtai Lu and Henan Lu.
400-year-old Yu Gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of
Emperor Jia Jin. Recognized as a significant national heritage site, the Gardens
are a remarkable representation of a southern Chinese-style garden. Visitor
highlights include the Jade Exquisite:¬† one of the three most famous jade stones
in East China. A bustling¬† shopping bazaar has developed around the attraction
Huai Hai Road
1901, the six-kilometer-long Huai Hai Road commemorates the Huai Hai Battle
during Liberation. Today, this road has become synonymous with what is trendy
and fashionable in Shanghai. While the stretch between Shan Xi Road and Xi Zang
Road is the busiest section (and best for people-watching), this commercial
street contains more than 400 shops, restaurants and businesses. The remnants of
French architecture give the street its cosmopolitan charm. Many nearby
attractions add to its appeal, including the proximity of Doctor Sun Yat-sen
Former Residence and Memorial Hall.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
museum has five floors that detail the ambitious plans of Shanghai's urban
planners. Visitors are provided with a glimpse of how Shanghai will look in 20
years. The centerpiece on the third floor is a huge model of the city as it is
now. The map on the first half floor, outlines the districts scheduled to be
cleared for new construction.¬† Green areas are marked. In the basement, a model
of old Shanghai is on display,¬† with house entrances, cobble stone ways, and
operating shops and teahouses.
Nanjing Xi Lu (at Huangpi Bei Lu),
occupies a heritage building, that once overlooked a racecourse. It is at the
northwest corner of People's Park. There are twelve exhibition halls on five
floors showing modern and traditional fine art. The permanent collection
includes paintings, calligraphy, and sculpture, but its rotating exhibitions
have favored modern artwork. There is a museum store, caf√©, and a rooftop
People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang)
Square (Ren Min Guang Chang) is a vast public square surrounded by government
buildings. Truly an urban park, it features manicured greenery and, at its
heart, the architecturally impressive Shanghai Museum. Other features include a
320-square-meter water fountain, subway station and an underground shopping
mall. Because the square attracts many people, it makes an ideal venue for
people watching. Add a carefree afternoon of kite flying.¬†¬† Kites are available
at the square.
Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club
luxurious golf course is a 40-minute taxi ride from downtown Shanghai.
district Tibet south road
6374 6703; +86 (0)21 6326 3760 ext 40
World Entertainment Center ranks among the oldest entertainment establishments
in Shanghai. In existence since the 1920s, it used to cater towards the decadent
tastes of some of the colonial settlers during that period and once housed a
brothel and a gambling casino. Today, the entertainment is far more wholesome.
Performances vary from Chinese gong fu to folk dancing to acrobatics and Beijing
opera. A section for children‚Äôs entertainment keeps the children happy.
museum boasts 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archeological findings. Permanent
exhibits feature bronzes, ceramics and paintings, among other artifacts. Other
facilities include a library with 20,000 books, a conservation laboratory and a
lecture room. There is an impressive gift shop on the first floor, a non-smoking
teahouse and several antique and curio stalls. An audio tour is available in
English and Japanese. The building itself is an architectural showpiece,
resembling an ancient tripod when viewed sideways. The rooftop with glassed dome
is modeled on a Han Dynasty mirror.
1997, this club features a spacious, 4,500 square-meter indoor track, so that
speed racers get numerous chances to put their foot down on the gas pedal.
Visitors can refuel and recharge at the trackside pub and cafe. Entry to the
track is free, but there are costs to race.
Shanghai Grand Theater Gallery
(0)6386 8686 ext 3103 or 3104
only showing the works of Shanghai's popular modern artist, Ting Shao Kuang, the
Gallery now showcases a wider range of artists. It is a branch of the AA
Gallery, which has established a solid reputation locally (main branch is at the
Gallery aims at popular mainstream tastes rather than the avant-garde.
Exhibitions change frequently. Located next to the Shanghai Grand Theatre and
near the Shanghai Art Museum, it also sells original paintings and reprints of
Chinese artists as well as foreign ones.
Yincheng Bei Lu,
charged; children below 1.2 meters in height: free.
and modern indoor aquarium offers visitors a glimpse of life on the ocean floor.
Access to the exhibits is through an entrance resembling an Inca Temple. Schools
of colorful fish are viewed against a backdrop of themes, such as a sunken
pirate ship, mountain stream and rainforest. There are penguins and species
representing all 12 of the Chinese zodiac animals.¬† The aquarium features a
touching pool, and tanks housing unusual crustaceans, sea horses, corals and
anemones. The deep ocean and sea floor exhibit brings visitors face-to-face with
sharks, sea snakes and other marine life.
fairly new library is ranked among the ten largest in the world. It seats 3,000
readers and houses over 13 million books, newspapers, journals, rare Western
books, family trees, correspondences, and stone inscriptions. It is also honored
as one of the ten symbolic cultural buildings in Shanghai.
Technologically innovative, the library is the first in China to have an
advanced information management system where coverage, cataloguing, circulation,
continual publication and inquiry are done by computers. The library also
provides online service for surfing the Internet or checking e-mail.
Temple (Yufo Si)
Road, Shanghai, China
one of the most venerated temples in Shanghai.¬† Famous for its white jade
Buddha, the temple was built in 1882 when a Chinese monk brought the figure from
Burma.¬† There are three ornately decorated main halls.¬† The highlight is the
Jade Buddha Tower where the bejeweled white Buddha is displayed.¬† The massive
figure weighs more than a ton.¬†
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Zhongshan Erlu (The Bund)
and red observation tower has watched over the Huangpu River since 1884. The
base, now home to this tiny museum, was built 19 years earlier. Photos along the
walls present the Bund's most famous buildings, both past and present.