When planning your trip make sure you add some time to explore Shanghai, not only the home to the world’s second-tallest tower but a city with a diverse architectural heritage like no other city on earth. At its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings, while across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including the 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres.
Top sites and experiences in Shanghai
The Bund, also called Waitan, is a famous waterfront on the west bank of Huangpu River regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. Here the charm of Shanghai as a bustling metropolis combines with centuries-old history and the flourishing future making it a must-see attraction.
Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar
The Yuyuan Gardens are one of Shanghai’s top sites with its shaded alcoves, pools and pavilions. Founded by the Pan family, Ming dynasty officials, the gardens are a fine example of Ming garden design. Next to the garden entrance is the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, one of the most famous teahouses in China, and adjacent sits a busy bazaar.
The French Concession shows the city’s most stylish side, with low-rise, villa-lined leafy backstreets geared towards shopping, dining and entertaining. As the host to numerous museums, the French Concession also offers visitors a cultural experience.
Jade Buddha Temple
Jade Buddha Temple is one of Shanghai’s few active Buddhist monasteries, built between 1918 and 1928, it hosts two jade Buddha statues imported from Burma, along with many other cultural relics.
Jing‘an Temple is one of the most famous temples in Shanghai, located on West Nanjing Road, the hustle and bustle area of the city. Registered as one of China’s national protection places, Jing'an Temple is a good place to escape the hustle and bustle of crowds in downtown Shanghai.
Shanghai Tower is China’s tallest building with its spiral-shaped tower housing office spaces, entertainment venues, shops, a conference centre and a luxury hotel. Its uppermost floors house the world’s highest Skydeck above ground level.
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