Shanghai is one of the world’s most dynamic cities in the 21st century. It is located between Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province, on the estuary of the Yangtze River. Like a pearl set in the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, Shanghai is the showcase of China's fast growth and a bonanza of tourist attractions, business opportunities and cultural activities.
Shanghai Basic Facts
Chinese Name: 上海 (shàng hǎi)
Administration Type: Municipality
Area: 7,037 sq km (2,717 sq mi)
Resident Population: Over 23 million
Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden as well as the extensive Lujiazui skyline, numerous skyscrapers, and major museums including the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of China.
Shanghai is a vigorous and energetic international metropolis, welcomes people from all over the world to enjoy its special atmosphere. This modern metropolis with its rich heritage of ancient Chinese culture has much to see and do. Here are some of Shanghai’s popular attractions and snacks:
The Bund & Huangpu River
The bund, Shanghai Huangpu River is not only the mother river of Shanghai, which divides the city into east and west parts, but also assembles the splendid attractions of the city. Situated on the west bank of the Huangpu River, the Bund is the symbol and highlight of a Shanghai vacation. New finance and commercial houses as well as grand buildings built in 1930s in the European architectural styles cluster along the Bund. At night bright lights add to the happy atmosphere as people stroll along the wide riverside promenade.
Nanjing Road is considered to be the 'No. 1 commercial street in China', which has been a landmark for this city for a long time. Along its 5.5 kilometres, you will find over 600 shops that on average are visited by some 1.7 million people each day. Here, you could purchase everything wanted, spanning from special and cheap souvenirs to the luxurious world famous brands.
Yu Garden is the largest of Shanghai's ancient gardens with Ming and Qing architectural styles. The garden has six areas, each with its own style. The Grand Rockery, in the centre of the Garden, is the most renowned sight. Near the garden, there is the Old City God Temple, where various local snack shops and streets are scattered around.
Tianzifang: Creative Leisure Block
Speaking of free things to do around Shanghai, Tianzifang is a must-see place. It is converted from the unique local Shikumen complex which is a type of traditional residence combining the western and Chinese characteristics. The block is the work base of many litterateurs and artists. There are some unique boutiques such as vintage glasses store and old-fashioned music boxes shop, as well as trendy clothing stores from Hong Kong. In addition, you can find some interesting and creative restaurants here. This place is certainly one of the best places to visit in Shanghai.
Shanghai Disneyland is the first Disneyland Park on China’s mainland, which is located in Pudong new area. Here you can experience many "firsts" of the Disneyland including the largest Disney castle, the first pirate theme park and the longest Disney parade route. No matter, children and adults can find the joy in this magic kingdom. In addition, it is recommended to avoid peak hours such as holidays and weekends. If you can only go in these times, probably you will need to join long queues.
If you are a foodie, congratulations to you in Shanghai. Shanghai has a wide variety of snacks, such as Fried Stuffed Buns, Soup Dumplings and Scallion noodles.
Fried Stuffed Buns
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