28 October 2016
We’re taking it back to the very cool basics in our favorite city with the Classic Shanghai Tour this week. This tour is a must-do for anyone visiting China. You will get to experience some of the many diverse flavors of this cosmopolitan giant – especially old meets new, and East meets West.
Check out these five must-see destinations for everyone in Shanghai:
1. The Bund. Shanghai is a city known for having an incredibly diverse culture due to so many external influences over the course of its history. Controlled by Britain, Germany, France, the US, and other foreign nations as early as 1845, the city has retained a distinctly Western feel ever since. You will get to visit The Bund, the well-preserved historic downtown centerpiece featuring numerous buildings of classic British and American architecture situated right on the bank of the Huangpu River. Just across the river are the iconic towers of the Lujiazui financial center, which completes the traditional city skyline.
2. Yu Garden. In sharp contrast, Yu Garden (known as Yuyuan in Chinese) is a living example of traditional Chinese architecture originally dating back to the 16th century. First built as a private garden, it eventually became a centerpiece of the city and public space. Wander around and explore this “a-maze-ing” complex, and be sure to visit the Nanxiang Steamed Bun restaurant for the most famous xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings) in all Shanghai.
3. East Nanjing Road. Not too far from The Bund is East Nanjing Road, probably the most famous road in all of Shanghai that also has a history going back to the mid-1800s. Now considered one of the busiest shopping areas in the world (and home to the largest Apple store in all of China), you’ll be sure to feel the incredible energy walking up and down this pedestrian street. Be sure to visit again at nighttime to see it transform into a bright and vibrant night-scene, and if you have time, continue down to West Nanjing Road for even more upscale shopping and dining.
4. Jade Buddha Temple. After the business of East Nanjing Road, slow it down a bit and pay a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple. A quaint temple in the downtown area, it is home to two ornate jade Buddha statues, one sitting up and the other lying down, signifying enlightenment and peacefulness respectively.
5. Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory. Wrap up your day with what might very well be your “high-light” all the way one-hundred stories up in the Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory. This building, colloquially known as “the bottle opener” to locals, offers two options for viewing: you can choose to go either to the 94th floor or 100th floor, both with excellent views of the surrounding city. Fun fact: tickets are free on your birthday! (photo ID required, of course)
Shanghai is an incredible city, and our home here at ChinaClickGo. No visit is complete without hitting these five main spots, and there’s no better way to experience it than with a professional, knowledgeable tour guide, vetted for quality by our travel experts here at ChinaClickGo.
If you need more help and inspiration planning your dream China experience, be sure to check out our previous post, 3 Basic China Itineraries to Get You Inspired. We can’t wait to see you here in the Pearl of the Orient, Shanghai!
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