Shanghai Travel Guide
Travel Guide to Shanghai
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Stroll The Bund. The western bank of the Huangpu River was transformed during the late 19th century into a strip of grand mansions then known as the “Wall Street of Asia”. The Bund’s compelling structures now house hotels, boutiques and restaurants. A walk along the riverside promenade is a time-honoured Shanghai pleasure.
Go up high. Nicknamed the “bottle opener” because of its trapezoid aperture at the top, the Shanghai World Financial Centre rises 492m above the city. Take the elevator to the 100th floor Sky Walk, a glass corridor offering unbeatable views over the metropolis.
Get active at dawn. Just after sunrise, Shanghai’s elders gather in leafy Jing’an Park and Fuxing Park to partake in traditional morning exercises. Visitors are welcome to join in the slow-motion tai chi moves, walking in reverse – which is believed to soothe back pain – and swinging their hips in a coordinated line dance with fan-waving local ladies.
Be an art connoisseur. The heartbeat of Shanghai’s thriving arts scene is M50, a cluster of contemporary art and photography galleries occupying a former textile complex near Suzhou Creak. Hot downtown art venues include Rockbund Art Museum near the Bund, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in People’s Square.
Relax in Guilin Park. A soulful enclave of solitude set around a pavilion-style private residence, the park was built by 1930s gangster Huang Jinrong, nicknamed “Pockmarked Huang”. The fine gardens are landscaped with pagodas, grottoes, cypress trees and a teahouse. Another historic green space is Lu Xun Park, which commemorates revered writer and thinker, Lu Xun, whose tomb features a calligraphic elegy by Mao Zedong.
Catch a glimpse of the Shanghai of the future. Located in the heart of People’s Square, the entire third floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is dedicated to an intriguing scale model of Shanghai circa 2020. A walkway going around and even above the model enables you to get a closer look at all the current and planned new buildings in the city.
Capital city specifics: Beijing
Population: 1,339,190,000 approx.
Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, and Hakka dialects, as well as minority languages.
Electricity: 220V, 50HZ
Timezone (GMT):GMT +8
Average temp (celsius):20 deg celcius
Distance to town (km):50 km
Coach/Taxi fare:CNY 30 / CNY 150 approx.