The Bund

The Bund is considered as the symbol of Shanghai for more than a hundred year. Stretching along Huang River, it is the waterfront and used to be the trading port during the colonial era. Along the Bund, you will see the lively, dynamic and hectic life of this metropolitan city. The best way to enjoy the Bund is cruising along Huang River. You can see local people jogging, walking, dancing and practicing tai chi during at time. At dawn, Shanghai looks more splendid with towering skyscrapers and colonial buildings which are lit with neon lights. To get the panoramic view of the city, we advise that you head to an observation deck at The Oriental Pearl TV Tower or a rooftop bar in Shanghai World Financial Center.

Yu Garden

Yu Garden, also known as Yuyuan Garden, was built during Ming dynasty more than 450 years ago. It is one of the ancient architectures left in this cosmopolitan city and attracts thousands of tourists every year. With an area of more than 20,000 square meters, this garden is divided into six areas: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall, and the Inner Garden. You will be delighted by elegant classic Chinese architecture with rockeries, ponds, pavilions, peaks, and towers. This garden focuses on tiny details such as carvings and sculptures rather than majestic architecture, which is the reason why Yu Garden is atmospherically rustic and tranquil.

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

China is well-known for exquisite masterpieces: elegant sculpture, sparkling jades and meaningful paintings and calligraphy. Located at a famous Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum is a perfect place to discover the quintessence of Chinese culture. Inspired by the shape of a bronze cooking vessel, this museum is an outstanding exterior of this city. It exhibits more than 120,000 pieces of historical antiques and artworks, including precious paintings, calligraphy and jade. You can understand the story behind each antique, from historical stage, the creators and how they made it. Moreover, the dress galleries contain many handcrafts made by skillful ethnic people from 55 ethnic minorities in China.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

It is undeniable that Shanghai’s urban planning is majestic and splendid, especially the Bund and Maglev, the fastest train in the world. With six stories, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall displays current and future architectural development of this city. On the first floor, the museum displays large-scale models which help travelers to understand how important attractions such as Yu Garden and the Bund look like in the past. The second floor is for temporary exhibitions, and the third and fourth floors display blueprints for Shanghai in 2020. This museum is close to Shanghai Museum; so if you want to discover Shanghai in the past, present, and future, these two places are extremely insightful.

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

47 kilometers away from Shanghai, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is considered as ‘Venice of Shanghai’. Zhujiajiao used to be a trading area where products were transported by boats and barges in Ming dynasty. Now this town is gracefully quiet and tranquil; it is a unique tourist destination in bustling Shanghai. You can see ancient Chinese architecture with small wooden houses and ancient stone bridges. Kezhi Garden, Bei Dajie (North Street), Fangsheng Bridge and Yuanjin Buddhist Shrine are must-see attractions when visiting this town. Taking a traditional gondolier-style boat along Zhujiajiao, you will feel like immersing in an exquisite Chinese painting.

Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple is an active religious site with more than 70 monks living there. The construction of this temple lasted ten years from 1918 to 1928. It was inspired by the architecture of Song Dynasty – symmetric hall, upturned eaves and vibrant walls. There are two precious jade Buddha statues in this temple – a sitting Buddha and a reclining Buddha. They were imported from Burma to Shanghai in 1882 and have been well-preserved until now. They are only appreciated through glass and you can see that they are skillfully carved with exquisite lines. There is a vegetarian restaurant near the temple; visitors often come there for lunch after enjoying the temple’s tranquil atmosphere.

Longhua Temple

Built in 242 AD, Longhua Temple is the largest and the oldest temple in Shanghai. Originally, there were 13 pagodas in Longhua Temple complex, but now only Longhua Pagoda remains intact. Longhua Pagoda was made of brick, has 7 stories and represents the Song-dynasty style. With an area of more than 20,000 square meters, the complex contains five halls: the Maitreya Hall (Mile Dian), the Emperor of Heaven Hall (Tianwang Dian), the Grand Hall of the Great Sage (Daxiong Baodian), the Three Sages Hall (Sansheng Dian), and the Abbot’s Hall (Fangzhang Shi). Off the central axis are Bell Tower and Drum Tower with a precious 3.3-ton bronze bell.