Shanghai attractions are plentiful and varied. Beyond the Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower cityscapes there are a huge range of museums, colonial architecture, religious buildings, gardens and shopping areas.
Shanghai, China’s largest city, offers many exciting sightseeing opportunities for those unconcerned with having to deal with large crowds. But despite having a population of more than 24 million, this fun city also offers quieter historic districts and attractions alongside its many newer tourist sites. One of the world’s busiest container ports thanks to its position at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city also provides opportunities for exploration by water along the Chinese coast and its inland waterways. Highlights of a visit include a number of world-class museums and art galleries such as the Shanghai Museum and the China Art Museum, numerous lovely gardens and parks, and many fine old temples and traditional pagodas. Shanghai, China’s Tourist Attractions lists down some important places to visit in the city.
List of Attractions in Shanghai, China
Jin Mao Tower
Jin Mao Tower is the second tallest building in mainland China and the thirteenth tallest building in the world. It is located in the center of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Districts in Pudong. The tower has 88 floors and stands at a height of 421 meters. The Jin Mao Tower is combined with the elements of traditional Chinese culture with the newest architectural styles at the time, which makes Jin Mao Tower one of the best-constructed buildings in China. The 53rd to 87th floors are reserved for the deluxe Grand Hyatt Hotel of which, the 86th floor houses a club exclusive for the hotel guests and the 87th floor lodges the hotel restaurant. The 88th floor is reserved for the tower’s observation deck, which can hold 1000 people at any one time.
Fengjing Ancient Town
Known as a typical ancient water town, the Fengjing Ancient Town is an authentic village near Shanghia City with two-story structures of brick and timber and 52 bridges. Aside from the old culture and customs of China that can be experienced here, panoramic view of the trees and old houses can be seen from the bridge.
Longhua Park is a pleasant destination in Shanghai that features a variety of attractions for tourists and locals. Among the highlights of the park are the Longhua Park, Longhua Pagoda and the Longhua Martyrs Memorial.
The Bund & Huangpu River
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 east 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.
Yuyuan 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 center of the Garden, is the most renowned sight. Near the garden, there is the Old City God Temple, where various of local snack shops and streets are scattered around.
Shanghai Confucian Temple
The Shanghai Confucian Temple is an ancient architectural complex that was built to worship China’s great thinker and founder of the Confucian culture, Confucius. The temple is a splendid architecture designed with pagodas, small bridges, flowing water and lush greenery.
Qibao Ancient Town
Qibao is one of the more untouched portions of Shanghai that has not been fully thrown into the modern hustle and bustle that Shanghai is usually known for. Located in the Minhang District of Shanghai, this traditional and peaceful looking area is home to a variety of delicious snacks and unique food including a personal favorite of mine, glutinous rice cakes known as “Qibaogao”. This area is also known for its special form of folk art known as Shadow Play in which they perform plays based on historical events using the local dialect.
The Bund is a waterfront area in the city with buildings and wharves and a popular tourist destination. It is an epitome of Shanghai’s modern history and offers an wonderland scene at night.