In the early twentieth century, Shanghai was a thriving metropolis, competing Paris with its bustling nightlife, sophisticated private clubs and fashion houses. A century later, after wars, destruction and restoration, this city is on top again, literally (there is the second tallest building in the world Shanghai Tower). Shanghai has the longest subway in the world, and its cocktail bars compete with those in London and New York. , . , . , , . , you can still feel the spirit of Shanghai.
First place, which you need to go to, as soon as you set foot in Shanghai, is the Bund (The Bund). This coastal area around the Huangpu River is one of the symbols of Shanghai and one of the places, which best describe the metropolis - alive, multifaceted, hurried. On the left bank are the old European buildings from the colonial era, and against them are the skyscrapers, which we see on today's postcards from Shanghai. At sunrise you can see retirees here, practicing tai chi or other exercises. In the evening the large office buildings are closed, but the view of the night lights of Shanghai is captivating. Along the coastal boulevard are some of the most luxurious hotels in the city, as well as other attractions. A curious place is the securities museum at the Astor House Hotel. Peace Hotel has a movie poster gallery.
A favorite tourist attraction is Lover’s Wall, as the promenade is known. It used to be just part of the flood wall, , .
If you are an enthusiast, you can take a boat ride on the river and enjoy the panorama of the Bund from all sides. Many companies offer cruises.
Shanghai is home to the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - Shanghai Tower, 632 meters. The curious thing is, that despite its smaller overall height, compared to the tower in Dubai, . . 2014 2017 r. On its territory you will find museums and galleries, telling the story of Shanghai.
Another notable tower in Shanghai is the 468-meter Oriental Pearl Tower. It is built in between 1991 and 1994 r. and has a curious construction of 11 steel spheres. It has three observation platforms at different heights, the highest of which of 350 meters.
Yu Yuan Garden is also known as the Garden of Joy or the Garden of Happiness. It is truly one of the most remarkably beautiful places in all of China and is an example of the incredible imagination and talent of medieval Chinese garden designers.. 4 . 6 , . You will find artificial hills, ponds with goldfish, hundreds of plants, bridges, arches and bizarre shapes. Yu Yuan Garden is often placed in the top 3 of landmarks, , .
, . , dedicated to the Buddha, are always attractive and with an exciting history. The Jade Buddha Monastery in Shanghai is one of the most famous religious temples in the world. And although it is located in one of the noisiest and busiest cities, it is an oasis of silence and purity in the busy city.
The temple was built in 1882 year and is named in honor of two jade statues of Buddha. The smaller one was brought to China from Burma (Myanmar) through 1882 r. from a monk. The other was imported from Singapore in 1890 r. The two statues, made of sparkling white jade, are incredibly beautiful and create a sense of holiness. There are many other priceless artifacts on the territory of the temple, including paintings and Buddhist inscriptions.
The architecture of the temple is not considered very remarkable, as it is relatively new. But the exquisite interior and sanctity of the place are an attraction for believers and tourists.
The French Quarter is not a special tourist attraction, but it is from those places, which attract storytellers. The area was home to French rulers during the colonial era. Today it is a quiet neighborhood with European-style buildings from the early twentieth century, which houses some of the most exquisite restaurants in the city. Construction of the neighborhood began in 1849 r. and it gradually became the largest and most prosperous French Quarter in China. In the 1920s, it was the richest residential area in Shanghai. Through 1943 r. was nationalized by the Chinese government, but to this day it is one of the most charming areas of Shanghai.
Tianzifang District is one of Shanghai's most interesting destinations today. The neighborhood is relatively new, also known as Taikang Road and was once a back street of the French Quarter. In recent years, it has been transformed from an industrial area into an artistic area with studios, cafes, restaurants, workshop, galleries and boutiques. One of the most typical features in this area are the old houses with doors with stone frames, known as chic (shikumen). This part of Shanghai is always full of people because of its special charm. After you buy souvenirs, a break in one of the wonderful bars and restaurants is a must.
One of the largest and most remarkable animal parks in China is in Shanghai. In it you will find above 200 different types, and the experience is much more impressive than a walk in a standard zoo. Instead of watching animals in cages, visitors walk by bus like a cage, from which they observe the animals walking free, many of which are predators. There is also a performance hall, in which elephants, dogs, sheep, bears, tigers, lions and other animals show their artistic talent.
Shanghai is a lively place and is full of tourists all year round. Although, the peak of visits is in the summer. That is why the calmest and most suitable season is October and November, when the weather is still nice, and the crowds of visitors are gone. In winter, the weather can be really chilling and the city tours may not be as pleasant, although there are many activities, which you can also do indoors. The warming weather in the spring is also a good reason to visit Shanghai, but you should avoid public and national holidays, because everything can be closed. And because Shanghai is a business district, on weekends hotel prices fall.
This article was written with the assistance of BulTravel and Agent Express EOOD.
Author : Ivan Rashkov