Exciting Chinese Acrobatics / Drum music / Kung Fu
Go to the KungFu Performance "The verve of Zen Dance" in Yuyuan Stage in Yuyuan Garden. Only problem to find it - in Yuyuan garden no body knows that there is a stage / theatre or KungFu show. Stunningly not even the Tourist information counter on the central place knew it when I looked for it. But if you found the Tourist information counter, you are very near, it is just diagonally over this square in a tea house in the 4th floor (including is free tea, free mini-snacks, and a wonderful view over Shanghai with the magnificent roofs of Y Garden area in the foreground). The show is very exciting and has very different elements - not only the martial things to be expected from KungFu show, but also very nice acrobatics and music parts (including very crazy drumming). The Artists/Monks also show the preparation to the most difficult parts very impressively including meditation. It is over 1 hour, really worth the money, you will not forget this so easily. The contact to the artists is very prompt, as the tea house is not very big - you are sitting around tables, the room has a wonderful Chinese athmosphere, not only the decoration, but also the roof construction and the furniture.
Train between Shanghai and Hangzhou
Shanghai is two hours away from Hangzhou, a popular tourist destination in its own right in nearby Zhejiang province. Travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou is very easy by train or bus. There are frequent trains between the two cities. Most trains to Hangzhou depart from the ultra sleek Shanghai South train station, which is, incidentally, the largest circular glass building in the world (and arrive at Hangzhou Main train station). Journey time for the non-stop service is just over 2 hours, and a single ticket on soft seat should cost no more than RMB50. If you plan to travel during peak times, it is best to book ahead as trains are often full.
Shanghai's most famous Buddhist temple is cramped in between a row of otherwise rather undistinguished buildings, and is itself, not especially attractively designed... But it does have one saving grace that makes it a definite must see: a 2 meter high, 1000 kg, shimmering white jade Buddha...! This Buddha statue is so great that I'm glad I didn't take a photo because it's better that you see it in person... The Buddha that you see in this photo is not the white jade Buddha, but a reclining Buddha from another part of the temple...
Cruising on the Huangpu River
Huangpu River is the symbol of Shanghai. Cruising on the Huangpu River is a must on the tourist itinerary in Shanghai. The Huangpu River offers some remarkable views of the Bund and river front activity. Huangpu tour boats depart from the dock on the Bund, slightly north of the Peace hotel. The total tour distance is 60 kilometers from the Bund to Wusong Kou, and the tour takes 3 hours. On the boat tourists can have a pleasant view of the scenes on both sides of the river, the new Nanpu Bridge, the new Yangpu Bridge, the Bund, the docks and the site of the ancient Wusong Fort at the mouth of the Huangpu River.
Yuyuan Bazaar (Yuyuan Shangchang)
Yuyuan Bazaar found beside Yuyuan Garden is a bazaar of stores that sells traditional Chinese arts and crafts and souvenirs. The stores sell a mish-mash of items including chopsticks, Chinese medicine, walking sticks, fans, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, pottery, plus much more. Part of the bazaar has also been transformed into an indoor mall.
Food is also a great temptation in Yuyuan Bazaar with local delicacies such as xiao long bao, pigeon egg dumplings and spicy cold noodles from the street stalls or numerous restaurants.
"Song Qingling Residence"
Former Residence of Song Qingling (song qingling guju)
Soong Ching Ling was Dr. Sun Yatsen’s wife. She was the honorary chairwoman of the People’s Republic of China. Her former residence, a Western-style garden villa, is located at 1843 Huaihai Road. Since 1948, Soong Ching Ling and been living and working in her shanghai residence here. She passed away in Beijing on May 29, 1981 at the age of 90.
All the interior furnishings in Song's former home are as they were in her lifetime. Visitors can visit the living room where Song held meetings with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai. In the front annex, you can read her correspondence with famous leaders as Jawaharlal Nehru and Joseph Stalin, as well as personal family letters.
Link to my China Travel 2002 Online Photo Album