Jin Mao Tower
Visit the tallest office building JIN MAO TOWER cum hotel (The Grand Hyatt is located from 53-87 story) pictured here on the right. Also, you may like to wind down the day at Cloud 9 - World's highest bar which offers fantastic panorama of a neon-lit Bund at night. Cloud 9 is located on the 87th floor of Grand Hyatt Hotel in Jin Mao Tower.
Shanghai <--> Suzhou -- TAKE THE TRAIN!
This is very simple. If you are trying to go between Shanghai and Suzhou, do it on a train. I can't explain why it is, but the train takes 30 minutes whereas a bus can take up to 2 hours. OK, it has something to do with the bad traffic.
This tip is short and sweet - shanghai to suzhou trains are neat!
Park 97 at the Fuxing Park
This is yet another off shoot from Hong Kong, the sister is Hong Kong Post 97, and also another great place to dine at. The restaurant occupies a great location at the Fuxing Park although it took me a while to locate it. Walking around this aread of the French quarter was pleasant. This park has lots of activity with old men tai chi, children running around, even some dancing to some old waltz move. The park closes early, but if you are having dinner there go via the Gaolan Road entrance. Yummy cake and interserting drinks. I had pumpkin cheesecakes there and it was best of all -
They have a great dinner menu - but we were running short of time to include the venue for dinner and opted to go there for tea break during Xmas day.
Oriental Pearl tv tower
This looks stunning, day and night, likened by us to a Christmas tree decoration. probably best viewed from across the river on the bund walkway, but if you make the effort to cross the river still is magnificent close up.
Possible to go up to the observatory, but I recommend the Jin mao tower for great views of the Orintal Pearl, take your choice though
Shanghai is known by many names-Paris of China, Queen of the Orient, or the not too flattering, Whore of the East. Regardless, it is such a fascinating city and still developing. The city is an architect s dream and very modern (was told it was totally different 10 years ago)...it has some of the most creatively designed
skyscrapers anywhere and right next to it lies humble alleyways that takes you back 50+ years. It is an
unplanned mix of new and old with a splash of colonial flare.
Besides the obvious spots such as the Bund, shopping venues of Nanjing Lu and Old City Temple, and Pudong business district (Oriental Pearl TV Tower-still think it looks ugly and Jinmao Tower), there are some really beautiful and quiet areas such as People s Park, look for the pairs of pretty white and black swans in the park's pond.
People s Square is really a wonderful place to relax , enjoy the peace, and watch the people go by. Shanghai Museum and Grand Theater are right in the square. Look for the pretty white pigeons in the park.