Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
Shanghai's ultra-modern Science and Technology Museum is located (surprise, surprise) in Pudong, on the western border of Century Square. A humungous glass and steel building, it holds exhibits of all disciplines of the sciences, plus there is an IMAX theatre. Perfect for kids on a rainy day. Tickets cost RMB60 per person. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 0900 to 1715. Nearest metro station: Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (Line 2).
Great sea food buffet
Huge space, with thousand of choices of Japanese, Chinese, Southeast Asian cuisine.
Sea food, especially the king crab, is very fresh and of high quality. Besides, dessert, fruit, drink, ice cream are plentiful.
Service is of Chinese standard :) so you should just focus on food.
Price: CNY 180 per person
1: 789 Zhaojiabang Rd. Floor 5, Junyao Square. RSVP 021-64228546, 021-64228547, 021-64228548
2. 168, Lujiazui West Rd. Pudong, Shanghai, 04-06 Floor 7, Super Brand Mall Westside.
RSVP 021-50470761, 021-50470762, 021-50470763 (Great view of the Bund, need reservation at least 1 week ahead)
1. Floor 1-2, Jia 6, North Gongti Rd, RSVP: 010-85235818, 010-85235988 All kinds of sashimi, oyster and steamed king crab
Pudong is the neighborhood on the eastern bank of Shanghai's main river, the Huangpu. Until the past 20 years, its was much less developed than Puxi, the western side of the river. However, over the past 10 years, development activity in Pudong has exploded, with one skyscraper after another being built. The only place in the world with comparable levels of skyscraper construction activity over the past few years is Dubai. Pudong is now the primary financial center of Shanghai.
The signature building of Pudong is the Oriental Pearl Tower, a huge TV tower with a number of globe-shaped sections. The tallest completed building in Pudong is the Jin Mao Tower, an 88-floor office building and hotel whose exterior has pagoda-like features. The new Shanghai World Financial Center, which is under construction nearby, will be an even taller 101 floors. In addition to office buildings and hotels, Pudong is also the site of Shanghai's aquarium.
If you visit Pudong, the best thing to do is to get a great view of the city from one of the skyscrapers. Both the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Jin Mao building have observation decks tht are open to tourists.
Shikumen Open House
Shikumen (literally meaning "stone-framed door") houses are unique to Shanghai, and sadly disappearing all too fast in the face of rampant development. Developed in the early 1900s to meet the housing demands of booming old Shanghai, they are urban Western adaptations of traditional Chinese courtyards - a writer once described them as Chinese houses with a Parisian sensibility. Behind the stone-frame front door of a shikumen house lies a small courtyard, which is itself enclosed on the other sides by the building of the house.
Xintiandi (literally meaning "new heaven and earth") is an area south of Huaihai Zhong Lu where two blocks of old shikumen houses have been restored and renovated to house upscale bars, restaurants and shops. It is now a firm favourite hang-out place among visitors and locals alike.
One of these shikumen houses has been preserved as a museum, the Shikumen Open House. You can wander through the re-created rooms of a typical shikumen house, and there are anecdotal explanations in English and Chinese of life in old Shanghai. There is also a small exhibition of the development of Xintiandi. Entry fee is somewhat steep at RMB20. Open daily 1000-2200.