The Undergrond Music Scene
I arrived in Shanghai last week, and found this venue down the road from my university. Its located right next to West Yanan road metro stop line 3/4 at the edge of this beautiful park called Tian Shan Park. It's a great place if you love discovering new underground bands and cheap beer.
Yu Yin Tang is one of the oldest underground live music houses in shanghai, and has become a staple in Shanghai. Featuring regular gigs every weekend, It brings in underground acts both worldwide and local. There's something different every night of the month. This place has it all: cheap drinks, great atmosphere, friendly staff and a knack for booking the top up and coming Indie acts around!!!
Upcoming bands to check out: I really dig the group coming on the 21st
2/21, Folk Night – Asiaeyes&WuZhuoling
2/22, Experimental Night -- RESO 4
2/27, Experimental Night --Boojii, Triple Smash
2/28, FrozenStreet (Nanjing)
THE METRO - Shanghai Subway & LIght Rail System
Shanghai currently has two subway lines - Line 1 & Line 2. Line 1 (known as The Red Line) runs north and south in the old city (PuXi), while Line 2 (the Green Line) cuts West to East across PuXi, goes under the river and cuts across Pu Dong.
Shanghai has agressive plans for its underground and has 11 new lines planned for completion by 2025.
There is also a light rail line (above ground), which is known as Line 3, the "Pearl Line", or the "Blue Line".
The Metro is a very easy and cost-effective way to get around Shanghai. However, if you need to get to someplace far from a Metro stop, I suggest usting the Metro to get you close and then take a taxi the rest of the way.
One-way fares range from 2RMB to 4RMB, depending on how far you are travelling.
I personally avoid the Metro during rush hour as it is simply way too crowded for my liking.
Promenade from colonial times
The Bund offers a beautiful skyline of colonial buildings in European style. To the other side of the Huangpu River you have a nice view to the modern side of Shanghai, the skyline of Pudong, the finacial center.
Buidings on the Bund: Shanghai Custom House
This building is also called Jiang Hai Custom House (actually its the original name). Whenever I saw any photos of the Bund it was a picture of the Shanghai Custom Hause with it´s classic and Renaissance style. It was built from 1925 - 1927.
Jiangnan + Shanghai
• Visit Wuzhen Water Town and revel in its romantic atmosphere
• Hangzhou: Cruise along West Lake, Su & Bai Causeways, View Lei feng Ta and Gu Shan from far, Huagang Park, Long Bridge Park; Meijiawu Tea Culture Village; Monk Ji Gong Memorial and Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill (Nan Ping Wan Zhong); West Lake Xintiandi; Hefang Street; Hubing Pedestrian Street
• Suzhou: Pan Men Three Great Sights; Qilishantang Walking Street; Cruise along Jing-Hang Grand Canal; Lotus Garden; Hanshan Temple; Silk Factory
• Wuxi: Explore Three Kingdoms Park - the filming site of the TV drama serial ‘The Three Kingdoms’, Cruise along Taihu Lake, Xi Hui Garden, Jichang Garden; Zisha Teapot Factory; Taihu Pearl Culture Farm
• Nanjing: Confucius Temple; Meiling Palace; Nanjing Yangtze Bridge
• Shanghai: Pudong New District; Lujiazui; The Bund; Xintiandi; Chenghuangmiao, Nanjing Pedestrian Street; Huaihai Street; cruise on Huangpu River, free Shanghai magnetic train and Oriental Pearl TV Tower
• Sample special delights: West Lake vinegared fish, traditional Suzhou treats, Nanjing Qinhuai cuisine and
saltwater duck, Wuxi spare ribs and Shanghai steamed buns
"Day 1 - 3"
DAY 1 SINGAPORE – SHANGHAI – SUZHOU (Meals on Board/Lunch/Dinner)
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, take Shanghai magnetic train (one way). Thereafter, transfer to Suzhou. Take a cruise along the Ancient Grand Cannel and take your leisure at the ‘No.1 street of Gusu City’, Qilishantang walking street. Then, enjoy Hanshan Temple
DAY 2 SUZHOU – WUZHEN – HANGZHOU (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The gardens of Suzhou are world-famous. Today, you will visit one of its most representative gardens, Ouyuan Garden. Continue to a silk factory, where you will view a fashion show and learn how silk is made. After lunch, proceed to Wuzhen Water Town, one of the ancient water towns in the south of the Yangtze River. Next, transfer to Hangzhou, a prosperous and beautiful city famously known as ‘Paradise on Earth’. Take a leisurely cruise on the lovely West Lake, which is enveloped by lush green hills with its clear waters reflecting the surrounding landscape. Enjoy West Lake’s amazing beauty in scenic attractions scattered around the lake, such as Solitary Hill Island, Su Causeway and Bai Causeway as well as three man-made islands. Huagang Park, one of the 10 scenic spots of West Lake, which features a peony garden and a carp pond filled with countless golden carp, proceed to Xihuxintiandi where you can have tea at your own expense. Then visit Monk Ji Gong Memorial and Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill (Nan Ping Wan Zhong). Monk Ji Gong Memorial, which is specially built to commemorate him. Legend goes that Monk Ji Gong was kicked out of the temple because of his odd behavior that he ate meat and drank wine. Nanpin Hill lies along the south bank of the West Lake, less than 100 meters high, but extends as long as over 1000 meters. It features the odd-shaped rocks and the green woods. Thereafter, proceed to Meijiawu Tea Culture Village, where you can savor its famous Longjing tea.
Day 3 HANGZHOU – NANJING (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, transfer to Nanjing. Visit Meiling Palace and the magnificent Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, standing tall and strong over the Yangtze River, the bridge is a majestic sight to behold. You will have the chance to visit Yangtze River Bridge Crystal Exhibition Centre. Next proceed to Confucuis Temple (Fuzimiao), it was built during the Song Dynasty and is situated on the north bank of the Qinhua River, the entire area around the Temple consists of a series of tourist shops, snack bars, restaurants and entertainment arcades all done up in ‘Ming’ and ‘Qing’style architecture.
"Day 4 - 6"
Day 4 NANJING—WUXI (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, visit Nanjing Zhonghuamen Gate. Thereafter, visit to Si Fang Cheng (Square City), which is actually a tablet pavilion. The tablet was built to commemorate his grandfather Zhu Yuanzhang by Emperor Zhu Li in Ming Dynasty. The top of the tablet was destroyed. The remaining parts are four walls in the shape of square and a tablet. The content of the tablet was written by Emperor Zhu Li in person. It narrates the great merit of Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of Ming Dynasty. Being one of the largest extant tablets in China, it has more than 2700 Chinese characters on it. Each character is as big as a man's fist. When seeing it, you'll have to acclaim the tablet as the acme of perfection. Continue to Wuxi. Visit Xihui Park and Jichang Garden.Xihui Park is between Xi and Hui mountains so it gets the name Xihui. The park comprises of numerous gardens, teahouses, temples and pagodas, such as Jichang Garden. You can also see inscriptions by emperor Qianlong (1736-1795,Qing Dynasty) in the park.
Day 5 WUXI—SHANGHAI (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, visit Three Kingdoms Park, the filming site of the TV drama serial ‘The Three Kingdoms’. Next, take a cruise on the picturesque Taihu Lake. Thereafter, visit a Zisha Teapot Factory and Taihu Pearl Culture Farm. Thereafter, transfer to Shanghai. Visit Pudong New District, experience the marvelous of Jinmao Plaza(external), the tallest building of Asia; Lujiazui Commercial Zone, the Eastern Wall Street’, ascend Oriental Pearl TV Tower and visit Shanghai Wax Muesum. Continue to Shanghai Xintiandi, Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road shopping area.
"Day 7 & 8"
After breakfast, take a cruise along the Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai and discover the charms of this vibrant city at Shanghai Bund. Thereafter, proceed to Chenghuangmiao Shopping area.
After breakfast, if time permit, you may spend whole day leisure.
SHANGHAI – SINGAPORE (Breakfast/Meals on Board)
If time permits, you can do some last-minute shopping before you transfer to the airport for your flight home