Ribbons and Laces and Fabrics Shops
On Renming Lu, just couple blocks northwest from the Yuyuan Gardens, across the way from the park there, there are a series of ribbons, lace, and fabrics stores. Further to the west on the same road are a series of wedding/formal dress shops. For folks touring the Nanjingdong Lu / Bund / Yuyuan area and don't want to make a trip out west to the more famous dress shop streets, may want to check these places out. Ribbons and laces run around 2 to 10RMB per meter. You can do a bit of haggling here. A few of the stores also have some surplus fabrics. We found some silk/poly blend heavy brocade with Oriental patterns for $20/meter.
Wujiang Road is a famous snack street in Shanghai, by the Nanjing Road. This street not only boasts a fine collection of the famous delicate snacks from Zhejiang province or Shanghai but many delicious foods from the other parts of this country. For example the traditional Shanghai snack foods, Shengjian (the fried steamed bread and steamed buns with stuffing), Guotie(fried dumpling; pot sticker), grilled foods, Hong Kong—style crystal cake, the Guangzhou—style congee and noodles in Liyuan Restaurant are all very popular with Shanghai people. If you walk tired, you can sit down and rest your weary limbs in the MR COFFEE for a cup of coffee, or taste the beefsteak in the Chaoshou Western –style food Restaurant. It is really a good choice for you to visit here and enjoy the tastable foods.
Nice place for strolling around
What can I say? The Bund is 1,5 km's long "boulevard" next to the Huangpu-river. Those who are interested in architecture will find this place interesting as the buildings represent different architectural styles: Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Renaissance and Chinese-Western combined.
Even if not interested in architecture it is a tremendous place to spend a hour or a day and to enjoy sunshine and looking people passing by.
Brand new Shanghai
Shanghai situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. Also, Shanghai is one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005.
After all this is only 700 years old city.A city wall was built in AD 1553, which is generally accepted as the start of the city of Shanghai. However, before the nineteenth century, Shanghai was not considered a major city of China.The importance of Shanghai grew radically in the 19th century, as the city's strategic position at the mouth of the Yangtze River made it an ideal location for trade with the West.
During the First Opium War in the early 19th century, British forces temporarily held Shanghai. The war ended with the 1842 Treaty of Nanjing, which saw the treaty ports, Shanghai included, opened for international trade. The Treaty of the Bogue signed in 1843, and the Sino-American Treaty of Wangsia signed in 1844 together saw foreign nations achieve extraterritoriality on Chinese soil, which officially lasted until 1943 but was essentially defunct by the late 1930s. From the twenties to the late 30s Shanghai was a so-called 'sin city'. Gangsters wielded a great deal of power and ran casinos and brothels.
On May 27, 1949, Communist Party of China controlled People's Liberation Army took control of Shanghai. It was one of the only three former Republic of China (ROC) municipalities not merged into neighbouring provinces over the next decade (the other being Beijing and Tianjin). It underwent a series of changes in the boundaries of its subdivisions, especially in the next decade.
Originally a fishing town, Shanghai became China's most important city by the twentieth century and was the center of popular culture, intellectual discourse and political struggle during the Republic of China era. After the communist takeover in 1949, Shanghai languished due to heavy central government taxation and cessation of foreign investment, and had many of its supposedly "bourgeois" elements purged. Following the central government's authorization of market-economic redevelopment of Shanghai in 1992, Shanghai has now surpassed early-starters Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and has since led China's economic growthWidely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the nation's most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers.Shanghai's skyscrapers and modern lifestyle are often seen as representing China's recent economic development.