The sea in Shanghai
The name shang hai means on the sea . However, few tourists ever see the sea for themselves when in Shanghai. One way to see it is to play at one of the posh golf clubs along the ocean (i.e. bin hai golf club, and others).
There is no beach or defined recreational points of interest that I know of out here. This is why a trip to the sea is an off the beaten path recommendation. Still, on a sunny day it can be fun to go out there, bring a picnic lunch, and sit on one of the docks or stone wave breakers. You can look out and imagine Korea and Japan, and the vast ocean beyond.
One economical way to get there would be to take public transport to Pudong airport (which is located on the sea), and then take a local bus or taxi to a quiet stretch of ocean. You could conceivably walk from Pudong airport but this might be difficult as no one would understand what you're trying to do and would try to 'help' you find your way (into Shanghai city).
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Jinqiao Export Processing Zone
The Jinqiao Export Processing Zone (JEPZ) is in the middle of the Shanghai Pudong New Area. About 4 kilometers to its west is the Huangpu River, and 12 kilometers to its northeast is the Yangtze River. To the west of the JEPZ is the Lujiazui Financial and Trade Area, to the north the Waigaoqiao Bonded Area, and to the south the Zhangjiang Scientific & Technological Park. Inside the JEPZ, the eastern part is the industrial area, and the western section is the living quarters known as the Jinqiao International Community.
The JEPZ is not a tourist destination at all, but if you are interested in China's growing economy you might be able to arrange a visit here to learn about how its export zones like this work.
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Catholic Cathedral in east Pudong
I came across this catholic cathedral while riding my bike in Pudong. It was a really pleasant discovery because I wasn't expecting it to be there (it is located about halfway between the Lujiazui district in Pudong and the Pudong airport, i.e. really off the tourist circuit). It turns out that this church is over 100 years old and has been serving the Christian community in Pudong for a very long time.
When I was there (on a Sunday in January 2006) an elderly local lady told me that they had held service that morning, and that I could go inside to speak with the church curator if I wanted to (I declined, but I might go back to do so). Outside of the church is a pleasant canal with a bridge and a few pagodas. This is a really neat place.
To get there you need to go to the very end of the Zhang Jia road, and then ask around. Email if you want directions.
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