Shanghai Off The Beaten Path

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    Ancient Water Town

    by tuff Written Feb 4, 2011

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    Located only 11 miles from downtown Shanghai and easily accessed via subway line 9; Qibao Station, Qibao ancient town is the only ancient town forming part of the greater Shanghai, you can visit this water town without the long distance travel if you only have limited time in Shanghai.

    The town of Qibao is dating from the period of Five Dynasties, the town was built in Northern Song dynasty and grew into a business center and largely renovated during the Ming Dynasty. Aside from the waterway, bridges and architectures, there are a few museums around town, but I believe the best this town has to offer is the variety of sacks; from dumpling to sugar coated fruit, and from this looks good to what is this?

    Qibao provided visitors with a feel of traveled back through the centuries through its history, culture, architecture and local people; a day spent in the unique and historic town is very rewarding and memorable.

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    M50 - Moganshan Rd.

    by Zadig Updated Oct 5, 2010
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    This is a small road in the north part of Shanghai which has an incredible density of artists. It seems to all be in a single block but we spent hours going in and out of small to medium sized galleries. Just about every one you go in has a sign telling you not to take pictures which is understandable but there were some great art for sale but most of it was more than I had prepared to spend during the duration of my trip.

    Moganshan Rd also had the the only grafitti we found in the entire town. It wasn't the just some kids spraypainting scribbles on the walls either, these were actual artists creating something that you'd actually care to look at.

    Anyway, if you have time and can get your taxi driver to understand (and I think he had to call someone for directions after he'd gotten close), I recommend making the trip.

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    June Clouds in Shanghai

    by five_toes Updated Jun 6, 2010

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    At the very beginning, i just wanna go and handle some personal affairs.
    And the weather was so good. Then, i took out my camera and enjoyed a whole day tour on foot.

    I'm working here since last September, and i've been to some places, such as the Bund, Yuyuan garden. So, it didn't take me long this time when i passed by. But for new visitors, be there in different days would be much more comfortable.

    Destinations,
    the Jade Buddha temple-also be called Yu Fo temple;
    M 50 factory- an innovation place for art;
    Lao Xi Men- the old street- and Yu Yuan garden;
    the Bund
    Ferry across Huang Pu river
    the Super Brand Mall
    Oriental Pearl Tower and the skyscrapers--JinMao Tower and the highest Shanghai World Financial Center.

    Leave your email, i'd like to send u my maps.

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    Farmer Country?

    by rabbit06 Updated Jan 14, 2010

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    Outside the resteraunt & that is the Toyota!
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    Even Shirley is not sure of the name, but a small village with one main street, somewhere between Shanghai and the West Lake near Haining, we stopped at a resteraunt for one of the best lunches i had enjoyed in China!!!! The free range chicken was just so delicious, oozes with flavour, falls apart, melts in your mouth and you cannot stop eating this untill there is nothing left!! Best i have ever eaten!!!!

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    Qi Bao

    by gaolei Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    The outer entrance to Qi Bao, 1/2 mile from subway
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    Qi Bao is one of the old preserved water towns in, or near Shanghai. It is actually not far from the subway line.

    One Sunday I set out to try to find it by subway. It was all going well until I got to subway 3 and 4. They run on the same track, but one will go to the station that brings you to the subway to Qi Bao. I missed it and had to back-track one stop, change subways and get off at the next stop. It took about an hour to get to Qi Bao from Jing An station.

    It is about a mile from the subway station to the entrance of Qi Bao. It consists of one street that is very narrow, like many typical old towns. There were many interesting foods on display, and an arched bridge over a canal. It was kind of interesting, but I would not go there again and I would not recommend it to anyone looking for something to do in Shanghai. There are many more interesting things to do there.

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    For those who never visited Sex Toys Shop before

    by conniechong Updated Oct 4, 2009

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    Opposite of Peace Hotel, there's a tiny shop selling quite a variety of sex toys. They are local manufactured under a foreign license. Prices are cheaper than the developed countries.

    Don't be surprised by the "professional" attire of the sales representative ;p

    Have a nice tour!

    p/s. This exotic shop has moved to somewhere nearby. Another new and upscale shop can be found in Hong Mei Road, www.hm3822.com (dated 5 Oct 09)

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    Eric Moller's House

    by simcard Updated Aug 1, 2009

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    Mr. Moller's House

    This house was built in early 20th century by a Swedish business man Eric Moller. It was built according to his daughter's dream. The whole house is in old scandinavian style. The interior design of the house is very classic. It is pretty amazing!

    Now the house is used as café, restaurant (where you can eat in a private room) and hotel.

    It's located on Shanxi Nan Rd, right across City Hotel.

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    Century Avenue

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    The pedestrianised section of Century Avenue

    Century Avenue in Pudong was designed as Shanghai's Champ-Elysees, a broad tree-lined avenue that stretches 5 km from the financial district of Lujiazui to Century Park in the heart of Pudong. The final 1 km of Century Avenue runs between Century Square and Century Park - this section is pedestrianised, slightly raised and undulating, and makes for a pleasant walk, offering views across Pudong with its multitude of towers. It appears to be a popular place for strolling families and couples. Nearest metro stations: Shanghai Science and Technology Museum or Century Park (Line 2).

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  • The Undergrond Music Scene

    by Anniexpat Written Feb 18, 2009

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    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
    http://www.myspace.cn/a_z

    2/22, Experimental Night -- RESO 4

    2/27, Experimental Night --Boojii, Triple Smash

    2/28, FrozenStreet (Nanjing)
    http://www.myspace.cn/officialfrozenstreet

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    The greatest thing about...

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    The greatest thing about travel is the bizarre things that happen sometimes. I am sitting in Renmin Park waiting for the Shanghai Museum to open and marvelling what a strange and unfamiliar place China was. Then I heard a Frank Sinatra song playing. I turned my head and saw a bunch of people in formal dress ballroom dancing in the park. How surreal! Evidently it was a fad there to gather in parks and dance ballroom.

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    Get up early one morning( 7-8...

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    Tao chi

    Get up early one morning( 7-8 AM) and head to the closest park. Groups of senior citizens gather to do Tai-Chi, Aerobics, Ballroom Dancing, swordplay and do numerous variation of exercises to mention. Definitely a must see!

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  • Concert in He Luting Concert hall

    by flyer31 Written Nov 22, 2008

    The He Luting concert hall is an older style concert hall with a relatively ordinary rectangular shape and an impressioning wooden wall - otherwise quite "spartanic", but nice and good chairs. It is located in the middle of the campus of the Music university of Shanghai, where also Lang Lang comes from. The campus is between the stations South Shanxi and Changshu Road (in the north there is the luxurious Donghu hotel - so it is also between Donghu hotel and Yu garden).

    I saw there a presentation of the BG Choir (www.bgchoir.org), giving Chinese folk songs in modern interpretation, this was extremely nice. I was lucky to pass by one day earlier and meet some students who showed me the (extremely hidden) box office (in another building, a woman speaking only Chinese) and got the second last ticket for me.

    The presentations in this concert hall seem to be presented in http://www.culture.sh.cn/english, which is a very helpful site (except booking online does not work and it can get quite an adventure to find the concert hall locations, as they give only the street names, no maps).

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  • Happy Circus in Shanghai Circus World

    by flyer31 Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    Although this is more meant for children, starting typically at 14h00 on Saturday / Sunday only (and only in some months - when the troup is "at home" Shanghai), this circus from my point of view include the nicest acrobatics in Shanghai and with extremely high quality. I see it nearly every year when I come here, and it always changes. Typically it includes several very impressioning clown-artistic points, very nice and funny dog shows, they also had two nice bears this time and a small dancing horse and 3 great young white tigers plus two great young lions, and a very impressioning praerie horse riding with acrobatics on the back of the horses. All the presentations are more intended to bring you to laugh also and the animals look very perfect and are handled nicely. Typically the presentations seem to be never sold out (which is strange - they really have such high quality). So you can just go there and buy a ticket before the presentation starts - it is not in the big dome, but in a smaller tent-type theater called "Medium theatre" in Shanghai Circus world (on Metro line 1). The image enclosed is a bit misleading - the strongest attraction are the clown-acrobats as to be expected for a Chinese circus, but all the animal presentation really also are world-class.

    Information about presentation times is available at www.culture.sh.cn/english under "Acrobatics and Circus".

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    Take a stroll

    by kesitian Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Cooks preparing meat for dinner - on the pavement
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    Take a stroll away from the touristy places. For example, if you're close to Jing'an Temple, follow Nanjing Road to its end and just wander. You'll get to a busy area with small streets and many small restaurants. If you're somewhere around Yuyuan (Yu Garden), stroll away from the touristy parts, preferably towards the west. This is where you'll experience a taste of "real" Shanghai!

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    Take a stroll

    by kesitian Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Cooks preparing meat for dinner - on the pavement
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    Take a stroll away from the touristy places. For example, if you're close to Jing'an Temple, follow Nanjing Road to its end and just wander. You'll get to a busy area with small streets and many small restaurants. If you're somewhere around Yuyuan (Yu Garden), stroll away from the touristy parts, preferably towards the west. This is where you'll experience a taste of "real" Shanghai!

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