This is, believe me, in the heart of the city! Looks like a rain forest but is a beautiful garden with a restaurant in the center of pond and a bamboo 'forest' all around it. Beautiful place to spend evening.
Shanghai has traditionally lacked parks, though the local government appears to be trying to correct this. Xujiahui Park is one of Shanghai's newer parks, located along Hengshan Road between Xujiahui and Hengshan Road metro stations. It appears very popular with locals.
The largest public square in Shanghai is a new creation - the modern Century Square in the heart of Pudong. It felt a bit soulless, an expanse of concrete surrounded by modern architecture, with a few people flying kites (a popular pastime in squares, it seems). Nearest metro: Century Square.
This is massage from the blinds. They do both body and foot massages. Just the thing you need after a long day of walking/exploring/shopping.
A foot massage costs RMB68 while a 1 hour body massage costs RMB58.
No hanky panky here.
Address: 339 Shangcheng Road, 2F, Pudong.
Century Park deep in Pudong is Shanghai's largest park, modelled after New York's Central Park. It has a central lake with boats, children's play area, and western-style lawns. Entry cost RMB10 and the nearest metro is Century Park station.
Go to the KungFu Performance "The verve of Zen Dance" in Yuyuan Stage in Yuyuan Garden. Only problem to find it - in Yuyuan garden no body knows that there is a stage / theatre or KungFu show. Stunningly not even the Tourist information counter on the central place knew it when I looked for it. But if you found the Tourist information counter, you are very near, it is just diagonally over this square in a tea house in the 4th floor (including is free tea, free mini-snacks, and a wonderful view over Shanghai with the magnificent roofs of Y Garden area in the foreground). The show is very exciting and has very different elements - not only the martial things to be expected from KungFu show, but also very nice acrobatics and music parts (including very crazy drumming). The Artists/Monks also show the preparation to the most difficult parts very impressively including meditation. It is over 1 hour, really worth the money, you will not forget this so easily. The contact to the artists is very prompt, as the tea house is not very big - you are sitting around tables, the room has a wonderful Chinese athmosphere, not only the decoration, but also the roof construction and the furniture.
Saturdays at LuXun park...singing, card playing, dancing, more people singing, exercise competitions by the very old and very young. There are boats to rent for a short cruise on the lake for a fee, blow-up slides for the kids and a small carousel and other rides for young kids from between 5-10 rmb per ride. Entrance to the park is free. Built in 1950, it has quaint bridges, rockeries and mature foliage. Lots of places to hide away on a park bench or on a rock by the stream. There are lots of people there, so you are never alone, but it's beautiful and small enough that you don't walk have to walk for hours to see the whole thing. The funniest part was one plaza where a dozen people had set up their karaoke machines and were trying to out sing each other on their microphones. My kids and I enjoyed watching the 60-70 year old men doing tricks on the bars. My 9 year old son had an adlib competition with similar aged Chinese girl doing pull-ups on the bar. With our 6 kids we were still mobbed everywhere we went. It is not a touristy spot though, and we were not being constantly asked to buy things. It was a beautiful walk in the park. I'm so sorry I didn't take my camera.
Believe it or not Churches are up and running in Communist China. The Catholic Church is not quite official. The Vatican and the Chinese government have disputes about who should appoint the bishop. Churches have limited freedom of speech. Don't expect a church to stay open long if it criticizes a government policy.
Nonetheless, on the surface it look and felt the same. It is an interesting experience. For those of you who are Catholic, St. Ignatius Cathedral is an old French cathedral. Yes, I was the only Westerner there and got several wide-eyed looks. The stained-glass windows were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, but they are being slowly replace. There were TV screens along the side of the pews which has the scriptures in Mandarin and English. However, for the rest of the Mass, I was on my own.
The few differences that were noteworthy. There was no offetory, but people left money in the poor box at the end. At the "peace be with you part", people do not talk and don't shake hands. They do two quick little bows at each other and then turn and do it to someone else. At Communion, there was no queueing. Everyone just rushed forward. (Why should that be any different?)
China's tallest building, it has 88 floors with the observation deck on the 83rd floor. The lift is one of the fastest in the world and travels at about 5 floors per second. The views are spectacular esp the one of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Do not miss the magnificent Circus and Acrobatic shows in Shanghai. I saw three of them, ERA in Circus World, Acrobatics Show in Lyceum Theatre and Happy Circus in Circus World. All of them very breath-taking and very different - each one a must to see if you are long enough in Shanghai. ERA more Chinese music, Happy Circus + Acrobatics show more mixed music. Happy Circus takes longest time and also includes stunning animal shows with horses, dogs, bears, lions and tigers. Furthermore I would have liked to look at the Kung Fu shows - but time ran out, not enough evenings available during my time in Shanghai. Quite strange that it was easy to get tickets shortly before the shows - but this was in March and maybe in summer this is different. All these shows would probably be sold-out anywhere else than Shanghai.
Go to the homepage http://www.culture.sh.cn/english/ and then select the item "Acrobatic&Circus" - there you get an overview of the current shows in the different places in the city. Just the pictures given there are far less spectacular than the shows.
This temple is supposed to be the tallest south of the Yangtse. It was built in 3rd AD but has since been rebuilt many times.The climb up to the tower is quite steep but it is well worth with its Morrocan style "window" openings. The view is also quite good once you get up although it was pretty windy when we were there.
The gardens around the pagoda are quite magnificent. Go to the back of the pagoda and take a right side opening.
Cost 25 Yuan
Suzhou was a pretty little "town" for us and very easy to walk around though I suspect you could easily negotiate with a local three wheeled taxi to take you to the major sites for the day.
We caught a train from Shanghai and spent a very leisurely 5 hours in the town.
We decided that we would be adventurous and catch the train to Suzhou by ourselves and make our own way there. It turned out to be very easy and one of our better days in "Shanghai".
We first of all caught the subway to the central station and then queued to buy our ticket. It was made easier in that there was a non- Chinese speaking queue (look for the sign) and then it was just a matter of saying what time we wanted to leave for Suzhou and what time we wanted to get back so we bought a return ticket.
Best to get there around 9am. We didn't and ended up catching the 2pm train (number 5074 leaving at 14.00 20 Yuan) but we still managed to walk around Suzhou and visit the pagoda with its beautiful gardens and the main street and have a Korean meal.
I would consider in hindsight that one thing we could have done is organise with the driver of the Tuk Tuk (3 wheeled taxi) to take us to a number of places for the day.
We caught the T 719 which left at 19.42 (15 Yuan). This was actually a faster train back and seemed to only take 30 minutes.
Shanghai, it's not only futuristic architecture and neon lights. There is also a lot of persons still living in hutong, small houses in narrow streets, most of them without electricity. If you go out of the traditional touristic circuit, you can walk in a few of them who are not under demolition (Chinese goverment is trying to eradicate all of them, transfering population in large building complex, destroying at the same time many small community). As you walk, stop to take a tea and smile to everyone.
The Shanghai Transrapid Maglev Line is the world's first high-speed commercial commuting system using the state-of-the-art electromagnetic levitation technology. The 30 km (19.5 miles) and double-track project started on March 2001 and it is now on commercial operation.
With a top speed of 430 km per hour (267 miles per hour), it only takes eight minutes for a one-way trip, which connects the Pudong International Airport and the Longyang Road Station, a downtown subway station.
The high-speed train takes about 2 minutes and 15 seconds to reach 300 km/h and about 4 minutes to reach its peak speed, 430 km/h. The ride of the train is comfortable and quiet due to the maglev technology and the specially designed window. Its noise level is less than 60 decibels at a speed of 300 km/h.
China's economy is on the fast track, so is the project. It only takes two and a half years to complete such a large and complex project.