Dongtai Road, Shanghai's curio street. Hundreds of little stores crowd this street and sell thousands of curio. Those curio are unique what different from Beijing's. At the beginning of last century, Shanghai is the most modern city in China. Most curio are leaved from that time including rouge box, antiqued phonograph, dated telephone and so on. If you are interested in China's history and want to buy something old, might as well visit this street. Pick carefully, you must find something satisfying.
The 8,346-meter-long bridge has an under-clearance of 46 metres, thus allowing ships with a tonnage of 55,000 to pass under it.
As a cable-stayed bridge, its main bridge is 846 metres long and 30.35 metres wide, divided into six lanes. The approaches have a combined length of 7,500 metres and the West Shanghai spiral approach is 3,754 metres long.
The bridge called a total investment of 820 million yuan and was completed and opened to traffic on December 1, 1991. The bridge spans the Huangpu River like a flying dragon and it has helped the locals to make their dream of "having a bridge across the Huangpu River" come true.
Get away from the crowds of Shanghai and take a nice walk in Zhong Shan Park.
See retired people playing cards, children playing, nice scenery.
Take Metro line 2 to Zhong Shan Park.
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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
City Garden - Gu Cheng Gong Yuan is located near Cheng Huang Miao and the Bund.
After walking south of the bund. you will end up in this lovely park. It is a 5 mins walk from both Cheng Huang Miao and the bund. It is a peaceful park where the elderly practise their Taiji.
Some even have a picnic or simply bring a book to read and lie on the green grass.
Longhua Temple has a long history and has survived the many turmoils of Shanghai in the past hundreds of years. Its construction, including its wooden pagoda, can be traced back to 997 AD, during the Northern Song dynasty, though earlier versions of the temple may have existed. The temple complex was enlarged in the subsequent Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was severely damaged during the Japanese bombing of Shanghai in 1937, and again in 1966 when thousands of Red Guards stormed the temple to destroy its treasures, including Ming dynasty Buddha statues and sacred Buddhist scriptures (all gone). The temple and its pagoda were saved from total destruction due to the intervention of local residents. Today's Longhua temple must be a shadow of its former self, but remains the largest working temple complex in Shanghai. There are several halls dedicated to various deities, separated by tranquil courtyards. Its 7-storey pagoda has striking orange walls and a metal spire at the top. Longhua Temple is located near Longcao Road metro station in southwest Shanghai.
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).
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.
Constructed between 1906 and 1910, St. Ignatius Cathderal was named after St. Ignatius Loyala, founder of the Jesuits. It has a red-brick exterior and a main hall dominated by rows of arched arcades and Corinthian columns. It is now the largest church in Shanghai, and entry is free. The cathedral is located in Xujiahui (nearest metro: Xujiahui), somewhat marooned amongst the shopping malls and apartments of this busy area.
This uncle makes very beautiful sign using wire. His workmanship is very skillful. He has a portfolio to show you. He has lots of newspaper cutting. Do make a sign and take some time to appreciate what he is doing for his passion of the arts.
Give the name in Chinses character and he will take only a few minutes to do up a beautiful sign for u. Per word cost RMB6. So a normal chinese character name will cost you RMB18. It is a very beautiful and personalised souvenier for friends.
Pleasant street, real off the beaten path, where you spend some time just walking or visiting handicraft shops and small art galleries among some cafes.
There is also a Catholic church, which is the first catholic church built in Chinese-style in Shanghai.
This Confucian temple is in the Old Town (Nan Shi) area on Wenmiao Lu in a relatively peaceful place away from the touristy Yu Yuan part. One of the plus sides is that you can visit and then take a little break in the neighbouring local bar where you can sit a have tea or rice wine (huang jiu) overlooking the temple from a balcony.
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.
Shanghai's ultra-modern Science and Technology Museum is located (surprise, surprise) in Pudong, on the western border of Century Square. A humungous glass and steel building, it holds exhibits of all disciplines of the sciences, plus there is an IMAX theatre. Perfect for kids on a rainy day. Tickets cost RMB60 per person. Open Tuesdays to Sundays 0900 to 1715. Nearest metro station: Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (Line 2).
Between the Nanjingdong Lu pedestrian shopping street and Yuyuan Gardens, running parallel to Nanjingdong Lu, is Fuzhou Lu. This is side street famous for its bookstores and stationary/office supplies shops. In the pre-Republic era, this place is also famous for brothels. Brothels are gone now, but the bookstores are still around.
Stroll down this street and visit all the specialty stores. Take the side alleys to discover out of the way street vendors. This road connects the southern side of Bund to the east and southern side of People's Park/Square to the west. It is not a large street with a nice mixture of feelings of west and east. It's a nice break from the too westernized parts of Shanghai and from the too touristy Oriental parts of Shanghai.