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    On the Bund

    by apbeaches Updated Aug 6, 2015

    The Bund, also called Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The 1,859 yards long flood-control wall, known as 'the lovers' wall', located on the side of Huangpu River from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River and once was the most romantic corner in Shanghai in the last century. After renovation, the monotone concrete buildings that lovers leaned against in the past have been improved into hollowed-out railings full of romantic atmosphere. Standing by the railings, visitors can have a 'snap-shot' view of the scenery of Pudong Area and Huangpu River.

    Before the 1840s, the Bund was a muddy narrow lane with tall reeds. It initially became a British settlement. After Shanghai was established as the trading port in 1846, a street was paved there and the riversides were reinforced. Then, rows of commercial buildings were constructed. At the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century led to the Bund becoming a major financial hub of East Asia. It is the center of the city's politics, economy and culture, consulates of most countries and many banks, businesses and newspaper offices are here.

    Near the Nanjing Road intersection stands what is currently the only bronze statue along the Bund, a statue of Chen Yi who was the first Communist mayor of Shanghai. At the northern end, along the riverfront, is Huangpu Park, in which is situated the Monument to the People's Heroes - a tall, abstract concrete tower which is a memorial for those died during the revolutionary struggle for Shanghai dating back to the Opium Wars. As the victor of the war, the British nationals in the Bund put up a 'cross' to mark their 'aggression' which is the Red Rock Monument. On the south side of the Bund Garden Bridge stands an Ever Victorious Army Monument, which was funded by Li Hongzhang to commemorate the officers and soldiers of the Victorious Army who died in the battles against the Taiping Army from 1862 to 1864. Located in front of Shanghai Custom House at Jiujiang Road, the statue Hart was regarded as the most famous statue in Shanghai history. Hurt, British Northern Irishman, had served as Secretary General of Chinese Customs up to 48 years. Another famous sculpture is the World War Monument which was the largest one in the city at that time. It was made to commemorate the soldiers who died in the World War I coming from Shanghai.

    The Bund at night is very impressive as the period lamp-posts is in keeping with the aesthetic feeling of the building structures. It fully exhibits the magnificence of the various buildings of different architectural styles and make up of the best night scene of Shanghai together with the colorful lights floating in the river and the flashing lights on the far side of the river.

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    Street Market with Bugs on a stick

    by apbeaches Updated Aug 6, 2015

    Shanghai is one of the most prosperous cities in the world. Anything and everything imaginable is available for purchase here. The main shopping streets, Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road, offer international brand names. Shanghai's flea markets are locatedbeneath Shanghai's magnificent shopping malls, department stores and boutiques.

    The outdoor bazaar at Yuyuan Garden sells various souvenirs, arts and crafts; the Cultural Street Market on Fuzhou Road, the Antique Street Market on Dongtai Road and the clothing street market on Shimen Road are traditional open-air Chinese markets.

    At night vendors set up metal carts and sell foods from the street. Everything and anything imaginable is sold here. I was concerned as they don't have running soap and water, but it was fun to walk around and watch.

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    Nanjing Road

    by theguardianangel Written Jul 18, 2015

    Nanjing Road is also known as the No. 1 street in China having the miniature of the history and culture of Shanghai. It offers a pedestrian walkway that is very much applicable for sightseeing and shopping. There are a lot of branded shops and restaurants in this area. There are sightseeing street coaches (colorful trains) that you can try if you get tired of roaming around. I never felt tired of walking around, I’m very much fascinated of the things I see because it gives me the feeling of Christmas like people are in a rush and families are out in the street for shopping.

    the busy Nanjing Road work hard, shop harder! warm day for shopping! After the rain.. nobody bothered
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    Shanghai Tower

    by theguardianangel Updated Jul 18, 2015

    At first glance in Shanghai, you won’t definitely miss this twisted tower! This tower holds the tallest building in China and the 2nd tallest building in the world (first being the Burj Khalifa of Dubai). However, I find it really amusing because the tower has not yet completed its structure. My Chinese colleagues say that the owners have not decided to complete the structure yet because something surpassed it! It now seems that until China holds the record of having the tallest building, then they will finally finish the tower.

    Shanghai Tower on the right Shanghai Tower on the right (check the tip)
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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

    the twelth and final act and the farewell

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

    the final act performers
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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (chair balance)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

    the group who balances chairs, stacking them up high near the top of the lights section of the stage.

    this is the 11th act of the 12 acts of the Shanghai Acrobatic Show

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (group contortionist)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    they have great muscle and body control

    The Tenth Act of the 12 acts of a Shanghai Acrobatic Show this time features the group contortionist who do many back breaking bending and contorting a a group. see my pictures.

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

    group excellent
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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (balance performers)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    great balancing act by a shanghai lady acrobat and other group of acrobats

    The Eight and Ninth Acts of the 12 acts of a Shanghai Acrobatic Show again features more balance performers that uses various materials like wine glass or plates stacked along their bodies while standing and even walking.

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

    the acrobat great
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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (sky ballet)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

    the ballet tanden that performs gravity defying stunts and is my favorite part of the show

    The Sixth and Seventh Acts of the 12 acts of a Shanghai Acrobatic Show begins when the sky ballet pair ties a piece of linen attached from the stage above and both pairs to some spectacular aero ballet and various sky high acts.

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (the contortionist)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    an amazing contortionist with great sense of balace

    The Third to Fifth Acts of the 12 acts of a Shanghai Acrobatic Show begins when the performer maneuvers his or her doubled-over body into and out of a narrow hoop and a tight barrel then
    catching on his/her head several bowls at one time. Each successive flip is done with a greater number of bowls, and the bowls already caught are stacked high upon her head. As the stack of bowls on her head grows taller.

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

    amazing
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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (the yoyo performers)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    The Second Act of the 12 acts of a Shanghai Acrobatic Show begins with the chinese yoyo style performers of the acrobatic show who do feast of equilibrium and synchronized juggling of rings and yo yos.

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

    yoyo amazing
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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (the ring performers)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    the performers who do various stunts around rings of different shapes and sizes.

    The First Act of the 12 acts of a Shanghai Acrobatic Show begins with the Ring Performers, who do various circus acts that mimics western style acrobatics.

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

    wow more amazing hooray
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    Shanghai Acrobatic Show (the amphitheater)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

    the amphitheater of the shanghai acrobatic show.

    Acrobatic is a 4,000 year old Chinese Passion and since the Ancient times, the Chinese were skilled in performing death defying acrobatics and being a Major International Center, Shanghai, like Beijing have acrobatic show theaters and the Largest is the Shanghai Center Theater (where we had our show) and the others are Shanghai Huxi Theater, Shanghai Circus World, Baiyulan Theater and the Cloud Peak Theater.

    Like the acrobatic theaters of Beijing, the prices of admission in the Shanghai Acrobatic Show depends on the area where you are sitting like when sitting in the center area will cost 300 RMB per person, sitting in front at 180 RMB Per Person, Sitting at the Sides at RMB 120 Per Person and sitting at the Back area will cost 240 RMB per person.

    Unlike in Beijing where they do three shows in the afternoon to evening, the acrobatic shows in Shanghai are longer at 1 1/2 hour in performance and they only do one show a night from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm everyday.

    You can go to an acrobatic show on your own or via your friendly tour guide who would offer the acrobatic show as an extra in your day tour for an extra price (includes the ride to the show and back to your hotel).

    international gothic entrance me the ticket
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    Taipingqiao Park Beside Xin Tian Di

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 24, 2014

    gives a refreshing thought to the urban jungle in shanghai. The Taipingqiao Park is located just beside the famous Xin Tian Di Shopping Area and is a relatively new park, opened only in 2001. It has wide open spaces, concrete foot paths, various trees and a large man made lake in the center and there is also an underground Car Park beneath it that connects to Xin Tian Di. The park is about 44,000 square meters in area and lies just across the street from Xin Tian Di.

    Opens: 24/7

    admission is free

    the park pose beside xin tian di walking
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    Driving around Shanghai

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 23, 2014

    aboard our Tour Van.

    The best deal when booked on a private tour around Shanghai is that you have all the time you want to be in the particular attraction you like and then have less time to the attractions that you don't like that much and that you can always ask your tour guide and driver to let you go to other areas not included in the package for a nominal extra fee and a generous tip afterwards, hence private tour van service is the best if you don't have much time to go around and is willing to pay extra for the exclusive service.

    wow bridge old shanghai to bund hutongs
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