The Shanghai Guidebook I purchased several weeks prior to travelling recommend this walk which took us through a labyrinth of lanes which still retain fine examples of the old city. This Old City continued to exist without significant change during the years of colonisation.
Our walk took half a day, including a lunch break in the Yuyuan Bazaar where we were revived with Starbucks Coffee.
Our walk commenced at Wenmiao Lu, Huangpu and the Confucius Temple and Gardens were our first stop. Over an hour here and it could have easily been 2 hours. We then moved on through the lanes to view the Dutch-style bellroofer Shikumen houses built during the 1920's.
We then continued walking through various lanes to reach Fuxing Dong Lu which runs from the western edge of the French Concession to the Huangpu River.
Into Kongjia Long and after a few turns you arrive at a solitaryart deco tower (1935) then 4 grand Shikumen houses. Continue walking through lanes and alleys absorbing the local life of the lanes. These lanes and alleys are a hive of activity, markets, chickens, cats, dogs, people, laundry, fish heads and small business. Every step is interesting.
Cross Fangbang zhong street and continue walking until you reach Baiyun Daoist Temple, entry for a small fee then onto last remaining chunk of the Ancient City Wall.
Then walk to Dajing Lu Market which is one of Shanghai's most famous outdoor market.
Then head to Old Street ( Fangbang Zhong Lu) where there are faux-Ming houses, stalls and continue down the street to the large Yuyuan Bazaar with many touristy shops and stalls, restaurants and the fast food restaurants. Here we had a late lunch.
We then entered the Yu Gardens, a 16th century aristocratic estate which sensational gardens, ponds, bridges and pagodas. A photographer's paradise.
Directly opposite Jing'an Temple, this smaller low key park is an ideal escape rom the hustle of Nanjing Xi Lu.
Inside there are some interesting sculptures (stone carvings?), a small lake and a rocks to walk up. Changing season make this park quite pleasant anytime of the year.
Walk around the Peoples Square and get a glimpse of the what was formerly the most exciting horse racing society in the world. Visit the Art Museum (formerly The Shanghai Race Club) to see the most sumptuous racing clubhouse houses of the 1930's. Across the road you can explore the Park Hotel built for the wealthy Chinese racehorse owners to stay in during racedays. You can also find the original racing stables just off Huangpi Lu.
The “Memorial House” was a big attraction for locals—it was the site of the first Congress of the Communist Party of China in 1921. There were 13 attendees, including Mao. The home was owned by another of the members. Admission is free, but you have to pick up a ticket (next door.)
No photos are allowed inside the building.
Open from 9-5 daily (no entrance after 4 p.m.)
The museum building is round on top and square on the bottom, representing heaven and earth. There are 4 floors full of beautiful things—bronze items, sculptures, pottery, seals and coins, jade, furniture, and costumes from various ethnic minorities. The collection has 120,000 items dating from the Neolithic Age to the Qing Dynasty. There are also several galleries with temporary exhibits, which may be more modern.
It takes about a half day to go through it even if you don’t linger. If you want to look at everything and read every sign, it might take all day. Digital audio guides in English are available at a desk on the first floor for 40 yuan, and they are worthwhile. (I don’t know if they are available in other languages.)
The museum is open from 9-5 on weekdays. Photos are allowed.
There is a nice gift shop (of course) selling reproductions. It also provides a currency exchange.
well, Shanghai is rather large as far as its size is concerned.
A number of fantastic attractions are available for your references, including Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Bund, Shanghai Grand View Garden and Chongming Island. A friend of mine introduced http://www.chinahighlights.com/shanghai/ for reference, so you can look into more for details
This is a huge mall at the Pudong Lujiazui. I visited here after walking around Lujiazui Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge is connecting the mall with other major attractions at Lujiazui. Inside the mall, there are hypermarket, branded boutique and shoes shops, Watch shops, Kitchen and lifestyle accessories shops, from fast-foods to expensive Chinese and Japanese restaurants. In most shopping mall, you have to walk a circle to get to another escalator to go up another floor, but not this mall. There are plenty of space to walk around, and quite amazing mall with modern design and lifestyles.
If you are a crazy shopper, this must be the place to come!!
In Chinese: 正大广场 (Zheng Da Guang Chang)
At your right the past. At your left the future. Take your time and walk slowly!
Time to go back.
At your left the past. At your right the future.
Feels good, the present!
Strolling in the Bund makes us feel the mixture of cultures, and the fast changes in Chinese cities. A mandatory experience!
Xiao Tao Yuan Mosque was known as " Islamic Western Masjid or Shanghai Western City Masjid. This is a well-known Shanghai Islamic mosque, its buildings are under municipal preservation of cultural heritage.
In A.D 1917, Mr. Jin Ziyun, had donated his land to built this mosque. In A.D 1925, this mosque was under major renovation and was re-built by the Islamic Board of Directors using donations fund from Muslims locally and aboard. The new building has the combination design of the Islamic architectural styles with Chinese traditional features.
During "Cultural Revolution", a ten-year political and social turmoil in China, a lot of valuables items in the mosque were vandalized seriously. Until "Open and Reform" policy introduced by the government, this mosque had gotten financial aids from the government for restoration of its buildings.
Many Chinese and foreign Muslims have been here for special prayers like the Al-Jumah prayer and Congregational prayer on Friday, and to celebrate religious festivals like Muslim new year, and Haji Day.
They have two prayer halls one for male Muslims and another one for female Muslims.
Opening Hours: 8:00 - 19:30
In Chinese: 小桃园清真寺， xiao tao yuan qing zhen si.
During my visit in 2011, the Shanghai Tower is under construction. It is just next to Jinmao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in Shanghai upon its completion in year 2014. It will be 632 meters (2,073 feets) and 121 stories, which is taller than the two buildings nearby and Taipei 101.
In Chinese: 上海中心大厦， shang hai zhong xin da sha.
Shanghai International Financial Centre (IFC) is premium-quality commercial project by a well-known developer from Hong Kong, Sun Hung Kai Properties. IFC consists of two office towers including HSBC building with more than 220,000 square meters of office spaces, and a 6-storey world class shopping mall with more than 110,000 square meters of retail spaces. IFC Mall looks like other shopping mall in the neighborhood from the outside, but you will be impressed by the quality standard they have as comparing to other malls in Shanghai. This mall is not just a luxury malls with international branded outlets, but the entire mall is a modern art form with self-played piano, and some local historical art events and gallery. Of course, you can find the cleanest toilet in this mall.
In Chinese: 上海国金中心商场，shang hai guo jin zhong xin shang chang.
Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is located at Century Park Avenue, before Century Park in Pudong. You can easily reach here by the metro, stop at Science and Technology Museum Station. I came here by a metro and decided to walk all the way from the Museum to Lujiazui along Century Avenue.
This Museum has an impressive modern architectural building. It was first open to public on 18 December 2001. This 68,000 square meters exhibition space covers 13 permanent science exhibitions and 4 science theaters features IMAX 3D movies. This is the one of the most visited modern museums in China.
In front of this modern museum, you can see the display of the ancient Chinese earthquakes detector, which was the example of great science discovery in ancient China.
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Monday)
Admission: Y60 adult / Y45 school children with student ID.
In Chinese: 上海科技馆， shang hai ke ji guan.
The Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence is located on Xiangshan Road, south of Huaihai Road and east of Sinan Road. It is short walk from the Former Residence of Zhou Enlai. This 2,000 square meters museum is divided into two parts, the Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen and the Sun Yat-sen Museum.
This European cottage style house was bought using the fund raised by Canadian Chinese and presented to Dr. Sun. Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his wife Soong Ching Long. They moved into this house in June 1918. After he passed away, his wife continued to live in this house until 1937.
On the ground floor, there are sitting room and dining room. On the first floor is where the study room, and bedrooms are located. According to Soong Ching Ling's collection, most of the displays in this former residence museum are arranged as they were in 1920s and 1930s.
Sun Yat-sen Museum is the European cottage style house next to the Former Residence of Dr. Sun. This three-stories museum has more than 700 square meters, and divided into eight exhibition sections. one of the important exhibitions is the 300 cultural relics and related materials, mostly represent Dr. Sun's immortal achievements he had made to the development of Chinese nation.
Admission: Y20 per person
Opening hours: 9:00 - 16:30
In Chinese: 孙中山故居， sun zhong shan gu ju.
This house was the Shanghai Office of the Delegation of Communist Party of China (CPC), which was established in Jun 1946. This three-story French style mansion was originally built in 1920, also known as Former Residence of General Zhou Enlai. It was named because Zhou Enlai was the head representative of the of Chinese Communist Party delegation in Shanghai and negotiated between the CPC and Kuomintang (KMT) in a peaceful way against Japanese aggression. This place was also a regular meeting venue for the CPC delegates, held a number of press conferences and met with Chinese and foreign friends.
General Zhou Enlai, 周恩来 (5th March 1898 - 8th January 1976)
This mansion is one of the examples of how the houses in Sinan Mansion look like.
Photo is not allowed inside the building.
Admission: Y8 per adult
Opening Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 ( No admission after 16:00)
In Chinese: 周公馆， zhou gong guan.
This is the nerve-centre of Shanghai in my opinion. Major attractions to dining and nightlife are best in/around People's Square. The Shanghai Museum was a great afternoon with my kids. For them to see the world's first paper monies and best ceramics was enriching. Also Madame Tussaud's is located there. Make time to see that attraction as well. I think you'll find yourself hard-pressed to see everything People's Square has to offer you.
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