Shanghai, a vigorous and energetic international metro-polis, Shanghai is a fascinating mix of East and West and welcomes people from all over the world to enjoy its special atmosphere. This modern metropolis with its rich heritage of ancient Chinese culture has much to see and do.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the modern symbol of Shanghai City. Standing beside the Huangpu River with a height of 468 meters (1536 feet), it is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third highest in the world. This unusual structure that dominates the skyline is a great attraction to tourists.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Shanghai. The tower, surrounded by the Yangpu Bridge in the northeast and the Nanpu Bridge in the southwest, creates a picture of 'twin dragons playing with pearls'. The entire scene is a photographic jewel that excites the imagination and attracts thousands of visitors year-round.
It is amazing that this ultra-modern tower combines ancient concepts such as the spherical pearls, with 21st Century technology, commerce, recreation, educational and conference facilities. All of this and it really is a TV and radio tower that services the Shanghai area with more than nine television channels and upwards of ten FM radio channels. Truly, 'oriental pearl' is the most suitable name for this tower.
Nanjing Road is considered to be the "No. 1 commercial street in China". Here along its 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles), you will find over 600 shops that on average are visited by some 1.7 million people each day. If you like shopping, do not miss it!
Another sight not be missed is the Bund. Situated on the east bank of the Huangpu River. Here, one can enjoy the bracing air and fine sunshine as well as seeing something of the many activities along the river. The new finance and commercial houses cluster together along the south of the Bund while at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side and also the Jin Mao Tower. Marshal Chen Yi's statue looks down on the square where lively musicians gather to play and sing bringing pleasure to the many people who stop by to listen. At night bright lights add to the happy atmosphere as people stroll along the wide riverside promenade.
The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance. The Bund was the centre of Shanghai's politics, economy and culture hundreds of years ago, consulates of most countries and many banks, businesses and newspaper offices were settled there, and that's why we have these art-like buildings. Although they were not designed by the same person or built in the same period, the architectural pattern is similar.
The Former French Concession
The French Concession is the area of Shanghai once designated for the French. Today, the area's central Huaihai Rd is a busy shopping street, but the tree-lined avenues and their many Tudor mansions still retain an air of the "Paris of the East".
Xintiandi in the area is a popular spot for young people, particularly well-heeled yuppies. It is a place where a lot of restaurants and clubs can be found. Besides these pubs you can also see some traditional Shanghai-style lodgings (Shikumen) which are a unique blend of European and Chinese design. There is a nice miniature museum, showing the configuration and interior of a recreated 1930s shikumen house.
Old French Concession Streets get away from the busy streets and explore the area between Julu Road to the north and Huai Hai Road running through the center, plus Mao Ming Road and surrounding area to the south of Huai Hai Road. Pleasant tree-lined streets and local Shanghainese bustle, combined with a growing number of trendy boutiques and restaurants, Chang Le Road and Xin Le Road are rapidly becoming the places to find small designer clothing shops. Interesting architecture built with French and Belgian money and showing mixed Chinese-European styles
Glenview, United States
10 Aug, 2008 03:18:19
Puro Mierda! B.S.,Nichtwahr!,het Pravda!!! Seen the movie 'Bladerunner??? THAT's The Real Shanghai!!! Don't belieive Me??? Read Eric Claptons (the guitar God)Autobiography- He was there in Shanghai recently, and made Identical Observation. They're Not going to tell you that All the air and ALL the waters POLLUTED!!! If your planning on eating,better bting your Geiger Counter!!! No S""" Sherlock..............LONGDONG
palmdale, United States
07 Sep, 2008 18:08:39
Sorry Mike , but you ARE full of it !!! I wish I could say we here in the States had a beautiful City like Shanghai , but we DON"T . That also goes for the People . I have never seen People as friendly , anywhere . We here could and should learn from them . There are poor People everywhere , that does not give us the right to trash them . It's what's in their Heart that count's or is it not ? arnold
HOuston , United States
18 Oct, 2008 14:59:24
The way things are going, ShangHai is going to replace New York as the capital of the world. There are several satellite, energy and enviromental planned, eco-cities being built around it's metropolitan areas, and as has been shown already in the last Olimpycs, China has already overpassed the United States. By the time our economic crisis is over (which might take years) we are going to realize that there is a new Great World Power to deal with. And it is true, Chinese people are one of the most humble and hospitable on earth, and ShangHai can be proud to boast a very tolerant and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
LANCASTER, United States
16 Dec, 2008 02:59:25
Hi all, headed to shanghai in Feb. with my eyes wide open, So excited will look for the best in all I see. will report when I come back in March. wish me luck!!!! Thanks G. Phillips
20 Dec, 2008 19:05:55
First of all, Congratulation G on your marriage, and good luck on your trip to Shanghai. I also would like to go to Shanghai, initially for business, and would be very happy if I could find a lady friend whilst I'm there, sort of kill two birds with one stone.
As for you Mike from Glenview, you should never badmouth anyone, city or people. It is considered very bad manners, as my mom told me when I was very young. Not all cities would be like Glenview, but look for what is positve about a person or place and accentuate it.
Brunswick West, Australia
23 Dec, 2008 05:40:20
The food in Shanghai is just amazingly fresh and well made. You can see in the faces of the people who live there that on the whole they're living well. You go for a walk and you see that on the whole it's a pretty healthy place to live. I think if you went for a walk in New York, Melbourne (where I live) and Shanghai and you'd have to say the healthiest of the lot are the people in Shanghai. Sure there's some poor people, but you see the poor people in any big city, and they all do it hard.
El Cajon, United States
26 Dec, 2008 16:31:13
This is for Michael, I have been in Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Thailand, PRC, and India in the last five years and it grieves me to report that the worst air, water and food I've sampled has been in Los Angeles, California with several other American cities filling in my top ten "most" bad areas. It is kinda ironic that you should mention "Blade Runner" as its script location is Los Angeles. I believe you are missing a lot of the world in your tunnel vision. Yes, I have seen quite a bit of misery and squalor out there but I take it in for reference and enjoy what my curiosity leads me to experience. There is a lot you might learn from taking it all in, and you might feel a lot better about it if you can see beyond yourself. Six times ariound this ball and I am still enjoying every minute of it.
Chris in San Diego
LANCASTER, United States
02 Jan, 2009 15:23:28
Thank you Frank not going to be married this trip, probably next one, Next time I will be in Beijing Good luck to you killing 2 birds Thanks G. Phillips
02 Feb, 2009 14:58:20
frank. you can meet a wonderful lady when you go. put in your search to narrow down what you want. post your profile telling specificaly what you want. arrange your times. meet at the agency, hey they will get you a good deal on hotel too.meet one every day your their.then decide what you like and take it from their. best wishes..
lutterwoth, United Kingdom
06 May, 2010 18:22:34
just come back from Shanghai , and have to say i really enjoyed my time
in the city.
From a beer on the 87th floor of Jin Mao Tower, ( the Grand Hyatt's )
cloud 9 bar !
to the beautiful Yuyuan Garden ( finished in 1577 )
apart from the guys trying to sell me fake watches had no hassels