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Shanghai's Top 10 Attractions

Discover Shanghai's secrets for yourself.

1. The Bund

The Bund stretches for 1,108 metres along Shanghai's most important waterway - The Huangpu River. The magnificent buildings along its length are evocative of the splendour and decadence of old Shanghai. Behind them are the more recently-built high-rises, which have transformed the skyline behind the Bund over the years.  

 

2. Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street

Known as “The First Street of China”, the street is a microcosm of Shanghai's history and culture. Spilling from The Bund to People's Square and measuring one kilometre in length, the street is best for those ready for a shopping spree - over 600 shops line the street, including some of the oldest brands from the early commercial China. As evening falls, the whole street begins to twinkle, impressing pedestrians with the remarkable glitz and glamour of the modern city.   

 

3. People’s Square

People's Square, often called the “green lungs” of Shanghai, is a large public square. Here you can view the city’s past, present and future at the Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, enjoy classical music at the Grand Theatre or simply experience the crowds of people going to and from work every day in the square.    

 

4. Xintiandi

Literally “New Heaven and Earth”, the shopping and entertainment district Xintiandi is one of the city’s most fashionable and affluent places to be. As well as having plenty of boutiques and cafés, there is a wealth of art galleries for visitors to explore.

 

5. Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone

The 2.5 km-long "China's Wall Street", surrounded by high-rise buildings on the banks of the Huangpu River, has one of the most impressive skylines of any city, with many of Shanghai’s must-visit buildings concentrated in one place.

 

6. China Art Museum

The sensational painting "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" at world Expo 2010 has been called the greatest treasure of the museum, but there is a huge variety of artwork to discover in this collection of modern Chinese art.  

 

7. Yu Garden

Yuyuan is the most famous garden in Shanghai. This four centuries-old Ming dynasty private garden home was used as the headquarters of the Xiaodaohui uprising during the Qing dynasty. It is called "Yuyuan" because "yu" in Chinese means "health" - a place of peace and comfort in the heart of busy Shanghai.  

 

8. Pudong Riverfront Thoroughfare

One of Shanghai's most prized leisure streets stretches for two and a half kilometres between Dongchang Road Wharf in the south to Taitongzhan Wharf in the north. With its anti-flood wall, waterfront promenade, music fountain and boating wharf, it is a fantastic place to relax.

 

9. Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The TV tower was constructed in 1994 and rises 468 meters, overlooking the modern buildings in Lujiazui and the clusters of classic buildings across the Huangpu River. The iconic landmark is a great spot for shopping, dining, entertainment and leisure. The basement history museum is worth the visit before you shoot up to one of the observations decks to see the city in all its expanse and splendour. 

 

10. Shanghai Ocean Aquarium 

This is the world's only aquarium that includes a China exhibition zone focusing on the life forms of Yangtze River. The fascinating "around the world" underwater journey begins from the Yangtze River in China, then on to the mysterious flooded forest of the Amazon in South America, the mangroves and billabongs of Australia and finally to the rivers of Africa before arriving at the rainforests of Southeast Asia. 

 

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